(Learning to Let God Lead….. One Day at a Time)
-A Woman Redeemed
Once again, I will reiterate, that if our spouse has not been repentant, most of these steps are going to be a monstrous challenge, however, with the strength of Christ, we can still slowly push forward. This week we are going to zone in on one of my favorite scriptures that I really need tattooed somewhere on my body that I can see it ALL THE TIME! Philippians 4:8!!!
One of my greatest struggles is being what Garrick refers to is an "archaeologist," digging up the past!!! LOL Now, in my defense, sometimes it is not so much digging up that past, as it is struggling to remove the memories from my heart and mind. It does not take much to trigger bad memories and consequently, the negative emotions that come along with those memories. I battle this often. There is a difference, however, in choosing to dwell on negative past issues and simply struggling with pop up memories that draw deep emotion.
What we have to learn to do is reign those thoughts and memories in and replace them with God's truths and promises. The moment those thoughts enter your mind, you have to choose to take them captive and replace them with positive thoughts and meditations. No matter what our spouse has done in the past, they inhabit some wonderful qualities, or it is very unlikely we would have married them in the first place. We have to fight to regain the positive memories and put to death the negative ones.
*NOTE* to both spouses here..... this is VERY VERY VERY hard to do, when NEW bad memories continue to be created! You must make a genuine effort to kill the past negative habits and actions that built up that giant wall of negative memories. Hopefully, this devotion will continue to help you do so.
BUT, for this week.... we are going to focus on these two scriptures.....
"Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report. if there is virtue or anything praiseworthy,- meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:6
1. What does Philippians 4:8 tell us to focus on?
2. What are some positive and lovely things you can focus on about your spouse and your marriage?
3. What are some thoughts you need to put to death?
4. What does 2 Corinthians 10:6 tell us to do with our thoughts?
5. What does it mean to "take our thoughts captive"?
Take a few minutes and write down all the positive and lovely qualities your spouse has and then share them with each other. Keep these treasured lists for future reference and to remind yourself, your spouse does see goodness in you!!!
Peace and Blessings
Missy and Garrick