|Bridled Strength --Strength under Control|
I first heard about the word "bridled strength" from my favorite American TV star growing up, Candace Cameron (Bure) of 'Full House'.
The words themselves sounded so lovely. I kept repeating it. "Bridled strength, bridled strength, bridled strength..." (Try saying it. :) ) The meaning, even more so.
Candace is now a conservative Christian author and speaker, aside from being a mother of three and wife to professional hockey player, Valeri Bure.
Here is an excerpt of her
“So again I use that word [submissive], but I feel like it’s taken so strongly when I’m kind of like, ‘Everyone just calm down.’”
Candace Cameron Bure, formally known as “DJ” on the 1990s family show, Full House, has come forward to defend her conservative and Christian beliefs.
In a recent appearance on HuffPost Live, Candace outlined her views on marriage as stated in her new book, “Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose.”
She takes her views from the biblical passage, 1 Peter 3:1: “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives.”
Pic from : Celebrity Baby Scoop
“It is very difficult to have two heads of authority,” Candace said. “It doesn’t work in military, it doesn’t work – I mean, you have one president, you know what I’m saying?”
Candace has been married to ex-NHL player Valeri Bure for seventeen years. They have three children together.
|Candace Cameron-Bure Instagrammed this pic after the outrage with the caption:|
“Nothing weak about this - people talk about what they don’t understand.”
And when you’re competing with two heads, that can pose a lot of problems or issues. So within my marriage we are equal in our importance…But we are different in our performances in our marriage.”
Wonderful, right? :)
|Dong with our 1st child in Baguio -- 2006|
Well, we are not horses, that is for sure. :) We are much, much more important. We are made in the image and likeness of God! We are human beings, that even angels (the fallen ones) envy because of the Creator's sheer love for us! Jesus died for us to save us from our sins! We are so precious in God's Eyes!
|My Papa and Mama on their wedding day - Mar 1975 (R.I.P.)|
24 "I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules."[a]
|Submitted wife - 2013|
In marriage, by becoming submissive to her God-ordained authority -- her husband -- a wife is able to empower him by putting her "power" under control. She is able to strengthen her husband's leadership by bridling her strength. She is able to glorify God by humbling herself.
22 "Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."
I felt that under my able leadership, I could get things done, ensure our children's future and prevent anything bad from happening to our family.
I was always relying on MY OWN STRENGTH. I was extremely PRIDEFUL.
|Filipina Homebakers Online sisters anniv meetup - 2009|
But, in the context of marriage, my leadership skills only made me a resentful and bitter "leader", and my husband, a sad and dispirited "follower." (He just allowed me to take the reins because he felt that that would make me happy, which only made me more unhappy ironically!)
- Strength to combat the devil's lies with the Truth in God's Word.
and most importantly,
|Surrendered wife - Dec 2013|
|Now with a Godly-ordered marriage, there is no more power struggle. :) There is no more relying on one's own strength. It is now Christ who strengthens me and our marriage. God has bridled me. I now have bridled strength. Praise God! :)|