The Thrill Is Gone
Theme of the Week: Strengthen Your Marriage by God's Grace
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Get rid of all hard feelings, anger, and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Put away every form of hatred. Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done. (Ephesians 4:31-32, NIRV)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 4:17-32
When Bill married Heather, Heather was spontaneous and fun and loved to laugh. If the chance for an adventure came along, she was the first to sign up. They waited four years before they had kids. During that time, Heather was everything Bill thought she would be—and much more. She especially lived up to her personality of fun and adventure when they dimmed the lights at night. Then the kids came along. Seven years and three kids later, the thrill is gone. Colicky babies, ear infections, and thousands of diapers have rubbed the excitement off Heather's face. Bill understands that the heavy-lifting stage of parenting can do that to you, but he wonders if this is what the future will hold for them permanently. He was going to broach the subject with Heather the other night—just after she put the last load of clothes in the washing machine and crawled into bed. But before he could say anything, Heather rolled over to him and said, "Hey, Don Juan, a newsflash for you. I'm pregnant again. Thanks a ton. Good night!"
Bill and Heather love each other. But they need grace that brings encouragement, help, appreciation, and high value to their view of each other's contributions and responsibilities.
—Tim Kimmel in Grace Filled Marriage
My Response: How might Bill extend hope and grace to Heather? How might God be leading me to extend hope and grace to my wife?
Thought to Apply: Our spouses aren't perfect. And neither are we. Grace allows us to have a great marriage anyway.—Michael Sytsma (pastor, therapist)
Excerpted from Grace Filled Marriage by Tim Kimmel © 2013. Published by Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., Brentwood, TN. worthypublishing.com. Used by permission. Twitter: #GraceFilledMarriage @WorthyPub.
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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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