God has a plan for marriage that is like my wife’s plans for the amazing meals she prepares. God plans out marriage as a gift to be cherished and enjoyed not just by a husband and wife but by those who surround that couple. A godly and united marriage where God’s Person and Purpose (the Great Comission) is at the center… Who can say anything negative about such a beautiful thing? It is simply like a wonderfully prepared meal for those we intentionally pursue in discipleship and friendship in Christ, something to deeply enjoy and celebrate and be filled by for your own inspiration to go and do likewise!
My wife and I were up relatively late the last few nights, one of those being New Year’s Eve – the midnight oil came in handy. We enjoyed our fireplace and the kids being asleep and several hours of uninterrupted conversation and/or alone planning time. Both of us have become big fans of personal retreats and planning as individuals. We have gotten more and more joy however out of strategizing and vision-casting together as well.
Last night an idea kept sharpening around us doing marriage coaching toward a similar end to exactly what we have been doing the last few years, casting vision in the joy and love of Christ for our marriage and family. What if more couples could be helped to do this same thing? During the parenting years it has been even more challenging and yet more of a must to really be on a simpler and more focused same page. Ultimately the parenting years can be for a marriage when and where many adults have their most defining testing ground! Is my purpose and focus lost to just being a survivor, or could we do faith, marriage, and parenting in a way that is holistic and even of benefit to those we encounter under God’s good providence?
It takes real intentionality to see progress in our marriage and parenting while being all about God’s Kingdom and purposes, ultimately all about God Himself in Jesus Christ!
“Train yourself for godliness, which is of value in every way holding promise for today and eternity!” (My summary of the passage below…)
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:6-10