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Let Grace Seep In
Theme of the Week: Strengthen Your Marriage by God's Grace
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: God's saving grace has appeared to all people. It teaches us to say no to godless ways and sinful longings. We must control ourselves. We must do what is right. We must lead godly lives in today's world. (Titus 2:11-12, NIRV)

Dig Deeper: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-8

Without a full measure of grace seeping its way through the pores of every moment, every comment, and every thought, even marriages that were supposedly made in heaven will end up frustrating, disappointing, and hurting the two people center stage in the wedding photos.

Whether you have a good marriage or one in serious need of help, when life is coming at you full throttle, you cannot make it work in your own power. You need grace.

Ironically, the relationship that most needs to be saturated in grace is the one in which grace is least expressed. We long to feel grace in our spouse's tone of voice, facial expressions, physical touch, and simple acts of courtesy and kindness. Yet we often show more grace to our coworkers, friends, and pets than we do to the person with whom we agreed, before witnesses, to share an underwear drawer, a bathroom mirror, and a credit card.

Marriages without grace have a way of feeling tired and old much faster than we would ever have thought going in. You can numb your disappointment with denial for a while. You can even agree to define mediocrity as your new normal. Without grace, our wedding day can become the overture to our song of regret.

—Tim Kimmel in Grace Filled Marriage

My Response: In what ways have I settled for "mediocrity" in my relationship with my wife?

Thought to Apply: So many couples destroy each other because they are afraid to give up their right to be right.—David Stoop(psychologist, writer)

Excerpted from Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel © 2013. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. Used by permission. Twitter: #GraceFilledMarriage @WorthyPub.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, I humbly yield my relationship with my wife to you, asking for your transforming grace to permeate all areas of my marriage.

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Curt Schleicher

May 06, 2014  9:06am

In our sexual relations, i have settled for mediocrity. i desire this part of our lives so deeply in my heart, however my actions have shown otherwise. Ultimately, the blame falls on me---for my selfish actions and inactions. And for not properly recognizing Bonny's unselfish part in our lives. it has been only through your grace , dearest Jesus, that you have protected our union. i agree wholeheartedly with the above prayer for each & every part of our marriage. As we now prepare for the marriage vows of our youngest daughter and her betrothed, i ask that i would take a hard look @ the promises being made and how i measure up today. Thanks for opening my eyes to the job ahead of me for making the future years of our marriage meteoric in nature. in Jesus name i pray, Amen.

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