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The Cross Invites and Rebukes

 

 

Any good parent invites their child/children into their hearts unconditionally loving them but there are times that a child’s behavior can cause a parent to have to correct and rebuke an action taken.

God The Father being the best parent ever invites and rebukes with HIS work through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated…. ” I can’t for the life of me imagine that God will say. ” I will punish you because you are black, you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman, you should have been a man. I will punish you because you are a homosexual, you out to have been heterosexual. I can’t for the life of me believe that is how God sees things.

I agree with two out of three of what this Archbishop stated on the image to your left.

Allow me to explain. The first two examples are not identity issues but facts of God’s creation, coming up against carnal thinking. The third, is a result of an identity crisis. I will acknowledge that identity issue ( such as in the case of homosexual expression) are serious and are often not simply understood. In many cases of a sexual identity crisis such an individual has been sexually or, deeply emotionally abused or having been socially outcast to such a degree that one finds it difficult to fit in comfortably and if another group accepts them freely then a poor substitute for God’s best for them is often the result. The point being is that everywhere I look I see God’s people dealing with issues that seem insurmountable to them and then make decisions as to how to handle the problem according to their own understanding. God tells us in the bible according to…

Proverbs 3:-6

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
a father’s delight is behind all this.

All of our problems the ones that are sin related can be over come ( placed in subjection) when we give God first place in our hearts and lives! Our sexuality is not the be all end all and should never be allowed to sit in the drivers seat of our lives. We are created in God’s image and likeness and the grey matter up stair under the direction of the Holy Spirit brings true freedom and the ability to enjoy what God has given in the manner that is pleasing to Him.

At the end of our lives it is GOD alone that we will have to answer to not our bed partners or even religious leaders, but GOD almighty alone so it is only HIS ultimate thought on all of life’s concerns that should keep and demand our attention!

 

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Reasons Why My Heart Sings 21

From a human perspective love feels right/ means being comforted and being understood emotionally.

God’s version of love requires us to put on the Whole Armor so that we can stand!

God takes into consideration our need to be comforted, understood, to have real and lasting stability, for unconditional love and opportunities to grow!

God does not waste one single moment of our life experiences. They all can be turned into divine teaching sessions!

God does not want you and I to bow to  fear AKA ( false evidence appearing real) .

In prayer we often ask God to divert our fears or we ask HIM to direct us around our fears.

Danger and fears are not always perceived as the same, by GOD.

What God  often does instead is to walk with us through our fears in very creative ways and HE provides us with the tools to over come them and place the enemy under our feet!

Good earthly fathers have many of these same qualities of helping their children do things that they did not think they were capable of achieving!

God’s way of nurturing is also to give us a deep sense of our real identity and sense of worth.

When we know our value and worth to HIM, then we can love ourselves although we are perfectly imperfect!

 

 

My heart sings HIS praises at this moment because…

 

205. I do not have to be perfect God’s strength is made perfect in my weaknesses! Through my cracks and breaks HIS glory can be seen by others that much more:-)

206.  I am so thankful for the fact that I continue to bear fruit in HIM.

207.  I don’t even mind and am thankful for the pruning that must take place constantly in my life so that I can continue to bear fruit into my old age!

208.  I am thankful being delivered from being B.U.S.Y (being under Satan yoke). God desires instead for me to BE more in HIM  not do more in an already impossible schedule.

209.  I am thankful for the God opening the eyes of my heart to see how perfectly HE has molded and made me to fulfill the unique calling that HE has placed on my life.

210. Thank you GOD for making me totally unique and irreplaceable no-one else can ‘snatch my value”  or take my place in your heart nor walk the path and reach souls exactly as You have crafted me to show YOU to this dying world.

211. Thank you, Heavenly Father for rescuing me from no-mans-land of self-service!

212. Thank you for the special gift promised to each of us that reads the book of revelation. Each time I have read it ( twice now) I have consciously been aware of being blessed but at this time I want to really focus in and thank you for the blessings that I have given that I have yet to perceive!

213.  Thank you, beloved Father for being the sweetener in my life that otherwise would be quite sour!

214. Lord, you’re so good and I am so thankful for YOUR heart, virtues and aspects of your character in each person, or situation you have ever provided to bless me  in this life! You’re not invisible to my heart, soul and spirit! You are everywhere! Thank you for for giving me the means ( method) to see and be with YOU in this life ( and beyond).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 18

What creates a lop-sided Gospel?

Trying to dot all of my I’s and cross each of my T’s but failing to walk in love.

