February 28, 2016

Marriage on Lent Day #13

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," 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 Jenny Goode for her guest post today.

Lord,  Thank you for the beautiful gift of marriage. Help us to never take for granted the person who has committed to love us. Help us to be loveable ourselves. Search our hearts Lord and reveal to us the things that we do, we see, we say, and that we think are used as Satan’s attempt to divide us. Help us to be ever thoughtful about our actions and purposeful in our commitment to our spouse. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Message from the Heart
We celebrated our Fifteenth Wedding Anniversary in July. We were happy to celebrate, but saddened at that same time as we witnessed friends whose marriage seemed “bulletproof” get rocked to the core. And in subsequent months since, other friends have confided struggles of their own.  All married for lengthy periods of time, all people who love the Lord, and their spouses. And in the beauty of the 15th Anniversary moment, it hit me, there’s no magic anniversary or event in which any of us will have “arrived” in a “marriage safe zone.” Our marriages require ongoing commitment and effort.

The Casting Crowns song, “Slow Fade” lyrics below make me think of the many things that slowly creep into the union between husband and wife –a job, a friend, internet pornography, resentment over disrespect,  … we’ve known it to be so many things that started out seemingly nonthreatening or isolated incidents that grew into issues that led to broken vows and hearts.

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” - Philippians 1:9-10