I recently read the quote by Denis Avery, a prisoner of war survivor who was held in a Nazi work camp next to Auschwitz during World War II. He said, “The mind is a powerful thing, it can take you through walls.” What an incredible testimony to the power of our thoughts!
Prison camps aren’t the only things that have walls. Our relationships, particularly our marriages, can have huge walls that feel as if they could never be broken down. And just like Avery’s quote, our thoughts about our husbands and the quality of our marriages can build up or break down those walls.
The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
God wants us to guard our hearts, and how we do this is by watching what we think about. If you were to be brutally honest, what are the day-in and day-out thoughts you allow yourself to think about your man? Do you see your marriage in a positive light, even if it’s not perfect, or do you constantly nitpick about the things that have gone wrong and are disappointing?
Friend, our thoughts matter more than we know. How about trying to realign your thoughts this week according to the hope that is found in God’s Word? Instead of thinking defeating thoughts, begin to ask God to help you to believe that He is with you and is working to make your marriage better all the time.
Begin to speak like God does in Romans 4:17 (ESV) where He, “…gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.” Today, try to speak words of life and hope over your marriage. Say things like, “God is with us and has great plans for our marriage,” “I am so glad I married my man,” or “My husband loves me.”
What’s the worst thing that could happen? God may surprise you and bring the miracle you have been praying for as you trust in Him.
I am praying for you today.
Deb Weakly and the Help Club For Moms Team
“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” Joyce Meyer
I remember going into my daughter's room night after night and kneeling beside her bed and crying my heart out to God because I didn’t know how to be a Christian mom; I felt like I had no idea what I was doing. You know what? God is so faithful! He answered me and simply said, “Spend time with me, Deb.” And so I did. I began arising 15-30 minutes earlier each day so I could read my Bible and pray, and plan out my day with my family.
If there was one thing I would love to share with you is that God is personal and loves you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved by our amazing God! Come as you are! His loving presence can be practically known and experienced. He is not a God who is far away, He is near and easily found. He longs for you to come to Him!
Randy and I have been married for 28 years and we have two grown children, Christie, and Jack, and one answer to prayer son-in-law named Alex. And now I get to be a Gigi to my sweet little grandbaby, Aspen! Yay!