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The Foundation of Your Marriage

"Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack." Joel 3:9


Back in the day when I watched daytime tv, I would hear troubled couples talk about where they were in their marriage. Like, "We've just grown apart." "I've fallen out of love with him." "We have nothing in common anymore." etc. etc. I often caught myself wondering if that would ever happen to my marriage. Can you grow apart? Fall out of love? Or realize after the fact that you don't like the same things?


Over the years of our marriage I think I can say, yes you can to all of them if we're not paying attention to our relationship. You can't be like two ships passing in the night or passing at all. You can't live together separately. You can't cultivate a strong, lasting relationship on hope and wishes, it takes work (sometimes blood, sweat and tears.)


I want to encourage you no matter what level of a 'good marriage' you believe you have; for a moment; stop and look around. Just as God challenged the nations through Joel to prepare and be protective, so must we be protective of our marriage. Now is the time to be intentional. As Joel's prophecy extends far into the future, we also need to have a long-term view of our marriage. Like Joel, we need to prepare for war, not against each other, but against the forces that would attack and seek to weaken our marriage, such as indifference, busyness, miscommunication or no communication.


I found this activity I want to challenge you to try with each other in evaluating your marriage as it is today. On a scale of one to five (one being -needs improvement- and five being -awesome-) rate your relationship in the following areas.


Communication

Handling anger

Resolving conflict

Encouragement

Commitment

Humor

Goal setting

Spiritual intimacy

Sexual intimacy

Friendship


(Choose an area that is ranked lower and come up with your own way to plan for improvement until you have accomplished every area that needs attention.)


You can prepare the foundation of your marriage for successful growth by being proactive now. This is one war that, together, you can win.


I love you & He loves you more!


Lord, Bless our marriage. Show us where we need to give more attention and nurture our relationship and help us to work together to build a solid, loving union. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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Kim
Aug 17, 2020

So good to hear. You are in my prayers, daily.

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wmdarrol
Aug 17, 2020

My knee continues to improve. I am dealing with pain but each day is better.

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Kim
Aug 17, 2020

And the rest of the day to yourself, Bill.


I’m so glad to hear your up and about. Your knee must be doing fine? Thank you for stopping by and reading the blog. I enjoy hearing from you.


No worthy challenge than to succeed and work hard at a loving and healthy marriage. I thank God for mine everyday.


Thank you for praying for mom. Full healing is in store, I just know it.


Have a blessed day.


♥️Kim

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wmdarrol
Aug 17, 2020

Top of the morning, Kim.


A busy day before me. But never too busy to read your blog and pause before God, our maker. Thank you for sharing your thoughts each morning.


We should be intentional in our living, and no area is more important than our marriages. We must honor God by resolving any potential conflicts that affect our marriage relationships.


I have been blessed, as have you and your children, with God fearing spouses. Let's do our part to strengthen our relationships.


I am praying for your mother. May she have a great day secure in the knowledge that God loves her and is healing her.


Bill

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