marriage {tuesdays unwrapped}

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

I love these photos of this guy … my guy.  I love the look on his face … completely in awe of this incredible bird.  And his shirt/sweater combo all crazy-like?  That’s my CJ.

But I’m not here to talk about that today.  Today I want to open my heart to you … I’m going through a hard time right now.  And I know there are many of you that are as well, and I feel God’s laid this on my heart to throw out and share with all of you.

In all seriousness and honesty, I’ve got some issues with this guy of mine and I could rattle off 10 things in 5 seconds flat that I’d like to see change.  But what I know is, there is a big fat “liar ready to validate and expand every single one of those thoughts.

So I need to be careful.  Because this liar wants nothing more than to see discord in my marriage and ultimately, my family.

Know what else I need to be careful of?  Coveting.

My friend Karen wrote this post the other day and it made me sad.  Sad that my husband had never whispered in my ear that he’d take my sickness and in exchange give me his health.  In fact, the liar reminded me that my husband barely acknowledges that I’m sick.  And that he dropped me off at the hospital door yesterday for my CT scan and spinal tap and drove away without so much as a sweet word of encouragement.  And that when I texted him a few hours later to let him know he could pick me up … he didn’t come in to collect me, but waited outside as I hobbled my way to the car.  Yeah.

The liar would have a field day with me.  And my marriage.  And ultimately, my family, if I let those things fester inside.  And you better believe {I think you might} that easy to be reminded of these things … and very easy to make me bitter.  And wish for more.  And wonder why I can’t have a husband that whispers encouragement into my ear.

Tenth Commandment
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house;
you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife,
nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

Do you know this type of thinking is a sin?  Seeing someone else’s husband, family, family life, job … and wishing they were yours.  And as I’m praying for my marriage, how can the Lord work in my life if I’m sinning?

The liar wants nothing more than to steal, kill and destroy {John 10:10}.  Do you get that?  Destroy.

The liar’s been having a field day with me lately.  And I was really sinking into a downward spiral the last few weeks with the things he’s been “whispering” to me.  And quite honestly, it was just yesterday that the Lord spoke to me, “enough is enough, you need to fight.”

I want to unwrap for you a very important gift.  Quite possibly … the most important gift ever.  You need to protect your marriage … and your family.  When these “issues” come around, when they come into mind … don’t let them soak in.  They need to be rebuked immediately.  Don’t let them into your heart.  Don’t allow the liar to let them grow … send them right back to where they came from … the depths of hell.

Families are falling apart all over the place.  We are in the battle of our lives.

But you know what?  I’m battle ready.  Sure … it ain’t easy.  In fact, it can be downright difficult.

Ahh … but the reward … my treasure … my family.  I will. not. let the liar take them from me!

I want to encourage you to fight.  Fight, fight, fight!  Put on your armor and fight!  Let me ask you this … Would you really want to hand over all that’s precious to you, to a liar who wants nothing more than to destroy you?  Or would you rather stand victorious with our Creator … family intact?

This post is linked up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

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