A Covenant To Have and to Hold

A Covenant To Have and to Hold

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.

What Is God’s Pattern for Marriage?

“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

What Are God’s Purposes for Marriage?

God has a unique purpose for the...

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The Vows We Make Before The Marriage Vows

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.

To learn more on building a thriving marriage or simply considering marriage, here are several resources available:

CONSIDERING MARRIAGE

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DO NOT BE ANXIOUS!!!!

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS!!!!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT).
 
Statistics show that about 85% of the things that spend time worrying about actually never take place! So much of our energy is spent worrying about things that by the end of the day or the end of the week will never happen.
 
Anxiety is nothing more than fear-based and is definitely not from God. In fact, scripture tells us that there is a spirit that impacts us and causes us to worry. That spirit is the “spirit of fear”.
 
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT).  
 
The enemy can really use anxiety in many ways for the...
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Building Marriages To Last

 

Building Marriages To Last

Journey Toward Building a Marriage that Lasts! Building Marriages To Last is an interactive teaching that is designed to share solid marriage principles. Bryan and Stephanie Vignery teach from over 15 years of experience and are a dynamic, biblically-based, spirit-filled couple. We believe that you will find the Building Marriage to Last curriculum will empower and equip you and your spouse to foster a deeper connection in Christ. We invite you to jump in and enjoy the journey!

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.
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Love Radically

FOCUS: Words to Prepare Your Mind

“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“When we know that we are loved by God, loved beyond measure, we can dive in and take a chance.” – Sheila Walsh, Imagine Devotional Journal

PUSH: Words to Influence Your Spirit
Would you consider your love for Jesus to be ‘radical love’?

Whether you feel that your love for Jesus is radical or not, know this: Jesus is radically in love with you.

Let me tell you what radical love means. It is having an all-consuming, passionate love for God—the kind of love God has for you. Do you want this radical kind of love in your life? If you do, let me tell you how to get it.

First and foremost, if you don’t have it, you have to confess that fact. Secondly,cry out to God for it in your life. And lastly, don’t give up until you get it!

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LOVE SACRIFICIALLY

LOVE SACRIFICIALLY

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. 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...

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