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Day 2 – To Choose Grace
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. (Proverbs 22:11, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Choose Grace
When we look at our husbands, what do we see? A caring compassionate man who struggles against temptation? Or are we too focused on his flaws to see anything else?
Do we see a man who leaves his socks on the floor or a man who takes his kids to the park after a long day at work?
Do we see a man who watches too much TV, or a man who works hard for his family?
Whatever we focus on are the thoughts that will grow. They can either be thoughts of adoration or bouts of frustration, but let me assure you whichever you choose will certainly grow.
It’s never too late to change the course of your marriage, and it’s never too late to choose grace. No, we can’t change the past or wish away the things that we’ve done, but thanks to God’s grace we can do better today.
Maybe you’ve said things you shouldn’t have, and maybe he’s done the same. But here’s the good news in all of this—while the repercussions of sin may cut deep, God’s sustaining grace leads to beauty and newness of life. God specializes in miracles. He replaces the stench of death with life. He gives hope where all hope is lost.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 2 (affiliate link)
Keep negative thoughts in check by reminding yourself that we’re all human saved only by the grace of God.
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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