Marriage: Love Poems and Principles
"Marriage: Love Poems & Principles" are poems that were written for a college writing course assignment years ago during a time when I asked God to restore my love and gift for writing. The marriage principles were inspired by and written for my former landlady and her fiance' as a source of encouragement for their marriage.
I believe LOVE is a powerful inspirational force and is the cure all for what this world needs. I love love and have kept an open heart throughout the ups and downs of my love journey, marriage and divorce.
a warm sensation generating through your body,
filling your entire being,
radiating inside, ready to explode and
overflow into the world,
expanding and sharing.
a feeling that seems overwhelming
in intensity and emotion;
you want to laugh and cry,
and shout with joy, praising the Lord
for such a blessed experience.
a feeling that should not and will not
be suppressed for fear of being hurt.
No! Not if that love is real;
No! Not if that love is agape love,
that’s the real love, God’s love, the perfect love.
a uniting of two
caught up in each other’s love,
exploring and sharing the mysteries
of your inner-beings;
encouraging and supporting,
experiencing the sorrows and the joys
of life together.
for better or for worse
in sickness and in health,
till death do you part.
Principles For A Lasting Relationship
ACKNOWLEDGE the good times and make them your focus in the midst of the bad times. (Philippians 4:8)
UNDERSTAND that your situation can be challenging at times because of extended family and additional responsibilities. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Consider it a testing of your faith, cleave to each other, mature and be strengthened. (James 1:2-8; Genesis 2:23-24)
RECOGNIZE that the enemy (and or the inner-me) uses these challenges as a wedge to distance and destroy what God has allowed and joined together. (1 Peter 5:8) (Matthew 19:6) Overcome evil with good! (Romans 12:21)
REMEMBER that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). God has all the grace, power, and resources to help you both overcome anything and pull together to live a victorious married life. (John 16:33)
DETERMINE to fight against the enemy’s attacks and your own self-will to preserve the vows and nurture the commitment that you made before God to one another. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
STRIVE to manifest the unconditional love of 1 Corinthians 13 in your relationship and allow God’s intended purpose for your lives to become a reality to be enjoyed and appreciated.
BELIEVE that nothing is impossible with God who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think according to His power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)
WAIT on God with the expectancy that your dreams and blessings will come to pass. (Psalm 27:13-14)
LOVE one another actively every day. It is the greatest gift you can give or possess. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
COMMUNICATE your dreams, desires, likes and dislikes. Discuss any issues and daily release all anger before sun down. (Ephesians 4:26)
FORGIVE each other and yourself, as often as needed, for any thoughts, words, or deeds that may have been offensive, harsh or hurtful, even if unintended. Forgiveness is an essential requirement to stay in right relationship with God, each other, and yourself. (Matthew 6:14)
Jo Anne Meekins
Relationship Seasons of Love
"Relationship Seasons of Love" is Author Jo Anne Meekins' transparent compilation of real life experiences with love. Ms. Meekins creatively expresses her relationship journey using poetry and prose narratives that describe her joys, disappointments, revelations, learned lessons, losses, responses, and actions.
Be inspired by what love looks and feels like through the experience of someone who has endured and overcome the entanglements of unequally yoked relationships, and learned to BE and attract the love she desired.
As you engage in this heartfelt testimonial, Author Jo Anne desires that you reflect on your own relationship journey to identify your seasons of love; and then, be empowered to make authentic choices that honor you and increase your love vibration in the process.
"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back." - Barbara De Angelis
© 2009 Jo Anne Meekins