For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Ephesians 5:23.
The Lord has constituted the husband the head of the wife to be her protector; he is the house-band of the family, binding the members together, even as Christ is the head of the church and the Saviour of the mystical body. Let every husband who claims to love God carefully study the requirements of God in his position. Christ’s authority is exercised in wisdom, in all kindness and gentleness; so let the husband exercise his power and imitate the great Head of the church.
The husband should remember that much of the burden of training his children rests upon the mother…. This should call into exercise his tenderest feelings, and with care should he lighten her burdens. He should encourage her to lean upon his large affections.
Neither the husband nor the wife should attempt to exercise over the other an arbitrary control. Do not try to compel each other to yield to your wishes. You cannot do this and retain each other’s love. Be kind, patient, and forbearing, considerate, and courteous. By the grace of God you can succeed in making each other happy, as in your marriage vow you promised to do.
Marriage, a union for life, is a symbol of the union between Christ and His church. The spirit that Christ manifests toward His church is the spirit that the husband and wife are to manifest toward each other. If they love God supremely, they will love each other in the Lord…. In their mutual self-denial and self-sacrifice they will be a blessing to each other….
God wants the home to be the happiest place on earth, the very symbol of the home in heaven. Bearing the marriage responsibilities in the home, linking their interests with Jesus Christ, leaning upon His arm and His assurance, husband and wife may share a happiness in this union that angels of God commend. Marriage does not lessen their usefulness, but strengthens it.
The Faith I Live By p. 259
Prayer Requests
—-Fawn’s heading home from _____! Please pray for safety. Dannielle
—-Today I will have debridement done on the open wounds on my left knee. Right now my daughter is changing them about every hour and a half to two hours, due to the lymph fluid draining from them. The fluid is very toxic and on the lower one on the lateral side it is is eating away at the tissue. The top one on my knee did that back in September. They are very painful right now, but will be more painful when the scabs are removed and the wounds are scraped to remove all the toxins. Please pray for me that Jesus will wrap His arms around me and hold me so tight that I will feel no pain. Also that this procedure will go smoothly with no complications. I have given myself to Jesus. I am praying that with my faith in Him I will be healed. Thank you all in advance for all of your prayers. The procedure starts at 2:45 Pacific time. Barbara
Dear Friends,
For several years, Ron had a second job where working in a store’s catalog customer service department. One evening, he came home very tired. The people who predicted how many people to schedule for a certain day did not estimate correctly and the call center was very busy. The people who did the scheduling took the average number of calls over a ten year period and used that number as the criterion for scheduling workers on a certain day. Unfortunately, that didn’t always work too well. For example, calls are few on the fourth of July because most people go on a picnic and watch fireworks. Very few stay home. But, if the weather is bad over a large area of the country so they don’t go out celebrating, the store will not have enough people to answer the phones and take the orders. The reverse is also true. When the store sends out a catalog, they schedule extra people to take orders. Sometimes they are needed and sometimes they are not.
Just so, we cannot predict what will happen in the future any more than the one who does scheduling can predict with accuracy the store’s call volume. If we try to do so, we will also fail miserably. There is only one way to know what the future hold. The only accurate glimpse of the future is found in God’s Holy Word.
From the first prediction of a Saviour to come in Genesis 3:15, to the last promise of Revelation 22:20, the Scriptures tell us what will come to pass. We do not have to be surprised. The fulfillment of prophecy in the past gives us the assurance that God will fulfill that which is yet unfulfilled. Our Great Creator promises, “Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”Jer 33:2,3 As we prayerfully study God’s Word, we can rest secure in the knowledge that the One Who gave His life for us is in control. He says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” Isa 46:9,10
Praise God! We do not have to be surprised by the final events that are fast fulfilling. We can be assured that the very same God, Who has said, “I change not.” will lead and guide in our life just as He did the patriarchs of old. Mal 3:6 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor 10:11 He, Who knows the future, is not taken by surprise. Nothing can happen that He is not prepared for. We can safely trust in the One Who loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son for us.
May we daily study God’s Holy Word. May we trust in the accuracy of its prophecies. May we allow the One Who knows the future to guide us all the way to His Glorious Kingdom is my prayer.

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