The following excerpts are accounts of how the Lord has undertaken for Eleanor in many situations. Eleanor has walked alone with Jesus for the past 24 years. She has also counselled many women who are hurting, broken, depressed and lonely. She has interceded for these women and they have received the healing grace of the Lord in their lives. The Lord had subsequently brought restoration to their situations.

She has had to counsel many women who are broken; some of them have had the tremendous task of bringing up children on their own. Many of them were hurting and had suffered emotional and physical abuse. Some were very depressed and the Lord used her to minister to them and pray for them. The Lord never intended that a single parent should bring up children. It is not fair to the single parent nor is it fair to the children. Children need the love and security of a marriage. Without this love and security they can easily become emotionally and psychologically affected and this can have a severe and lasting impact on their personalities.

In Malachi 2:16 the Lord says He hates divorce. The Bible leaves no doubt that marriage is for life, that divorce is contrary to God’s order.

Why does the Lord place so much emphasis on the Christian family? Is it because families are the building blocks of the church. When a family unit is broken up the church is broken up.

Sometimes in a meeting the Lord will show her people who are hurting and broken. He actually lets her  feel their pain and she will want to cry. Often she  has to go on her face before the Lord for that person and travail in prayer.

In a survey conducted in a marriage seminar a group of men was asked to write down their thoughts about their marriage relationship. One of the men put down his thoughts in the form of a prayer.

LORD, I DO THANK YOU FOR MY WIFE, KRISTIN; I PRAISE YOUR DIVINE PLAN AND PROVIDENCE WHICH LED ME TO HER. I THANK YOU LORD FOR HER PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE AND PRAYERS THROUGH TWELVE CHRISTLESS YEARS OF MARRIAGE. I PRAISE YOU LORD FOR YOUR SALVATION, WHICH FINALLY CAME EVEN TO ME THROUGH HER PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE AND PRAYERS. LORD SET YOUR GUARDIAN ANGELS OVER HER AND PROTECT HER.

What a beautiful tribute to a patient wife.

Marriage represents the union between Christ and his Church. Believers need much prayer in order to know the will of God regarding marriage. Even two Christians entering into a marriage covenant may not necessarily be God's will for them - the Bible says that which God has joined together let no man put asunder.

A Marriage contract is a very serious undertaking and should not be entered into lightly.  The Jewish name for a marriage contract is a Ketubah.  Hebrew wedding practice involving the marriage covenant and bride price: When a young man desired to marry a young woman in ancient Israel; the bride was usually chosen by the father of the bridegroom. The father made the arrangements as Samson’s father did for him (Judges 14:1-10).  The father would send his trusted servant, known as the agent of the father, to search out the bride.  An excellent example of this can be seen in Genesis 24.  In this chapter, we see Abraham (a type of God the Father) wanting to secure a bride for Isaac (a type of the Messiah) and sends His servant Eliezer (a type of the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh) to do this task  (Gen 15:2; 24:2-4).  The young man would prepare a written contract (or covenant) for the engagement called, in Hebrew, a ‘Shitre Erusin.’  A second contract (or covenant) the ‘Ketubah’ is the marriage contract that states the bride price, the promises of the groom, and the rights of the bride.  (The word Ketubah means ‘that which is written.’)  The groom promised to work for her, to honor, support, and maintain her in truth, to provide food, clothing, and necessities, and to live together with her as husband and wife.  The ‘Ketubah’ was the unalienable right of the bride.  The ‘Ketubah’ must be executed and signed prior to the wedding ceremony. The young man would present the ‘Ketubah’ to the young woman and her father at the young woman's home.  But the most important part of the contract was the bride price, the price that the young man was willing to pay to marry the young woman. This payment was to be made to the young woman's father in exchange for his permission to marry.  The bride price was generally quite high.).  Consider the price that the Lord Jesus Christ paid for each and every one of us!


Modern Ketubah

Old Fashioned Ketubah

The Lord always sent his disciples out in twos.

God ordained marriage and provided Adam with a wife. Likewise God will lead you sovereignly and supernaturally to the person of his choice for you. In Genesis 2 verse 18: He said, "it is not good that man should be alone - I will make him a help meet for him" [KJV]

The Lord made us male and female as part of His creation He did not just create man. God said "I will make a helper fit for him" He created woman. Man and woman came together in marriage manifesting God’s ideal of completeness.

The theme of human history from Genesis to Revelation is marriage. 

It starts with Adam marrying Eve and ends up with Christ marrying His bride.

Jesus opened his public ministry at the marriage in Cana. When the wine ran out Jesus converted about ± 600 liters of water into wine. [John 2:10] Jesus demonstrated how much he cared about the success of the wedding. Had the wine run out the bridegroom and the bride would have been publicly humiliated and the wedding would have ended on a very low note. Jesus also attracted no attention to himself. 

He demonstrated that in every marriage there is only one proper focus of attention - the bride and the groom. Although it was Jesus who performed the miracle, the public recognition actually went to the bridegroom.

Jesus consistently upheld the plan of marriage initiated at creation by the father. For this reason he rejected the standard of marriage current in his day. When confronted by some Pharisees with the question about divorce he replied, " haven’t you read that at the beginning the creator made them male and female "and said" "for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh" So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let no man put asunder [Matt. 19:4-6]

Reference Derek Prince "God is a Matchmaker"

Marriage partners should, in the first instance, be "Best Friends" Gen. 2:24 "leave and cleave".

Nothing and no one should come between husband and wife - their marriage comes first.

The marriage relationship is pointed to and symbolic of the relationship between Christ and the church [Ephesians 5:32]

Marriage (Part 2)