Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Faith & Marriage

This is the final week of the Love and Marriage Series. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Thank you for reading and commenting each week! It's been a joy to share with you and get to know you better!

Check out last weeks post here.

As I was thinking about how to wrap this series up, and searching for a topic to blog about, I came to the conclusion that I should just keep it simple.

Over the last few weeks, I've shared a lot about my marriage, from how we met, our struggles and keeping things interesting.

Today I want to talk about faith. The word faith means different things to different people. To us, it means trusting in God. Sometimes people ask how and why you can trust in someone or something you can't see, and this makes me smile. Because to us, God is everywhere. He's present everyday in everything we do. I see His mercies and miracles, His love and power everywhere I look. I look at Brayden and am reminded that He can do anything. Nothing is too big for Him but at the same time, nothing is too small for Him either.

Do you ever feel that way? That something is too small or trivial to bring to Him? I know I used to. Sometimes I catch myself thinking that I shouldn't waste His time praying over something so insignificant when other people are dealing with major issues. But then I remember that He wants us to bring everything to Him in prayer.

What does this have to do with your marriage?


How many times a week do you get irritated with your spouse? How many times a day? And out of those instances, how many times do you pray about it?

Something that changed my marriage is the way I pray for my husband. Instead of thinking about the things I wished he would change, sometimes I pray that God will show me how to better deal with those issues, or how I can change to be more patient. By the way, if you're ever looking for a big, HUGE life lesson from God, pray for patience. I did. It took me several years to figure out what He was trying to say. Haha!

Besides praying for one another, its important to act on your faith together. Going to church together, praying together, reading devotionals together...all of those things bring you closer to one another while simultaneously bringing you closer to God.

I've noticed that as I've grown in my faith, things that once seemed hard, now don't seem so insurmountable. Remember in week 2 when I shared about our infertility journey? That was a bleak, dark time for me. In week 1 I shared that now we are hoping to adopt. The lessons that I learned when dealing with infertility definitely transfer over to our new situation.

It would be so easy to lose myself to this situation, to become upset that it hasn't happened yet, defeated over being turned down 6 times so far. Right now, we are waiting to hear on a situation we applied for, and I could let that eat me up. But I learned that I'm not in control of these things. I've learned, we've learned, that we just want God's plan for us to unfold. And while we wait, we're going to concentrate on enjoying the blessings he has already given to us.

Thank you for taking this journey with us. I've enjoyed reading your stories and comments and interacting with you during this series. I'd love to continue to connect with you!

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