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Day 14 – To Guard the Castle from Harm
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Guard the Castle from Harm
In Titus 2:5 we find the words, “keepers at home.” Looking to the Strong’s Concordance we see it does indeed refer to the domestic role of taking care of household affairs, but it also includes this meaning: “the (watch or) keeper of the house.” Coming from the root word “ouros” meaning “a guard.”
Guard your marriage by protecting your heart from the enemy. Resist temptation when it knocks at your door. Take your mind captive by casting down any negative thoughts, should they try to creep in. Doubts that tempt you to give up on your marriage. Temptations that take your eyes off of your husband. Pride that stands in the way of doing what’s right. Thoughts that lead to resentment.
The Bible tells us that the devil is lurking around, like a lion that’s stalking its prey. He’s cunning and sly, which is why we need to be wise and alert.
When we toy with these doubts and desires, we’re playing with fire. We’re putting ourselves right where the enemy wants us—at the end of his hook. And, if we don’t take hold of temptation, temptation will take hold of us.
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Protect the sanctity of your marriage by keeping watch over your home.
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!
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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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