The Head, Heart, and Hands
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23
The scripture above sets the entire tone of this study. It speaks of a fresh start every morning, a renewal that happens when we are faithful. This is a fresh start to your marriage and a fresh start to your day.
I have always been taught that there are three elements that make up a perfect approach to learning. First, we will start each devotion with a focus on head knowledge. I will use stories, scripture, questions, research, quotes, and more to appeal to your “intellectual buy in.” We all know that the devil likes to use intellect to confuse our thinking because there are simply things that God knows and things we may never understand. Secondly, I will appeal to your heart, your “emotional buy in.” We will reflect on what we believe, our values, our ethics, and the things that we love and want most. Thirdly, I will challenge your hands for a “behavioral effect”. We will talk about what we will be doing differently and how to act in order to grow and learn from the scriptures we study each day.
Taking any one of these 3 pongs away will not build a stronger marriage, you very well will not move forward at all. You must study for knowledge and understanding, you must pray daily and give your heart over to learning and then you must take action. Keep your heart open to the learning process. I do not claim to be an expert, but what I do know is that when I opened my Bible daily God gave me direction and a plan. This is a very personal study for myself that I have felt led to share with you so that you too may experience God’s blessings on your marriage. I encourage you to carve out half an hour or so a day that works for you and get started.
I don’t want you to think your marriage has to be on the rocks in order to make it better. So, cast that aside. No marriage is perfect, there’s always more room for God. Don’t consider your situation better or worse than any others. The answers are all the same no matter the problems you face because our God is unchanging. I encourage you to journal daily and write down your thoughts.
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I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 3 boys of our own and 2 foster babies. I wrote this Bible study years ago for me and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and reformatted and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.