What would happen if throughout your week, you heard the command to freeze (stop in mid-track) whatever you were saying or thinking? In that frozen moment, would you be okay with the words and thoughts you stopped on? Would God be okay with them?
Now let’s apply the same concept to your marriage. What if your words to your husband and your thoughts about him were suddenly frozen – captured long enough to force you to see and hear the tone, context and intent of what you were saying and thinking? Would the effect of your words and thoughts encourage your heart for your husband?
Would the effect of your words and thoughts encourage your husband’s heart toward you?
More often than not, do you find yourself disrespecting your husband? I struggle with this as much as I suspect you do. In fact, during the week while I was writing this article, I blew it more than once. Without intending to, I spoke to Bert in a harsh tone, disregarded his opinion, and neglected his need for companionship.
But what if I told you I found the perfect verse to get us on track and keep us on track – even on days when we’re not really convinced our husband is our better half?
Perhaps you’ll recognize Psalm 19:14 (ESV):
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Some translations use “strength” in place of “rock.” I like both words.
What would happen if we were to write this verse on an index card and meditate on it throughout the day – every hour, if need be? Because if any of our words and thoughts aren’t acceptable in God’s sight, they most likely won’t be in our husband’s either.
Along with meditating on Psalm 19:14, how would it change our marriage if we also prayed this verse? If we prayed with our whole heart for God to help us change the way we speak and the thoughts we dwell on? Every word. Every thought.
It’s very possible that, as we meditate on, pray, and apply Psalm 19:14, we will change so much that our husband’s hearts will once again be encouraged toward us. And that would be a powerful step toward saving our marriage.
What about you?
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- Are you excited about what God will do in you as you meditate on, pray and apply Psalm 19:14?
- How do you think it will change your marriage?
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