Self-loathing is not spiritual and does not create super-saints nor does it produce points for us in the here-after!

In order to walk in love we must first accept Gods love in the form of salvation and then allow the depths of this Agape love to flood our being ( body, mind, soul and spirit).

Once this occurs then we can love the UN- lovableness in ourselves and then as this love overflows our being we can extend it to others!

How?

Because we learn to look past flaws and see the need that lies underneath.

I can not always love each personality ( some of us have personality traits that are not functioning from a healthy space) but I can love each soul and want what is best for them:-)

We must minister the gospel to a dying world from a place inside  of  our hearts where our ” cup is running over”!

Praising/worshiping God is my hearts desire but I cannot even praise and worship GOD without the ability to love otherwise I’m just making noise and moving around without purpose and power!

The enemy’s greatest point of contention?

Your praise!

Saints, did you not know that it is always your praise of  The Most High God” that the enemy wants to steal?

Our praise of GOD brings forth senseless envy from the enemy, pointed in our direction to hurt and further challenge GOD.

We can even go about the business of  ministry and church ( big or small) the enemy does not mind this as long as there is not genuine praise of GOD going forth.

When one ministry or church  competes with another and one child of God is jealous of and competes with another it only serves to tear down the office of ministering and works of GOD on this earthly plane.

How can a kingdom divided against its self stand?

The Holy Spirit in me would never attack the Holy Spirit operating in you or in another ministry!

When this is going on the Holy Spirit is not the driver but instead it is a demonic or familiar spirit.

In Lucifer’s ( aka ) Satan‘s fall from heaven in Is 14: 13-14 you will find the 5 ” I Wills” highlighted below.

13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’

Friends, do you see a sick, twisted and dark pattern in those five I wills?

Satan (covets) wants to be or take the place and identity of The Most High God!

When we want what another has or to take their place we are operating from the principles of the kingdom of darkness and not in agreement with the Christ ( or Holy Spirit).

Let me say it again, “the enemy can’t stand your true praise and worship  of GOD!”

Just like when we are ensnared by envy we can’t stand to see or hear of another receiving attention and praise we feel we deserve!

Remember, we must worship God in the Holiness of HIS  Spirit and in Truth!

We cannot posses or own the Holy Spirit or His gifts but we must surrender in love to HIS Ways, Will and Teachings!

Lord, here is my incense of gratitude, praise and worship in written form as You know each and every moment I have breathed Your name in love and adoration this past week:-)

168. Lord, I am thankful because your Holy Spirit lives within me and I can praise you from the depths of my soul!

169. I am thankful for when the enemy comes in like a flood YOU oh Lord raise up a standard!

170. I am thankful that I am YOURS and YOURS alone oh Lord!

171.  I am thankful that only YOU can tell me who I am and this flows from who’s I am.

172.  Thank you for teaching me that it is most important how we play the game. A superficial win at the cost of Your glory and my soul is NOT winning at all!

173.  Heavenly Father I am thankful for the process of consecration unto YOU Glorious One!

174.  I am thankful for Your showing and modeling in me that to win I must decrease as You oh Divine One increase!

175.  I am thankful for the fact that Life,love, grace and mercy got up when You rose on that third day.

176. I am thankful for the ministry of The Holy Spirit and may I love the truth and the Gospel more than the sound of my voice!

177. I am thankful for learning that being right is my standing with you; nothing more and nothing less!

178. I am thankful that You have chosen to carve Your image and likeness within the person known as Jennifer Boddie and that You can do anything but fail!

I submit to YOUR Holy Work in my being, life and affairs. All of my business is YOUR business!!

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Is 14:12–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
      “How you are fallen from heaven,
      O Day Star, son of Dawn!
                  How you are cut down to the ground,
      you who laid the nations low!
            13       You said in your heart,
      ‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14       I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
            15       But you are brought down to Sheol,
      to the far reaches of the pit.
            16       Those who see you will stare at you
      and ponder over you:
                  ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
      who shook kingdoms,
            17       who made the world like a desert
      and overthrew its cities,
      who did not let his prisoners go home?’
            18       All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
      each in his own tomb;
            19       but you are cast out, away from your grave,
      like a loathed branch,
                  clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
      who go down to the stones of the pit,
      like a dead body trampled underfoot.
            20       You will not be joined with them in burial,
      because you have destroyed your land,
      you have slain your people.

                  “May the offspring of evildoers
      nevermore be named!
            21       Prepare slaughter for his sons
      because of the guilt of their fathers,
                  lest they rise and possess the earth,
      and fill the face of the world with cities.”

