Are You The Right One For Me?

….if a marriage cannot be glorified in the Lord, then we are settling for Satan’s interference.

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Written by Anne L. Bicks, editor of Dana Bicks LLC

I have been so blessed to have found the right partner for life. It wasn’t until my sixties that the wisdom of God taught me what I should have seen when I was younger. Even so, when I was nineteen years old, I married for the first time. I was raised in a Lutheran church, so marriage was considered a very sacred event. Had I known then, what I know so well now, that matrimony would have never occurred. The only positive thing from that union, was my three beautiful children. But, I realize that young people, widows, or divorcees are all capable of getting married (or remarried), for the wrong reasons. The golden rule is that if a marriage cannot be glorified in the Lord, then we are settling for Satan’s interference. Most people that are in and out of marriages constantly, are not looking to God for their discernment of true love. They have also chosen to ignore the Christian traits of a perfect spouse.

So, I have decided to put together a list of important characteristics that you should consider when deciding if someone is the right one for you. I wish this checklist had existed for me, so if you or someone you know is considering marriage, please share and pray for your or their discernment.

 

CHRISTIAN TRAITS OF A LIFE PARTNER:

Does he/she love God more than you? This is critical, as in time, the way they serve Him will be reflected in the way they love and serve you. Remember, this trait will be passed on to your future generations.

Are they to kind to others? If you don’t see your future partner treat others with kindness and grace, in time he or she will be treating you the same way.

Do they treat their parents with honor and respect? How a person gets along with parents, brothers, and sisters will tell you volumes about their character.

Proverbs 19:26
A son who “mistreats his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.”

Ephesians 6:2-3
A person who honors his father and mother enjoys the favor of the Lord.

 

Are they trustworthy and righteous? This indicates they will keep their word no matter what the cost. By the age of 30, a person’s character and values are formed so this trait should be seriously evaluated by young people under the age of 30.

Are they respected by others? Pay attention to any hesitations people may display when they speak about your possible partner. Do others say both negative and positive things about them? If so, take heed, for they may know something you do not about their personality.

Are they flirtatious? A person’s actions and looks speak volumes about respect for you and the opposite sex. It is NOT in their personality to flirt – it’s indicative of insecurities. Understand that insecurities cannot be “cured” by you or a marriage – it is a character flaw.

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How does your potential partner dress? They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing clothing that flaunts personal assets. Sexy clothing should be reserved for the marriage partner.

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Are they contentious or violent? If you notice a lot of unhappiness or anger in this person, then be warned this will definitely transfer into your relationship. Most partners in abusive relationships, report anger issues from the very beginning of their dating cycle.

Are they selfish or lazy? A selfish, lazy person will lack the desire or the means to fulfill certain spousal responsibilities. It is a snapshot of their maturity level. Remember, you can’t pay bills with promises of love.

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Are they addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, work, sports, or impulse buying? This indicates how they keep emotions and desires under control. Addictions are a symptom of a larger problem and much larger than your marriage could survive most times.

Are they a believer in the Lord and share the same religious beliefs? If you are religious and they are an atheist, this will form a constant discord in your family. Oil and water do not mix. Nothing should be more important to you or to the person you marry than your spiritual well-being. By ignoring this critical trait, you may be facing a lifetime of spiritual unrest in the marriage and a battle for the spiritual well-being of your children. In fact, the Bible warns of dating someone who is unevenly yoked with your spiritual beliefs.

What kind of close friends does your potential partner have? Friends can easily mislead and falsely persuade the best of partners.

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Have they been open with you about their part in the failure of past relationships? Beware of the person that always blames others for a failed relationship. This indicates they are not honest to their own self, or God, of their personal downfalls. They can’t ask forgiveness from God without confronting their own part they played in past problems. How can they correct their mistakes and learn from a past relationship without an admission of guilt? They can’t and they will surely carry it through to your marriage!

Do you know the true priorities of your future partner’s life?

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Have you continuously prayed for guidance in making the right choice of a life partner? As Christians, we must learn that we have to wait on the Lord. For a man or woman who has an aching heart and longs to get married, the wait can be very, very hard. Any delay you may encounter might be a message from God that it is for your good. God wants you to call on Him, walk close to Him, and wait on Him. Don’t lose patience and wander away from God in your attempt to find someone to marry. This is extremely dangerous and will usually end up disastrous!

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No one is perfect but these basic spiritual and character qualities should be there. Proverbs is very clear that we are to find a partner who has godly characteristics in our lives. Looking for a man or woman to keep us from being lonely, or just to fill our needs, or to be a parent to our children, should not be the only reasons for marrying someone.

