Day 29: Build a Cathedral  “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

What is the difference between bliss and joy? Is either achievable in marriage? Webster defines “bliss” as “a state of perfect happiness, typically to be oblivious of everything else,” and “joy” as “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”

Given the definition, it appears that bliss is not achievable for more than short bursts, like on the honeymoon and anniversary trips! But joy, now it is achievable. Paul tells us in Galatians that love and joy are not only possible, but are good gifts God gives to his people, along with everything else listed in this encouraging scripture. 

What are some hopes and dreams you have for your future with your spouse and (if you have any) your children? Where do you see God at work in your lives? What areas has the Spirit led you to continue to pray for? Praying for the fruits of the Spirit to shower down on your marriage is a way to shore up your weaknesses and build on your strengths. 

The keys to marital joy are found in the day to day way a couple interacts with each other. Every time you hold a conversation, make a decision, share a secret look, feed each other’s funny bone, or fill your love tank with encouraging words is like laying the bricks for the foundation. So what kind of a building do you envision for your marriage?

Building a shed takes only a few days or weeks, but building a cathedral requires much more work, a plan and a whole caboodle of prayer. Ask big. With God's blessing, it is possible to build a grand structure of your marriage, one that will stand the test of life's storms. 

TRY THIS: What have you learned over the last few weeks that you might continue to pray about? If you want, invite your husband to pray with you over these items. Ask him if he has any special prayers for your marriage. Commit to continuing on for the next 30 days.

A WIFE’S PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the husband you have given me. Give us endurance to persevere in our marriage. Strengthen us to build a virtual cathedral of praise and thanks to you for designing our lives as husband and wife. Help us to find true joy as we practice love and respect toward each other. May we honor you in our interactions, and strive to know and do your will on this earth. Give us a long and enduring relationship, one that reflects your love and forgiveness for sinners. We ask in complete confidence of your power to help us. In Jesus, Amen.
(Photo is St. Barbara's Cathedral, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, taken March 30, 2017 on a trip with my hubby and daughter!)

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