This is part of a new series based on anonymous questions we have received at Build Your Marriage conferences across the United States. Some details may be modified to protect the identities of individuals.
How do you handle life when it seems like your marriage or spouse keeps you from fulfilling the great commission/God’s calling on your life?
This is a question we run into rather frequently. Sadly, we’ve seen couples separate and divorce over this issue.
You may be quite frustrated because you believe God has given you a ministry or a burning desire to make a kingdom impact, but your spouse is resistant to your pursuit of your “calling.” Perhaps from your perspective your spouse is keeping you from being fully obedient to Jesus. As a result, you feel torn.
Mitchell Family Celebrations
Have you wondered why we haven’t blogged much so far this year? Here’s why…
This spring has been very busy for us. In the last five weeks we had one daughter graduate from grad school (bottom right), another graduate from college (bottom left), our son got married, and our youngest daughter moved to another city for her internship and career! Whew!
Looking back on the major life events each of our children experienced, we saw something quite extraordinary.
We are excited to announce an unforgettable experience for you and your spouse as you walk together where Jesus walked and visit key places in Israel. You’ll visit Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem, Galilee, the Mount of Olives, walk the Via Dolorosa, visit the Garden Tomb and more!
Greet one another with a holy kiss. Romans 16:16
We love to kiss. Whether it’s a quick kiss in public or a long passionate kiss in private, kissing is important to a healthy marriage. The bride said to her lover in the Song of Solomon, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth…” (Song of Solomon 1:2).
Sadly, according to a study sponsored by the British Health Foundation, 20% of married couples kiss only once a week! And 40% of those couples only kiss for 5 seconds. And only 5% of those couples aged 45 and up kiss on average four times a day.
LETS RESOLVE TO KISS OUR SPOUSE A WHOLE LOT MORE OFTEN!
“Bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“I want a divorce.” For six weeks this husband repeated his desire to his wife. “You’re not meeting my needs. I’m out of here.” She had been consumed with caring for her father in the hospital and their three children. He had been consumed…with himself.
On Saturday one of our good friends passed away. Mark never knew when he started his day that it would end in heaven. When he left his house to go to a local store he never knew his next destination would be his heavenly home.
“Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” 1 Peter 5:5
If we were to swing by your home and look at your bedroom closet (don’t worry!) what would we find? Who has the majority of the closet? Is there a particular color one of you likes to wear? Who has more shoes? Does one or both of you rotate your clothes in and out of the closet depending on the season? How about in your kitchen? Do you use an apron when you cook? Is there a his and hers apron?
In his first letter, the apostle Peter writes about an article of “clothing” that every Christ-follower should wear. Nowhere is this piece of clothing more important than in the intimacy of a marriage relationship. He writes,