Get Rid of What Doesn’t Matter. Get to What Matters in Your Marriage.

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Everyday marriages fall by wayside for one simple reason: They allow things that don’t matter to take precedence over what does matter. If you think about the reasons that marriages fail perhaps even the reason that your marriage is in a fight right now, and the common thread is that what I call “external pressures” are attacking the marriage and winning. Whether it is a thought, a relationship, a friendship, a set of expectations, career ambitions, etc…something from the outside is blowing apart the inside of the marriage. And that “inside” of a Christian marriage is Christ. In other words the problem is that external pressures or weights are obscuring the husband or wife’s view of Christ.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3

The advantage of a Christian marriage is the great cloud of witnesses that if can’t be found anywhere else, are found in God’s Word. By my account there are over 60 marriages in the Bible and more than a few of them have already experienced the same things that marriages today face. So then, lay aside those weights on your marriage and look to Jesus…

As you absorb the context of the rest of that passage into the thoughts about your marriage, here is a question to ponder. What weights can you personally let go of to see your marriage grow?

Posted in Christian Marriage, Engaged & Newlywed, Love and Marriage, Marriages of the Bible, Money & Marriage

How to Prepare for the Inevitable’s of Marriage

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If we think about it there are really few things that are a surprise in life or marriage. While no one ever signs up for trouble to come, it really should not surprise us when it does. As Job 14:1 reminds us, “Man who is born of a woman
is few of days and full of trouble.” Which really sums it up. We are all allotted a certain and even a guarantee of some tough days in our life. Our faith gives us the strength to not just survive but to thrive when our tough stuff comes.

Within the years of a marriage there are a few things that we can count on (at least a few of these).

  1. Sickness which will cause you to care for each other
  2. Loss of a loved one
  3. Financial challenge
  4. Disagree on a major purchase or decision – at least once
  5. Loss of a job or career change
  6. Child will go through adolescence and your marriage will feel every minute of it.
  7. You will disappoint each other – more than 3 times.

This list can go on for quite some time, but the point is life happens to Christians and non-Christians alike. So if there are things we can count on coming into our marriage how then can we prepare today for the inevitable somedays?

  1. Enjoy every moment that God gives your marriage. I have been both so deeply blessed and deeply impacted to sit by bedsides and hold the hand of a spouse watching their husband or wife as they are on their way to heaven. Enjoy every moment that God gives your marriage.
  2. Study the Word together. I have read who knows how many marriage books and attended just many marriage conferences (I have even written a few books and delivered a few conferences). Yet, IMO the absolute number one, most effective tool for a healthy marriage is Bible Study. In my coaching of couples if I can get them to attend a Bible Study the chances of their marriage growing go through the roof. Find a good class at your local church – it does not have to be a marriage class, just study the Word and watch the Word of God transform your marriage.
  3. Prayer – with a twist. Ask your spouse what Personal Prayer Requests they have. Then, without judgement or need to mention “I prayed for you today” – Pray for them, everyday.
  4. Get Away. Find time. Make time. Get away with each other as often as possible. A nice couples vacation does not chase away any realities but it does give the necessary refueling to deal with what is in your marriage and life. So get away, forget about “it” for a week, admire God’s supernatural power in nature on a beach, an island, a stream, a mountain or even a bustling city and watch Him refuel your marriage
  5. Plan. As we enjoy what God is doing and providing for us today it would be wise to prepare for the inevitable. Check out one of my favorite passages in Proverbs 6 – Go to the ant O sluggard and consider her ways…
  6. Stay focussed on Christ. A Christ centered marriage has to stay centered on Christ. For quite some time I  have believed that Genesis 2:24 is the most significant marriage specific verse in the Bible. I summarize it this way, Leave and be Joined. Jesus rounds out our understanding in Matthew 19:5-6 by fist quoting Genesis 2:24 then adding that who God joins together can not be separated. If we leave external influences, God will join us, and if God joins us – we can not be separated.

Life is going to happen, that you can count on. And now, before the winds blow and seas churn, prepare for the inevitable.

