We get married because we fall in love. Many get divorced because they say they “fall out of love.” Because of this, we tend to think that love is a feeling. We don’t recognize it as a choice, a tool we desperately need to use when navigating our imperfect relationship. Love is a blend of … Continue reading Choose To Love
Category: Daily Devotions
God-tool of grace
Mark loves his coffee. I love Mark, but I’m not particularly fond of his coffee. It seems I find coffee rings and coffee splotches everywhere. In the car. On the floor. On the table beside his chair (he takes the concept of “coffee table” to a whole new level!). After years of dealing with his … Continue reading God-tool of grace
Forgiveness is not….
Forgiveness is a term we’re all familiar with, but it’s likely the most underused tool in our toolbox. In fact, if you’re married, you probably need to be using your God-tool of forgiveness well over a dozen times a day! This multi-faceted tool is how we handle imperfections—our spouses and our own. It’s also how … Continue reading Forgiveness is not….
The first God-tool we need in our marriage toolbox is COURAGE. Doing things God’s way isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is always the right thing to do. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is determining something is more important than the fear. Your marriage is more important than your … Continue reading Take Courage
You are an imperfect human being. You are married to an imperfect human being. Two imperfect people who have to figure out money, make parenting decisions, be sexually intimate, take care of a home, make meals, do laundry, deal with car maintenance, and simply live in the same place, are destined to find all that … Continue reading Perfection Infection
The Slow Fade
We’re Mark and Jill Savage. We’ve been married thirty-four years, twenty-four of them happily. While that seems like an odd way to start a devotional, it’s honest, and probably not so far off from what you’ve experienced in your imperfect marriage. The blending of two lives into one relationship is hard work. It’s complicated. At … Continue reading The Slow Fade
Loving Our Spouse Better
My wife has seen the worst parts of me. She’s known me for almost 12 years, and we’ve been married for more than nine of those. Even though she knows more about me than anyone on earth, she knows nothing about me compared to what God knows. God knows all my faults and failures, and he sees me … Continue reading Loving Our Spouse Better
Marriage is an exciting and beautiful gift from God. However, like all other areas of life, you’ll encounter situations in marriage that will make you afraid. After all, we promise in our wedding vows to love for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Whether it’s tragedy, illness, or unmet expectations, it doesn’t take … Continue reading Perfect Love
Nineteen years ago when I first met my wife, I wasn’t exactly thinking, “Wow! This girl really fears the Lord.” No, I was entranced by her dark red hair and her infectious smile. She was way out of my league. She still is. When I showed up at the door for that first blind date, I was … Continue reading Biblical Beauty
Growing The Kingdom
I could say so much about my marriage. I could say Wynter and I were a team. We were a work in progress, but every day we woke committed to doing better than the day before. Our goals were aligned, and when misalignment arose, we worked together to get back to the game plan. We weren’t … Continue reading Growing The Kingdom