Well Married Life friends, I must say that the last few weeks have been full of changes! As a church there have been lots of changes, AND my family moved back to VB which is a huge blessing for us, but it has put me very behind on our blog! But I am back and will be posting our weekly devotion post again……..
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
This one is big! Words are so important to any relationship. Words have the power to build us up, or bring us down. The absence of words can be just as hurtful. We all need to be encouraged! It doesn’t matter who you are, you need to hear that what you are doing is good and to keep doing it! I really loved being able to see all the biblical references to encouragement!
I know in my own marriage, that words of encouragement are really important to me. I think I can feel just like the example that Gary Thomas gave- I can feel like I need the encouragement more then my husband does because he is a man. I also can very easily start focusing on my needs for encouragement that I forget Joel even has needs! It is important that no matter what your role is, that you know your spouse supports you in it!
One thing I love about doing these devotions together, is that it ends up opening up so many doors for conversation. One thing Joel told me on this subject, was that most of the time he just assumes I know he is proud of me or that I am doing a good job. I think that this is easy to do! We think our spouse just knows how we feel. I think we have to stop assuming, and start making sure!
This week was such a great reminder that words really do matter in our marriages. I love how Gary puts this: “Has it been so very long since you’ve put words to your thoughts and told your spouse specifically whatyou’re feeling?” Lets try to put our thoughts to words, and encourage our spouse!
I am praying for you all this week!
If you are just joining us, the devotion we are doing is Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas and feel free to jump in with us at any time! If you ever have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org