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New Life Daily Devotion - September 3

  • 2015 Sep 03
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Marriage

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. - Genesis 2:24
 
How can a stranger tell if two people are married?  When eight-year old Derrick was asked this question he stopped to think for a minute.  Then he replied most seriously, “You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” 
 
Kids really have a way of making us laugh, reflect, and, yes. . . sometimes yell, don’t they?  But young Derrick hit upon a very important fact: marriage can be tough—and that’s true regardless of whether or not you have kids.  
 
Finances, communication, intimacy, and sometimes-even kids can become sources of tension in your relationship with your spouse.  Nevertheless, God’s intention for marriage is that it be a source of joy, encouragement, comfort, and grace that gives richness to life.  
 
“Marriage is the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two.” - Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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