Below you will find some helpful articles and websites to encourage and strengthen you to stay the course in building into your marriage, to the glory of God. Check back often for new material!
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Many of us are handed random pieces in life and sometimes, chaotically, make them fit together without any kind of reference or guide to direct their paths. In the following post by Jimmy Evans, “The Power of Vision In Your Marriage”, we are challenged to consider what our common purpose is for our relationships’. So take a look and see if developing a mission statement for our marriages can remove some of the randomness of life and live out your married lives with vision.
Change is coming. Change can come in nicely-wrapped, welcoming packages, (like a long-awaited vacation), and they come in a kind of bundle that we would never want to open. We live in an age where change is not only inevitable, it’s constant. It is rapid and often moves us from the familiarity of our present circumstances to ones that are completely unknown.
How can a believer in the Lord Jesus prepare for change? In a phrase, transition well. Transition doesn’t have to define our lives. But instead, reaffirm that the defining reality of our lives rests securely in a Heavenly Father who loves us. Always. Unconditionally. No matter how fast change enters our lives.
As Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way!” Unfortunately, he hit on something at the very core of our humanness. We all want it our way. Most, if not all of the time. And yet if we look at the life of Jesus, His very life and death was completely selfless, in accordance with the Will of the Father. Everything He did was for the good of others. With that as our example, perhaps this article will be helpful in fighting this daily battle!
I’ll be very candid with you. When enjoying the company of other married couples, nothing makes me cringe more than hearing someone insult or belittle their spouse in front of others. It not only makes everyone around them feel awkward and embarrassed, but my heart always breaks for the spouse on the receiving end of these jabs. Even when “joking”, the words can wound the heart and undermine the relationship. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I think The Message cuts to the bottom line: “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” In the following blog, Michael Hyatt gives some very compelling reasons to not only think before we speak but also to consider the consequences of our words when we don’t.