Reasons Why My Heart Sings 15

Who is my Mother?

Who is my Father?

Who are my sisters and brothers?

I am a born again Christian.

Hallelujah!!!!

What exactly does the phase’ born again Christian’ mean?

It means that I have experienced two births.

One brought me into this world and just like you I was born of earthly parents and into a specific blood-line.

Within this earthly blood-line I have a mother, father, grand-parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins!

That was my first birthing experience.

But, my spiritual birth is what makes my heart sing!

This birth was one of my spirit coming to life through the person of Jesus Christ!

How can this be?

It was one very unlikely meeting.

A meeting of life v/s death.

Jesus, is light and life and I before I  joined with HIM was a shell ( a body with some basic wiring brain functions) and accumulated past experiences or memories.

I had a soul that had experienced its share of pleasure and troubles but my spirit was a place of voidness.

Many in the world still mistake that they have a living soul as being interchangeable with being alive spiritually.

The soul and spirit are not the same but communication can and does take place back and forth between the two.

The Spirit of God moved upon the empty/ darkness of my spirit.

And HE spoke LIFE into a place that was once dead as the dead-sea!

These are the Words God spoke directly into my spirit.

John 1:1-5 (NLT) 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Message Bible  John 1:1-5 The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through Him; nothing not one thing!- came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.

I knew not this above bible verse by heart through any effort of my own but it was the Holy Spirit that spoke these words unto me and I repeated them out-loud as I lay in my bed one evening with tears in my eyes!

These words brought a deep warmth to my renewed spirit!

I like yourself was born into an earthly family whom I love dearly.

However, Jesus Christ is my closest kinsman and my redeemer so HE is closer and dearer to me than any previous blood ties.

HE shed HIS blood to create a ‘new’ family/bloodline!

God, The Father loves all people and wishes that none should perish.

HE invites all to accept HIS very precious gift ‘Jesus Christ’ ( His only begotten Son) gracious invitation for communion and  fellowship in the dance of eternal life!

So all of you whom share this precious blood-line of Jesus Christ with me are my mother, father, sisters and brothers:-)

Let’s celebrate HIM as the gift that HE is this Holiday Season and let’s not forget that Jesus is the reason for every season!!!!!

Spangled Sunday’s- Let GOD Know HE Matters!

What shall we do with the gift of breath & life that God has so graciously given?

Let everything that has been given the breath of  life..  praise The Lord!!!

Sunday is the first day of the week and according The Biblical Principal of First Fruits all first things belong or should be dedicated to GOD!

We’re not talking religion here but instead we are talking about proper placement and order.

Things done out of sequence produce less than Holistic, Whole or Holy results:-)

Do you want to be beatified? Blessed!

Then learn to give to God what belongs to HIM!

When we touch and put our hands on things that GOD deems as hallowed we create problems for our selves.

Has the bible not taught us that we perish for die a million deaths because of lack of knowledge?

I’m about to make a confession here.

There was a time in my life when I in error felt and thought…  I could do what I wanted with all the time GOD blessed me with.

HE always ask for at least a portion of what HE gives us to be given back to HIM.

It’s called giving back to the one that has made you.

That thing called respect which is  branch of that thing we call love.

There was a time in my life in which I thought it was being overly religious to be obsessed with GOD on a certain day of the week.

Right?!?!

God lives in our hearts and why should it be necessary to formalize or objectify my relationship with HIM?

But what’s in our hearts on any level is followed up by outward action.

As a person thinks in his or her own heart so they are!

Actually it is religious to only be focused with HIM one day of the week and then live life the other 6 days as  there is no relation to HIM.

It is shows the condition of our hearts when we label it religious to be actively and openly grateful for all of  the goodness GOD rains down on this earth!

Yes, I know bad thing happen in life as well but that it’s a result of mankind having been given the right to express his free will.

We make the mess and then demand in our hearts that GOD clean it up ( without us having learned the much needed valuable lesson necessary) to keep us from doing the same things over and over again and to  produce a deeper sense of adoration for HIM and respect for all those things that have been so generously given to us).

Moment by moment we have a choices to make.

We are either making choices that will produce vitropy / life or mortorpy/ death.

Since all life springs from GOD, when we do not choose HIM we are by default choosing death or those things which will lead to the death of something in our lives sooner or later.

But in contrast, making time for HIM especially ( because remember we were created in HIS image and likeness) and don’t we enjoy having our loved ones to set aside quality time for us?

God has a heart and feelings too.

Us thinking of HIM in appropriate ways delights HIS heart!

