When you got married, the officiant likely ended the ceremony by introducing you and your spouse as man and wife for the first time. Did you know that there was someone who was not in the introduction? Marriage isn’t, after all, a relationship between two people. It is a relationship between two people and God.
However, what if you’ve pushed God aside in the marriage as a silent partner? How do you and your spouse make Him an active participant again? Here are three tips for cultivating a faith-centered marriage:
Count Your Blessings
Today ‘busy’ is the norm. You likely feel as if you juggle more than you relax or run more than you sit still. Being stressed and tired makes it easier for our eyes to sharpen the negatives and blur the positives out of focus. It becomes a reflex to see where our partner is not measuring up to some standard we’ve set or to notice the little things that are wearing our patience down. It’s hard to be happy, especially with one another when we focus on the imperfections. Taking time each day to focus on the good things about your partner and your life together brings the positive back into focus. More importantly, thank God for those blessings.
Challenge: This week, make God the center of your marriage. Pick a piece of scripture that speaks to you both. You pray over it and discuss it. Take a moment each day to pray together. Make sure to thank God for your blessings when you do. What scripture speaks most to you and your spouse? What are you grateful for today?