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Marriage Monday (on a Tuesday), because yesterday was...well, a Monday.
This month's topic is "Sanctuary of Marriage" and I've been so excited about writing on the theme.
Sanctuary. The word conjures up feelings of warmth, safety, refuge, and peace. And those are words that we should be able to associate with our marriages. They should be places that we take refuge from the craziness of the world. It can be a cold, harsh environment out in the work place, or school, or playground or where ever you spend your time. But our marriages should provide a place of warmth.
A month ago, in speaking to my church, I said "My comfort zone is being with German when I am out of my comfort zone." That is my definition of the sanctuary my marriage to German provides. It does not matter how far out of our comfort zones we are called to walk, we are comfortable and safe because we are together.
Last Tuesday we celebrated our thirteenth anniversary. Prior to meeting German I had traveled a few miles into Mexico and a few miles into Canada and nowhere further afield. If you had told me I could find comfort in traveling the world, I would have laughed. It was something I wanted, but not something that I thought would be easy. But, German has shown me the world and except on one occasion (Egypt), I've never felt unsafe. And I felt the most unsafe there because German felt unsafe! He is my sanctuary. Being with him is safe. Being anywhere else is not a refuge, it is hard work and can be scary. I'm thankful that God has given me a place of refuge in my marriage. I pray that German can say the same. It is one of the greatest privileges I have, being his place of safety.
For other reflections on the topic of Sanctuary in Marriage, please visit Andrea at Embracing Him.