I missed the last marriage monday! So I didn’t want to miss this months MM! This month is an open topic about marriage, so I’ll share a little about what’s on my heart lately.
Having a healthy Christian marriage is no easy task.
Being married isn’t easy on the best of days. There is always someone else you have to look out for — throw in a few children, some rowdy extra family members and few pets and you’ve got basic marriage. But how do we do it well, and how do you do it as a Christian?
Well, first and for most is having Christ in your marriage. Taking your issues big and small to HIM. Teaching your children to pray, and praying together as a couple and as family are so important.
Right now my goals in our marriage is working on goals. (isn’t that a paradox? lol) Since Mr. C and I moved out here last year, it’s been a year of change. Mr. C is back in his home territory (next to his parents) while I’m out of my element learning to be a farm girl.
Mr. C and I are alike in a lot of ways, but we are almost polar opposites in some things. He’s consistent – I’m sporadic. He’s blond – I’m a brunette. When he’s quiet I’m outgoing, and when I’m outgoing, he’s quiet.. I think we complement each other for the most part; but we do butt heads a lot while trying to work on things. We are working on trying to figure out our goals.. more for me because being a mother I sometimes feel like I don’t know who I am anymore.
As you might have read in my review above I touched briefly on my heart for the Ukraine/Russia. I really feel like we – as a family are suppose to do something with that. We struggle with where God wants to use us regarding it. If ministry – on a large scale is something our family needs to be involved in, or are we suppose to focus on just being us… while we are growing little people into productive and hopefully children of Christ (which is a ministry of it’s own, just on a different scale). I also wonder if my photography is part of that dream/goal, or if it should just be left as a hobby.
I guess I know God knows the big picture. He knows were he wants us. Some days I know I don’t listen as well as I should. And sometimes when we slack off in our marriage and don’t work towards God’s goals instead of just trying to get by, we don’t feel very much like loving each other well. It’s easy to say “I love you” to each other, but our actions don’t always say it. If we’re not following what Christ has designed for our marriage (even if we don’t like it somedays) we don’t work well -function properly. There are many times when we could have walked out on each other, but we haven’t for one reason. We are committed to Christ and his design for us in our marriage.
I hope that you are committed to Christ and his design for your marriage as well. I pray that God will bless your marriage and that you will invite him into it fully and acknowledge that He is in control of it. No matter how much each of us differs from our spouses, God has a plan and design for us in our marriage, and he wants it to thrive!