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Day 20 – To Dream With You
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Dream With You
I know that Michael is talented, he’s smart, and he’s a great leader, but does he know that? I wonder how many times a day that voice inside him tells him that he can’t, he won’t, and he never will.
I can’t tell you the many times I’ve told myself I can’t write. I had always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t think it was possible until one person told me I could. It goes to show that the power of encouragement goes a long way.
A greater power yet is the power of God. It’s an honor to encourage my husband and to be there to remind him that when God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone who wants to go to the moon will surely land on the moon. But it does mean that when you put your trust in God He’ll lead you to greater paths than you could imagine. He’ll birth a great desire within you and equip you for the journey ahead.
Let God plant those desires in your heart. Let Him take the lead. And trust Him to equip you.
His dreams may be the same as yours, but sometimes they may differ. And if they are different? Handle his heart with great care. Communicate your concern with loving kindness, and bring your concerns to God asking that His will be done.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 20 (affiliate link)
Create a mission statement for your marriage. A mission statement gets you thinking about what’s really important to you, and, as the years go by—it helps you stay on track.
It can be one line or several. This is ours:
“To have a Christ-centered marriage that brings glory to God through the way that we love and the way that we live. That we would be servants of grace who give more than we’re given and forgive before we’re forgiven.”
I encourage you to copy it onto a small piece of paper that you can keep out in the open as a constant reminder. If you don’t know what to write as your mission, feel free to use the one I have.
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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Amazon: Darlene Schacht (affiliate link)