Monday, August 31, 2009

Day Thirty-One – The Love Dare: One Wife’s Journey


Back in October 2008...The scripture verse that touched me in particular today is –

A man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

Love and marriage…

Leave and cleave. I never had an issue with the “leave” part…and “cleave” was easy when we were younger and I really wanted to be with my husband. Now, I’m so used to being by myself because he works at night and sleeps in the day, that cleaving just doesn’t feel natural. Lord, please help me to recapture the desire I had so many years ago. Inject a freshness into our marriage. Draw us near to You and each other in Christ’s majestic name. Amen.

That was then, this is now…

A man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

It grows increasingly difficult for young people starting out in marriage. Sometimes expenses make it impossible to leave father and mother and set out on your own. I am so glad that my husband and I did this! I don’t know that our relationship would have survived if we had to live with either of our parents. But I don’t think this verse is totally about living arrangements. I think it has a lot to do with the heart. Notice that the verse says “a man shall leave his father and his mother…” Not the woman, the man. He must become the protector of his wife. He cannot hide behind his parents, anymore. He must become responsible for his own family.

Father, thank You for my marriage relationship. I pray that You would continue to nurture and protect us and draw us closer together in the coming year. I also pray right now, Lord, for my daughter and her new husband. Please protect their relationship from outside influences. Bind them together with You at the center. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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