Being intentional in marriage is extremely important. I was reminded of this today as I read Marriage: A Lifelong Journey (a devotional on the YouVersion Bible APP by Jim Daly.) This paragraph resonated with me and I wanted to share it:
“Like a canoe, marriages often drift. There’s no obvious conflict or struggle, just subtle distractions that lull spouse asleep. Couples hardly notice they’re losing interest in one another until they end up somewhere they never intended to be.” - Jim Daly
This is so true. It can be easy to coast along and then before you know it, if you take your marriage for granted, even unintentionally, you are at a place where you do not want to be. Alone, being room-mates or not engaged they way God created us to be together in marriage.
Being intentional can bring about a lot of “things” to do, but one thing we can do is pray for our marriages. As I began my second time of reading “Wife After God” by Unveiled Wife, it all came back to me how I can let my marriage run on idle. This will cause damage, even when I cannot see it.
As I begin an intentional journey of reading, journaling and praying for my marriage – just because, I thought you might want to as well. My marriage is not in trouble, in fact it is great. But it is when things are great that we must keep our guard up and be even more intentional. This is where the enemy likes to wait and bait us.
Here are 5 Scriptures that I will be praying for my marriage – will you join me?
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 4: 24-27
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2-3
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8