Before You Were Born, God Had Plans For You

Sometimes it is important to pause and remember who we are and who our spouse is in relationship to God. I like recite Psalm 139:13-18 and personalize it to me and my husband:

For you created my inmost being;you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand, when I awake, I am still with you.

It is so humbling to realize that the God of our universe is so personal with us. When we view ourselves and our spouse in light of this, we should be even more committed to honoring God with our lives, especially within our marriages.

A second passage that I like to personalize and take to heart is Ephesians 2:10:

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 God prepared specific works for us to do with our lives. How awesome (and personal) is that! This speaks to me, that I should daily come before the Lord, and ask for Him to reveal to me the big ways and the little ways he wants me to glorify Him with my life today. It may be simply by being more present with all who I encounter; or to be a better, more compassionate listener and talk less; or to take the focus off of myself and my needs, and put it on the needs of others; or it might be to spend more quiet time with God so He can prepare my heart for something bigger; or it might be for me to do that something bigger and selfless that God brings into my life. In order to know the will of God, we must regularly commune with Him so that the Holy Spirit can guide us in His ways.