I just read this in "The 7 Rings of Marriage" from a Youversion app reading plan:
"We should expect challenges to happen, but be encouraged by them because we know God is creating something great."
[Really Lord? Challenges create something great?]
Read on ....
"Spend some time in prayer giving thanks to God for what He's doing in your marriage. Encourage each other to continue on, not getting tired of the work and the challenges..."
[oh but Lord - I do get tired and weary.... I have a sense that we all do.
And I ponder...
Yet this I know; when I encourage Paul and he encourages me, then we are building and growing and foundational and happier and more content than when we are "at" each other and tearing each other down.]
The author of the devotional ends with these thoughts,
"...but be expectant and excited about what will be the result."
[The result of what? Oh yes!
Through challenges we are encouraging our mates, building them up, cheering them on, loving them when they don't seem very lovable, accepting them, being on the same team as they are, thinking the best of them rather than the worst....
And God is creating something really great in us and in our marriages!]
Let those challenges pull you both closer together rather than pulling you apart....
Encourage each other through them....
Remember that God is creating something really great!
Truly - I am
|Remember to look for the rainbow!|
Be encouraged and excited and expectant as you travel through the great times and the challenges together!
Onward and Upward we go!