"Let Go and Let God"

In John 6:40 Jesus declared, "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." Overcome your fears and let God through the Holy Spirit mold you and rule your life. Be happy as you trust in Jesus, follow his teachings and God will bless your life abundantly. And in 1 Corinthians 5:16-17, the Holy Spirit in Saint Paul tells us, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

In John 8:12, Jesus spoke again to the people saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life." Make a difference in this world by helping others know Jesus in you and see the light ... Let your light shine brightly now!

And in Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, " Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." Live with true peace, see and feel the blessings and fulfillment that come upon your life when you do what is good for others as compared when you judge and cause pain in others which can bring so much stress, conflict and even illness in your life."

To Our Youth and The Weary, "Hope and Trust in God and Be Generous"

Herewith is a related inspirational message from the letter of St. Paul to the young Timothy (1Timothy 6:17-19), which states, “Command those who are rich in the present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Coolest Wedding Dance. | Funniest Stuff on the Net!, Love in Christ, Forever Marriage and Annulment

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The Coolest Wedding Dance. | Funniest Stuff on the Net!

A great dancing couple, do you agree?  They appear to be trained dancers with their well coordinated moves.

I just wonder, the supposed bride is not wearing a more appropriate wedding dress, unless they were married in a civil court?

Whether or not this was scripted for funniest stuff, it is still cool and an awesome entertainment for everybody.

Sharing What You Do Best

Will it not be great if married couples can offer some quality time to do the same for their guests?

This can be very entertaining for anyone, and see the appreciation that follows, lol.

Sharing your God given talents can make life more meaningful especially when shared with others.

For a more memorable wedding reception after church ceremonies, it is probably one of the best ways for a newly married couple to show their love for each other jump starting their celebration with a fitting dance number in complete harmony with one another as you have been married as one body and one spirit with God in the holy sacrament of matrimony.

Just make sure you can dance with both feet, or you can forget the whole thing, lol.

No, don't give up, you can do other things you do best and show them as early, you are ready to face the challenges of a married couple, 'for better or for worse, for richer for poorer and ‘til death do (you) part,' as you dedicate your efforts for others, that is, your family and friends right there supporting you.

You may want to sing your favorite song doing a duet, a poem that will inspire your marriage, a verse or a biblical message or a parable that will keep you holding on together no matter what and at whatever cost.

[read our related link on ‘Preparing for marriage” via catholic news agency.com]

Marriage as ‘Forever’ and Annulment

And in the Catholic faith, however, marriage is forever and divorce is taboo. "Being one in body and spirit with God," let no man separate it, unless it has been void or proven to be invalid from the beginning to which an annulment may be filed which can take up to 16 months to process for a possible approval by the diocesan Tribunal.

In Matthew 19:5-6, Jesus said to the Pharisees on the question of man divorcing his wife, “Haven’t you read, at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

When one or both parties may have entered the marriage in good will, but with lack of openness, honesty, maturity, full freedom of choice, the right motivation, emotional stability, or capacity to establish a community of life and love with another person, this may open up the doors to a possible annulment case for the Tribunal to decide.

On the question of the necessity of a 'pre-nuptial agreement' in marriage, I am personally against this as it undermines the sacredness of marriage and reduces it to material considerations and negates the vow of oneness in love even in financial or economic difficulties brought about by certain situations beyond the control of each spouse.  This, for me, in the true test of the greater love that each spouse has on each other, that no material element or issue may break this sacred bond together, and that while death may separate each one from the other, their oneness may be cherished together even beyond this life, as they become one with God having lived in God, and ready for life eternal.

As in Matthew 4:4, Jesus said that 'man cannot live by bread alone but by the words from the mouth of God,' the more we should become stronger as we are guided by God's words, more than we may be lured to the bondage of sin whence we may be subject to the wrath of God as in Romans 12:19, compromising that elusive goal to eternal bliss.

Every person has the right to ask the Church to examine a previous marriage and see if it was a valid marriage or not, taking into consideration the presence or the lack of a freely chosen commitment between two mature, knowledgeable and capable adults to enter a covenant of love in a community for life, with priority to spouse and children.

[read our related link on Catholic Annulment Guide via Idotaketwo.com]

Remarriage After Annulment

In the end, saving the marriage would be the other object of the church as much as it can and it will welcomes any couple who had a previous annulment of their marriage as they so decide to remarry.

Some may end up doing this, though rare as it may seem, if they stay unmarried in the Catholic Church with a different spouse, as they come back to terms and often find themselves in a more fruitful and a stronger relationship after a ‘temporary separation.’

Yes, that's right, why did they ever decide to seek annulment in the first place?

God moves in mysterious ways.

Anyone in the Spirit, can always seek guidance and enlightenment in the Holy Spirit.  And before you make a drastic decision to change your life through annulment, pray, and pray hard.

Humble yourselves before the Lord and empty yourselves of your pride and arrogance, selfishness or deceit, temper and childishness, hatred, boredom and impatience, sins of lust, excessive vanity and materialism and instead find true peace, love, mercy and forgiveness in the words of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and everything will be alright as you keep him in the center of your life.

Your love for your children, whether legitimate or adopted , may help keep your love for each other burning and shining.

Even if you have no children, you have each other and the whole world to love.  When you are in the love of Christ, your love will flourish as you continue to give thanks and pray, and will grow abundantly in Christ as your marriage will be blessed.

