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Day 40 - Love is a Covenant

Day 40 - Love is a Covenant

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    Day 40—Love is a Covenant


    “Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home.  Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister and with family present.  Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God's eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.”


    Wow, is it really already Day 40?!?! Feels like just yesterday I committed to this journey, but yet sooo much has happened!

    It was shared with me how significant the number 40 is in the Bible.

    Genesis 8:6 "And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made". And what did Noah see? A new beginning. The flood waters had receded and the earth was new again. All the unclean things had been swept away by the flood.

    Moses also experienced 40 days. Exodus 24:18 "Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights." What was he doing there? He was receiving the Commandments from God. The covenant between God and man.


    The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years! 


    Thankfully it is a 40 day journey and not 40 years, however the lessons and concepts learned are a lifetime journey with my husband. This has been a journey for me to draw closer to God and my husband despite my husband not realizing it. As said in Genesis – we will have a new beginning with Christ at the end of the 40 days and as said in Exodus – we will have a renewed covenant with God and our spouse.


    The experience and challenge of loving my husband is something that I know will never come to an end. It goes on for the rest of my life. The dare calls me to write out a renewal of vows and if appropriate make arrangements for a vow renewal. As this is all in God’s timing – not mine – I am/we are not at a place whatsoever to do this right now. Writing them out is a work in progress for me and I hope to one day share them with my husband. Instead I will reflect on what this journey has taught me thus far—


    *I have learned what it truly means to walk with Christ

    *I have learned patience

    *I have learned humility

    *I have learned to listen wholeheartedly

    *I have learned what unconditional love is

    *I have learned to ask for guidance

    *I have learned to seek wisdom

    *I have learned how to give and seek forgiveness

    *I have learned the importance of making margin for Christ

    *I have learned the importance of Christ being the center of marriage

    *I have learned that God is always communicating with us whether we are listening or not

    *I have learned marriage is a covenant not a contract—it is for the benefit of others and comes with unlimited responsibility. It has no expiration date. It is “till death do us part.” It is not a contract that can be broken with mutual consent.

    *I have learned the power of prayer

    *I have learned what true commitment is

     

    I now know keeping this covenant of marriage is not something I can do in my own strength. “He alone is able to fulfill the demands of His own promises. He alone is able to forgive the receivers of His covenant when they fail to uphold their part of the agreement. But the Spirit of God is within you by virtue of your faith in His Son and the grace bestowed upon you in salvation.” I now CAN exercise my role as covenant keeper, no matter what may arise to challenge my faithfulness to it. The enemy canNOT stop me!

     

    Yesterday I was really feeling Satan’s presence—I was discouraged, was feeling doubt, and was battling thoughts/feelings I have to continue to lay at Christ’s feet. I had written a “peaceful” response to my husband’s harsh email, but felt God telling me not to send it right now, so I didn’t. Not positive why, but I don’t need to know. I am content with just listening to Him and obeying.

     

    I thankfully woke up with a renewed strength as I do every day, but today was different. God in His own ways was telling me to keep going—to NOT give up. He has never left nor will He ever. He knows when I need that reassurance and so kindly gives it.

     

     I committed to this journey of 40 days and by God telling me to keep going—to NOT give up—I will be committing to another 40 days. I dare to persevere— to take hold of my marriage and still never let go. Round 2 starts tomorrow…

  • Dont be mistaken. This journey is a lifetime! it just took 40 days to get you going. God will continue to use you everyday. Remember you are a testimony.

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