“Protect me, God, because I trust in you. I said to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you’” (Psalm 16:1-2 NCV).
Would you pray and talk to God about his goodness? Say, “God, you are so good. I could never deserve your goodness. I’m sorry that I have often forgotten or doubted your goodness. Forgive me for ungratefulness and prideful self-centeredness. I am nothing without you. Like David, I would despair if I didn’t know your goodness. Open my eyes to see how good you really are, and let it transform my life.
“God, my soul needs restoring. I don’t always think right. I don’t always choose right. I don’t always feel right. I need you to restore my damaged soul, my mind, my will, and my emotions. As I continue learning about your goodness, I trust that my sins have been forgiven because I’ve come to you and said I need a Savior. I’m going to release the people who have hurt me and pray a prayer of blessing over them. I’m going to team up with you and ask you to help me with the load I’m carrying.”
If you don’t know Jesus as Savior, you can pray this right now: “Jesus Christ, I want to get to know you. I want to learn to love you and trust you. I humbly ask you to accept me into your family, not because I deserve it but because on the cross, it was finished. You paid it all! Thank you. I pray this in your name. Amen.”
“Spark the fire”
When you were newly in love, all you could hear were violins playing in the sky. You even went to a violin concert with her when you would usually play the air guitar at Rolling Stones concerts. And for him you froze your behind off at a hockey tournament, when you would have rather gone for a walk ending at the thermal baths.
These tokens of love are like wood for a fire. If you do not put more wood into the fire, it will go out.
If you feel in your heart that you have stopped loving him/her with your whole heart and being, then it is high time you put more wood into the fire and go where your partner enjoys going.
You will be surprised at how quickly those embers will start burning again. A small step in his/her direction is a big step for your marriage.
Put more wood into the fire by accompanying your partner to his/her favorite place.