By Design


Build with Love

Even before the day that we say, “I do,” we begin the work of building a good marriage.

Much like building a house, marriage requires dreams for the future, intensive planning, and lots of sweat equity. The process often results in dirty hands and bruised hearts. It demands much love and every resource that we possess. We must be all in!

And we quickly come to the surprising realization that our home is never really complete! That leaky faucet needs attention. That outdated wallpaper must be replaced. Why is the furnace making that noise?

Better than a contractor, we have an advocate who works alongside us! Jesus lives to make intercession for us. When we boldly approach the throne of grace, He promises to hear and work on our behalf.

Like every master artist, He pays scrupulous attention to detail. Every project is a labor of love; the tiniest task is done with the greatest care. He never walks out in the middle of construction; He sticks close until the assignment is accomplished.

Wherever you are in the process—just laying the foundation or designing a new addition—carry on with dreaming and doing, loving and laughing, planning and preparing. Believe with confidence that your master carpenter is creating a masterpiece in your marriage.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. The Lord is faithful to complete the good work that He begins in you. May your marriage be a glorious work of art that reflects the love of our Father.