#MarriagePrayers: Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1 ********** What is it that you hope for? If we're being candid, we hope for things like healthy children, nice homes, and regular pay raises. In the day-to-day grind of life, we tend to focus on the practical things that make our lives run smoother.  We want lawnmowers to start like they're supposed to, dinners not to burn, and traffic not to slow us down. But what if we look a little deeper? ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13 ********** When Jesus said these words to His disciples, He knew the crucifixion was imminent. He wanted them to have confidence in a few things in the days ahead when they would look back on all that happened.  First, that His death was rooted in love. Second, that He chose to lay down His life, it wasn't taken from Him. And finally, that they were His friends. Jesus wanted these men to grasp the ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: John 10:10

Can you believe we're wrapping up our first week? Scott and I both hope you have been encouraged by these posts.  And just in case you missed any, here are the verses we've prayed so far: Matthew 4:19, Romans 8:5-6, Matthew 6:33, John 15:8, Luke 10:42, and 2 Corinthians 5:9.  Today's verse is one of my favorites and I think it's a great way end this first week of #MarriagePrayers. ********** The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: 2 Corinthians 5:9

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. — 2 Corinthians 5:9 ********** Whether we're at home or away ... That pretty much covers it, huh? Paul is reminding the Corinthians (and us!) the goal is the same no matter where we are: to please Christ. I was thinking about what it means to please Christ, specifically in the context of marriage. I looked at several other passages, some of which we'll be covering later in this series, to find out what ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Luke 10:42

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”—Luke 10:41-42 ********** Ever been so busy doing "stuff" and trying to meet your spouse's needs that you became distracted by the ways he or she was somehow falling short of what you felt you deserved? Have you ever been consumed with all you do and all your spouse isn't doing and then lost sight of ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: John 15:8

Isn't Scott awesome? I loved yesterday's post and am incredibly thankful for his willingness to be a part of this series. He's a keeper, y'all! No doubt about it. ********** By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. — John 15:8 ********** We're fruit lovers at the Underwood house. All three of us. Last weekend, Scott was headed to the grocery store to pick up a few things and asked me if there was anything I else I wanted.  "Bananas," I ... [Read More]