February 21, 2016

Marriage on Lent Day #10

I am hoping you will join us on our 40 day journey of praying for the marriage's of those around us. My sweet friend told me once, "wedding problems are always a spiritual battle," and so with our prayers to the Father, they will be our weapons to fight with God for the hearts and unions of those around us. So get your list and join us in prayer.  The guest posts will bless those who are praying and also those of us who are married or know married people. I love that each post is very different. Get ready for some wonderful encouragement and powerful thoughts and prayers. Enjoy these blessings.

Many thanks to Karen Bordner for her guest post today. 

Thought from the Heart
In 1960, Walt Disney produced a movie that has helped me in my daily life. It may sound silly but that movie was Pollyanna. It was a sweet movie about a little girl who always played “The Glad Game.” Even though her parents had died and she was sent to live with her rich aunt, she always found something to be “glad” about!  Many, in her new life, had a negative outlook on life in general. Through her process of being glad, she helped others see the positive side of things that might not be so “positive” and in this process, changed lives.

In marriage, as in all relationships, there are lots of things that happen, good and bad. Our view toward these things can help determine the outcome of our entire world in our homes. There are lots of times, every single day, that can get to us all. Just waking up to the alarm clock,  burning your finger on a curling iron and rushing around trying to get yourself and your family ready for the day , clean and with a good breakfast, can help our day go uphill or downhill from there. The tone in our responses to our day can, as well. The sound in our voices, and how we respond to simple and complex things, in our daily conversations can impact us. Be sensitive in your responses. Show that you care. Say things the way you want people to say things to you. Be glad. Find the good in your spouse and children. Dwell on the good. Be glad. Help make the tone in your home happy and musical rather than tiresome. Create a place that your spouse and children will want to come home to. Be glad. Daily. 

I know many will want to write I Corinthians 13 as one of their scriptures to bless marriages. It truly is a wonderful scripture on love. I would just like to write the first verse, in reference to my little journal writing… If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
Prayer for Marriages 
Dear God, As we pray for our own marriages and the ones on our list, help us to trust You daily. Help us to be examples of love, daily. Help us to love the good in our spouses and to continually look for more good. Help us to love the good in our children and to continually look for more good. Help us to become a favorite song to our spouse and not a loud gong. Help us to show our love in our daily speech. Help us to be glad! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Cathy Messecar said...

These posts are so uplifting, Tammy, knowing that prayers are prayed for marriages--priceless. Thank you, Karen. Tone of voice could be the key that makes or breaks a marriage.