February 13, 2016

Marriage on Lent Day #2

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.

Much thanks to Mark and Jana Hanner for their guest post here today. 

Prayer for Marriages
Lord, thank You that You created man and woman...unique and special. Thank You for Your plan that two shall become one. Please give us strength and understanding to build our marriage with You as our foundation, using Your example of unselfish love. Thank You for Your wisdom in creating a "helpmeet" to walk beside us in our journey.

Today, as Your child, Lord, give me the wisdom to find the kind word--to make my spouse laugh--to make them glad they chose me. I want my spouse to know how much I cherish them. Help me to show them they are a treasure from You.

In Your precious Son's name, who gives us the hope of Glory, Amen

Messages from the Heart
As we ponder a charge to married couples, several key thoughts keep coming forward:

A. Control your tongue. Men, remember that harsh words will bruise deeply. God wired ladies with tender hearts.

B. Be unselfish. So many of our fights are about "me" and "I want my way".

C. Stay the course. Be committed. Marriage is tough. It takes a conscious, daily effort. But the rewards are awesome!!

D. Don't spouse bash. We committed early in our marriage to try and never speak ugly to others about our spouse. Ladies, it's easy to husband bash at Bunco when everyone else is doing it. Choose instead to use kind words.

We love the Proverbs.

Proverbs 4:20-27

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left, keep your foot from evil.