GOD is the only one that has even the right to desire the placement of being first and the head of our lives always:-)

In our culture and measure of time, Sunday’s are the first day of the week, therefore since it represents a first placement ideally it should be understood as consecrated, and dedicated to GOD.

Even if something prevents you from attending traditional worship services at this point in your life you can still purpose to in some way consecrate your heart, mind and soul to HIM always but in a special way on this day of the week.

Remember, when building the foundation of our lives our relationship with GOD should be considered because in honoring HIM with HIS first placement HE will order everything else so that we live a life full inside of HIM in which all blessings are found:-)

Let’s pray, shall we?

Father God,

I give up the idea of that to venerate,  reverence and adore You is acting out of a religious space and place in my heart!

Instead I pray for and open myself to the revelation that only Your Holy Spirit can impart upon my being of who You are and what my stance and position should be towards You. I give up people pleasing and trying to look good for learning what pleases YOU and actually being good in Your sight. Father, all other things change and are changeable but You are the Alpha and Omega beginning and end, the eternal manifestation of love, truth and power!

You alone are the Almighty God-Head and Intrinsic Authority and any placement of authority that I have was given to me and I know that I derived it through Your Sovereign Will. Since I posses no authority greater than Your authority  I stop at this very moment any attempts to reach You or worship You on my own terms.

LORD GOD,

You and You alone set the terms and You are the standard by which I pattern my heart and actions after!

Create in me a clean heart Lord and renew a correct spirit within me so that I may know, love and worship and give You the proper place in my heart, soul life and all of my daily affairs.

In the name above all names we pray…. Jesus

Amen!

Reasons Why My Heart Sings!

Making this Wed a Holy Experience  I want to formally thank Ann Voskamp for inspiring me to keep a list of 1,000 things I am thankful for!

Ann, I’m thanking our Heavenly Father for you!

I’m going to make this post short but hopefully it will be a very sweet ‘savor’ unto my GOD! 

Oh Lord, the things I wish to thank you for today are…

1. Being saved through your Son Jesus Christ.

2.Daily walking with you.

3. The privilege of your listening to and hearing my voice.

4. Being blessed to hear Your Father speak  to me.

5. The joy of loving for the last 18 & 19 years two ‘special’ children.

6. The joy of dancing before you.

7. The joy of lifting my voice in song and in speaking Your Words.

8. The joy of  loving ‘my husband’ the man who you gifted me with.

9. Thank you for placing in my heart the ability to love myself in spite of my lack of perfection.

10. Thank you my sweet Jesus for being my absolute best friend!

11. Beholding Your divine glorious countenance… You’re breath-taking ( King of Kings)!  

Enraptured with HIM,

 

 

Returning to make Wed. August 10, 2011 another  Holy Experience  until I list 1001 things I am grateful for. But my prayer is that GOD will open up something inside of me that will make this a excercise of thanks-giving a Holy way of life:-) I’m gifted each time I take the time to even ponder YOU Jesus ! I have been looking forward to this day returning since I posted last week. The Reason Wy My Heat Sings”!

This day, I want to lift up thanks for…

12.  Grace in the form of Jesus Christ and the fact that HE woke me up this morning and started me on another day’s journey.

13.  For the chance to ‘know’ you better my beloved Heavenly Father.

14. You’re so good to me because you have clothed me in my ‘right’ mind.

15. Your “Spirit of Truth can be experienced through the  spiritual ‘gift’ of discernment, that you so generously share with me!

16. Thank you for removing my insecurities and replacing them with a knowledge of my true identity and worth.

17. I’m delighted to be forever YOUR girl:-)

18.  Thank you for giving me the ability to enjoy the journey with you and not expecting or demanding fame, short-cuts or instant results!

19. I love experiencing your power in the way YOU move , remove obstacles and give me the strength to climb   ‘mountains’  in my life.

20. I thank you from the bottom of my heart today for placing in me the good sense to know that YOU and YOU alone are GOD!!!!

21. And…  I even for thank you for the way that I must ‘lean’ on YOU because of the “limp” that my struggles with YOU caused! 

I’m crazy In Love with YOU Jesus!!!

Jesus Celebrates A Wedding!

Beloved; I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Before we get started let’s pray!

Prayer is a privilege and a power as “saints” that we should never over look or take for granted.

Beloved Heavenly Father we are so thankful for your RSVP to be married and  joined with you some day in heaven in our heavenly home. A place where there are no shadows and all light, as You are the light and the life giver.

Jesus Christ and his earthly ministry painted us a clear picture of ultimately the bridge we have longed for to You Father!

