Monday, May 7, 2012

Marriage, it's not for the Faint of Heart

Marriage, it’s not for the Faint of Heart
by Jenn V.

Yes, this video is a funny and a light-hearted look at marriage, but so many couples are seriously struggling to get through the day with each other.  It seems hopeless.  But there is ALWAYS hope.  Hope in the same God that parted the Red Sea, sent his son to heal the sick, suffer for us, die on a cross and then rise again.  That same God can heal your marriage.  God can turn around any marriage, no matter how bruised or damaged or distraught.  God can change anyone’s heart, no matter how hard.  My husband and I see it all the time in Marriage Encounter.  “Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?  I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again – my savior and my God.”  Psalm 43:1-5 (NLT) God believes in families and he has set up our lives to work that way or else he wouldn’t have created Eve and then tell them both to be fruitful and multiply.      

Marriage can be chaotic!  Like cleaning up after a huge mess of broken raw eggs, it’s hard to know where to start!  Try going back to the beginning of your marriage.  Look at your wedding pictures with your husband and remember how you felt about him when you said your “I Do’s.”  Together remember and reminisce about some of your first dates you had, the big moments in your life and even the bad things you went through together.  Look at how you survived all of that and got through it with each other.  Find a godly couple to double-date with and let them disciple you in your marriage.  Know that you did not and cannot get through this alone.  Christ must be the center of your marriage.  When we do that, he gives us the intentional determination to be content and happy in all our different circumstances.  Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  PHIL. 1:6 (NIV)

CHALLENGE:  If you are struggling in your marriage today, plan a date-night.  Talk with your husband and agree on what steps you can take together to ask God for the hope to help you heal your marriage.

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