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Hi! Welcome to day 1 of the 21-day marriage challenge. Today I’m giving you an introduction video in addition to our challenge for day 1. Click the image below or click here to watch the video on Youtube.
P.S. Come back here to the blog every day for a new challenge!! And, every Monday I’ll also post a new video.
Day 1 – To Be a Constant Friend and Companion
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24, KJV)
Today’s Marriage Vow
To Be a Constant Friend & Companion
As we embark on this 21-day journey, I’d like to go back to the place where it all began for each one of us. The days before “we,” when it was just “you” and “he.” Back to the foundation of friendship where a seed of romance was planted and watered until it took root.
Take the opportunity to cultivate friendship within the walls of your home. Spend time, not money with the one that you love. Be willing to give up your time and attention. Be willing to give of yourself.
If you’re wondering what that looks like, it’s a matter of carving out time to spend in each other’s company, and enjoying the time that you have. Alone time? That’s good, but not always practical when you have a house full of kids. Spending time with your husband might be putting a puzzle together at the kitchen table, watching a “Lord of the Rings” marathon (which I recently did), or enjoying a picnic with your kids at the park.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 1 (affiliate link)
Carve out time in your day to cultivate friendship.
Appreciate the Little Things
At the close of each day, jot down some appreciation, gratitude, or admiration. For example, you might want to record something that you appreciate about your husband: maybe there’s something you’re grateful for, or perhaps he went out of his way to do something special. Doing this exercise at the end of each day will help you to gain a deeper appreciation of the blessings at hand.
Let’s Not Forget Prayer
The best plan of attack starts with a morning prayer. God helps us formulate a plan, and He helps us to achieve it.
David once wrote, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3, KJV)
David knew what it took to slay a giant. He knew that his wisdom and strength rested on the power of God, and he drew on it daily.
And so I want to remind you to bring your marriage to prayer. Bring your husband to prayer. Bring your home to prayer. And, if you have children bring them to prayer. Lay them down at the feet of our Savior each and every morning asking God to bless and protect them. You won’t find better protection for your marriage, than that which only God can provide!
The Ultimate Marriage Vow, available at Amazon.com (affiliate link)
Surrender Your Marriage to God…
Too many couples give up. They part ways before they experience the joy of growing together God’s way.
I’ve been there. I’ve smelled the stench of death in my own marriage. We’ve been to rock bottom where all hope was seemingly lost. But that wasn’t the end—something incredible happened when we surrendered our marriage to God. Winter turned to Spring, Spring turned into Summer, and here we are decades later thanking God for His life-saving grace.
And so, I’m asking, will you give me 21 days? That’s all I’m asking you for—3 weeks, 10 minutes a day, and a gentle heart that’s willing to yield. Give me 21 days to show you what God can do for your marriage. 21 days to remind you that marriage is a gift worth fighting for. 21 days to love on and pray for your husband. 21 days to a life filled with love, joy, and peace. 21 days to a life-long commitment.
About the Author
DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.
Her passion for scripture and hunger for truth is the driving force behind a unique ministry that offers Bible studies and daily marriage prayers. Darlene is joined by her husband Michael on the daily podcast “5-Minute Marriage.”
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