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She Married an Idiot
Theme of the Week: Strengthen Your Marriage by God's Grace
Monday, May 5, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God's grace, you're equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don't run aground. (1 Peter 3:7,The Message)

Dig Deeper: Ephesians 5:21-33

Grace is desiring the best for your spouse, even when they may not deserve it. I know, because I married an angel. She married an idiot.

When we drove away from our wedding reception, Darcy didn't realize she was riding next to a man who likes to go down dead-end roads just to make sure they truly lead nowhere. She was holding the hand of a man whose dreams consistently eclipsed his abilities to make those dreams come true. She also married a man who prided himself as a party waiting to happen, which is fine when you're hanging out with friends on Saturday night but annoying when you're trying to make a living while raising kids.

Fortunately, Darcy and I had a kernel of something that would grow into the defining feature of how we process life together. Its presence in our marriage was in spite of us. In fact, our marriage didn't have a chance without it.

We had grace.

Had we not had God's grace going in, or picked it up along the way, I feel certain that after 40 years of marriage, we wouldn't have much of a love story to tell. At best we'd have a "like" story, but probably it would be a "loathe" story.

—Tim Kimmel in Grace Filled Marriage

My Response: What are some of my idiosyncrasies and bad habits that my wife tends to overlook? How have I seen her extend grace in those areas?

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 05, 2014  8:40am

One of my most anal habits is to over prepare for a project. Say i'm asked to paint a room, it will take me at least !/2 hour to even consider getting the paint out; while i prep the room to the 'n'th degree. Most of the time she bears with my ritualistic behavior, but there have been times when she's joined in the 'process' to hurry me along to completion. Thanks for bringing them to my attention, so i can deal with them today. Her 'putting up' or 'extending grace' with me is so appreciated. i pray that i can minimize them for her benefit in the future. Oh, heavenly Father, assist me in this daunting task. in Jesus name i pray, Amen.

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Grayson Schwarz

May 05, 2014  7:53am

Great word--makes me want to read the book.

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