Posted in Christian Marriage, Daily Marriage Meditation, Engaged & Newlywed, Love and Marriage, Praying Spouse

Money & Marriage: Ten Commandments of Money

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Create a Ten Commandments of Money

Today’s post is a brief excerpt from one of the chapters from my 2014 book, Elevate Your Marriage. Look for more along these lines in the form of an e-course coming up in 2015.

Because the emotions run so deep when it comes to money, couples often will struggle to communicate their feelings accurately, succinctly, or at all. Find out more about Financial Infidelity.

Here, then, is a suggestion that can quickly communicate what is important to your marriage when it comes to money. Grab a sheet of paper and list your Ten Commandments of Money. You can even add it to the Vision, Mission Statement and Goals document created in Practice 3. What are the ten things that you consider to be “sacred” when it comes to managing money in your relationship? What is important as a couple about dealing with credit cards, erasing debt, saving for college, giving to the local church, homeless shelter or charity? Here is a quick example of what my list would look like.

  1.  Purchases above $500 need to be discussed.
  2.  Thou shalt never have to pay late fees.
  3.  We shall talk about our finances weekly.
  4.  There shall be no secret accounts.
  5.  We will share equal access to all accounts.
  6.  We shall check our credit together annually.
  7.  We shall maintain savings equivalent to six months of income.
  8.  We shall contribute systematically to a college fund.
  9.  At every possible chance we get, we will save and use cash instead of credit.
  10.  We must contribute to our local church and other Christian causes.

No two persons would compile the same list, and that is fine. The idea is to compare and begin to discuss your lists to find common ground and places of compromise. My wife’s list would undoubtedly say something about balancing the checkbook to the penny at every moment: mine does not. As we begin to understand what is important to each other, we begin to see how we approach money matters differently. But don’t be deceived: differences are strengths, not weaknesses. It is a part of God’s humor to pair a devout saver with a live-for- today spender. Those differences come from places in our life and childhood experiences and they have deep meanings. Talk through the differences and learn to celebrate them as strengths that are divinely provided to balance your relationship, not destroy it. As you compare your “Ten Commandments”, work toward consolidating your two lists into one. You now have effectively communicated a point by point framework that you can begin to connect your marriage around.

 

Check out other excerpts from Elevate Your Marriage or to purchase the book. 

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Posted in Christian Marriage, Money & Marriage

With This Ring, You Were Wed…

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wedding ring exchangeWow, a few weeks ago I was blessed to officiate my 94th wedding. There were two things that made this one really cool. The first was that the groom was my cousin. Also, since it was a family wedding, my sister and brother-in-law, who are alsothe first couple I married, were there and they were just days away from celebrating their tenth anniversary.

Seeing these two couples and also a few others that I have married over the years, all in the same setting, gave me time to reflect on a few things. Number one, I am getting old!

But secondly, and a little more seriously, I am thinking about how my advice to couples has evolved over the years. With that first couple, I counseled them for just a few sessions, now I spend six months with a couple. But one of the few things that has changed over the years, is how the rings are blessed.

Over the years I have seen big rings, blinged out rings, small rings, sacrificially paid for rings, simple rings and promise for a bigger ring in the future rings. Regardless of size, shape or sparkle, a wedding ring is a reminder of a covenant that, that husband and wife have taken with God.

I think some kinda way, we forget the God part of our marriage as “life” happens and we move away from the day we first said, “I do”. When we rest the weight of a marriage on ourselves we become responsible for all the solutions too. But the wedding ring reminds us of the unbroken covenant that we have entered our marriage into with a Holy and wholly capable God. As the ring does not have a seam nor an identifiable start or ending point, so is the covenant that God makes with a married couple.

As I say to every couple right before I pray and bless their rings,

“There will come days when you will have to look at your ring and remember that God did it.”

Over time, the sparkle may diminish slightly over the years or it may get banged around on our finger as you move about through your life, yet as that ring encircles your finger, it is God that encircles your marriage. Within the reminder of the promises made to your marriage, is also that the promise endures through all of the challenges that your marriage faces.

I hope, as you look at your own ring you are reminded of the promise and covenant of your wedding day. God did it and He is still able.

Do you ever look at your ring and reflect how far you’ve come?

Posted in Christian Marriage, Engaged & Newlywed, Love and Marriage

Christian Parenting: Are You Raising a Good Husband or Wife?

