The picture above is supposedly a real billboard in Texas.
I wanted to pass along a really good e-mail from a great on-line ministry. The reason I wanted to pass it on is two-fold: first, it fits with Mother's Day and most of you who come my way are mothers. Second, it fits in with the devotional series on marriage I have been posting here. Hope you enjoy it and get a blessing from it! - Barbara
Gods Work Ministry Inspirational and Encouragement E-Mail Dear Friend, We must always keep in mind how special the women that are in our lives really are. We are to honor, love and respect our mothers, sisters and wives and show our appreciation for all that they do for us. We should not honor the women in our lives only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is the command of the Lord. God Almighty has commanded us to honor our mothers and fathers. We must also love and respect our wives as we are commanded to in Ephesians 5:25 â€œHusbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.â€ (Exodus 20:12) God has blessed us with great women in our lives and we need to acknowledge them and be thankful that God has given them to us. It is easy to go through life on autopilot and not pay special attention to the works and acts of love that women show each day that we are alive because they are so graceful and light in their works, but nevertheless we must acknowledge them and be grateful for all that they do. (Proverbs 18:22) (Proverbs 31:28) I hope you are encouraged by today's message to pay tribute to the women that are in your life and show them by your acts of praise and love how special and important they are to you. THE CREATION OF WOMAN When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. When I created man I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. But you, woman, I fashioned. I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with my creativity. From one bone I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man's life. I chose the strong yet delicate rib which protects his heart and lungs and supports him, as you are meant to do. Your characteristics are as the rib: strong, yet delicate and fragile. You provide protection for the most delicate organs in man, his heart and lungs. His heart is the center of his whole being; his lungs hold the breath of life. The rib cage will allow itself to be broken before it will allow damage to his heart and lungs. Support him as the rib cage supports the body. Around this one bone I fashioned you. I shaped you. I created you perfect. Your eyes are the windows to your soul; your lips are so lovely when they part in prayer; your nose is so perfect in form; your hands are so gentle to touch. Oh yes, I've touched your hands, I've held your heart. Of all that lives and breathes you are the most like Me. That is why I made you the mother of life. You see, woman, you reside in Me. Adam walked with Me in the cool of the day and yet he was lonely. He could not see Me, or touch Me. He could only feel Me. So everything I wanted Adam to share and experience with Me I fashioned in you. My holiness, My strength, My purity, My love, and support, My protection. You are special because you are the extension of Me. Man represents my image; woman, my emotions. Together you represent the totality of God. So man, treat woman well. Love her and respect her, for she is fragile. In hurting her you hurt Me. What you do to her, you do to Me. In crushing her, you only damage your own heart and lungs. Woman, support man as the rib cage. In humility show him the power of emotion I have given to you. In gentle quietness show your strength. In love show him that you are the rib that protects his inner self. Author Unknown Read and meditate on these scriptures: Colossians 3:18-22 â€œWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.â€ Proverbs 31:10-12 â€œWho can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.â€ Romans 12:9-12 â€œLet love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.â€ Proverbs 31:26-31 â€œShe openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.â€ All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. Todayâ€™s Selected Poem: A MOTHER'S CROWN Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem161.htm Todayâ€™s Selected Testimony: FAMILY TESTIMONY Click here to read --- http://www.godswork.org/testimony75.htm In Christâ€™s Service, Dwayne Savaya Gods Work Ministry Please feel free to visit the Website to read more Encouraging and Inspirational stories, poems and testimonies. Our E-mail Archives are available as well to read the messages that have been sent in the past. 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