5. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1.9)
A healthy marriage requires courage. Left to my own devices, marriage will be too challenging for me. It is frightening to reveal your true self, confront your real issues, and let your partner see your weaknesses. Yet a good marriage demands these things. Strength and courage will allow us to face the difficult moments. Kevin A. Thompson
Marriage is a very frightening thing. You reveal your truth to someone else – and you can’t change your truth. So, now, this other person can choose to accept you or reject you, you are risking yourself for the greatest and deepest of hurts: rejection from someone you love, someone you are willing to open up to, to show your truth to.
It is scary!
But, successful marriages thrive on that kind of intimacy, that kind of oneness – so it is worth taking the risk.
But, whatever our truth is, we can rest assured that God is with us wherever we may go.
He loves us, He nurtures us, He guards us and guides. And as we risk ourselves for a more intimate and stronger marriage, God is with us, Each and every day, God is with us.