Marriage Monday: September 18, 2017
This is Marriage Math: God is One, spouse is Two.
If spouse is One, we put enormous pressure on him. He will fail us because he’s not God. Then we fall out of love.
“First we idolize, then we demonize.” Craig Groeschel
“Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”
Mark 12:28-30 NIV
Marriage Monday: September 4, 2017
Marriage-like life-is a marathon. The only way you’re going to make it to the finish line is by keeping your eyes on the prize.
We were married on Labor Day weekend, and marriage is labor! Work at oneness, humility, respect, and love. Focus on changing me, not him! Before you know it you’ll be in this season of intense satisfaction. Celebrating 41 years today with my partner in this race.
Doesn’t matter where you are in your marriage – barely begun, in the middle, in the last lap, or even in do-over marriage, it’s never too late to go for the prize. We didn’t start taking it seriously until our 19th year of marriage. You can do it too!
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!”
1 Corinthians 9:24 NLT
Marriage Monday: August 28, 2017
It’s hard to sit in the Waiting Room. Are you wondering how long the wait will be for a vibrant, life-giving marriage? God’s actively present ‘in’ the waiting…are you?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Marriage Monday: August 21, 2017
Most of the spouses who call for help on the marriage hotline self-identify as the spiritually mature ones. That’s wonderful news for the marriage-if they can live worthy of their calling.
“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
Marriage Monday: August 14, 2017
A man who doesn’t love his wife doesn’t love himself. But a wife’s respect is a powerful catalyst for increasing love in her husband.
“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Ephesians 5:28, 33 NIV
Marriage Monday: August 7, 2017
Initiate change to your earthly marriage by starting a fresh, clean spiritual diet. Read the book of Ephesians, one chapter a day. When you finish, go back and start over.
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],”
Ephesians 4:23 AMPC