“…for fear comes when there is something inhibiting the flow of love.”
This got me thinking. This devotion is speaking to the marriage relationship. My experience is that a marriage takes hard work. It doesn’t have to be hard, although it usually is. And it does require work. It’s not just a couple of buddies living together. There was meant to be something much greater. There is a bonding of spirits into one. “The two will become one flesh.” (Ephesians 5:31)
When pride invades as it always does, we find ourselves wanting to be heard and upset when our spouse “doesn’t listen”. A great saying is: it’s better to hear than to be heard. Remember that. It has helped me a lot! I lean towards the side of talking too much. It’s a family trait. ????But when I can close my mouth and really take in what others are saying, especially my wife, I tend to have better relationships and conversations that produce better fruit. When I’m not so scared that I’m not being heard, when I’m not afraid that the world is going to end if I don’t get to say what I wanna say, there is usually this peace and clarity that overcomes me. I tend to see others as significant. I begin to realize my own flaws and failures and see the people around me as truly children of God. Then, as I begin to realize just how much God loves each and every one of us, I am filled up. The desire to be heard begins to leave. I think the hard work in a marriage is the sacrificial part. That’s the selfless and humble part. Am I putting my wife’s needs before mine? Am I trusting that God will provide for me all that I really need in the face of what appears to be me not getting what I want?
I desire a relationship with my Father and I desire to be a good husband and father to my own children. I’m grateful for time this morning to read and pray, reflect and respond. I’m thankful for my wife and my children. I’m thankful that I get to play and write music FOR A LIVING! How crazy is that?!!?
Thank you Father for your love and your patience. Thank you for showing me each day how to be love to those around me. Thank you for Word, which is the truth. I pray that I can be all you desire of me today. Shape me and guide me and let there be more of You in my life. Help me quiet my mind to see that You are in every detail of this life I lead. Praise You Papa!! Amen!