Have you ever reached a crisis point in your marriage; hopelessly wondering if restoration was even possible or worth it? Perhaps you’ve asked yourself – what happened?
Two people came together in the name of love, making a covenant before God and family, only to now be spending more time in conflict than close connection. Unfortunately, this is more of a commonality in marriages today than ever. So where can you go when you feel like you’re at odds with your spouse?
When you believe that hope has been lost? Back to foundation of why God brought you together, that’s where! I believe that God brings people together with the intention for both to be stretched and to grow into the individuals that He desires them to become. I also believe that he uses the conflict areas in our marriage as a mirror to show us ‘growth opportunities’.
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True love for God means obeying his commands, and his commands don’t weigh us down as heavy burdens. You see, every child of God overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world.
1 John 5:3-4
The rear view mirror of our life holds many things. Looking into the rear view mirror of life can be motivating and awakening if there have been intentional steps taken on our journey! Sometimes the rear view mirror can be anxiety producing and cause us to put up protective barriers to keep ourselves mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually safe. These barriers seem to keep us safe from the traumatic experiences that have been neatly tucked away with no intention of uncovering. This can be a trap that keeps us from growth and the abundance that God wants for us.
Maybe you have experienced an event in your life that created scars that sometimes seem to be impossible to overcome. They also can leave us...
Time, effort, and meticulous planning go into the wedding and what about the marriage? Maybe you’re cynical about marriage because of the failed marriages you see around you. Maybe your own marriage has deflated and your hope of ever having a fulfilling marriage relationship has disappeared.
The Keys for Living will help you come to appreciate marriage as the purposeful covenant relationship God intends for it to be. Learn how to find your identity in Christ—not in your mate, discuss tangible ways to improve your marriage, and discover how male and female differences bring balance to the marriage relationship.
“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:24-25
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A Vow Is A promise or oath. These vows may seem very similar to the vows that you exchanged on your wedding day. “I, take thee, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you.”
There is a lot of rich content in the typical Christian Marriage Vows including implied sacrifices that may stretch the average human to the brink of questioning what they have gotten themselves into. It can seem that we commit to these vows without really acknowledging how they actually play out during the course of marriage. This is very reminiscent of the vows that we made during our growing up years.
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The Intentional Marriage is a generational voice that reflects the Biblical truth about marriage in the midst of a culture of lies. Building Marriages to Last online course is one of the ways The Intentional Marriage is spreading the word and impacting marriages!
Bryan & Stephanie Vignery
Founders of The Intentional Marriage
Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Stephanie is a NASM Certified Lifestyle Accountability Coach.
Bryan has a thriving private...
Love comes in many forms. In today's culture we have a tendency to throw the 'love' word around for just about anything. Stephanie and I love Mexican food. We love ice cream. We love date night...and many other things that we do together. Love can have different meanings depending on what your situation is or the people that you are around.
As many of you know there is another kind of love that completely transcends any of the superficial 'loves' that we claim on a daily basis. This kind of love is Agape Love.
God is very clear and He calls us to this different kind of love. We are supposed to love our spouse everyday with this sacrificial love.
Ephesians 5:1-2 states 1Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. I don't know about you but that seems to be a...