“If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
If you are like us during this celebration of the New Year, you’ll tend to reflect on where you’ve been and make new commitments to old dreams. You’ll let go of what was and anticipate what is yet to come. Something within you courageously closes chapters on what could have been and bravely welcomes new storylines of adventure and newness; dreams resurface and hope builds within. But, as married couples, how do we build on dreams together?
In our book, What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Marriage, Greg shares:
“As a kid I dreamed of being a superhero. I tied a blanket around my neck and jumped off the footstool, pretending to save the day. “There’s no need to fear; Underdog is here!” Sweet Polly Purebred and the rest of the world were safe so long as I was on the scene. If things got a little tough, I knew the simple fix: Just open the secret compartment of the Underdog ring and take a Super Underdog Energy Pill. Simon Bar Sinister, Rip Rap, and the gang were in a heap of trouble! Oh, how simple the world was back then.
Real life is different, isn’t it? There are no magic pills to solve our problems when we’re beat up. Encouragement often lingers far from us when need it the most. To be our best, we need energy and encouragement from the people surrounding our lives. As spouses, we possess the power to build or smash the dreams of our loved ones.”
How about you? Are you ready to turn the page and begin afresh? Are you committed to bravely dare to dream, again, together with your spouse? If so, here’s how to keep it simple:
- Ecclesiastes 4:12 states, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ask God for help! Every day, invite His presence to keep you one with your spouse, body, mind and soul.
- Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinks, so he is.” The truth is, we get what we expect—so, believe for the best. “But not just for your best; believe and dream for God’s best with your spouse!”[i] Constantly take an inventory of what you are thinking about. Ask God to change any stinking thinking.
- Foster a safe environment for your spouse. Talk about their dreams. Encourage them with your belief. Partner with them however you can help. Let them hear you pray for the fulfillment of God’s dream for their life.
So, as we begin this New Year, we invite you to join us; let’s turn the page to a new beginning of encouragement, respect, and love. Support your spouse and dare to dream, TOGETHER!
[i] What I Wish My Mother Had Told Me About Marriage