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Am I raising a good spouse?

Ok, let me explain quickly before that gets misinterpreted – LOL. I am not talking about raising a good husband or wife. Rather, I am talking about what we share, model and teach to our children. With my own child I have begun doing what my parents would do to me, by putting positive messages in his ear about college and being a good father and man. But I probably could be a little more specific about my messaging about someday being a good husband. I do have some time though, he’s  just in first grade. But here are some ideas that come to mind on how we can raise our kids to be good spouses.

1. Positive Messages about Marriage. It is not hard to find someone that will talk bad or down about marriage. And surely there are some things about marriage that we could complain about too. But with our kids we have a chance to shape their perspective about marriage either positively or negatively. By telling them about the positive side of marriage and what the responsibilities of a good spouse are, we prepare them to be a good spouse for someone else in the future.

2. Model. Kids, just like us, catch more of what they see than what they hear. Kids watch how their mom and dad treat and interact with each other – and that is the model they just might live out in their own marriage. But not just how we are in our marriage but in life in general. It is a thought that can drive us crazy, but the reality is, they are watching – and catching what they see.

3. What to Look For. I believe in teaching a child what to look for in a spouse. Our kids, just like some of us, will be attracted to all of the wrong things. Now with a few years of marriage under our belts we may have a different perspective as to what important qualities we should have in a spouse. Gently, but lovingly, we can help shape our kids awareness of what to look for in a spouse. Instill some of those qualities in a child and when they get older they will know what to look for.

4. How to Investigate a spouse’s Spiritual Walk. A friend hipped me to this. He was going through a divorce just a few months after their wedding. So I asked him what he thought went wrong. He shared with me that he neglected to check out how his soon to be ex was living spiritually. One thing that he shared was that he was fooled by church attendance and forgot to look at her actual spiritual practice. Pretty interesting thought. I believe that marriage takes a lot of prayer, so it makes sense to raise a child to look for and be aware of a potential spouses spiritual walk or practice – not just the outside stuff, but on the inside.

5. Respect. As I said earlier, I have a young child but even at an early age I have tried to show him how to hold the elevator or door for women and to make sure that he looks out for the younger “brown” girls in his nursery school. I shudder to think what the dating scene will look like in 20 years but I imagine respect is still going to be in high demand.

It is funny how life changes a persons outlook! A few years ago a friend told me he was praying for his pre-teen age daughters future spouses. At the time I thought it was a little odd. But as a parent now myself and realizing what our kids face in today’s dating market, it really places a certain gravity on raising our children to be good spouses.

What do you think…. do you actively parent to make your child a good spouse?

Posted in Elevated Parenting

The Strength of an Understanding Husband

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 I love what I do! Five to ten times a week I sit down with engaged couples and I get a chance to help them set the foundation of their upcoming married life together. It is interesting to see the range of perspectives that men and women bring into their marriage. From money questions like, “Are we going to have a joint bank account?”, to questions about parenting and the role of men and women in marriage – we all have different perspectives when it comes to what a marriage is or ought to be. To those that have followed my previous posts, it is no surprise that I like to shape those conversations around a person’s spiritual life. There is one particular verse that I like to share with husbands (or husbands to be) that I have found to be a sense of wisdom that could reshape how a man treats his wife and therefore establishes peace in his home.

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. I Peter 3:7

A few days ago I ran it past a brother in a very unique relationship scenario which has left him bitter because he doesn’t understand why his wife does what she does or thinks like she thinks. The reality I find in the wisdom of this passage is that: how a man orients himself to God in his spiritual walk is the truth of his strength.

First, be understanding. The strength of a husband is in how we live “understanding” of our wife. What I have learned the hard way is that there is a big difference between being understanding of my wife and understanding my wife. As a man, there are things I may never understand about my  wife, but it doesn’t excuse me from being understanding of how she feels. The difference between understand and being understanding is compassion.

The emotions of your wife, her perspective that can be very different from yours or why it takes so long to get one thing at the mall – are things you may never understand but still we find strength in being understanding (compassionate) of what is important to her. Whether a husband agrees with his wife’s needs or not is not relevant. We become the friend our wife is looking for when we show compassion toward their needs.

