3 Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage

Gallatin, Hendersonville  |  Published on April 11, 2017

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A Note From Robby Ryan

I hope all of you who attended the LH Men’s Retreat had a relaxing yet spiritually challenging weekend. It was so awesome to see 300 men wanting to worship and grow in Christ as spiritual leaders together. I know that we all would agree that Pastor Robby brought it strong straight from the Word, and we all appreciate his insight and wisdom.

For those of you who went to the marriage breakout session, I pray that you each took something from that session that God used to radically change how you think about and do marriage. The marriage relationship is so near and dear to me because I know first hand what it’s like to have a marriage not based on the foundation of Christ. A marriage that is falling apart. A marriage with absolutely no love for each other at all in it. A marriage that was heading for divorce. I also know the other side—a side with Christ at the center and a marriage that is better than anything I could ever comprehend.

That leads me to couple of takeaways for how we can strengthen our marriages in Christ.

1. Your personal relationship with Jesus comes first.

Your personal relationship with Jesus is the foundation of your marriage. This is where it all starts if you want to have the marriage that God intended. This starts with surrendering your life to Him and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior, making Him the priority in your life.

2. Be intentional.

You have to be intentional in your relationship with Jesus and in your marriage. Set time to be with the Lord each day, spending time in His Word and in prayer. Spend time with your wife each day—a time with no distractions (or as little as possible), no phones, no staring at your watch, no TV, a place and time where you can focus on her alone.

Help out around the house. Like we talked about in the marriage session, if you have to set a reminder on your phone to check the dryer for laundry that needs to be folded, a dishwasher that needs to be loaded or unloaded, or kids that need a bath, then do it. It’s okay. It’s not a bad thing to use, and it shows great intentionality.

3. Check the order of our priorities.

What’s the order of your priorities? This again goes along with being intentional. Your priority list should be your relationship with God first, your relationship with your wife second, and your relationship with your kids third. We see God’s order of this in Genesis.

In Chapter One, God made man. You can read how Adam spent alone time with God. He talked with God, and God talked to him. God gave him instructions on how to live and what to do in life and at work.

God created marriage in Chapter Two. He created a helper (wife) suitable for him. God created Eve for Adam. Not for anyone else. Just him. God has given you your wife. He created her just for you and no one else.

In Chapter Three, God created children. He used Adam and Eve to have children, to care for them, and to love them unconditionally. He uses many of us to do the same.

I hope that you all will take some of these things to heart and implement them into your daily life. I pray that you were able to get much more than just these things out of the weekend. I know we are all being prayed for by our church staff, and I hope you all will do the same for them and their marriages.

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