The Common Thread in our Marriage

Christ. 

Plain and simple.

He’s the common thread in our marriage, and life itself.  

Our goal individually, as a couple and as a family is to live according to His will.   Sure, it’s easier to live according to my human will and do whatever it is I want, but I am wiser than that.  I want to live each day in an attempt to please my Father, because I love him. 

Our marriage was good right from its young start.  We loved each other immensely, but always felt a hunger for something more

When we moved to Nova Scotia in 2002, I told David we were going to find a church, that we’d hop around and spend a couple of weeks at different churches until we found one that felt right.  We started with the United Baptist Church and our search ended there.  That was 8 1/2 years ago.  

It was the best thing we could have done for our marriage. 

Our time there, but in particular the last 2-3 years, has been nothing short of extraordinary.  There is something so incredibly right about finding a body of believers with whom you can worship, pray, laugh, cry, encourage, support.  They are our chosen family and what an amazing family it is! 

Surrounding ourselves with brothers and sisters in Christ has strengthened our marriage in a way we would not have reached without the love of a good church.   Oh, we were happy enough, and seemingly stable enough.  You can love and follow Christ without a church, but it’s so. much. harder.    

Through Christ, we have reached a depth and the richness in our marriage that I could not have otherwise imagined. 

And that is our foundation for everything.  He comes first.  He’s the reason we’re here.  He’s the reason we love.  He’s the reason we’re strong.  He’s the reason we’re blessed. 

But seek first his kingdom, and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.

-Matthew 6:33

I don’t know where you are in your walk with Christ, or if you’re walking with him at all, but if you are curious or feeling that you are just craving that richness in your life, I encourage you to talk to a Christian you trust.  Find someone who will not judge you, but will listen and provide some guidance.  A friend, a family member, a pastor?   If you want to chat with me privately, you can email me at joyandcontentment at gmail dot com.   I’d be more than happy to chat with you. 

I hope you’ve gleaned something useful from this series on marriage.  Love is just the most. amazing. thing!   I pray you find it in abundance, nurture it, fan the flame and keep it in check through Christ, from whom all blessings flow. 

xo

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