“I, _____, take thee, _____, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith.” (https://www.marthastewart.com/7888175/traditional-wedding-vows)

Do you remember the day? For me it was 12 years ago that I made this vow. At the time, I knew it was serious what I was saying to my husband and the Lord, but I didn’t fully understand the weight of every word I said. 

The life in between “I do” and and “good bye” is filled with ups, (better, richer, health, children, celebrations and more) and downs (worse, poorer, sickness, loss of income, infertility, death, arguments, misunderstandings, financial issues and the like). But I’m beginning to realize that even more than the ups and downs, there is Jesus. Hindsight is 20/20 right? Looking back I see that all things that have occurred in my marriage have been for my good. Even when it didn’t feel good. Ultimately God is using my marriage to create dependence not in my husband but in Him! 

Sister, look back and see God’s protection, wisdom, the no’s to some of your prayers, the wait a whiles, the yeses, the heartache, the joys, the kisses and lovemaking, lay offs, etc and see God’s hand. He has been and is with you. He sees you and He cares. I’m encouraging us to look back at our vows…not just the ones we made to our husbands, but the ones we made to God. If you aren’t in a good space in your marriage right now, cast your cares on the Master. He is able to produce love where it seems to have faded or maybe wasn’t there in the first place. He is able to resurrect the dead areas of your union. He is able to sustain you and your marriage. He is capable of creating even more intimacy in your marriage. Cry out to Him and remember that He is a good Father and He is working all things for your good. 

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8:28 NASB

https://www.bible.com/100/rom.8.28.nasb

Love, 

Nate’s Good Thing