“Two are better than one.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We know God’s Word to be true, but if we are human and honest, we will often admit that marriage is hard. However, if we strive to find the good in others in living our best, we can be successful — no matter the discord.
Scripture can provide us heartwarming advice and encouragement exemplified in these Bible verses about marriage, says Candace Crabtree:
1. Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Lord, make us STRONG for YOU.
2. Psalm 1:1-3
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
Lord, may our delight be in YOU, may we meditate on Your law day and night. When we do so, our marriage and our family will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields FRUIT in its season and whose leaf does not wither.
3. Psalm 37:3
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3
Lord, help us to trust You in all things and to do good toward each other. May we treasure faithfulness in our marriage and in our lives.
4. Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Lord, create in both of us a pure heart, seeking You first in all things.
5. Proverbs 23:3-4
“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; throughknowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4
Lord, may our homes be built on YOUR WISDOM.
6. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Lord, we know that two are better than one. This is your design. Help us to truly lift one another up as you have created us to do.
7. Song of Solomon 4:10
“How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!” Song of Solomon 4:10
May we delight in our love for one another.
8. Isaiah 62:5
“As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5
May we rejoice over one another and in turn, rest in the knowledge that You, God, rejoice over us as your children.
9. Romans 15:5-6
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6
Lord, may we live together in harmony and unity with one another, that we might glorify You.
10. 1 Corinthians 14:4-8
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 14:4-8
Lord, give us YOUR kind of love for our spouse and for our families. Grow us in patience, kindness, honor, service, and may we never keep a record of wrongs. May our love never fail because it is Your love in us. ❤
11. 2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Father God, Your grace is always sufficient. No matter what my spouse and I face tomorrow, Your grace is enough. Your grace sustains. Your grace is sufficient.
PickTheBrain blog written by Erin Falconer talks about the benefits of gratitude. Here in part is what she wrote.
Gratitude is the Most Powerful Way to Live Your Best Life
Are we ever truly happy? The answer to this depends largely on our personal definition of happiness, of course. If checking off the boxes of the things you hope to acquire or experience, such as living in a new city, or a dream job position, is that then, true happiness? Or is it in the loving relationships you have with people that incite happiness? It is likely a mix of both in terms of your level of confidence and satisfaction with life, but the truth is, happiness is an intangible feeling that comes from within.
Nothing or no one is responsible for your happiness, but yourself. Throughout history, those who seem to have the strongest levels of sustained happiness are those who find themselves in service of others, while expressing gratitude for what is good in their lives.
That is one thing we can all do, starting right now!
The Yellow Brick Road is Paved with Gratitude
Do you want a life you’re proud of? One where your dreams come true? Of course, you do! It isn’t easy. There’s no quick fix. You have to invest time, thought, and intention in every day. The good news? The path to the life you are craving only takes ten minutes a day, is fun, and simple. The answer is a gratitude practice. Yes, it really is that plain. By habitually showing appreciation for the people and experiences in your life, you can manifest the life you’re here to live.
Building the Yellow Brick Road
You might be surprised to know there is an abundance of scientific evidence proving the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of gratitude. In fact, Berkley has an entire institute that regularly shares these benefits. Here are some fun facts about the effects of practicing gratitude:
Healthy Heart, Lower Blood Pressure (it simply feels good)
Better Quality of Sleep (we can all use more of this)
Feelings of Greater Generosity (everyone wins here)
Stronger Immune System (so you can care for all your sick friends and family)
The Experience of More Joy and Pleasure (who wouldn’t love this?)
Stronger Personal Relationships (adding to the joy and quality of your life)
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”