Monique's friend and mentor, T.A. Powell, pointed his friends to this truth the other day and after reading it; I'm still pondering the glorious gift God has given us in a growing healthy marriage that grew in the hard times by His grace. At times unknowingly, we were living out the truths T.A. mentions below and in his reference to 2 Corinthians.
"The hard moments are not just for your growth in grace, but for your call to be a tool of that same grace in the life of of another sufferer.........God intends you to give away the comfort you have been given. The grace that has given you hope is meant to spill over into hope for the person next to you. What a plan!".......New Morning Mercies - Paul Tripp
All praise goes to God, Father of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. He is the Father of compassion, the God of all comfort. He consoles us as we endure the pain and hardship of life so that we may draw from His comfort and share it with others in their own struggles. For even as His suffering continues to flood over us, through the Anointed we experience the wealth of His comfort just the same. If we are afflicted with such trouble and pain, then know it is so that you might ultimately experience comfort and salvation. If we experience comfort, it is to encourage you so that you can hold up while you endure the same sufferings we all share. unshaken and unshakable. That’s because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so you will also share in our comfort.
My brothers and sisters, we have to tell you that when we were in Asia the troubles we faced were nearly more than we could handle. The burdens we bore nearly crushed us. Our strength dwindled to nothing. For a while, we weren’t sure we would make it through the whole ordeal. We thought we would have to serve out our death sentences right then and there. As a result, we realized that we could no longer rely on ourselves and that we must trust solely in God, who possesses the power to raise the dead. Miraculously God Himself delivered us from the cold hands of death. We again place our hope in Him alone, and we know He will deliver us. Join us in this work. Lend us a hand through prayer so that many will give thanks for the gift that comes to us when God answers the prayers of so many. (2 Corinthians 1:3-11 in the Voice translation)
Tools, that is what we have been called to at Marriage Mosaic and it is what you are called to be in the life of another person. If you are married, may we encourage you to ask God if He wants you to be tools for another marriage.
In essence, it is all about friendship, coming alongside another couples as friends and allowing God (Holy Spirit) to use you and your experiences to provide wisdom through listening. You can learn more about becoming a marriage mentor here or by contacting us at Marriage Mosaic.
Vic and Monique
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