Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

Who’s Building Your House?

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          Have you ever seen a beautiful brick house like the one in the picture above? This is a beautiful home that a couple had built, but they never moved in.  The house looks beautiful on the outside, but you would never guess the issues that were on the inside.   The two pictures below the house are samples of some of the issues that were on the inside.  The builders had taken short cuts and the materials that were used for the home were not quality. Therefore, this home was not built on a good foundation.  Thankfully, the poor quality and weak foundation were brought to the couples attention before they made the final deal.  They were able to back out of the contract just in time.  When they took time to evaluate where they went wrong, they realized they were trying to build a house without consulting or including God in the process.

     God made a way of escape for this couple, and gave them a second chance.  They were able to get all of their money back and started building another home.  However, this time, they are at a different place spiritually.  They have re-committed their lives and their marriage to God.  Now they are including God in the process and  have changed their foundation.  The picture on the right is a beam with a scripture that is a part of the foundation of their new home.  This time, they have chosen to build their house on a strong foundation.

     Psalm 127:1  tells how to build a house successfully. It reads, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.”  Now replace the word house with your life, your marriage, your family, your career etc.  Unless the Lord builds your marriage, the husband and wife are laboring in vain.  God wants to be a part of every area of your life.  Allow God to build your house by consulting Him and including Him in your planning and in everything that you do.  Pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance before you make a move.

     If God is not in it, you may have something that looks good on the outside, but causes you a lot of trouble on the inside.    This reminds me of people who marry on the basis of how fine and how good a person looks.  They forget the fact that this person doesn’t know God or doesn’t care anything about the things of God.   However once married, they experience all kinds of trouble, because they didn’t allow the Lord to build their house.  Let’s not wait until we are in trouble to invite the Lord in.  Be intentional about allowing the Lord to build your house.  If you want to win, keep God in!

Until next week   . . .

Carolyn

 p.s.  Thank you to the couple who shared this wonderful testimony with me.

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2 thoughts on “Who’s Building Your House?

  1. Elisha Harris on said:

    I enjoyed this reading and illustration. Though my husband and I seem to have crumbled with the foundation as we are now separated and he has moved from our home, I still enjoy reading the uplifting and provoking thoughts regarding marriage.
    Continue in grace

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