10 + 5 = Redeeming Love

B and A

If you try to intertwine two people full of insecurities, selfishness, and pride with a deep hunger and desire for ‘love’ and purpose, you will have a shallow relationship that will never fulfill. Billy and I know this first hand.

Most people don’t know our marriage died in 2001 when we were both separated from God and decided to separate from each other.  It. Was. Over. Hearts were hardened and hurt, and shame and regret kept us apart. Even when we got back together and ‘tried’ to make our marriage work it was for selfish and prideful reasons. But God…

Little did we know in 2009 we would experience a LOVE that would change us from the inside out. This love was not from one another, but from God. In 2009 God breathed His Spirit into our lives and marriage and we began an adventurous journey with God that has brought us into a deeper love with Him and one another.  We are learning marriage is not about us, it’s about God.

Marriage is a picture of Jesus Christ and the love and fellowship He has with His Bride (the Church). We are learning God unites us together in a covenant relationship with Him as One.

We are learning walking down the aisle to the altar doesn’t end on your wedding day but it is a daily walk to God’s altar as you offer yourself to Him as a living and holy sacrifice. We are learning the most intimate experience we can have with one another is prayer at God’s throne of grace and waiting, watching, and rejoicing in His answers.

Our hope is not having a perfect marriage, or a life without trials and pain, but our hope is in Christ alone, we know from experience we cannot do this without Him.  We had 10 years of marriage without consulting or seeking God’s kingdom and it was very difficult to love apart from God. But God is the Wonderful Counselor and Healer of all.  Just as we are made alive to God in Christ Jesus, so our marriage is alive in Christ Jesus for His purposes. God has made us righteous through faith in Jesus Christ, and that is how we are able to live by faith.

This is His marriage and we rejoice and give glory and honor to God.
It is the love of GOD THE FATHER that helps us to love,
it is the blood of JESUS CHRIST that cleanses us from all unrighteousness helping us to have daily counsel and fellowship with the Father,
it is the HOLY SPIRIT Who convicts, teaches and guides us on the paths of righteousness, for His Namesake.

To. God. Be. The. Glory.

15 years. 10 years without God + 5 years with God = Redeeming Love

Thank you God. Bless the LORD O my Soul

*Psalm 103

{I realize there are hurting hearts out there. Those who have experienced deep loss either from death, divorce or division. I have prayed for you. My intention to share this day is not to stir you to jealousy or discontent but give credit and glory to God and lead you to the One who heals all Jesus Christ. I pray Jesus Christ becomes your all in all and He is enough. I pray you experience the love of God as you never had before, His love is better than any love a human can give.  I pray you know there is NO ‘happily ever after…’ just ‘joyfully eternal life’ and you can have this now…just come to Jesus Christ and you will experience eternal life. Let Him love you.}

Giving Thanks

 

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My name is arcelia. I love, worship and revere God. I am enJOYing the peace with God I have through Jesus Christ and I'm learning to listen and respond to His voice through His Word and convictions of the Holy Spirit in this midst of this chaotic and distracting world. I am a broken redeemed healed vessel, joyously drawing water from the Spring of salvation pouring out in God's strength by His Spirit for His glory. "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." 2 Corinthians 13:14 View all posts by altarofheaven

9 responses to “10 + 5 = Redeeming Love

  • Kim Atchison

    Happy Anniversary! I love you two!

    *From:* Altar of Heaven [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:52 PM *To:* katchison@budbusch.com *Subject:* [New post] 10 + 5 = Redeeming Love

    altarofheaven posted: ” If you try to intertwine two people full of insecurities, selfishness, and pride with a deep hunger and desire for ‘love’ and purpose, you will have a shallow relationship that will never fulfill. Billy and I know this first hand. Most people don’t”

  • savedbygrace

    @”15 years. 10 years without God + 5 years with God = Redeeming Love

    10 = THE LAW
    5 = the Number of Grace

    – 1 Sam. 17:40 – David chooses five stones to prepare his fight with Goliath
    – Gen. 6:8 – the fifth time Noah’s name is mentioned, it is about grace
    – Ruth 2:2 – the fifth time Ruth’s name is mentioned, it is about grace
    – 1 Sam. 16:22 – the fifth time David’s name is mentioned it is about grace

    Before , Abram, Sarai

    then God changed their names to “Abraham”, “Sarah”. God added “Hei”.

    the Fifth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet is “Hei”
    ………………………………………….

    I will yet to receive and see God’s Grace in my marriage. but I thank God for you sharing your testimony to us 🙂

    – grace and peace

  • Marcia harris

    congratulations on 16 years, but esoecially for sharing your discovery that only a marriage based on The Way, the Truth and the Life can survive the assaults on its beauty by the evil one. May God cntinue to be the Center as you love one another, covered by the Blood of Jesus, our Hope!

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