Encouraging Words: Advance

Encouraging Words:  Advance

 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?

~ Amos 3:3

Where are you and your spouse going?

It’s not really a hard question – “Where are you going?”

You’re going forward, right?

But are you going forward, moving in the same direction, with your spouse?  That’s a little more difficult to answer.

Marriage = 2 people journeying through joys & sorrows, advancing in agreement.

Advance: To move toward or go forward.  To increase. To improve or make progress, grow or rise.

Can you advance together if you’re not in agreement?

Nope.  At least, not with any degree of peace…

Mission statements, and a vision for the future are powerful tools if a couple takes the time to search for and create them.  

But if you’re going to simplify or just begin in a direction – may I suggest one powerful way to advance – together – in peace?

Decide to walk together in faith.

The opposite of faith is fear.  And fear is a lousy driver – it’s all over the road.

Faith has a focused direction & a great destination.

When you’re focused on faith you advance with confidence.  

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  ~  Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV  Also see:  Psalm 27:3 – Isaiah 41:10

When you’re focused on faith you advance with joy.

“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.” Joel 2:21 KJV

When you’re focused on faith you advance – knowing all is provided.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” ~ Luke 12:32

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2Timothy 1:7

Encourage your spouse by expressing faith – in God.

Fortify with Faith.  It only takes one to start – faith is catchy.  It’s contagious. You have the opportunity to turn from fear toward faith – and strengthen your spouse along the way.  (Fear leads nowhere.)

Begin with faith, join together in agreement –  then advance forward.  

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