The Shield of Faith

“Experiencing a marriage where both partners are fulfilling their purpose doesn’t mean that every moment will be filled with bells and trumpets. It means that faith in God’s calling and direction for yourselves, and for each other, will often have to carry you through those mundane moments that show up as a normal part in everyone’s life.” Tony Evans

Dear God, it’s easy to question purpose and direction when things delay. It’s especially easy if the delay causes any kind of discomfort in the home, inconvenience or even financial loss of some sort. All too often these delays can turn to doubt. And doubt can lead to division as we question each other and Your purpose in each of our lives.

Lord, help us to fully commit to seeing You carry out Your purpose for both of us as individuals and for us together as a couple in Your timing. Give us patience when things don’t seem to be falling into place. Help us to pick up the shield of faith that reminds us that the vision is yet for the appointed time, and until that appointed time comes, God, we are to serve each other in humility, encouragement and mutual understanding.

When my spouse’s faith diminishes due to delays and detours toward their purpose—help me to be there to remind them to trust You in faith. And let my spouse do the same for me when it is my faith that wanes. There are days when one of us is strong and the other isn’t—when one of us has unwavering belief and vision for the future and the other doesn’t. Let us compliment each other to be the one to lift each other up in faith whether in prayer, or words of encouragement or simply by not complaining when things do seem to go wrong on this journey toward purpose. Between the two of us, help us to balance each other out so that our faith remains strong collectively and over time. In Christ’s name, amen.

Habakkuk 2:3


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