When I was a little girl, I sang a song called, “I Am A Promise!” I remember it was for a church recital. The last line is, “I am a promise to be anything God wants me to be.” It talks about learning to hear Gods voice, making right choices and being a promise to the Lord. Promises as a child are oh so important, but even more important as we become adults and enter into marriage. It’s the ability to keep your word, to keep your vow, even in the mist of some of the worst trials. To be what God called us to be in our marriage, and to keep the trust of our spouse.
A promise in essence is a vow that we keep to our spouse that we will stay no matter what the circumstances. It’s our word. When we stand before God and man and say, “I do,” we are saying I promise to love, honor, keep, and endure the good and the bad, the easy and the very hard things. It’s a lifetime commitment. The day you said your vows, you were full of hope, dreams, and promises. Years later, you need to be a spouse that can say those promises were kept!
Hardships in the dictionary are defined as: adversity, something difficult or unpleasant that you must endure or overcome. We go through the path of life and will endure hardships. These can come in the form of sickness, finances, death, loss of a job, etc. When these come, we have to learn to overcome and endure. Promises that were made to each other during these difficult times must be remembered and kept.
Life can throw a curveball at you and all of a sudden many forget to remember what they promised. The hurt and pain of a trial, can bring life to a screeching halt, and all of a sudden we have selective memory. It could be from the shock of an event, or the deep stress of loss, but we may have a hard time remembering what we promised.
Hurt can cause us to make rash decisions that change the trajectory of our lives. They can hurt so many people we care about and even cause us to break promises. We have seen it over and over again, when someone is hurting they go to the immediate revelation that they need a change to be happy. Happiness is a choice. We can choose to work things out, or we can choose to flee. Either way the best decisions are made with much prayer and never a split second decision.
Whenever we make any huge decision, we will go to prayer. We don’t just answer off the cuff, we find a place of prayer and ask God to lead us and direct our paths. We ask Him to close any door He doesn’t want us to go through and trust He knows best. Much prayer is put into our choices as we walk by faith and not by sight. Our promises to each other and God are of the utmost importance.
Daily we pray over each other and part of keeping our promises start with our promises to God. We are consistent on reading the word, prayer and fasting. Integrity goes a long way when you decide to live a life of commitment and promises kept! You start with your promises kept to God and let it flow down from there. It’s called integrity. Doing what you said you would do, even when no one is looking. When we keep our integrity with God, we will keep our integrity with our spouse.
Our prayer for you is that you remember, talk about, pray about, walk in, and keep your promises! That you don’t give up or in when temptations come and things are difficult. That you walk in integrity, love, forgiveness and mercy in your marriage. Remembering love covers a multitude of sins. Keeping your promises to God so you can keep your promises in your marriage. That love rules over needing to have things easy. We pray you look at the one you love and say, I will keep my promises to you until “death do us part.”
Monday: Genesis 9:13 says, “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” In Genesis we see God shows us how to be faithful as he sets a rainbow in the sky as a promise and covenant to us that He won’t flood the earth again. In marriage we learn from the word how to be faithful.
Tuesday: Ephesians 5:33 says, “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” I believe this scripture sums up promises kept in marriage. He loves her as he loves his body. That is he protects, nourishes and keeps her, as she respects him. When we keep this proper order love flows out over everything else!
Wednesday: Matthew 24:13 says, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” This is talking about salvation, but we also can apply this to our marriages. If we endure hardships with our spouse we will be saved and save our marriages!
Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” When we are faithful to our spouse like God is faithful to us, we will remember and keep our promises!!
Friday: 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Rash decisions keep us from promises from God and keep us from keeping promises to Him and in our marriage.
Saturday: Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Through much prayer, asking, and knocking, we find promises can be kept to our spouse and we see God keeping them to us!
Sunday: 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Integrity helps us to escape corruption, and then we are given the precious promises!
Thank you for investing in your marriage and you can have a happily ever married marriage too!!