Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Keeping God First in Your Marriage

My husband and I have been married for almost two years and while we are definitely no experts at this crazy adventure called marriage, God has definitely revealed Himself to us in mighty ways.

“God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.”
 Max Lucado

I’m head over heels in love with my husband and at times, it’s hard for me to put God in front of my husband or daily life, for that matter. Sometimes, it’s easier or “more fun” to just chill on the couch or go to the movies together than getting up to read your Bibles together or to pray and seek God together. But it’s in those everyday choices that eventually bring you closer to God or pushes you away from God. We are learning that choosing God over everything, including each other, has great eternal and marital value.

Make Him Lord 
Make sure that each one of you, you and your spouse, have an individual relationship with God and that your relationship with God is first in your own life. Thankfully, a relationship with Jesus is completely free, a gift. By simply believing that He is God, the one and only Savior and way to God and surrendering your life to Him daily, you can have a close relationship with your Creator! How amazing is that?

Seek Him 
Pray and study the word together in each decision, big or small, and questions about anything like your future or ways to serve. Getting up early together before work or school to pray and read the Bible or doing that before bedtime will change your life and your marriage. It’s worth it! God is the true source of purpose and truth, remember that!

Depend on Him 
Daily depend on Him for every need and desire. Trust Him. Rely on Him. By honestly doing this together and individually, God will become first in your marriage and life. By knowing that without Him we are helpless, we can run to Him and have confidence that He knows best.

Thank Him 
Recognize that every good and perfect gift is from above and without Him, we cannot have success in life or in marriage. God is the creator of marriage. Thank Him for that! Thank God for your spouse and for the gift of marriage to your spouse. Having a thankful heart for God and all He does for us will cause a huge love for our Lord and Savior.

Point to Him 
Encourage your spouse daily that God is for him and that God loves Him unconditionally. Pray for your husband everyday. Make it a point to ask your husband how you can pray for him. Pray for him when he is weak, confused, tired, seeking God, and serving other and God.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…” – Ephesians 5:22-23

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post, Katie. I also have been married a little over 3 years. Marraige is not easy and the only way to make it work the best is with God in the middle of everything. We have been learning to include God and His word in everything but it's hard. I pray that God keeps helping us grow closer to each other and closer to Him. I also pray for you and everyone else that comes across this post, searching for an answer to their struggles. May God bless you for sharing His word and encouraging others. -KB


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