Every marriage has it’s ups and downs, but having a good cry every now and then does more than just give us an emotional release. It can actually draw us closer to God and strengthen our relationship with our spouse!Read More
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Some of us reading this have raw knees from the crawling. It’s tempting to find a corner, rock back on our haunches, and allow the obstacles we face to loom over us like formidable centurions who block our path of progress.
This morning, we may very well have a multitude of reasons to quit this whole shabang.
Quit on ourselves.
Our messy homes.
Sometimes, the triggers become so flagrantly in our face that we want to give up. We cry with the Psalmist, "How long Oh Lord? Will you forget me forever?"
I have wanted to throw in the towel too. But, God.
He comes to me in these desperate, angry, helpless moments and He tells me tenderly that it will take AS LONG AS IT TAKES.
And then He lovingly asks ME the pointed question:
"Are YOU willing to persevere?"
"As long as it takes?"
He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He is a very present help in trouble. He will provide a way of escape from temptation. He will do a new thing....
Friends, are we willing to tarry along with our kids, our spouses, our ministries, etc. as long as it takes?
Will we walk when we cannot run? Crawl when we cannot walk? Perhaps, allow God to carry us when all else fails within?
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
Let us not grow weary, for God never ever gives up on any one of us.
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YOUR TURN! Are you running, walking, crawling, or being carried today? How can I pray for you?
My husband, Guy and I—we had big plans for all the things we would do and all the places we would go as a married couple. I had ideas and expectations for each of our anniversaries. For our 5th, I planned a trip to somewhere warm and tropical. Our 10th would be spent in Italy and Greece, sipping wine and eating pasta in the warm country sunshine or swimming off the age-old shores while drinking in the salty air.
My wedding ring would be adorned with a layer of yellow and pink diamonds on the outer bands—a gorgeous sparkler that as a jeweler’s daughter, I used to dream about long before I was ever married.
This week, we celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. It’s been an emotional week. Not because we never made it to a tropical island, Italy or Greece. Not because my wedding band is void of colorful diamond additions.
But, it IS emotional because of all the things we’ve never done.
We’ve never been unfaithful.
Never been untrue.
We’ve never walked away, even when it would have been easier.
We’ve never divided our children up on weekends or slept in separate houses.
We’ve never given up on one another.
We’ve never considered that a different life would have been a better life or that the smoother road would lead to fulfillment.
Those are the things we’ve never done that really matter.
Nope, we can’t show you pictures of far off lands or living the high life. I wouldn’t trade all the romantic trips in the world in exchange for true romance—for true love. It turns out that the Bible has it exactly right. Here’s the recipe for a truly lasting marriage:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
(I Corinthians 13:4-7, The MSG)
I’m so thankful that I get to keep going to the end with Guy. That he has never given up on me. I’m not looking back with any regrets about all the expectations that were never met. I’m thankful for all the anniversaries over home-cooked meals with happy kids and years of committed faithfulness that money can’t buy.
Here’s to many more years of all the things we’ve never done!
P.S. Prepare to tear up when you play Martina McBride's song, below!