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Day 12 – To Walk Through This Life With You
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Walk Through This Life With You
Every marriage goes through seasons of hardship, and each one of those seasons give us an opportunity to strengthen our bond and increase our faith. But here’s the thing about staying the course, we need to keep fighting together. Why? Because, there’s strength in numbers. In fact, the Bible tells us that a strand of three cords is not quickly broken.
Michael and I are like two sides of a coin. We’re opposite in so many ways, and yet I need that contrast in my life to balance me out. In most cases, I’m impatient while he’s overly cautious. I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl, while Michael is a plan-every-detail-for-years kind of guy. Together we’re good. I remind him to step out in faith, while he reminds me to count the cost before jumping too quick.
He lifts me up when I’m down, which is possibly what I love the most about him. Likewise, he leans on my strength. Sometimes I wonder how. How can I possibly be a source of strength to this man? I’m not strong. I’m a girl who ugly-cries at a wedding. But the thing is, I’m ready to listen, share in his burden, and I’m able to pray. And, when we do pray? We’re adding a third cord to our strand.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 12 (affiliate link)
If your husband is sick, troubled or weary be a companion that remains by his side.
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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