How we are able to show compassion to our wives directly impacts our relationship with God: so that your prayers may not be hindered (I Peter 3:7b). God has proven this to me more than a few times. I have thought I was right. I have known my wife is wrong. I have taken great pleasure in my rightness – and then I go to pray and it is like talking to a wall…

So how about you husbands, how have you found strength in learning to be compassionate toward your wife’s needs?

 

Posted in Christian Marriage, Elevated Husband's

13 Children by 4 Different Women: 6 Lessons from the First Blended Family

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As a Pastor and marriage coach dealing primarily with engaged couples I often relate the marriages and relationship scenarios of the Bible to what modern families face. Culturally there are major differences, however many couples find comfort in realizing that much of what they experience today, couples have been wrestling with since the beginning of time.

As blended families and the specific challenges they incur continue to rise in prevalence, it may lighten the load to know that the specific challenges facing blended families today are not new at all. Perhaps, the first blended family in history was right in the first book of the Bible. In Genesis 29 a man named Jacob falls in love with, Rachel.  A woman that is said to be beautiful in form and face. In other words she was both pretty and pretty shapely. On the other hand her older sister Leah was unflatteringly referred to as, “weak of eye”.

And as I said, culturally there are some pretty significant differences, so let’s throw in a servant that each woman lends to Jacob and he is now the father of twelve sons and one daughter by four different women. From the challenges this family faced in the early days of humanity comes blended family insight that still speaks to us today:

  1. Favoritism. One of the fatal flaws of Jacob’s parenting style was that he had clear favorites among his children. He seems to have loved and provided for the children based on his relationship with their mother. Based on factors out of the children’s control, he determined how he would treat them. The children felt and understood the favoritism that their father held in his heart and it impacted their ability to come together. Work to recognize points of imbalance and purposefully recognize the value and place of each member of your blended family.
  2. Individuality. One of the outgrowths of Jacob’s obvious favoritism allowed for a hatred toward Joseph to exist within the family structure. There were two issues that his siblings had with Joseph. He was their father’s son from the woman, Rachel, that he loved and considered his real wife. Secondly, Joseph had a dream for his life that was significantly different from that of the other family members. Instead of finding support for the uniqueness of his dream, his father allowed the other siblings to harbor hatred toward Joseph. As a parent, Jacob did not allow a place where Joseph could carry out the uniqueness of his God given dream. Instead, Jacob the father, allowed his sons to suppress the individuality of Joseph and cast him out of the family.
  3. Firm Foundations. What is the strength of your family? Joseph’s brothers sold him to some traveling traders. As a result, Joseph ended up as a slave in Egypt, he was then falsely accused of assaulting his boss’s wife, which led to prison time. Eventually, Joseph was brought out of prison and rose to prominence in the king’s house. From his position of power, Joseph blesses the same family members that betrayed him by providing them with food, money and land during a time of famine. Joseph passed on every opportunity to repay his brothers, what we may consider what they rightfully deserved. Joseph’s interaction and treatment of his brothers was rooted in a foundation of godly higher strength and a sense of right and wrong more powerful than himself.
  4. Play the Role. Work toward helping each member of the family to know their role within the structure of the family. Joseph remained keenly aware of his own identity within the structure of the family. He understood that his role within the family was to preserve the life of his brothers. He remained true to who he was while also seeing his bigger role within the family.
  5. Families can be healed. It took a famine and about fifteen years of disconnection but eventually, in God’s time, God brings healing to the family. God created a scenario that brought about healing. As daunting as “blending” presents itself to be, this family stands as an example that with all of their challenges, God brought them to a place of peace.
  6. The Master’s Plan. Being a family of twelve children from four women provides enough story lines for any modern television drama. Jacob hated his first wife, loved his second wife based on how she looked, the two wives were jealous of each other. Both women also gave their husband other women and struck a deal to barter a night with Jacob for some magic flowers. Through all of that “messiness” God brings about twelve children that will become the twelve tribes of Israel and the eventual children of God, His chosen people. It is not straight forward, it is not conventional but when God had a plan for His people, He used a blended family. So with all of the challenges your blended marriage may face, do not lose sight of God’s plan of blessing for your blended family.

