~ 21-days of “Marriage Points of Power”© ~
via iCleave© Ministries & the Marriage Concierge™
~Day 16 ~ “Friends??? How many of us have them?? ”
Marriage brings on an entirely different aspect of our view of friendships and accountability partnerships, we read in Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”
As husband and wife once we say “I Do”, we realize that some of our friendships are saying, well “I don’t”……. meaning they decide to leave. These relationships are severed or eventually grow apart, we must not be sad at those changes. This is only making room for something much better. Change, as we know in marriage, comes quickly, and the loss of friendships or connections to those during our single lives or early times in marriage, are all distinctive characteristics of marriage maturity.
As husband and wife, you are 1st “best-friends” to one another and each other’s accountability partner. Every connection that you two make from this point on are conducive now to what you both represent together as one covenant. Now, some of us are lucky to have those life-long friends that stand the test of time, and as time will tell, you find that these friendships are few and far between. We call you Lucky! There are many men and women who many of their friendships have grown apart and seasons changed. These have been replaced by a much sweeter, and anointed group of accountability partners that hold you to a higher standard in Faith, love, marriage and purpose. These relationships take time and are chosen and placed strategically by God, if God isn’t in it, then you don’t want it.
Have you checked on your Friendships lately? Are those relationships building you both up as husband and wife or tearing you down? Our prayer is that as the Proverb states, that you are surrounded by friends that sharpen you both. Friendships and partnerships that make you both better. Married couples, who can hold you accountable, relationship/friendships that are trustworthy Friendships that can be transparent in times of doubt and supportive in times of need.
Our prayer is that as this year winds down and the Thanksgiving invites are made, and the Christmas cards are being prepared, that you take a survey of those “irons” in your life. Those men and women that surround your marriage, pour into your friendships and “pour” into your children’s legacy like never before. Only God can send these types of people in your life, cherish they love they represent. Ask yourself, “Are these relationships orchestrated by ME, or by God? Then Pray, Trust, & watch God reveal to you who is “sharpening” and who needs to be removed! Friendship in marriage is an extension of the types of friends that you both are in marriage. We all have so much to learn in this area, trust God to reveal the lessons His teaching never returns void.
~We are always here praying for you both. Have a specific request for your marriage, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
we would love to add those to our daily prayer for your marriages. ~
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