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Day 3 – To Cherish This Gift
If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:43-44, NIV)
Today’s Marriage Vow – To Cherish This Gift
Every good and perfect gift comes from above. Our children, our families, our friends, and of course marriage—a gift of love we unwrap every day. We’re given these gifts with a mission, to care for them in the best way we know how.
The Lord, is the best giver. From the rising of the sun to the moment our head hits the pillow at night, and on through the night, He gives. We’re surrounded by love and showered with gifts from on high, but the question remains, do you delight in those gifts? Do you stop to give thanks for our marriage? Do you find joy in being a wife?
You see, it’s one thing to receive a gift from the Lord. It’s another thing to take pleasure in that gift, to really see the gift for what it is, and to appreciate the giver.
R.C. Sproul once said, “God doesn’t want us to just feel gratitude, but for us to show it by giving thanks to God with our lives.”
We have the opportunity to do that. We can wisely invest in our marriage and glorify God by being the best wife we can be.
Excerpt from The Ultimate Marriage Vow – Day 3 (affiliate link)
Ask yourself how you would feel if Jesus returned today. Is there anything you would change? If so, start changing those things today.
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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