Why did you get married? Are those reasons still applicable today? Do you and your spouse agree on the WHY of your marriage? Might God have a purpose for your marriage? Do you know what your mission in marriage is?
The holiday season can add a lot of stress to your marriage. Time and money pressures build up. Some relatives you may only have to deal with at this time of year. Your marriage at Christmas can experience plenty of pressure. And it can also be filled and renewed.
Holidays are supposed to be “happy and bright,” right? But every year I hear from people for whom the holiday season is anything but that. Just yesterday a friend asked me, “How do you deal with depression?” A few days ago a group of ladies gathered in my home, and every single one of them had some sadness connected with the Christmas season. It’s sometimes hard to push through the holiday blues.
Few people experience lasting spiritual growth in isolation. God never intended us to grow alone. He created us with the need, desire, and capacity for authentic intimate personal relationships because that’s His nature, and because that’s the space in which we grow best. Community by design is God’s laboratory where your ongoing spiritual transformation happens.
Sometimes it seems it would be awesome if God simply “zapped” you and you were “there,” fully transformed into the person He created you to be. But almost always He takes us through a process of becoming. How well are you cooperating in that process? There are some clear catalysts for spiritual growth that we can engage in, and doing so will make our transformation significantly quicker and more meaningful.