A New Adventure

For the past 5 years I have been writing on this blog.  There have been times I have written regularly and other times where my posts are very sporadic.  However, over the past few weeks I have realized that the Lord is shifting my focus.  So this is my final post on my blog.  I want to take my musings and writing and begin putting them into a journal that hopefully will help move me toward the book I have always wanted to write.  I have loved my years on this blog and am excited for the keepsake book I will turn it into, knowing that my girls will gain great insight into their mother when they read it one day.

The Lord has put my family on a new adventure of homeschooling and I love all the planning and research that I get to do throughout this process.  I love all that I am learning, watching my girls learn and most of all I love taking our learning process into every aspect of our lives.  So I leave you with this...

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make his face shine upon you,
and give you peace.

Blessings my readers and thank you for all your faithfulness!

Karla Carlson

Broken Promises

I loved my devotion time this morning because it was focused on marriage. We looked at Genesis 2:18-25 where God gives Adam a helper.  The study time them looked at how these verses apply to our marriages today.

 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. 
I will make a helper suitable for him... 
That is why a man leaves his father and mother 
and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. "
Gen 2:18, 24

This verse really shows me that the Lord's goal and intent was for us to truly become a team and work in all things together.  He did not intend for us to be alone but to have a support system and one who truly knows and understands us.  Having been single into my 30's and then getting married it was very important to me that my marriage last a lifetime.  As I read this and prayed through this verses the Lord brought to my mind my wedding vows that I made to Craig the day we married.   when we decided to get married we promised each other that no matter how hard our marriage got that the word "divorce" would never be an option.

What I loved about our vows was that they were written by my childhood pastor and I love how the truly reflect my roll as his wife.  About 2 years into my marriage I decided to keep a copy of these framed and hanging in our bedroom as a daily reminder to our commitment to each other.  Every morning when I get up they are one of the first things I see.  I realized the other night that Craig and I have been together as a couple for almost 10 years and are approaching our 9 year wedding anniversary.  As a wife, friend and helper I can think of so many ways I fail at my calling, yet I love how the Lord's grace reminds me that each day is a new day.  My desire to fulfill the vows I made to Craig have become a prayer as I seek the Lord's help.

I have several friends whose marriages did not work and they got divorced.  Through seeing their experiences I have see the loving hand of my Lord, heal , protect and grow them in amazing ways.  I have a couple who ended up remarrying and have amazing and strong marriages.  If I have learned anything in my almost 10 years with Craig, marriage and relationships are hard work and the moment they are not something you are working at then there is a problem.  I don't want to look back on my life with Craig and see a life full of broken promises.  Instead I want to look back and see how the hand of God grew, influenced and supported us as we strove to bring him glory and honor in our marriage.  I want my girls to see our marriage and desire the same level of commitment in their marriages.

Below are the vows I made to Craig.  They are my daily prayer for my marriage as I strive to be the wife the Lord wants me to be.  My prayer for you is that the Lord would grow, encourage and strengthen your marriage.  If you are struggling, do not fear because our amazing God who created the universe with a spoken word, wants to help you, heal you so that you too can have a strong marriage that brings him glory and honor.

These vows were said on March 25th, 2005.

With love, I take you Craig, to be my own beloved husband, my dearest friend, and closest companion.  I believe in you and am committed to your future, whatever that may be.  I promise to stay near you and share my life with you.  When you feel deeply about something, I promise to list and support you.  When you confide in my, I promise to guard what I hear.  When you are low and discouraged, I will not walk away.  Our home will be a place of refuge and shelter in time of storm, and a place of pleasant memories.  As Christ enables me.  I commit myself to these cherished desires.  Most of all Craig, I promise to love you without reservation as no other woman on earth could love you for the rest of my life.

P: My prayer is that the Lord would help me to be the wife, friend and helper he intended me to be.