Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fireproofing Our Marriage

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never fails."
- 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

When something is "fireproof" it does not mean that a fire will be prevented from attacking and trying to cause its well-known destruction. Instead, to be fireproof means that when the fire does come, you will be able to withstand it.
Matt and I watched a very powerful movie last night which we recommend to anyone who is married (newlyweds to long-time weds!), engaged, thinking about getting married, or would one day like to be married. It is called Fireproof, and it reveals the healing power that faith can have in your marriage. We realize we have only been married for five months, and that many fires will cross our path and attack our marriage in the years ahead of us. Our first five months of marriage have been absolutely amazing, and we want do to what we can to keep it that way. We believe that we should not follow our hearts, but instead should lead our hears. Just because our marriage is off to a good start, doesn't mean that we don't need to always work on it. We will be continuously asking for God's guidance as we march on through this journey as husband and wife.
I had been on the search for a good devotional for married couples since we got married, and recently had success in a local Christian Supply store. The sales clerk suggested The Love Dare, and explained how it is featured in the movie Fireproof. I had heard of the movie once prior from my friend Jessica, and was now really interested. So, as we arrived to day 10 of our Love Dare, I rented the movie. Wow! That's all I have to say. I haven't cried like that during a movie since possibly Titanic ;)
For example . . .

Day One: Love is patient - Our words reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose to not say anything. It's better to hold your tongue than to say something you'll regret.

Day Ten: Love is unconditional - Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse to show that your love is based on your choice and nothing else. Wash her car. Clean the kitchen. Buy his favorite dessert. Demonstrate love to them for the sheer joy of being their partner in marriage.

Although Matt and I are already pretty good at these things, a daily reminder is also very helpful :) As the book states, "whether your marriage is hanging on by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare is a journey you need to take."

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