Each day I will have a new Bible verse, devotion, and assignment for you to help you as you learn to apply God's Word to your marriage.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." - 1 Corinthians 13:4
Have you suffered long with some fault your husband has? Longsuffering has to do with how we handle something. It's kind of like patience and perseverance.
No man or woman is perfect. We are all different and husbands and wives can be irritating to one another and get on one another's nerves sometimes.
Ask God to help you to be longsuffering toward your husband.
1) Have you read your Bible today?
2) Have you written in your marriage journal today?
3) Have you started doing one thing extra for your husband?
"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." - Proverbs 3:22
Is there something you could be doing for your husband that you are not doing? Maybe there is something you could do to be more supportive, to show how much you care, or to make his life just a little easier or a little less stressful.
Pray about it and ask God to show you. Then choose one thing to do for your husband that would help him in some way.
Start doing one thing for your husband that you don't normally do.
1) If he grabs a donut for breakfast on work days, you could get up just a little earlier to cook breakfast for him.
2) If he sends his laundry out for mending or ironing, you could start mending or ironing for him.
3) You could start doing one or more of his errands for him.
1) Have you prayed for your husband and your marriage today?
2) Have you read your Bible today?
3) Have you written in your marriage journal today?
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15
A good idea is to keep a marriage journal or notebook. You can jot down the things in your marriage you want to pray about and list the things you want to work on. You can copy down your highlighted verses. You can write about problems in your marriage and the progress you see as time goes on.
This will help you in studying verses concerning marriage and it will help you in applying what you have learned to your own marriage.
Get a journal or notebook to use as your marriage journal.
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." - Psalm 1:2
There is wonderful wisdom for the married woman in the Bible. God tells us in His Word how to have a marriage that pleases Him. He tells us how to treat others and get along with them. You must apply God's Word to your marriage if you want it to be successful.
We should read the Bible everyday. A good time to do this is right after your morning prayer time. Then you have the rest of the day to work on applying what you learned to your life and your marriage.
As you read, you might want to highlight the verses pertaining to marriage and also the verses instructing us in how to treat others.
1. Begin today reading your Bible everyday.
2. Highlight verses having to do with marriage, and verses about how to treat others.
1. Are you putting your husband before your parents?
2. Are you praying first thing in the morning, or as soon as you can?
"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning
will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." - Psalm 5:3
The most important thing you can do for your marriage is to pray.
Pray for yourself to be a good wife. Pray for your husband and your
marriage. Pray everyday. Pray, pray, pray. The enemy wants to
destroy marriages and families. That includes yours!
If at all possible, get up 15 minutes early in the mornings to start
your day with prayer. If you can't get up earlier, just make sure you
pray as early as you can. Try to pray first thing in the morning.
If you don't already, begin to pray daily for your mar-
riage and your husband starting tomorrow.
How did you do on yesterday's assignment?
"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall
cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." - Genesis 2:24
When we get married, we must leave our parents. Not only must we leave their home, but we must also leave the old parent-child relationship. A wife must first listen to her husband.
Your parents are still your parents, but your relationship must change. This is very hard for some parents and for some children, too. You are still to honour them, but not obey. They must respect you as a married woman.
If you talk to your parents on the phone, make some rules to ensure your husband is your priority.
1) Only talk to them once a day unless there is an emergency or other important reason.
2) If possible, talk to them at a time when he's not home or when he's napping,
mowing the lawn, etc.
3) Limit these calls to around 15 minutes.