40 Day Prophetic Bootcamp

Day 30 – Create Your Own Love Story

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Today, let us focus our study on the topic of marriage.  I love romance novels, fairy-tales, and happily ever after’s.  I “love” love. Marriage is a covenant that takes two extremely flawed individuals and teaches us how to love PERFECTLY.  Marriage is not only the sandpaper that God uses to smooth off our rough edges (ouch), marriage makes both partners a stronger, nobler, and more vibrant expression of who we are created to be.

As couples, we can create our own love stories.  Some marriages are dreamy.  Some marriages are triumphant.  All marriages can experience God’s best.  In God, we can create our own love stories. 

I read a very funny story the other day that I will share with you:

THE HUSBAND STORE – A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates.

You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends to the next floor. There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On each floor the signs on the doors read:

Floor 1 – These men have jobs.

Floor 2 – These men have jobs and love kids.

Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking. “But I want more,” she thinks, and feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love kids, are good looking, and help with the housework. “But I want more!”  She continues to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 – These men have jobs, love kids, are gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak. She is so tempted to stay, but she wants more, so she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 6 – You are visitor 9,261,496,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women can be hard to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Have a nice day.  To avoid gender bias charges, the store’s owner opened a Wife Store across the street: Floor 1 – has wives that love sex.

Floor 2 – has wives that love sex and have money.

Floor 3 – has wives that love sex, have money, and can cook.

Floors 4-6 – has never been visited.  This proves that men are easier to please.

Marriage researchers say that a husband’s greatest struggle in marriage is usually his ability to show intimacy to his wife.  This could be because men are more independent in nature.  When God created Adam, he was busy naming the animals and tending to his duties.  It was God who decided that he needed a help mate.”

However, women were created for relationship.  Marriage researchers say that a wife’s greatest struggle in marriage usually comes when her security is threatened.  This could be because when Eve arrived on the scene, not only did Adam adore her, Adam had a job, a place for her live, and gave her a stable existence.  When a wife’s security is threatened we will try to control the situation to regain order in our paradise.  This usually ends up with unwanted results. 

Yet, despite our differences, the balance between male and female makes a beautiful harmony, when both roles function as God has intended. Marriage is like an empty canvas, in God we get yo create our own love stories.

Scriptures Meditations:  Strong Love

1 Peter 4:8:

“Above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Romans 12:10:

“Be kindly affectionate to one another … in honor giving preference to one another.”

Successful marriages don’t just happen; they must be developed. We must keep our love for one another growing by expressing love to one another other daily. We should always try to “out love” one another.

Scriptures Meditation:  God Joined You Together In Marriage:

Matthew 19:6:

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no man separate.” 

We must never forget that God Himself joined us with our spouses. God has fit us perfectly with the right partner that will complement and complete us.

Scriptures Meditations:  Never Go To Bed Angry With One Another:

Ephesians 4:26:

Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.”

Ephesians 4:32:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

To remain angry over hurts and grievances—big or little—can be dangerous. This is why God said to let our anger cool before going to bed. The wrong kind of thinking and attitudes can destroy our marriages. We must be big enough to forgive and to say, “I’m sorry” and gracious enough to admit a mistake when we make it.

Scripture Meditations: Keep God The Center Of Your Home:

Psalm 127:1:

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”

Proverbs 3:6:

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 

This really is the greatest principle, because it’s the one that enables all the others. The vital ingredient of happiness in the home is not in diplomacy, strategy, or our effort to overcome problems, but rather living in a union with God. Homes filled with God’s love will keep ungodly influences out and will invite all the fullness that God has for our families. Let’s continue to put these principles to practice so that we can always experience the beautiful marriages that God desires.”

Assignment:

Homes filled with God’s love will invite His presence!  Let’s demonstrate God’s love towards our spouses. 

  • Pray with one another
  • Communicate effectively with one another
  • Respect one another
  • Love one another
  • Be temperate with one another
  • Speak kindly to one another

Prayer:

Father, You made us one flesh.  Thank You for making us a joyful union.  Please bless our marriage.  Be a wall of protection around our marriage.  Rejuvenate our love for one another and cause us to experience falling in love over and over again every day.

Father, please give us a long, happy healthy life together. Father, please surround us with Your love and be that 3-fold cord that hold us together.  We will not be broken.

Father, I pray that we would be happily married for a life time, in perfect health, sound mind, memory, and mobile until the day you call us home and when that day comes it will be accompanied in peace.

Father, please give us the intimacy that You intended Adam and Eve to enjoy together with You in the garden. Father, please make us a POWER COUPLE.  Please use our marriage to bring GLORY and HONOR to You.  Make us PILLARS in Your kingdom.  

Additional Prayers:

Please review the following awesome resources:  Spiritual Warfare For The Family

Worship Experience:

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