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Strengthening Your Marriage

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 1488 times

wedding-colection.jpgWhat are you doing today to strengthen your marriage?  Marriage is not something that you can take for granted.  Even though we believe that wedding vows are important and should be the glue that binds people together, just like any other thing that is in this world, marriages change as time passes.

The Time Warp Wife gives us 3 Things You Can Do, Right Now, To Strengthen Your Marriage. All three of these are spot on; however, I think that the best thing that you can do to strengthen your marriage has to be about your inner heart attitude towards your spouse.  Obviously God has to have highest priority in your life, but next to that, does your spouse have a high priority?

Marriage is a Committment

July 1st, 2014 Viewed 1241 times

This is something one dad did for his daughter and soon to be son-in-law:

With Ashley’s wedding coming up, I wondered how we could incorporate the concept of covenant in the ceremony. Then I had an inspiration. We took Ashley and Michael’s wedding vows to a calligrapher who inscribed them on a sheet of pure cotton paper.

During their wedding ceremony, after stating their vows verbally, the couple turned and signed their marriage covenant. There was space at the bottom of the covenant for others to sign, and the pastor asked if anyone in the audience wanted to witness the marriage covenant. By doing so people would pledge to pray for Michael and Ashley and promise to hold them accountable for keeping their covenant. A line formed quickly.

Ashley and Michael’s covenant now hangs in their home, a constant reminder of their promise of fidelity to each other and of the promise of God to guard and sustain their marriage. It also reminds the rest of us to pray for them and hold them accountable to their vows.

Read the whole story at Family Life. Hat Tip: When Dennis Rainey got it right.

Godly Wife: Are You Keeping Your Wedding Vows?

April 3rd, 2007 Viewed 8606 times, 1 so far today

Ouch!  What a tough question!  What were your vows to your husband?

I can remember some time ago I was at a family gathering and we were watching the video tape of a wedding ceremony in front of a judge (justice of the peace) for a cousin of mine that had a baby out of wedlock.  It came time for the vows, and the husband-to-be (now ex) made a joke that the judge should make sure to have “obey” in the vows for her, not him.  I share this illustration to say that we as a society do not hold marriage vows like God does.

Remember back to your day– the day that you came down the aisle dressed in white.  That day when something happened at the wedding you’ll never forget– and it wasn’t saying “I do” to your sweetheart but it could have been anything from the wedding party that wasn’t in the reception to “Help Me” written on the soles of your shoes.

In any case, you said certain things before God and some gathered witnesses.  You may have said things like “love, honor, cherish” or “for better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and in health” or things of that nature.  Do you realize the gravity of those vows before God?

Check out these verses on the topic:

When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. – Ecclesiastes 5:4-5

Numbers 30:2ff has even more to say, but I think that you get the point.  Your vow before God means something to God.  It means that if you are not fulfilling your vow, you are in sin.

Like a lot of the things in the Christian life, if we’re not going forward in Christ, then we are falling away from Him– so is this command to uphold your vows.  If you’ve been failing in this area (or if you fail) then you need to seek repentance and get it right with God and your husband.

Question Idea taken from Questions for a Godly Wife

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.