(Learning to Let God Lead….. One Day at a Time)
-A Woman Redeemed
Today's marriage devotion is about benefits!!
Did you know that there are many benefits to being married???? LOL I know, I know, there may been times that you have questioned if this is true.... but I promise.... it is!!!
Aside from the benefits of having one another for company and for help when we need it.... and to help meet needs only our spouse can meet..... the benefits we will talk about today are the benefits we reap when we have a spouse that loves the Lord above all else!!!
Believe it or not..... we receive direct benefits from our spouse if they have a solid and established relationship with God. Consequently, we also reap the negative effects of a spouse that does not know the Lord or place Him above all else in their life.
God is very good at keeping our priorities straight and our thoughts and action Godly. Without Him, it is VERY easy to slip into a pattern of embracing idols and neglecting the very things God desires for us to place first in our lives. Satan LOoooooVVVVeeeessss this!! And Satan is so crafty, that he will often present these things as "good" things; things that are beneficial to you.
An example is a hobby. Hobbies are good right? Hobbies allow us to express our creativity and are used an a stress outlet and much needed relaxation. HOWEVER, hobbies are often placed above God and when this happens, people often struggle prioritizing their hobby in it's proper place. A hobby should never become more important than our relationship with the Lord or our spouse and family.
We are going to focus in on this scripture.....
"Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of your labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it all should be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table." Psalm 128:1-3
Though this scripture sounds as though it is mainly focusing in our men, we can apply this scripture to both husband and wives!!!
What we can learn from this scripture is very simple...... when we put the Lord first...... the rest of our lives will fall into their proper place. Our spouses will flourish, our children will flourish, you will be blessed. It takes the guess work out of prioritizing because God will make sure your priorities are in proper order.
In this last difficult season Garrick and I went through, the effects of misplacing God in our lives were devastating. They always are, be assured of that. We are still reaping the negative consequences from this and though God will no doubt, completely restore us, we will never be able to erase the past from our memories or our children's.
This is where we discuss balance......when you put God first..... your spouse will reap the benefits.... naturally. In order to do this.... you have to have your daily priorities in proper order.
Today.... this is what we shall work through in this devotion.
1. Take some time and make a list with your spouse of your daily priorities.
2. Assess how your prioritize these daily priorities.
3. Is your current way of prioritizing helping your spouse and children flourish?
4. Do you need to adjust your way of prioritizing???
In order for our marriages and families to flourish, we must have our priorities stacked God's way....
A great acronym I learned to prioritize life is JOY! Jesus Others You. This does not mean you should not take care of you. That is also a necessity, however, we should not constantly be placing our self and our needs above everyone else's and never above God!
This also does not mean we slack off at our jobs, what it means is, you have to be willing to pass up the promotion to make it to your date night with your spouse or your child's game. Money means nothing if you die alone. You may climb the corporate ladder, but when you reach the top, you are standing alone.
Tomorrow, I will share with you what Garrick and I discovered about our own priorities and how this negatively or positively effects our marriage!!!
Peace and Blessings
Missy and Garrick