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The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."

A Path for the Searching Husband

The world (the valley below) loves to twist desire. But up here, on The Meno Path, hope, desire, ambition, connect to something the world has lost: joy.

Joy is the gasp of my faith. The wonder-moment of life. The surprise in the face of beauty.

Joy culminates. It is desire’s highest development.

Joy signals fulfillment.

It is the arms-raised-moment in worship. That moment you’re ready in your heart to be taken off the mountain.

It is the moment when my longing finds home.

It is also that place of home.

It is the reward of faith, the prize of ambition, the spoils of love.

Joy looks like heaven.

The Meno Path requires forgiveness. Me of myself. Me of you. Me of her. Me of him. Over and over and over again.

There is no end to forgiveness.

Forgiveness cuts through bitterness.

It may weep on the shoreline of despair, but sees the path, and walks the path.

It may cry out in pain over unspoken wounds but always walks towards joy.

Forgiveness does not take opportunity to call out the wrongs of another person. It takes the blow, and bleeds, it takes the thorns and sings, it takes the nails and invites.

Forgiveness never fails.

The Meno Path gives life to life. 

In this world, I engage in the various callings (vocatio) of life, given by God. In each of these callings (vocatio), I am given a responsibility. They are: husband, father, child, worker, citizen, bride of Christ (Church).

The Meno Path weaves in and through these callings. When I abide. When I wait in Christ. When I find settled union with him. Each calling blossoms in the joy of intimacy with the Almighty.

I’ve found that abiding requires much in the eyes of the world. But the further up The Meno Path I climb, the less weight the requirements possess.

Instead, I find in them an incredible lightness and freedom, and breathe the air of heaven.

Timothy Willard
Timothy Willard
Tim's authored four books, including Shine So Bright, a children's Christmas story, and is finishing his first novel. He and his wife, Christine, co-founded The Edges and are writing a book they hope will inspire married couples to stick together no matter what. He and Christine live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their three pixie-daughters. Sign-up here to follow their work.

The Simple Marriage Prayer That Will Put Your Focus On God

"When we pray these words, we are acknowledging that He is in control of us, and we are not in control of each other. It is offering our own will in exchange for God’s will."

Dear ‘Good Parents’: This Is How You Miss the Signs of Sexual Abuse in Your Child

How do good parents miss child sexual abuse? It is simple.

Twins Found Floating Face Down in Backyard Pool. 6-Yr-Old Who Can’t Swim Dives in After Them in Bold Rescue.

“They were completely gone, there was no life left in them. They were blue. They were limp. There was no heartbeat. There was nothing."