Living Before the Face of God

Jane walked out of the grocery store in a frazzle. It seemed everyone in town had decided to join her in grocery shopping after work on a hot Friday afternoon. It had been hours since the clock struck 5pm at her office and she wrapped it up, but even after 14 extra hours this past week, Jane still had piles on her desk. Thinking of it caused anxiety and Jane’s heart started racing. Maybe she should sneak back into the office tomorrow and catch those files up before Monday morning? Jane sighed, her house was a mess, laundry was piled to the ceiling and everyone had been living on take out all week. How could she spend more time at the office?

Jane loaded her grocery bags into the car and saw movement out of the corner of her eye. It was the homeless man who hung out around the grocery store. He always reminded Jane of “Pigpen” the character from Charlie Brown who traveled along inside his dust cloud. She sighed again, pulled a couple of wrinkled dollars out of her purse and smiled at him. “Sir?”

He stopped, smiled back and accepted the bills. Then to Jane’s surprise he bowed low before her and said, “The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious to thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.”

Jane was speechless, and the homeless man bowed to her again and said, “I thank thee for the generous gift!” and in a whirl of dirt and dust, he was gone.

His words kept repeating themselves in Jane’s mind all the way home. “The Lord make His face to shine upon thee.” What did that mean? Why would God shine his face on her?

Jane got her grocery’s home to a chorus of “FOOD! Mom, what are you fixing us?” as rambunctious teens unloaded her bounty then retreated to the TV. Jane smiled, “I bet they would not say a word if I ordered another pizza and fell in front of the TV.” But she started chopping vegetables. With the homeless man’s blessing still on her mind, Jane clicked her audio bible app as she prepared the food. Psalms 139 filled the kitchen.

“Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your Hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall guide me.”

Jane stopped and closed her eyes, feeling God’s peace flood her heart. The Lord’s face was indeed shining upon her, as she chopped vegetables, grocery shopped, showed kindness to a homeless man, worked overtime hours, faced a mountain of laundry… No matter what she did or where she went, Jane was living out her life before the face of God. Jane said a quick prayer, thanking God for the dirty angel who reminded her of His presence.

 

“Weather eating, drinking, laughing or working, all we do, is done before the Face of God.”      Kelly M. Kapic

Coram Deo

Love Talks by Jed Jurchenko

This a three in one book set containing “conversation starters” and instructions for use, along with very practical and realistic relationship advice. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, and I only wish I had a resource like this one prior to my first marriage!

Jed is a licensed MFT with over 20 years experience and has obtained his master’s degree in counseling and psychology, he also has his MD from Southern California Seminary.

This book reminded me that marriage is work! However, if you put the work into what matters, your partner: the rewards are priceless. Before you get upset with the idea of “work” after the “dearly beloved bliss” stage, think about a new puppy. So cute, loveable, but without care and training it never gets housebroken and chews up your shoes. You work through the training stage and your reward is a faithful and beloved companion. What about your houseplants? If you don’t water and care for them, they die.

This book provides you with the training and fertilizer for your marriage! Communication is the fertilizer that feeds your marriage. And healthy, creative communication does not have to cost money. Just your time and a little effort.

Invest that time and effort into your marriage! This book will pay you back in dividends of priceless memories that last a lifetime.

Jed goes beyond “questions” and conversation starters. Even though they are so good I wanted to pull out my journal and ask the questions of myself! Jed gives us tips for “creative connections” in life’s seasons and habits of miserable and happy couples to help point us in the right direction with our marriages.

I have been a stay at home mom with young children and very little  money. I have also been at a fancy five-star restaurant celebrating an anniversary with my husband. After we discussed whether or not the kids were painting the kitchen with peanut butter while the baby sitter snored we had nothing to say to each other. We had taken different paths without maintaining our connection to each other. It was a miserable meal.

Jed provides easy and free date idea’s so you don’t pass through life’s stages and end up with a stranger.

The last book in the set is 131 Necessary Conversations Before Marriage. Just the other day my 15-year-old daughter proudly showed me her “wedding board” on Pinterest. It is beautiful, filled with rings, dresses, flowers…very girly and worthy of a princess, without a prince. I am thrilled she has not “pinned” a prince to her board, but when she does we will be sitting down with this book. I want her to understand that her choice of a man is going to be far more important than off the shoulder or sweetheart neckline, her prince better be more important than the castle. She is going to need to pour herself into that relationship with all the passion she put into arranging this board. This book will help us as a mother and daughter have those important conversations when the time comes, and help her as a young woman to ensure she has the proper conversations prior to marriage. I want to see her prince become her King and their Kingdom last forever!

I encourage you to get a copy of this book, you can click my affiliate link here to go straight to Amazon– check out Jed’s other books and credentials, read a sample and the reviews. I gave Love Talks FIVE stars and I know you will too!  Click and enjoy and leave Jed a review, I did!

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