Bless us to make our daily lives a celebration of Your glory in which You turn the ordinary waters of life into wine through the celebration of Your love between a man and woman.

May we be filled-up with the “new wine” that is Your Spirit!

With this new Spirit we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.

Lord let us know when our hour has arrived, so that the plans that you have for our lives can unfold before those that need to hear our unique stories of salvation. Each of our stories share the way you “saved” us and Your are capable of drawing out the souls that are still in desperate search of that something, that someone that they have yet to even name. And we know that that precious something is the work of the cross and that special someone is Jesus Christ. Thank you Father for saving the best wine for the end of the celebration so the we can enjoy it once finally joined with you in our heavenly home.

In the name above all names we pray… Jesus

Amen!

Have you visited my website this week?
If not; go on over and listen to this week’s audio devotionalJesus:Barabbas Is Freed Then come back to this blog to finish reading this week’s Bible Study.. From Water to Wine! I’ll see you back here in a few minutes:-)

Did you enjoy the devotional? I pray that you did! Now, to get started on this week’s Bible Study.

Here are the verses that we will discuss this week. Please take a few minutes to read the text so that we can all enter into this discussion with the knowledge of the bible text that is being expounded upon.

John 2:1-12 (MSG)

1 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples were guests also. 3 When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 4 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” 5 She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 6 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. 8 “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 9 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, 10 “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum along with his mother, brothers, and disciples, and stayed several days.
The Water to Wine miracle actually kicks off Jesus’ ministry as the first sign that HE is the “Anointed One“.
Spiritually speaking Water to Wine is symbolic of “transformation” but in this bible study session we are going to focus on the wedding! I have provided some nice links below for those that want to read more on the miracle and transformative aspects of Jesus changing water to wine at the Cana wedding.

Godly love shared between a man and a woman is trans-formative in nature!
With all of the important issues going on in that day and the fact the the Jewish people were subjugated to the Romans;  would not Jesus have spent His time best “fighting” Rome with the powers that His Heavenly Father had given Him?
Instead we find Jesus enjoying Himself at his cousins wedding! Perhaps part of what made this such a joyous occasion  was seeing ahead in time HIS wedding ceremony with the body of Christ:-)
This wedding of His cousin’s took place in Cana Galilee about 7 miles north of Nazareth (Jesus’ hometown).
Also, back in those days wedding feast could last up to 7 days!
The Lord our GOD has ordained marriage by a man a woman.
A wedding is symbolic of our eternal commitment to Jesus Christ and HE first commands us to love HIM and then HE commands us to as husband and wife love one another. So as believers in Jesus Christ when we marry we are holding foundational of the oracles  of GOD before the world! This is why our life in HIM must come before joining with another soul and this is also why it is important to allow GOD to choose our mates. Pray to GOD for guidance even before dating!! If you omit this step, then you could develop feelings for someone that GOD has not chosen as your life long partner. Emotional and physical attraction alone should not be the deciding factor.
The choice to marry has to be righteous spiritually first and foremost by allowing the Holy& Righteous One to be the head of our lives in every way. We are to trust in the Lord our GOD with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding by acknowledging Him in all of our ways then HE will direct our paths!
Our life’s purposes and that of our potential mate must be aligned in Christ.
It is only within a union/marriage rooted and grounded between us ( HIS Church or body) with Jesus Christ that is capable of bringing forth life Spiritually.
What good is a relationship that is dead spiritually but alive with ungodly soul ties, emotion and physical love (sex)?
We are made in the image and likeness of GOD and we are tri-fold beings.
Satisfying the true needs of our spiritual personage ( the Holy Spirit) that has come to live on the inside of us is placing things in proper order. It’s a matter of giving GOD first fruits, then HE properly orders the rest.
The earthly union between the man and the woman is to bring forth more Godly seed and we are to cultivate a place and atmosphere for each family member to be nourished and to flourish to the glory of GOD!
So keeping all these things in mind it should not surprise us to see Jesus at this wedding celebrating and blessing the union by His mere presence! When two or more people gather in the Lord’s name HE is in their mist ( and weddings were ordained by HIM before the beginning of time as we know it.
Time as we know time began at”The Fall” in the Garden of Eden. When Satan, that old serpent tricked and beguiled Eve.
So that we are crystal clear on the meaning of both wedding and marriage let’s list them below.
Wedding: the act or ceremony of marrying; marriage; nuptials.

Marriage: the  institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by ,  spiritual/religious ceremonies,legal commitments etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

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