"He Said…She Said” - The Marriage Forum

May 2016

Recently I (Doug) was meditating on Romans 15:13 in the Amplified.  It says, 
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing – through the experience of your faith – that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”
I was ministered to with the fact that it is the power of God that allows us to “bubble over and abound” in hope.  Hope is the expectation that what we desire will happen.  One of the greatest passages in the Old Testament on hope is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (NASB). 
In the Good News Bible, it I rendered as follows:  “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”  
What an encouragement that God is going to give us the future we hope for.  Warren Wiersbe, in his excellent book The Bumps Are What You Climb On, writes an excellent chapter on fear (a huge motivating factor in our lives).  He shares how in order to achieve victory over fear, we need to do the following:

  1. Seek God daily in His Word.  This means claiming some of the beautiful promises such as Psalms 119:50, 116 - “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (NIV)  “Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” (NIV) 
  2. Pray.
  3. Surrender.

Sometimes in marriage it seems like the hope of a better marriage; more emotional, physical and spiritual fulfillment is impossible.  However, another one of my favorite verses is Luke 1:37, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
As I counsel other couples who “struggle” (i.e. everyone), I keep coming back to the principle of community.  As we meet with other couples and share the hopes and dreams for our marriage, we receive affirmation and encouragement.  In II Corinthians 1:9-11, Paul makes it crystal clear that it is through the “prayers of others” that provides the deliverance that we so desperately desire as we deal with “impossible” situations of life (and marriage). 
Whatever struggle you have in life and in your marriage, there is hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Claim Matthew 6:34 in the Message, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.  God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes”. 
Hoping, trusting, praying, a day at a time... staying in community. 
Doug and Patty
dgrogan [at] bmgwc.com
patricia.grogan52 [at] gmail.com

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