I recently finished reading You and Me Forever by Francis & Lisa Chan and man it was a good book! Michael and I are adamant about living a Christ centered life and with that having a Christ centered marriage and family. One of our biggest goals is making a disciple of #babybigtruck.
Matthew 28:18 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.
As I was reading through the book I underlined a lot of things that stood out to me and I thought I would share some of these things today.
**An accurate picture of God is vital to a health marriage. Don’t assume that you are right with God. We cannot afford to be complacent about this relationship.
With that in mind I thought about Mike and #babybigtruck. Let’s be real if it wasn’t for God giving me Mike and her I wouldn’t have them. Those two are some of the most precious gifts I have received from God next to my own personal salvation. There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that I do not thank Him for them.
**Prayer and scripture. Sincere and concentrated prayer will do infinitely more than any human strategy for a happy marriage. Prayer opens up the line of communication with the Holy Spirit.
- Michael and I communicate with God daily, multiple times a day through prayer. James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- The promise of prayer is not that we will always get the answer we desire, but that God will hear. He will listen and he will lead us in the right way.
Michael and I strongly believe that everything we need to live by is written in God’s word, the Bible. His commands are written out plainly for us to follow.
- 2 Peter 1:5-8 make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- 2 Timothy 4:16-17 All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be throughly equipped for every good work.
- Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
God makes so many promises to us. I won’t write out all the verses but I will give you the references for them.
- He promises to meet all of our needs. Philippians 4:19.
- He promises never to leave us. Hebrews 13:5.
- He promises that nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8:38-39.
- He also promises that no one can snatch us from His hand. John 10;27-29. SO many awesome promises and I am anchored in all of them!
**You may not feel like being Christ-like, but you have been called to it. Very often, we know the path we ought to take -whether in marriage or some other area of life- yet we fail to act because we’re not “feeling it.”
This. Man this is so so true. There are times where I will get worked up or Mike will get worked up about one thing or another and we want to take matters into our own hands and we both have to remember to stop and think how will my actions reflect the love of Christ? We want to always demonstrate God’s love but we are human and we fail. Sometimes we fail miserably because we are not feeling it. Thank goodness for God’s forgiveness.
**I can’t should be replaced by I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippans 4:13
**As we sow to the Spirit in our marriage, we will reap spiritual blessings in our marriages. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is something that I have seen first hand in our life and our marriage. When we first got married Michael was not a believer. He didn’t become a believe until June 2015. Prior to him becoming a believer I saw he was quick to anger, and had little self-control in some situations. He lacked faithfulness and patience in some areas of his life. Since he has given his life to Christ he has really become a totally different man. Does he lose his temper from time to time yes absolutely but it is nothing like it used to be. I can definitely see the Holy Spirit working in his life! And to be flat-out honest it is and awesome thing to be witness to!
These are just some of the things that stood out to me and my thoughts on them. I could go on and on about this book. Toward the end of the book they talk about raising children which I want to talk about however that is another post in and of itself that I will one day share.