Civil Assent to Government

I’m not writing to defend a party or a position … because the issue as I see it transcends Red State, Blue State or liberal and conservative.  This isn’t about Tea Parties or Green Rallies. This is about obedience. Not to government but to the Lord. Let everyone be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is NO AUTHORITY except FROM GOD, and those which exist are ESTABLISHED BY GOD.  Romans 13:1 NASB (emphasis added) We are subject to our government.  Period. In fact, verse 2 of ... [Read More]

Civil Assent at Work

Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.  Ephesians 5:21 MSG Two and a half weeks ago we began looking at relationships through the lens of this verse.  Using a simple premise, that submission begins with just being polite, we’ve explored how that changes both our marriages and our parenting. For the rest of this week, we’re going to take this idea outside our homes. What does this polite submission look like in our workplaces and our communities?  How does it affect ... [Read More]

Quiet Submission

I *think* this is the last post on submission in marriage for a bit … next week, we’ll move on to submission as parents – which I’m afraid may be even more challenging in some ways.  {I’ve got a tween, y’all, and every day parenting gets more and more confusing and complex.  E.V.E.R.Y. D.A.Y.} As we wrap up this idea of being courteously reverent in our marriages, let me recap some of the questions we’ve looked at so far: Does submission begins with simply being polite? What if we did just a ... [Read More]

When We Disagree

It happens in every marriage.  Sometimes it is something silly but sometimes it is something significant.   He sees the situation one way, she sees it another.  That’s real life, y’all … and our marriages, our Christian marriages, are not immune from disagreement. But how does submission work into that?  The struggle we all have, huh?  I can’t even count how many blog posts I’ve read concerning this type of thing.  Because it’s a big deal!  As we grow in our faith and as we desire to apply ... [Read More]

Building Him Up

We’ve been discussing submission for the past few days … and I’ve been asking myself this simple question, “What if submission simply begins with being polite?” Though it’s a simple question, it’s not simple to live.  The chaos of raising a family, managing finances, and a busy calendar can often push common courtesy away. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  ... [Read More]

Overwhelmed by Love?

This is when it’s easy … the whole courteously reverent thing. When he’s in a tux looking at you as though you are the only beautiful woman he’s ever seen. When “till death do us part” is poetry echoing in your soul. When you feel as though your heart might explode from the great joy that is crashing over you … wave after wave of wonder and gratitude. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22 NIV) Courtesy comes so easy on the honeymoon … in fact, for many of us, we ... [Read More]