Scripture: Romans 12:1

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

Have you ever gone through a rough patch in your marriage?

I have.

I remember how horrible vacations were the first few years of my marriage, because we’d fight the entire time.

It was like we were finally quiet and still enough to talk through things we’d been avoiding throughout the entire year.

We worked through it all, and our marriage has been really good, steady, and dependable.

But, after almost 20 years, I can sense another shift.

Our needs are different – what I need is different, and what he needs is different.

And I can feel the pull towards making room for all of it.

But in doing so, I know that I must surrender more of me to what God is asking me to do.

There are certain behaviors I no longer can get away with.

There are certain things that won’t work anymore, or won’t be tolerated anymore.

And, I must be willing to surrender to those adjustments if I want my marriage to be well.

My husband must do the same, but I can only control my behavior. I can only keep my own heart.

can only obey what God is telling me to do regarding my relationship.

So, in this moment, I surrender. I surrender my feelings, my emotions, my desires, my behavior, my attitude, my thoughts… all of it, I give to you Father as an act of worship.

With bended knees and lifted hands, I surrender.

Journal Prompt: In your journal time today, ask God to show you one thing He’d like you to give Him regarding your marriage. Write it down, and write out a prayer to Him around that specific area of your relationship. Let Him speak to your heart about it all in the coming days.

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