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Day 10 – To Love You
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Love You
Love doesn’t make sense. It’s foolishness to this world. It goes against our desire to be recognized for what we have done and loved for who we have been. But to the sinner who understands the depth of his sin, it’s everything.
This kind of love—agape love—reflects the unconditional love of our Lord. He loved us before we loved Him.
Love goes against our natural desire to seek our own well-being before that of another.
We come out of the womb screaming. We want to be loved, we want to be held, we want to be fed, and we want to be seen. But as we grow we learn how to love, hold, see, and feed others, we learn how it’s more important to give than it is to receive. We learn that patience and kindness don’t always come easy. And we learn that putting aside our pride is one of the hardest things we’ll ever do in this life. And why do we do it? Because He loved us.
Love is an outward expression of faith. And, as we grow in love, we must begin the work of a crucifixion within us. A putting aside of envy and pride. The destruction of arrogance, envy, and greed. We must be willing to destroy this body of sin that keeps from loving as Jesus loved us.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 10 (affiliate link)
Find a special, out of the ordinary kind of way to tell your husband you love him. Write him a note? Send him a text? Make him a card?
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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