Today is the one day a year where I pause and thank God for giving me life. Today is my birthday. The day my Mom labored to bring me into the world. I’m grateful she was willing to do this for me. Having three children of my own I realize the pain that accompanies birth. But it was SO worth it. I can’t imaging life without my kids.
Marriage is also a relationship that certainly brings pain and difficulty. The forging of two lives into one comes with a price – it costs the husband and wife their independence. Tom and I are no longer free to go and do as we want without regard for the other. We have made vows which tied our choices and the consequences together forever. Sadly, many couples don’t realize the sacrifice involved in the marriage relationship. Rather than push through their differences and work hard to find resolve, they quit.
Oh, but what joy Tom and I have discovered by enduring through the suffering. As we’ve pushed through the miscommunication, the conflict and the hurt that all marriages face – we’ve found new life. Like the cry of a newborn baby gasping its first breath, we breathe in the fresh air of forgiveness and new life is born into our relationship as a result.
Have you suffered long and hard? Have you reached a place where it seems there is no solution? Have you continued to communicate through the problem even though it hurts? May we encourage you to PRESS ON! There is joy and a deeper sense of oneness to be discovered on the other side.
I am grateful today for my life and the life God has breathed into our marriage. Both are for His glory to use as He will.
What are you grateful for this day?
This is post #17 in The Ultimate Blog Challenge to post everyday in July.