learning one day at a time

…Things I Have Learned…part 2 March 6, 2012

1. Do not have unrealistic expectations for one another.

If you got married thinking your husband or wife would be perfect, then you are in for, or have already experienced a terrible disappointment. No one but Jesus is perfect, and setting unrealistic expectations can be fatal to your relationship. You should expect realistic things from your marriage. You can expect your husband or wife to love, honor, and cherish you. You can expect them to be faithful, to protect and to provide. You cannot expect them to do things exactly the way you want them all the time. You can’t expect them to never get angry with you and you cannot expect them to never hurt your feelings. We are all sinners and therefore cannot have a perfect relationship. Your relationship will be as wonderful as you want it to be. You have to work at it to make it work.

2. Never use the D-word.

Never ever threaten your spouse with divorce or separation. This is a sure-fire way to destroy trust. The Bible says divorce is acceptable if there is abuse or infidelity, but if you are threatening divorce every time you disagree on something or argue, you are really damaging your relationship. Marriages are built on trust and it is hard to trust someone if they are always threatening to   break the covenant you have made with them that is supposed to last a lifetime. Marriage is serious business. It is sacred, holy, and ordained by God. It is not something to take lightly.

3. Be vulnerable.

Be vulnerable with your spouse. Let them into your heart. Share your thoughts and feelings with each other. If you aren’t willing to share your hearts with one another then you are missing out on true, beautiful intimacy with your spouse.

4. Don’t go to parents.

When you are having problems, don’t take them to your parents. Parents are biased and will typically not give you the kind of help you need. It is too easy for parents to take sides, and defend you. It is so important to go to a pastor, or a godly couple for advice when you are going through a rough patch. I am not encouraging you to discredit your parents’ advice, but I do think it is important to keep your problems between you and perhaps a counselor or Christian adviser.

5. Defend your spouse.

If someone is speaking negatively about your spouse in front of you, speak up! You are their other half, their champion, and you should never let someone put them down in front of you. I have learned that is important not to complain about your spouse to others either! Speak of your husband or wife with praise, and do not let others do differently either. It can be really easy to fall into criticizing your spouse to others after an argument or something, and friends are easy to talk to and willing to listen, but it is a dangerous thing!

6. Don’t abstain from sex.

The Bible very clearly tells us not to withhold sex from our spouse…

1 Corinthians 7:5-

“5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Of course there are things like illness and other physical conditions, but it is important to follow God’s will for sex within your marriage. We are supposed to protect our marriages from Satan, and one way of doing this is guarding our spouse from temptation. This verse clearly states that abstaining allows Satan some room to wiggle in there. Sex within marriage is a beautiful gift from God, it is very important to the relationship, and helps couples truly become one in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual sense.
Some really great Christian blogs/articles about marriage:
To Love, Honor and Vacuum -Sheila Wray Gregoire
The marriage Daily– Sheila Wray Gregoire
Marriage Today – Jimmy & Karen Evans
Blessings In Christ,

Why Worry For Tomorrow? December 8, 2011

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Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Worrying for tomorrow is unfortunately, a weakness of mine, and worrying means not trusting. If I were better at handing my worry over to God and truly trusting him to take care of  the problem, then I would not be anxious. It is depressing for me to admit this failure, but it helps that I am aware.

Do you have problems with worrying over things you cannot control?

I have found a few things that help me to truly trust God when I give him my problems. It is so freeing to be able to set it at God’s feet and really let it go. When facing a problem, I find it helpful to talk out my worries with God and ask him to help me to not feel anxious. I immerse myself in the promises that God gives us.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a hope and a future.”

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Philippians 4:19
 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

I also find it helpful to talk to an older, wiser Christian. Someone who can give me biblical advice. Journaling is also a wonderful way to trust. Writing things down sometimes helps me see clearly. It helps me to notice when I am worrying and not trusting God. I hope this post helped someone to lay their burdens at the feet of Jesus today. Trusting is faith…

Blessings In Christ,