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By Gary L. Thomas

What if God designed marriage to make us holy greater than to make us chuffed? through well known call for, the writer of Sacred Marriage returns to the subject of ways God makes use of marriage to extend our souls and make us holy. With all new fabric, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage explores how God can display himself to you thru your marriage and assist you develop towards him in addition to in your wife. Fifty-two devotions inspire you to construct your marriage round God's priorities. From studying to reside with a fellow sinner, to the method of 2 turning into one, to sharing our lives as brothers and sisters in Christ, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage demanding situations to include the profound and soul-stretching fact of Christian marriage.

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Let him name your true motivation. I hope those motivations will be charity, kindness, goodwill, patience, and love. But mixed in with such attitudes may be spite, bitterness, resentment, selfishness, or sheer laziness. Ask the Lord to show you where you’re withholding on your spouse. Let him hold up a mirror to your heart’s true condition. Keep in mind that it’s not as though the heart is ever fixed once and for all. While I may have the “heart to” today, it doesn’t guarantee I’ll have the “heart to” tomorrow.

Being generally gracious to her during the eleven and a half months of the year where I’m free of a deadline (not that I always am) doesn’t mean I’ve stored up the right to neglect her or get short with her for those other two weeks. Instead, I can learn to recognize the temptation and more effectively prepare to deal with the stress in a way that won’t wound my wife. We fail to see that one hole can sink a ship as effectively as can ten holes; it may take a little longer, but the ship will still sink.

In my case, I realized I was acting like a wimp. There’s no more noble way to put it! I was so consumed with being a “nice” husband that I had become less than a good husband. The next day I went on a long run, which is how I like to process things. I remember praying, “OK, God, we’ve established that I’m a wimp—but I don’t know how to change. I’ve been like this my entire life. ” Looking back, I’m amazed at how, just a day or two earlier, I had focused completely on what I thought Lisa was doing wrong and 60 20: I Hold You Responsible how Lisa needed to change.

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