I pray that your modern blended family finds points of identity with this blended family of old. For every challenge a family faces, God has been strengthening and encouraging families since the beginning of time and that same strength is still available for your family today.

Does your blended family have a vision for the future?

Posted in Christian Marriage, Elevated Parenting

When Two Becomes One House

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Does it matter if a newlywed couple move into a house that was initially solely owned by just one of them? 

It is a question that’s answer can have long lasting impact on a relationship. I neither have, nor have seen statistical data on this. However, I have seen on more than a few occasions where the seeds of what is interpreted as disrespect was sown in these first few months.

The Scenario

A couple meets, falls in love, gets engaged and starts determining where they are going to live after, “I Do”. But a long-term lease, an upside down mortgage or potential long daily commute stand in the way. So, logic presents a great solution, “You can just move into my house”.

In no way is there an issue of morality here. There is no problem. It is logical, it is convenient. It solves a problem. However, there are a few conversations that might need to be had and some rules that need to laid out first.

  1. What kind of space do you both need? Where we live is about more than where we sleep at night. A great discussion to have is, about the space you will need. Some people need their own place to unwind after a long day. Some have a need for their own office, workout or recreational space. Personally, I need all of that and I get a little “crabby” if I work hard all day and I don’t have a place of my own to chill in. What personal space do you or your spouse need?
  2. Do you have equal say in decisions? Ok, it was and is his or her house, but now you are married. Are you free to make decisions? Can you hang a picture or move a couch without asking or feeling like you are crossing some sacred line? It is really a matter of individual preference that changes from relationship to relationship. But, you may want to talk about “balance” in the house. On the other side of this story, this has been your home, it no doubt has sentimental value to you. It was your first home or maybe even where you raised your children or even lived with your first spouse. Now, someone else is leaving water rings on the coffee table and walking into spaces that have been yours alone for the last few years. It may not have even came into your mind, how much this house means until someone else started calling it home too. So, it may now be best for both of you to talk about who has what responsibilities in the home. How do you really feel about sharing your home or moving into what was their home?
  3. Do you both feel this is your home? I was speaking to a couple a while back and the husband of this ten year marriage kept referring to their house as “her house”. Of course not for all, but for some relationships, home ownership is a major fault line. “This is my house.”, can be the first thing raised in an argument and it has a way of alienating one or both spouses into emotional spaces that can work as a wedge to divide a couple. Have you, regardless of how long you have been married, established that this is “our” home?

As the last point alluded to, there can be long lasting implications to starting a marriage living in his or her previously owned home. Although, a couple may not link problems later in their marriage to their early living arrangement, it is quite possible that, that is the very source of their problems. The one word that could capture the potential challenges is “Respect”. Without paying attention to what each of you need, you might be inadvertently be sowing longterm seeds of disrespect into your marriage. I say inadvertently because we are not talking about out right tearing up a persons house. Instead, what typically happens is that normal early marriage concerns around learning to live with each other are magnified when either consciously or subconsciously a couple are not able to move one persons house to a house for two. So what do you think EYM, how has your marriage dealt with the merging of two houses into one?

Posted in Christian Marriage, Love and Marriage

Samson and His Philistine Wife: Why We Got Married?

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Week 10

Stocking firewoodSamson and His Philistine Wife: Why We Got Married?

Judges 14:15 Then it came about on the fourth day that they said to Samson’s wife, “Entice your husband so that he will tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father’s house with fire. Have you invited us to impoverish us? Is this not so?”

The crazy thing about marriage is that there are times when she really just “gets me.” We talk, she listens, we laugh, we connect, and all is good. Yet there are times when we really are from different planets. Nothing clicks, false assumptions abound, and miscommunication is the only communication. It is in these marriage flip-flops that couples can ask, “Why did we ever get married?” Have you ever felt that way?

The marriage of Samson and his wife from Timnah is one in which you can sense the same question arising. For Samson’s part, you can hear him asking, “Why did I marry this woman from a background so different from mine? We have nothing in common. Why did I get married?” For her part, you can hear her asking, “Why did I marry this man. He’s just not that into me.”

