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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Let Battle Begin - Tuesdays at Ten

This post is linked to Tuesdays at Ten - please visit KarenBeth's site!

"We fight, therefore we are." Menachem Begin

For those who may not remember, Menachem Begin was prime minister of Israel through some of its hardest years in the 70s. It was he who was willing to meet Yassir Arafat for the Camp David accords, which led, if not to peace, to a certain level of understanding between Jew and Arab.

OK, so I' am cheating - I'm using the surname 'Begin', and not 'begin'. Too bad.)

What he is saying here is that our battles define us; our willingness to risk pain and death for a greater cause are what forms our legacy.

The same is true - sometimes - in marriage. We don't want to be unequally yoked, with divergent vision.

And if we are, we should be understanding and forbearing.


There are some battles in marriage we simply have to fight. We have to fight against adultery, obviously - we can;'t just say,"well, dear, as long as you're happy..."

We have to fight against "emotional adultery", a rather new category of dreadfullness to which the Internet has given birth. How lovely that we can reconnect with old friends.

And how revolting that we can reconnect with Old Flames.

These are things we have to fight, because if we don;'t, we sacrifice not only who we are, but the person our mate expected on that Wedding Day.

We were expected to bring not only a warm hug, but a bracing shout.

And now may be the time.


  1. let's keep our eye on the battles that rage, but our focus on the One who equips us to be victorious!

    i appreciate your presence in our online world, Andrew. you have give us all much to muse and ponder, even as you have fought your own battles.

    may God give you strength to continue to do the work that He's given you in this season.

    blessings to you and yours ...

    1. Linda, thank you so much. You've been an inspiration to me, in the way you carry on God's work in this community

      When I grow up, I wanna be like you!

      God bless!

  2. Thank you for the reminder that God does not want to sit passively in our marriages, but to fight for our spouse. Your post reminded me of this verse.

    "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 6:12

  3. Thank you for sharing...and the surname Begin certainly FITS the word begin!! And thank you for the reminder that our marriages are "for better or for worse; til DEATH..." not 'til another comes along!!!

    1. Sometimes I think that if people gave as much thought to who they marry as they do to buying a car...

      Nah. Not going to happen.

      Thanks for stopping by, Barbara!