Ultimate Marriage Challenge

The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 18

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Day 18 – To Work as a Unified Team

Today’s Scripture

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21, NIV)

Today’s Marriage Vow – To Work as a Unified Team

In John chapter 17 we read how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane just hours before his death. As we read through the chapter, you can’t help but see that unity was heavy upon His heart. In fact, in that one chapter alone, He appealed to the Father five times on our behalf asking for unity among believers.

If you’ve ever wondered why unity is so important to Jesus, we find the answer in verse 21.

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21, NIV)

God calls us to be a unified church, and so, let’s start with a unified marriage. When a couple is unified they bear witness to God. When people see love, they see Christ.

We’re called to bear witness of Him, not merely with words, but with actions that bring us to the cross time and again. Love that bring us down to our knees in prayer petitioning on behalf of our marriage.

In order to build a healthy relationship, we need to be working together as one, with all of the strength that we have. A team, where each one esteems the other higher than themselves, and where each one is willing to give more than they take.

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Today’s Challenge

Keep a candle burning throughout the day. At the same time, continually pray for a unified marriage.

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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