Oneness in marriage happens when many different fibers of life are woven together. It’s not perfect, but it’s beautiful.
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“But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”
Ruth 1:16-17 NLT
Holidays can be very stressful on marriages. Focus on your own thoughts, words, and actions. Our inner peace depends far more on what comes out of us rather than what comes into us.
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
1 Peter 3:8-9 NIV
Be a joyful tree of life in your marriage. Resist the temptation to join in with man bashers. Arrogance never makes marriage flourish.
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked [hostile], or stand around with sinners [offensive], or join in with mockers [arrogant]. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
Psalms 1:1-3 NLT
Thanksgiving week – and the crazy, busy month following- is this you? I’m preparing for a season of love, joy, hope, and peace – while rushing around with a grouchy spirit of criticism about all the added work on my shoulders. Sadly this spirit of criticism and complaint usually lands on my wonderful husband.
If you can relate, comment below with “I’M IN!” and join me in this simple daily prayer from now until the new year. I will message you with a downloadable graphic you can print and pray through every day.
Abba, I pray that the peace of Christ in my Christmas decorations, cards, cookies, and gifts will be matched by the peace of Christ in my heart. Above all, help me to clothe myself daily with love, which binds my husband and I together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in my heart. For as followers of Jesus we are called to live in peace. And help me to always be thankful.
Based on Colossians 3:14-15 NLT
Judgmental criticism of my spouse fogs the mirror so I don’t have to look at my own faults.
God longs to squeegee the mirror and help me humbly focus on healing myself with His gentle touch.
“Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn’t so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.”
Romans 2:1-2 MSG