God cannot fail and therefore any marriage built on Him is guaranteed to succeed. Women or men who allow emotions of a potential love to dictate their lives, will never be victorious Christians.

But, so they say, “Love is blind”. Just don’t let it be you!

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Our Wedding

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With our heads in the clouds and the stars at our grasp, you walk down the aisle. The music plays as the ocean keeps beat with our hearts. In your lace dress, decorated with pearls and sea shells, you look like a goddess returning to the sea once more. I stand alone and watch you carve your way onto the sand. You’re footprints are forever sculptured in eternity in the sand.

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A couple stops to commemorate the ceremony with us, then another and another as though they are all invited. The crowd forms a semicircle to watch us and minus the waves’ accompanying sound, you can hear a pin drop.

Facing each other and holding hands, we smile at each other and the minister begins. The minister smiles as it’s only supposed to be a party for two. “Dearly beloved, we have come together….” I think to myself, this reminds me of a wedding on the Hallmark channel. But you squeeze my arm, which I guess is better than kicking my shin.

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Reciting our vows, they mean so much more when the two of you are soulmates that God made sure he reconnected later in life. It’s a beautiful day and the heavens sprinkle diamonds as we look across the waters. God not only anoints me with you but the crowd too. He is laying His hands upon the ocean, blessing everything in our hemisphere. It’s such a comforting feeling to know the world is watching us….on this our special day. Being on center stage, commencing the ceremony, our life is one and only God will ever come between us.

 

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate

Mark 10:9

 


Pictures of this, our special day, will be shared with all our friends soon – stay tuned……..

The Thoughts Of Love

…On This, The Eve Of Our Wedding

Dana and Anne


As I rest in the shade of this blustery day, my mind is full of moments and memories I want to make with you. I’ve been as far as the orient, north to the Canadian shores, and south , almost to the equator yet I think of those that should have been you. But most all, I try to recollect the moment when I met you.

I fondly remember your soft touch and how you made me feel. As I looked into your beautiful eyes, I saw so much sadness. But your gracious smile seemed as though I handed you the world. A princess I never could have imagined….you wanted to appoint me to be your King for the rest of your life.

Not very aware of God’s predictions, I paid you little mind. I never knew God had sent me an Angel to rescue me from my own blindness. So I trampled out into this world, leaving behind a gift from God. I just wouldn’t believe God had sent you to me.

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But as we parted ways in ’85, you obviously knew God had plans for us. Full of trials and situations, we’ve both struggled in life dealing with incompetent relationships. Sadly, now, I wish I knew then what I see now.

So today, in the wind, I cast my prayers in the hope it’s not too late for God to hear my thoughts and dreams that we share. You my love, my everything….the one who encourages me to never give up; expand my horizons, conquer uncharted world’s, and to take your hand and never let go. A love so deep that all who walked before, never added up to this marvelous princess that God has delivered to my door.

Tomorrow, my life is about to be complete. By making your world the other half of mine and two hearts in unison, we will set sail to faraway lands. I pray, right here to God, for our protection. May He anoint everything we venture into. Our life, so perfect now….my only desire is to make you happy and to shower you with the love God has given me.

Now I know why, YOU , you were what was supposed to happen years ago! But God has given us a second chance. We are so, so blessed! I love you my sweet princess….my angel from above. I just love you! There’s nothing more to say except…. God bless us tomorrow, our day, November 1, 2017. My heart is a bouquet that I want you to have for eternity as I will shower you with flowers forever.

Silver Seasons

Our trails of disasters have led us to greener pastures…

In the glimmering shadows, I stare across the way at you. I ask God to allow me the years that we have missed. Lord, explain why two would meet in their prime years, only to reunite as the silver seasons begin?

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I could write a book called, “The False Illusions”. Why would two who came together for one week and didn’t know the others’ walk; living a thousand miles apart with children and obligations; never forget each other?? Did God lay the ground work of which two could have never thought? What promises did God stow, although I know…. it was all in His timing. Success is measured by smiles not stress, and now blessings are bestowed.

What greater love than two old, coming together in the name of RESPECT and God anoints their visions! Our trails of disasters have led us to greener pastures; and we have both come to Christ. And where there is His father, no other power can destroy. Our prayers re-unite.

Today, in the bright sunshine, I watch the shadows you create as dreams and missions are one. You’re such a blessing to me! With God’s help, a child is born….an entity for all to see; a star, maybe high above the clouds that He created in the heavens; one that no one else could have ever seen.

In awe, I stand quietly, watching as the trust evolves from truths. A future as infamous as the galaxies, dreams are unimaginable. Only God addresses our circumstances as we remain in faith. And I look at you and think….

