6. Make it a sanctuary of invitation.
Without getting too personal in this article, I would like to mention the importance of invitation within the marriage union. Intimately, couples are strongest when they first invite the Lord into their relationship, and then display an openness with one another. A lack of openness and invitation can easily lead to feelings of rejection, which can lead to painful consequences if left unresolved.
Let’s pray for a willingness to yield to one another in love, casting aside our own agendas in favor of our spouse’s needs or wants. Let’s develop a healthy sense of give and take, hopefully resulting in a sanctuary of loving invitation.
“With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (Song of Solomon 2:3-4)
No matter the current temperature of your marriage dynamic, you can make your home a sanctuary. To promote a sense of refuge and security in your marriage, choose one of the above areas and begin to create a home that is a beautiful haven. It may be one of the most important things you could do for your marriage and your home.
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, and Abide. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com, where you can find her books and sign up for her Encourage Letter, “Discouragement Doesn’t Win.” She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.
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