From both sides, theirs was a marriage built on external connections and convenience. He married her because “she looks good to me” (Judges 14:3). She married him out of a sense of pressure from the Philistines, to marry their enemy and expose his weaknesses.

Both Samson and his Philistine wife entered their marriage for the wrong reasons. Yet out of these two “wrong” motives for marriage, God used their marriage to heighten the tensions between Israel and their enemies, the Philistines (cf. Judges 14:4). Even though their perspectives were limited to their own purposes, God used their marriage to effect His greater purpose.

There are times in marriage when a couple may wonder, “Why did I marry him/her?” In such challenging moments, remember that the difficulties of your marriage were seen by God, even when He joined you together. Both the high mountains and low valleys of your relationship are working to effect God’s deeper purposes through your marriage.

Meditations for the Week:

  • How might God use what is both good and bad in our marriage to effect a greater purpose of which we are presently unaware?
  • How can we ensure our perspectives are godly?
  • Read and discuss each verse in the following passage: Proverbs 16:1–4. (Hint: “Commit” in v. 3 means “to roll to,” which is like rolling a boulder uphill while God pulls the boulder from the other side.)
  • What therefore God hath joined together, let no man tear apart (Matthew 19:6). What does this mean to each of you?

Prayer for Our Marriage:

Lord, guide us, and use the tough stuff of this marriage to bring greater glory to you.

Posted in Christian Marriage, Daily Marriage Meditation, Weekly Devotions

Weekly Devotional for Your Marriage

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Week 9

Portrait Of Romantic Senior African American Couple In ParkAhab and Jezebel: Marital Incitement—Start a Love Riot in Your Marriage

1 Kings 21:25 Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife incited him (emphasis added).

The biblical couple of Ahab and Jezebel are one of the most notorious husbands and wives in the Bible. They are synonymous with evil; they will never show up on a list of “role models” for building a solid marriage. After all, he was the wicked King of Israel and she, to this day, is the icon of a treacherous or scheming woman. Yet the lessons to be learned from the marriage of this “dynamic duo”, like everything in the Bible, are extremely valuable to us today.

In 1 Kings 21:25, Ahab “sold himself to do evil” as a direct result of what his wife incited in him. Specifically, he followed idols and lost sight of his relationship with God because of what Jezebel encouraged him to do. By definition, what Jezebel did by inciting Ahab was to stir up or to cause a riot inside of Ahab.3 Jezebel’s actions stirred up and encouraged her husband to take actions inconsistent with his relationship with God, and then to take his eyes off God.

While I am pretty sure, or at least I’m hopeful, that I don’t stir up any evil riots in my wife (LOL), it does serve as a reminder of just how husbands and wives become connected to and influence each other. To a large degree, it is inevitable with the closeness of marriage that husbands and wives influence or incite each other. But if wickedness can incite our spouse’s heart against God, then could not the opposite also be true—that our actions can encourage or incite our spouse to become closer to God?

While each person is ultimately responsible for his or her own actions before God, how we incite our spouse is definitely worth pondering. Instead of inciting the negative, I want to incite a love riot through commitment and encouragement that stimulates intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual insight to the heart of God.

This week, go out of your way to incite a “love riot” in your spouse toward God. Speak words of encouragement, love, patience, and positivity—all in love. Demonstrate godly love toward your partner—consistently and regardless of his or her attitude or actions. Above all, be creative, have some fun, and start a riot. Smile!

Meditations for the Week:

  • What do you incite in your spouse? Is it positive or negative?
  • Are you happy with the parts of you that rub off on your spouse?
  • What do you allow your spouse to incite in you?
  • Do you allow that “thing” he or she does that gets on your nerves to move you to “sell yourself to evil”?

Prayer for Our Marriage:

 

 

It is the ninth week of the new year and today I want share an excerpt from the Husbands, Wives, God Weekly Devotions. Many churches, groups & couples are utilizing this devotional to increase communication and “contact” with God’s Word in their marriage. Be Blessed.

Edward

 

 

3 incite. Dictionary.com,.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/incite (accessed: February 02, 2010).

Posted in Christian Marriage, Praying Spouse, Weekly Devotions

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