Monday, August 29, 2016

Marriage Monday- Grow

When we think of marriage, 'growth' usually isn't one thing that comes to mind. Love, patience, passion etc. seem to fit a little better.  
For those who have been married a long time, growth may not seem necessary. You would think we know everything about our spouse that we need to!  But in marriage as in life, change is always in effect.  Seasons of life change, desires and goals change and as we grow older, we change and grow. 
Growth in a marriage means growing closer.  We may think we are as close to them as we want to be (!!!), but growth means newness, excitement, discovery and freshness  What marriage could not use a dose of that? May we be diligent to grow in our marriage, to know them better, to love them more, to connect with their heart.
Here is a beautiful prayer from "Today's Marriage Prayer" that fits perfectly in this area:

Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray for a deeper understanding of each other. We’ve been together for a while, but we’re two different people who do things in two different ways. And so we ask that You’d give us the strength to be flexible when we need to be, and give us the patience to handle our emotions wisely.

Help us to be good listeners who are sensitive to the needs of each other.

May our differences sharpen each other to grow stronger in faith, and challenge each other to consider new things.

Bind us together in unity, and use our differences to strengthen that bond.

In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. – Romans 12:3-5, KJV

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