MIXED MARRIAGES

I will be sharing from the book of 1Corinthians 7. This is where Paul made an emphasis on the issues of mixed marriages.
First and foremost what do we mean by mixed marriage? Mixed marriage from a spiritual point of view, is one that constitute both believer and unbeliever joined together to spend the rest of their lives together. We can simply describe it as a marriage that constitute two people with different self-belief.
Many of us might mistake the idea with that part of the bible that says, do not be unequally yoked. Paul made us understand, that our lives are not defined by our marital status but by God. He further explained that, for the people who are in mixed marriage, there is no explicit command from the master to Christians marrying non – Christians. For a man with a wife who is not a believer, but still wants to live him, he must hold on to her. For a woman with a husband who is not a believer, but he wants to live with her, she must hold on to him. He stated again that, the unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife i.e the holiness of the wife can be a cover for the man as well and that is grace, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband i.e the holiness of the husband can be a cover for the wife as well and that is grace too. And a warning follows that if the unbelieving spouse walks out, we’ve got to let him or her go and not necessarily hold on desperately. This implies that God is not involved in such affair,because if he is involved, he will ensure they both work out their salvation together and live peacefully together.
I must confess I believed so much in this particular scripture of the bible because my own parent are a living testimony to this. My mother married my father as an unbeliever but today they are both believers and waxing stronger in Christ everyday. As humans, we take the issue of marriage into our hands and we begin to attribute marriage to religion instead of character. God defines us by our character and not our religion but still wants us to fellowship with Christ as a true believer. Many people even end up with unbelieving so called Christians which make their marriage life unbearable. Sometimes being in love with an unbeliever can be their salvation in disguise. God could have designed us in a way to work out the salvation of such person and fortunately end up together forever. God doesn’t look at things the way Humans do,but it is necessary we put God first when finding the perfect match for us,and only then can he lead us right to choose right.
We should always put God first in the issues of marriage and not religion.

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Why you should start your dreams now

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This is an inspiring article reaching you from the voice of MAS. I am well pleased to have you read my picture quotes and articles on thevoiceofmas.wordpress.com. I will be sharing something more interesting with you this time around.

I have decided, after a long awaited time to set up a blog like this for such a time as this to share my thoughts and inspirations with you all. It’s about three years now I have been working on my first book which is yet to be published while still undergoing some polishing processes. This very book I have been working on is titled”The Right Time Is Now”. It is a book written for the general audience but targeted most especially on the youths of this century who have turned procrastination to a normal life style. I wrote the book to encourage myself and everyone out there to stop putting off things that are important till later. Unknown to many, procrastination is and always been a deadly goal killer. It does not only kill goals, it kills dreams and destinies as well. It’s quite unfortunate many have left this world without actualizing their goals and dreams in life because procrastination has pushed them off limit. These people think there will always be enough time to achieve their goals and dreams but time they say, waits for no one. Nature doesn’t promise anyone tomorrow, but it takes only God’s grace to have one.
After I conceived the idea of writing this book, I decide to checkmate every areas of my life that might have been affected by procrastination, and I began to write from experience, gathering all my lessons and mistakes along the line to make this book more realistic than just a mere imagination.
Furthermore, I had to do a thorough survey on the lives and experiences of people closest to me, and the ones I have come in contact one way or the other, who have been a victim of procrastination. However, this book wouldn’t have been more realistic without gathering my experiences together with shared experiences and research studies from the psychologist on procrastination.
Before the launch of this book, I have decided to share with you some highlights of the chapters written in the book. Although, we might have come across several books on this subject matter, but assuredly this one might just be specially written for you or someone so dear to you. While in expectance to reading this book, I would like you to enjoy the highlights which I will be sharing in this blog from time to time.
The first chapter of the book is titled “Time To Get Started”……….
A psychologist from Carleton University in Canada, Timothy, says ” The gap between intention and action is procrastination “. What Timothy implies is that, there is always that singular thing that discouraged us from taking actions on the things we intend to do, and that is procrastination. This procrastination is what creates those gaps between our intentions and actions. It pushes us from doing things when necessary to when it is not necessary. The more the gaps it create, the more we get overwhelmed that we have so many things left undone and that is where our worries begin.
Everyone of us has one or two things we have always planned to achieve but we fail to as a result of procrastination. When exactly do we think it is right to start achieving those things? I believe there is no better time to get started at it that now. Our goals and dreams are too numerous, yet we can get our hands on any to start actualizing it. The more we wait for the right time to come, the more we waste the right time unknowingly by allowing the days to pass us by. The problem majority of us are facing is that we do not make ourselves accountable for our actions. We always blame everything on something or somebody. And when we begin to get accountable for our actions, setting goals and achieving them will be more realistic.
It is a very good idea that we write down plans towards achieving certain things in life, but it is better to set a time frame for achieving them and by so doing it propels us to take drastic actions on our plans. This is where accountability comes into place. We hold ourselves responsible for not achieving our plans within the set time frame. It is not enough to plan, we must act.
Take a moment to think about a certain things you have always planned to achieve and considering it’s benefits to the masses, imagine how grateful they would be now if you have achieve that plan a long time ago. And don’t get discouraged. The fact that you have failed to achieve your plan then doesn’t mean you cannot achieve it now. You can start afresh again and start actualizing your plan now. You are your own greatest challenge and you have to honestly admit that. You will never be happy with yourself if you don’t achieve those things you have set your mind to achieve. Therefore, take up that challenge on yourself and start working things out staring from now and right where you are now. There are so many things you’ve got to achieve for people to benefit from and you have to start the process now.
Considering reasons why your dreams are yet to come alive, you have to understand that the only thing standing between starting your dreams and achieving them is you. You are the one behind the process. Because you procrastinate too much, you might have missed several people who could have helped you towards achieving your dreams. Procrastination makes one loose opportunities in life.
I have been a victim of procrastination overtime too, and that is why I could take my time share with you from experience the side effects of procrastination. Writing my first book which is yet to be published has passed the challenge of procrastination as well, but the greatest motivation to finish what I have started made me come this far in bringing it to reality. I must share with you that, helping people discover their potentials and encouraging their self development have been part of my dreams in life since I was young, and I started actualizing that right from my Polytechnic days as a student. I took that challenge upon myself to be helping people live to their potentials even amidst difficulties. In the process of helping others, I realized I was opened to discovering more of my own potentials and this began a long time ago.
Today, I can proudly say that I am well skilled in bringing out the best in people and it is still an ongoing process. If you are reading this article, it is time for you to find something doing that others will benefit from and the right time to start is now. My own dream is to be a mentor,role model and a life coach and today I am living part of my dreams even though I have not attracted the widest audience yet. I still find joy in doing what I love doing that brings out the best in others. Find your own dreams too, plan your steps of action and start actualizing them now. If you can believe it you can do it, and if you believe you can do it, you have to start right NOW.
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