Feeling Down In The Valley?

Quebec City

There is something about a vineyard that holds a charm for us like no other place in the world.  We have had the privilege of visiting vineyards in France, Canada and our own Napa Valley.  Each one has perfected a method for producing what they believe is the best wines for their region.

The making of wine is not an easy task. It all depends on the climate, the skill of the winemaker, the cultivation of the vines, and the timing of harvest to bring each crop to its finest end.  It is an art – like a beautiful dance with a standing ovation that lingers on in the heart.

God knew when we started The Romantic Vineyard how aptly the name would be for cultivating a healthy marriage.  It seems the metaphors are endless in comparing the two.

Today we want to share with you an excellent article about 9 Spectacular Wine Valleys Across The World.  The pictures are breathtaking, and to visit each one would be an exciting goal.  You may be surprised where some of them are located.

Napa Valley by jimg944

The thought occurred to us how often in our marriage we can be in the valley.  We don’t think of the valley experience as “beautiful” do we!?  We long to move on – to see over the mountains to what’s coming, but we can’t.  We must wait for the future to come to us.  It can be discouraging and a time fraught with impatience, grumbling, fear and worry.

Consider these beautiful wine valleys – they use the valley to their advantage in order to cultivate some of the best grapes for making wine.  When it rains the water rushes down the mountainside providing rich nutrients on the fertile valley floor. Their location, as well as the torrential rains, God uses for the good of the crop.

So it is in marriage. 

When we are caught in the valley, those things in life which we haven’t anticipated, we must pray for God to rain down His wisdom on us.  He will respond by giving us exactly what we need in order to produce the best fruit in our marriage. And He has promised it will be a fruit that remains.

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”

                                                      John 15:16 (NKJ)

What are you asking God for in your marriage?  Do you believe He will give you fruit that remains?  Look back to a time when He did this before in your marriage – surely He will do it again.

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