Deeply Rooted Marriage
"But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers- Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season."
Jeremiah 17:7-8 The Message
What is a deeply-rooted marriage?
I married my high-school sweetheart just out of college. We had a ‘normal’ marriage— maybe even better than most: 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 working parents getting by. But there were struggles. We struggled with relating to each other. We struggled financially. There were dark places in our lives that were strangling the life out of our relationship. We fought often. We hurt each other in our attempts to seek our own happiness. I don't know what would have happened if we had stayed on the same path, but I don’t imagine we would have somehow arrived at the "happiness" we were stepping all over each other to reach. Thankfully God intervened. He opened our eyes to a way that was not just "better than most". His way is BETTER.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
For 10 years of marriage, we copied the behavior and customs of this world, and we made a mess of our marriage. So we decided to try it God's way. What did we have to lose? God's plan for marriage is very different than the self-serving way of the world. When we turned to God, seeking Him first and learning to serve each other, we felt the weight of the world lifted off our shoulders and we saw our marriage begin to bear fruit. If you are married, God's plan is for your marriage to be a blessing to you and to those around you. We know the struggles of married life. There is a BETTER way. It has been placed on our hearts to share with others the beautiful, life-giving blessing of a marriage deeply rooted in Christ.