Sunday, 28 August 2016

Godly Marriages in Bible

1) Adam and Eve
When God created Eve and presented her to Adam, Adam exclaimed: "This time, bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh! This one shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken from man" (Genesis 2:23. Spontaneously saying "this time," he expressed his delight and emotional arousal -- his love at first sight -- for his newfound mate.
2) Rebecca and Isaac
Before Rebecca even saw Isaac, she had agreed, with devotion and self-sacrifice, to be betrothed to him. On her way to meet him, she saw a man approaching in the field and knew intuitively that it must be him. She experienced such intense emotions of love at her first sight of him that she nearly fell off her camel. By virtue of having so completely bound herself to him beforehand, her soul was able to recognize (know) him as her true soul mate even before they had formally met.
3) Jacob and Rachel
In Kabbalah, the couple that more than any other personifies the love between GoIsrael -- and exemplifies, as well, the ideal state of manifest love between husband and wife -- is Jacob and Rachel, whose relationship is also the Torah's prototypical example of romantic love.
Like Isaac, Jacob knew that he was going to marry his relative's daughter. When he arrived at the well near Haran, the shepherds told him that the approaching maiden was Rachel, his uncle Laban's daughter. His love at first sight enabled him to single-handedly roll back the boulder covering the well at which the shepherds watered their flocks, in order to let Rachel's flocks drink. And he cried, for he sensed that he would not merit to be buried with her (Rashi on Genesis 29:11 and that there would be difficulties and delays before they could marry.
However, his da'at was not complete enough to be immune to deception. He knew only that he was coming to marry one of Laban's daughters; since he did not know which, his psychological preparation was conditional. Therefore Laban was able to deceive him by giving him Leah first, in place of Rachel. Despite the intensity of his love for Rachel, on his wedding night he did notknow whom he was marrying.
In both of these cases (2 and 3), the parties were psychologically prepared to meet their soul mates, so events proceeded relatively smoothly. Psychological preparation for an event serves as a mental "guard" or protective shield, which controls and directs the intense emotions of the heart.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Nick Vujicic, Born Without Arms and Legs, Inspires Millions

Nick Vujicic may have been born without limbs, but in the wicked-sense-of-humor department, he's blessed. "Kids are curious about me," Vujicic tells PEOPLE with a laugh. "Whenever they come up and ask, 'What happened?' I tell them, 'Cigarettes.'" 

For the past 15 years, the Australian-born Vujicic, whose lack of arms and legs is the result of an extremely rare congenital condition called Tetra-amelia syndrome, has used his humor and faith to inspire millions of people. The 32-year-old motivational dynamo now jets around the globe, speaking to packed stadiums of 100,000, meeting with world leaders and writing bestselling books. 

"My message," says Vujicic, who contemplated suicide as a child, "has always been love yourself, dream big, don't give up and hope is everything." 

An evangelical Christian who first started sharing his charismatic message with audiences when was 17, Vujicic grew up hoping he'd one day find love, but constantly wondered, "Who would want to marry me?" His latest memoir, Love Without Limits
, answers that question, chronicling his relationship with Kanae Miyahara, 26, whom he married in 2012, and his journey to fatherhood. 

"My wife is my miracle," says Vujicic, who lives in Los Angeles. When he's not touring the world he can often be found towing his 20-month-old son, Kiyoshi, (in a trailer) behind his motorized wheelchair – which he controls using a joystick he operates with the two toes on his lower torso. 

Equally miraculous for Vujicic these days is the feeling he gets when his young son wraps his tiny arms around him and squeezes tight. "There's nothing better than a hug," he says. "For me, it's a feeling of joy, completeness, a full circle for someone who once had no hope." 

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