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Love/Life Day 13

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Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

 Devotional: Focus on trusting Jesus. Sometimes life just doesn’t’ make sense.  And sometimes we find ourselves in a place in our relationship that we never imagined.  This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

 Ever found yourself thinking that?  Are you thinking that right now in the midst of your marriage?

 This is the time for trusting the Lord with all your heart. It’s a time for surrender.  None of us want to be in that place of disillusionment, or disappointment, or despair. But there is something about this terrible, wonderful place.  The place where we suffer, and struggle, and doubt, and fear.   Because it’s a place where our faith is tested and our trust forged. 

 Listen to Peter’s words:  “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:6-9)

  This is the time for trusting.

 Reflect:

  • In what areas do you need to “trust the Lord with all your heart”?
  • How can you be encouraged in knowing that suffering through trials is refining you in ways that you may not yet understand?

Love/Life Day 12

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Scriptures: Genesis 1:18,20-22  The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

 1 Corinthians 12:27,18-26  You are the body of Christ and each of you is a separate and necessary part of it…. But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”  On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,  and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,  while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,  so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

 Devotional: Enlist the help of others. From the very beginning- literally the beginning- God has made it clear that He created us to need one another.  No man is an island, as is demonstrated in the creation event.  God created Adam for community, and then He provided that community when He created Eve.

 This principle is also reflected in the New Testament, both in Romans 12, and in 1 Corinthians 12 with the metaphor of the body of Christ.  We are each separate parts of the body, but we need each other in order for the body to function in healthy ways.

 This principle applies to marriage as well. Too often, when a couple is struggling in their marriage, they withdraw or hide the struggles from those around them. Whether from embarrassment or shame, or just plain wrong thinking, this only isolates the couple and can often lead to deeper struggles. 

 These actions are contrary to biblical community. For in the body of Christ, when one part struggles, the other parts struggle too.  That is why, at Sunnybrook, we have marriage mentors who are trained and equipped to walk alongside couples who are having challenges. We have seen wonderful things happen in marriage when a couple is willing to share what is going on and enlist the help of others. 

 Just a reminder that you have an enemy who would love nothing more than to destroy your marriage and your family.  Scripture tell us  that “your enemy the devil goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The way that a lion conquers his prey is to cull the weak from the safety of the herd. Once he does that, it’s easy to overcome and destroy his victim. 

 Enlisting the help of others helps you to combat the enemy who is trying to destroy you.  Don’t be unaware of Satan’s schemes. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

 Reflect:

  • How might you and your spouse begin to experience biblical community before you find yourself struggling in your marriage?
  • If you are currently having challenges, whether great or small, would you be willing to enlist the help of others in order to improve your relationship? If so, contact to ascertain your next step.

 

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