Freebie Friday: Encouragement

“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”    Hebrews 3:13 ESV

Photo by Abby Jenkins

How often we need encouragement to see that we’re making progress in our marriage.  Today we want to help you see how far you’ve come.

At the end of each year our Pastor will ask the same question:

“Think of where you were this time last year, and look at where God has brought you this year?”

It is always a good reminder that although we may not see progress day by day, we are changing.  Growth is often not evident when you’re looking too closely.  If you look further back – certainly you will see that some of the struggles you were facing 1 – 5 years ago are not an issue today.  God is perfecting you for His glory!

Take some time to think about a specific area of change you have noticed in your spouse.  Then, purpose to encourage them with what you’ve observed.  We all need to be built up in our faith – what a joy to do this for the one we are closest to in this life.  Not only will they be encouraged, but your kind words will help them guard their hearts from being deceived by sin – that’s a promise from God’s Word, and one we can cling to with faith!

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