Setting a Foundation In Our Marriage

I feel lighter. My burdens don’t feel as heavy anymore. I have a new pep in my step.

I have prayed so much for a change in my marriage. I have asked God to help us make Him the foundation for our marriage and family. I prayerfully asked the Holy Spirit to reveal my faults and what I need to do to change and become a better wife. I prayed for my husband that same prayer…

..and it is working!

Our attitudes and how we handle struggles are changing. We are learning to think before we speak (still a work in progress!) and slow to become angry.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

James 1:19

We have begun doing Bible Studies together, even though making time in-between ball practices can be trying, it is vital in order to put Jesus first in our marriage. The best choice we have made in helping our marriage grow in faith is attending church again. We think we may have found a church home where we feel like God is speaking directly to us. It happens to be the church I grew up in and was baptized. I feel like I’ve come home. It is important to have a church family and worship the Lord with other believers.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25

*** I wrote the above a few days ago. Since that time, my husband and I had an argument. I am telling you this to show you that the road isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Marriage is difficult and sometimes we fail when we allow our own selfishness to supersede the fruits of the Spirit. Self-control is difficult sometimes when you are in the throws of an argument. Ephesians 4:31-32 perfectly states how we should not only treat one another, but especially our spouse.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Although we fought, we did come together and talk it out. Those conversations can be difficult. We have to actively listen to one another and extend forgiveness. Sometimes we even need to admit when we are wrong, and that is what we did.

I pray this post encourages you in your marriage. Remember we are not perfect and will make mistakes. It is what we do with those tough lessons that determines what direction our marriage will go.

Living by Grace,

Misty

Walking Through the Red Sea: Day 3

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left…During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving…Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen’…and the Lord swept them into the sea…That day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians.

Exodus 14:21-22,24-25,27,30

The Lord saved the Israelites from the Egyptians. He may good on His promise. I have to give credit to the Israelites though. They may have been complaining and grumbling, but they did go. They may have had their doubts, but they walked through the Red Sea. They made the choice to follow God’s orders, so I would like to think deep down, they had some trust.

Isn’t that the same with us? As followers of Christ, we have this deep feeling in our heart that we really can trust God. It is when we allow our humanness to cloud over the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit, that we succumb to worry, doubt, and complaining.

I encourage you to cast all your grumblings onto God, get rid of those burdens, and then walk away from them. Fully trust that God, who is mighty enough to deliver the Israelites out of the hands of the Egyptians, will also deliver you out of your pain and suffering. Never lose hope because He will part the waves and walk along with you through the Red Sea road.

After Devotional: Click on below link and listen to “Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb (I do not own the rights to this song.)

Living by grace,

Misty

*Please let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this devotional! Any recommendations for future devotions are welcomed! Thank you for joining me.

Walking Through the Red Sea: Day 2

Worry is a choice that displeases God. When you worry, you reveal that you don’t really trust God to provide all that you need.

June Hunt

No matter how many times I tell myself not to worry…I still do. I am a worrier. I constantly think about the ‘what ifs’ and try to control my future. I do hear God say that He is in control and to trust Him, but in my humanness I doubt if that is true. Which is exactly what the Israelites did.

In Exodus 14:15 God basically asks Moses why is he complaining, and tells him to have the Israelites move on.

God said to Moses: ‘Why cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites. Order them to get moving. Hold your staff high and stretch your hand out over the sea; Split the sea! The Israelites will walk through the sea on dry ground. Meanwhile I’ll make sure the Egyptians keep up their stubborn chase-I’ll use Pharoah and his entire army, his chariots and horsemen, to put my Glory on display so that the Egyptians will realize that I am God.’

Exodus 14:15-18 (Msg)

I get the sense that God may have been annoyed. He was in control and had a plan, and yet the Israelites didn’t trust Him. They did not believe the Almighty God would deliver them from the Egyptians. I think that is why he told them His plan. That way, when the Israelites saw that God was their Deliverer, they would then believe and trust who He is.

When I am in my worrying state, and don’t know what God’s plan is, is when I try to control the outcome. That behavior points out the glaring reality that I am not trusting my Holy Father. He wants our trust. He wants us, His children, to come to Him with our problems, and then trust that He will deliver us from them. We don’t need to know what His plans are, we just need to know who He is.

After Devotional: Write down all your worries on a piece of paper and lift them up to God in prayer.

Living by grace,

Misty