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Weekend to Remember

Husband + Wife + Christ = A Great Marriage!

Naveen & Sharon Samuel.

True Love.

Love That Lasts Forever

This weekend (June 10-12) Naveen & I attended a beautiful conference that enriched and refreshed our whole life… and strengthened our already steadfast resolve to love each other till “death do us part”.

Family Life – a non-profit christian organization that seeks to “help for today & hope for tomorrow” for marriages and families hosted the “Weekend To Remember Getaway” for couples. I would seriously recommend to any married (also pre-married, re-married or military couple) in the United States to find one that’s coming near you (they are happening all year round) and attend for only good can come of this series of seminars. If you want the most important relationship that exists in your life (that being the one with your spouse) to be given the best chance at success and the happiness you search for then go for it! There is nothing to lose and SO MUCH to gain!

There are no guarantees given… only hope… and we could all do with walking away from something with more hope and joy than we walked in with! This was one of those times. I am so glad we went.

A few wisdom-packed, holy-spirit inspired sessions in the right time according to God’s amazing sovereignty catapulted our marriage into the next level of contentment and excitement, both.

What a wondrous thing to fall more in love with the husband (or wife) God gave us rather than seeing him (or her) as the enemy… take home message suggested by the main speakers if we didn’t get anything else. Needless to say we took home A LOT – and even though there was a conference manual with all the dot points in it from the seminars…me being me… I still had to write it out memorable quotes and anecdotes for my own memory’s sake. (a whole half of a notebook worth of new and old principles to prepare & guide us through the years ahead)

Marriage that just drifts along with no effort nor faith applied will always be without the joy and peace it has the potential to have – God’s plan was always good in creating this institution and it is we, the children who have distanced ourselves rebellious to his mysterious ways, that have demeaned marriage to a place of unhappiness. A marriage that is worked purposefully upon… given the priority it needs amongst our busy lives… and most importantly centred around a relationship with Jesus Christ… will not be easily broken.

It will not be conflict-free but it will know how to walk through the inevitable conflict that comes when two different people come together & become one flesh -which by the way has nothing to do with sex or becoming mirror images of one another but rather being vulnerable & exposed as one’s true self in safety and not being exploited or crushed but built up in both the weakness & strengths revealed. It will walk all the way, never giving up halfway, and come out the other side not feeling lost, confused and wounded but with hope and courage and victory, definitely more love than before.

Marriage is for the brave not the charming. For the humble and not the proud. For the patient and not the demanding. It goes against the grain of what comes natural to a human i.e. self -centredness and asks of us to put at the bottom of the list that which we value the most: ourselves, our own agendas & desires.

Marriage is so wonderful you were only ever meant to put that much effort with, and super-glue your soul to, one other being in life. Marriage is also the most beautiful & only shore upon which the waves of grace & forgiveness can completely work their wonders. To washing away as if just unimportant structures in the sand all of the past, the mistakes, dysfunctional family backgrounds, the character flaws and personality weaknesses that come with a person who has lived a little life. Yes, a great marriage has it’s hidden treasure buried somewhere, like a priceless pearl, in the work of forgiving as Christ forgave our sins.

I would love to share some of the revelations I got out of this conference… although most of what I have written today is basically just the overflow of my own bubbling heart after such a fulfilling few days.

Lastly… but (even though it sounds cliche) definitely NOT LEAST of all that I wanted to say about this weekend…is that I’m so thankful for our friends Tina & Sunil who gifted us this experience for our wedding in Dec 2009 and for arranging for it to come together now and joining us… being a newly married couples themselves too… and for their hospitality in having us at their home for the weekend… you guys are awesome! 🙂 We love you both! It was a weekend together that we will remember when we are old and grey, with our grandchildren around us, and still very happily married.

Thankyou to Tina & Sunil


Finding Friendship

Finding Friendship. – by Laura Meers (iHeart.org)






“After finishing work for the day, I made my way back to the train station. Upon arriving, I brought my ticket, checked the timetables and went through the gates to find a seat. The next train was not due for another 20mins so I sat back and allowed my mind to wander for a while, taking in all that was around me.

After a couple of minutes, a young girl with a pram came and sat on the seat beside me. We sat silent for another minute or two before she turned to me quite abruptly and asked if she could ask me a question. Expecting her to ask the time or when the next train would come, I agreed without hesitation, completely unprepared for the next words that were to come from her mouth… “If you were in the same position as me, and you had the opportunity to get back together with the father of your child, would you?”

The question sparked a conversation that continued on for the next hour. As we talked, I found out this girl had come from both an abusive relationship and family life. When she could not find love at home, she went searching for it elsewhere. In time she found herself pregnant to a man who had been cheating on her continuously. The day we met was the first time she had allowed the father to see his daughter, at 6months old.

She was now living alone with her daughter, trying to make things work for them both. She had no support and few friends after all that had happened, yet still remained strong, always presenting hope in her plans for the future. She wanted to go back to uni, get her license and find a good job to support her daughter. I offered to help in whatever way I could and we decided to stay in touch.

Within a couple of weeks, she had come to church and accepted God into her life. In the weeks to come we have continued to meet up, to chat about life and simply develop friendship. We are on a journey, but I could not be more thankful for the opportunity we have had to grow together. While many might look at the situation “thinking” I have given, I have found myself receive much more. Every time we allow others into our lives we never walk away empty-handed. Choosing to open ourselves up to others, choosing to love with no strings attached can sometimes be the greatest good we can do for one another.

Maybe to truly love others does not take much as we sometimes make it out to, maybe it is simply an open heart, open eyes and open hands to whatever the day may present us with.

Administering justice is not just about coming alongside those that are poor financially, although this is important, it is so much more. It is coming alongside the poor in spirit, those that are struggling, hurting and alone. It is about loving each and every person no matter who they are and where they come from. As you go about your day today, make the decision to show love wherever you can and to whomever you can. Allow your life to show Jesus, you never know what might happen!”

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