I am so thankful for the word renew. I see couples daily in my office that are renewing their commitment to marriage, many of them after it looked like it was going to end up on the trash heap.
Renew is just that; re – new. God renews constantly. Morning by morning his compassions are new (Lamentations 3:22,23)
Here are three ways that couples respond to their marriage:
- Review – wish for the good ole days when things were better. (Revisionary zone)
- Re-do – do the same things over and over again, sometimes even expecting different results. (Stationary zone)
- Renew – start new things in new ways using past experiences to build on. (Visionary zone)
My prayer for your marriage is that it is experiencing the view of something new.
Thoughts to Ponder:
To what extent do I live in the past?
What is something new that could I try that may make our marriage better?
What can I do to renew my marriage today?
Isaiah 40.31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.