Room To Grow

I have discovered the most profound truth you could ever realize and incorporate into your heart is—Jesus loves you. This trust is vital because many couples find they marry for love, and for the feelings of love, without realizing they are already loved. In Christ’s secure love, we lack nothing; we have a solid attachment even when our spouse doesn’t seem solid. When we fully open our hearts to the truth of God’s lavish gift giving, love being the greatest of these gifts, then we can truly base our marriage relationship on love and desire instead of need and desperation.

Once we know we are loved, we can develop a healthy sense of self. It is vital to grow a healthy self in order to have a healthy marriage. Two healthy “I’s” create the greatest possibility of becoming a healthy “we.” If any of us want a better marriage, we have to be committed to the personal growth process. Marriage is an invitation to open our minds to think new thoughts about marriage and open our hearts to allow God’s truth to shape our beliefs. Whatever the state of your marriage, it can grow. It only takes one willing person to change the dynamics in a marriage. You can be the spark that lights the fire of your own marriage.

Becoming a healthy “we” starts with becoming a healthy “me” and becoming your best, healthiest, God-authored self is a continual growth process. None of us is ever finished. Make sure you are giving yourself permission to be on this journey. Give your spouse room to grow too. Don’t beat yourself by thinking, “I am such a mess. Where do I even start?” Beating yourself up won’t help. You have done the best you could with what you have been given. We all have to start somewhere.

Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

Thought Bomb: How are you loving, encouraging, and de-shaming your own life?

MarriageNancy Houston