The prompt this week for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are the words Flame & Kiss. My first haiku is about the sunset. It was inspired by this picture I took while leaving Chicago after the Deeply Rooted conference in November of 2016.
The Flaming Sun
Burning flame of fire
Sun kisses the horizon
Darkness soon arrives
***If you’d rather skip to my other haiku, feel free to scroll down past my thoughts here.***
Some Words on Marriage
Marriage is a sacred calling. Couples start out full of hopes and dreams with excitement, love and passion. Some marriages continue that way for a long time. Others begin to crumble soon after the vows have left their tongues. Still others fall somewhere in between.
What causes those hopes and dreams to shatter? Click To Tweet I suspect many people go into a marriage relationship with unrealistic ideals. They may have been influenced by picture perfect descriptions that are nothing like reality.
Marriage is a beautiful relationship, but it takes a lot of work. Click To Tweet There are good times, hard times, times of sickness and health, happy times and sad. No marriage is perfect and without problems. The key is how we handle those problems, and even then sometimes we mess up.
My husband and I decided early on we wanted our marriage to be centered on following Jesus. We made a commitment to each other and vowed to keep it. That is not to say our marriage is perfect – far from it. Click To TweetWe have our disagreements and arguments same as anyone else, and sometimes it has been hard. But our commitment to each other, our loyalty to God and His truth, and our love have bonded us together.
We have been married for over 42 years, have raised 7 kids and now have 14 grandchildren. We are all very close, but not because we agree on everything. In some areas we are miles apart, but there is one thing that holds us together. Can you guess what it is? It is LOVE.
In I Corinthians 13 we read:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
(I Corinthians 13:4-6a NIV)
A Marriage Flame
Bold and beautiful
Her kiss is a flaming fire
He loves her dearly
Years go quickly by
As flame fades to a flicker
Kisses bring new life
They are older now
A kiss still fans the flame as
Passions are renewed
Love will never fail
With kindness, hope and patience
Kiss this flame of truth
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