I wish I had a Perfect Button!

I mean I would make millions of dollars and it would literally market itself.  Any bad situation, sickness or disease, loss of employment, grief, argument with our spouse or kids: All vanished and replaced with perfection.

Just one touch of that magical button would send out waves into the air that would reverse the angry face from your teenager when you tell them that the iPod has been banished to never-never land.

One touch of the Perfect Button would allow you to say what you really think of your husband for not helping you clean the house, then witness him walk towards you, hug you, kiss you and admit how terribly selfish he is.  (I am laughing at this one)

One touch of the perfect button would make the most salty, burned chicken meal, simply scrumptious no matter how many seasonings you thought you’d add to make it taste better.

All would be well in life if we had the Perfect Button.  The dogs would quit barking at weird hours of the morning allowing you to get a good nights rest.

The kids would quietly sit and do their homework without arguing or throwing things at each other.

Women, this is a big one: Our hair would always shine, have the perfect cut and be long and feathery like Farrah Fawcett.

With the Perfect Button we would walk into our bathroom to find the lid down, no smell of pee and no interruptions every 5.3 seconds for milk and cookies.

If you’re a guy, you would actually be able to tell your wife that the jeans she is wearing really don’t flatter her figure, she would skip towards you, kiss you and thank you for your honesty, lol.

Life would be worry free with the Perfect Button.

Now I know, I may have taken this idea a little far away from reality, but be honest now; How many times have you wished you could zap a situation into perfect mode?

How many bad conversations have you had with friends, family and noisy neighbors, you wish you could replace with perfect words?

How many mistakes have you made for trying things your way instead of asking God for help and letting His perfection be enough?

And here in lies the connection.

The dots are all lined up, so all we have to do is trace the line.

That line will lead us to the reality that we are NOT perfect but on our way to perfection through Christ.  The line will show that our words are hurtful at times; our lives can be a mess, our house upside down, our finances in shambles and our relationship with our spouse a disaster, BUT and I say a really big BUT.

But, we are not suppose to be perfect, that was in the garden, and we ruined that opportunity really quick.  God knew this, that’s why He established marriage for man and woman to compliment each other in their weaknesses through His help and guidance.

We are not perfect parents and sometimes have to face difficult times with rebellious children who only God can reach through nights and nights of soaked prayers.

It’s the imperfect, broken people that God delivered through the death of His son and through His saving grace establishes as an heir to His Kingdom.  The woman at the well that met with Jesus was an imperfect, adulterous, promiscuous, sinful woman who had been married more times than most families have probably changed cars.  Yet, the perfect sacrifice, the anointed one, the Son of God met with her and offered her everlasting life.  It was nothing she could do on her own; she just had to receive His gift repent of her sins and follow Him.

It’s not always easy to receive something if we feel like we have failed or do not deserve Gods grace.  But let me tell you that is the biggest, most stupid lie that the enemy of our souls wants us to believe.  If we buy into the idea that we must be perfect in our own doing and that we cannot or will not accept Gods grace mercy and love, we are fools.

Life is going to be filled with ups and downs, sickness and health, financial blessings and struggles, peace and unrest.  But we are not alone on this road, our God and Savior has promised to relieve our yoke and turn our mourning into gladness in His perfect time.  This is not always easy to remember and I am usually the first one to freak out when times are rough on our family, but I must cast all my cares upon Him and believe that His peace which surpasses all understanding will guard my heart and mind even though the situation could use some help from The Perfect Button.

Take heart my friend if you find yourself lost in a bubble of self pity or if you are facing a difficult time in your marriage, God is there and He is with you.  Call out to Him with tears and repentance so He can heal you and give you beauty for ashes.

Selah!

Mariana

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Scripture Readings

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth

who does good and never sins.

Ecclesiastes 7

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect,

but I press on to make it my own,

because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind

and straining forward to what lies ahead,

I press on toward the goal for the prize

of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Let those of us who are mature think this way,

and if in anything you think otherwise,

God will reveal that also to you.

Philippians 3

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to comfort all who mourn,
     and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

Isaiah 43
Through him we have also obtained access by faith

into this grace in which we stand,

and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings,

knowing that suffering produces endurance,

and endurance produces character,

and character produces hope,

and hope does not put us to shame,

because God’s love has been poured into our hearts

through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5

And after you have suffered a little while,

the God of all grace, who has called you

to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore,

confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5

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