There have been amazing instances of childless couples being gifted by the Lord with a child.  Sarah, the supposed old and barren wife of Abraham, still gave birth to a gifted and blessed child in Isaac because of God's love for Abraham.

Remember, "with God, all things are possible"  (Matthew 19:26).

And in Proverbs 37:4, “Delight yourself with the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” 

And those who so decide to remarry after their marriage has been annulled, nevertheless, requires the help of their parish priest or the assigned parish office staff member for this purpose.

If you heard of and believe in the saying, “Love comes out lovelier, ‘the second time around,’” then you know what I mean.

[Read on our related post:  "'Love' by Saint Paul, Love of God and Self-Pity" which, for me, is the best definition of true and pure love in Christ.]

Seek God’s Guidance in Christ

As I have mentioned earlier, before any couple decides on a divorce or an annulment, please pray and take away pride and arrogance in the relationship as it is living in God’s spirit that we should be guided, speaking with love and in truth, with humility and forgiveness for a more peaceful and harmonious family life.

In 1 Corinthians 7:2-7, St. Paul says on marriage, “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise, the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command. I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God. One has this gift and another one has that.”

Perhaps, men are normally prone to long for sexual pleasure that is why the Holy Spirit in St. Paul, as a concession, admonishes husband and wife not to deprive one another from this bodily pleasure to free them from evil and from further temptation of the flesh.

Expressing a deeper understanding of 'unconditional love' for each other makes the body and spirit one with God as they selflessly offer their love for each other in true passion and grace.

In this way, the love of God in you is consummated.

And alas, how wonderful and beautiful this feeling can be as you are doing this not only to show your deep love for each other, but because of your deep love for God our Almighty Father and Creator.

And what greater gift can God give you than rewarding you with heavenly happiness out of your faithfulness in Him and being one in Christ, His Son, as you express your selfless and unconditional love for each other in this human endearment in total surrender and sacrifice, as this has become 'God's will for you in Christ Jesus.'

And what could be a more fitting gesture of His love for you as He grants you a child, one of the greatest gifts and treasures that one can have in Christ.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:6-17, Saint Paul, after he admonished everyone to live in peace with each other, to encourage the timid to help the weak, to be patient with everyone, nobody to pay wrong for wrong and to always be kind to each other and to everyone else, he said, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Pray that married couples do not deprive one another of being expressive and passionate of their love for each other by retaliation for unmet expectations or needs as this is in itself a sin of pride and selfishness, rather, surrender and submit to each other as both their body and spirit belong to one another, having been blessed as one with God through the Holy Spirit in the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony.

Otherwise, they may just be inviting the evil one to get into their weakest link and succumb to sins of lust and materialism, whence, they become unwise instruments of evil than being sacred instruments of God’s plan to keep their marriage and family life eternally blessed.

I feel and believe that each wedded couple surrenders practically everything in this life to each other during their marriage, and their vows of unconditional love, care, humility and total commitment to one another in a sacred covenant with God should further bind them together in love.

To selflessly and continuously pursue this goal is but honorable and sublime… and let no one put this asunder.

If one falters and falls to sin, let true love with humility, mercy and forgiveness reign as against pride and selfishness with that willingness to renew one self and accept each other again, as God has been loving, merciful and forgiving in Christ, and finds happiness in seeing all his lambs and children happy being one with him, and becoming ever faithful and obedient to God's will.

And remember, we cannot hide his anything from God as He sees everything.

For all those who continue sin and stay astray, they 'will repay' and repay they will.

In Romans 12:17-21, Saint Paul in Christ writes, "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eye of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘it is mine to avenge, I wrill repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary:

        “If your enemy is hungry, feed him,
        If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
        In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
"Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

God cares about what we do to our bodies and self abuse is being discouraged as in John 31:1-3, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl. For what is man’s lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?”

In Matthew 5:28, Jesus exhorts the crowd against adultery, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, St. Paul writes, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

We always pray for enlightenment with great self control and discipline that should help us in our fight against evil and slavery from sin that we may always keep our hearts and spirit pure in every way, as we prepare to meet our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, someday, in his coming.

And would it not be a blessing to see our children grow with much love and joy in God’s guidance that they too may be blessed with a happy family in the next generation?

We do not want material things, the evil one or ‘Mammon’ to rule our life would we?

God wants us to be the master of material things while we give thanks and glorify His Holy Name in all these, and not to become a slave of anything material.

Remember, all these that we have on earth are all temporary.  We cannot bring any of them when we die can we?

As such, God is watching us.

Being ever faithful to our marriage vows and to our covenant with Him through Christ Jesus in this life as we keep and obey his commandments for the love of God and of our neighbors, we are bound to enjoy heavenly happiness and peace as early as in this life, and a much better extension awaits us leading to life eternal.

Being one with God in Christ makes our marriage and family life truly blessed as our faith and good works make us whole with God, and this makes our relationship wonderful and magical as it is meant to be  .... with Christ, it is forever.

And as always, KJOH (Keeping Jesus in our hearts) can make our marriage relationship even better, do you agree?

You may read further and get more inspiration on our related post on Commentary on – 600 Couples Renew Marriage Vows in DC,” for inspiration.

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1 comment:

  1. Have fun as married couples and seek God's blessings through the holy sacrament of matrimony as you have finally decided to get married 'forever' with God through Jesus as guide and light. I sought for God's help through praying before choosing to get married, and indeed, He has made my life complete with a happy family.