We nurture our love as you illuminate my visions and God above blesses the messages. What a joy to have God on my side and you to polish my points of view. It’s like sitting in the shade, enjoying a breeze, with a glass of lemonade on a Sunday afternoon. Nothing in this world would be better to me than you sharing the silver seasons of my life….until we leave and walk in heaven together.

 


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Learning To Trust

…..go to God where trust originates.

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Sitting at the kitchen bar, watching the sunlight in the clouds, I’m deciding what to wear. Listening to the weatherman, I wander, what crystal ball is he looking into? For sure, not the one in his hands! He’s saying clear but I swear it looks like rain. The only thing warm is the coffee cup against my palms. I hate this kind of weather because you never know how to dress. Throwing on my winter coat, I grab a sweatshirt, cap and gloves and think to myself, now I’m prepared. But are we ever? Our best guess might be the worst case scenario.

Not looking back, I start to back out of the garage. Trusting there is nothing behind me, I pull out into the street. I guess I should have looked but for the millionth time, I will be fine. Like kissing my bride good-bye, I trust today will be like tomorrow and like yesterday.

It’s noon and wanting to send my love, I reach for my phone. There’s no answer. What comes to mind? A million thoughts – the “what if’s” are haunting and all of a sudden I’m wondering… hmmm. But I’ve been married for years; I’m certainly secure but there’s a little inkling that something is wrong. I’ll shake it off and go about my day.

Arriving home, I see she’s beat me. What a surprise, or, what is she up to? Dinner’s nice but a little too quiet. Suspicious, I’m afraid to ask. I’ll get my shower and slip under the covers….the place where no bars are held. She’s putting her back to me! My trust is on the line and comfort zone infiltrated. Reminded of the weatherman, I’m trying to prepare for the onslaught of the night. All these years are wrapped up in an instant. There’s no time to ask for prayer unless I’m trying to save myself. So I go to God where trust originates. A clap of thunder and it’s not just three of us anymore – God, her, and I. Now I know it’s four!

Learning to trust, it’s faith that’s granted but still, there’s doubt after all these years. Feeling for my life, I’m trying to prepare but there’s no way my heart isn’t broken. I’m trying to trust with suspicion arising but it’s like painting rust… hopefully it will go away. Trusting in a can of paint is much the same as believing in the honesty of a liar.

So it’s back to square one. I don’t know how to cope with the elements at hand. Now it’s me that wishes I had a crystal ball. But the only peak I see is that which God determines. Protecting me, God wards off the evil spirits. Staying diligent in my Father’s faith, He instills in me, Learning to Trust 101….

How trusting are you??  Share your experiences….

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For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. … (Romans 7:15-24)

The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. (Proverbs 31:11)

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God’s Way

……peace is granted, by only God


Safe within the domain of my soul, I hear the storms as they roll in. My heart is content, though Satan tries to rule; God has given me the resilience to protect my spirit. Sheltered from the hell of life, I sit quietly, thanking God for everything. The loves I have comfort me – memories that I gather like a bouquet of flowers. Though my life was riddled with abuse, I’ve had time to heal and give the hurt to God. I hear the thunder of a disgruntled sky; there’s no peace in the heavens. Angels won’t fly in stormy weather; we all must heartsguard ourselves from nature’s wrath.

Promising in the eleventh hour, God adheres to calm my stormy life. The strength of prayer, I share with Him, the one who holds us so dear. I think about my mother…. I wish you knew I except your apology. My father, who I dearly loved, was robbed of life early, to sit above. Though it’s an early rainy day, I mourn for the times of my early childhood.

Thanking God for what I have, I count my blessings one by one. God never promised my life would be easy. Saddled in worries, this too shall pass. Like thunder and lightning that reigns in hell, I will stand against the evil forces!

Blessed with a love that’s unexplainable, God knows my heart and He listens to my prayers. I look at your youth, as I reflect on the years past, and wonder, why now does He orchestrate our souls to join? There in the morning storms that brew into the night, peace is granted – by only God. Never questioning his plans, and knowing it was meant to be, we walk together hand-in-hand. Sharing the hell, like lightning in a family tree, we both must grow where God leads us.

Praying to God that angels arrive; like asking permission from a mother, we navigate in our spirits and pray the same. Though the rains may linger outside and nourish the flowers, I hold you tight under God’s umbrella. We will succeed and be protected!

When I see your smile, it reminds me of the sun as it peeks out from beyond the storm clouds. Your touch has reached my spirit that, I only, share with God. You’re there. I just thank my Jesus, for sending this love.