Marriage Monday: Praying for Unity

I realize it’s actually Tuesday, but the sun isn’t up yet and I’ve sort of fallen off the blogging wagon. I’m trying to climb back on, even if I’m not right on schedule.

About ten days ago, Will and I saw a house that was perfect for our family. It had all the elements we’ve been longing for: a great yard, an open floor plan, knee hockey/ping pong space in the basement, an entry way right into the laundry room with lots of space for the school, swim, and baseball bags that plague my pitiful and fruitless efforts of order at the front door. There was a study with a fireplace and a two car garage. It was a timeless style even though it was built in the 1960’s. The neighborhood was gorgeous and little Will’s best friend (whose whole family we love like crazy) would’ve been two blocks away.

I also have other girlfriends that live within a few streets. Before we saw the house, I emailed three of my closest possible-neighbor girlfriends and asked them to pray specifically that Will and I would be unified about this house.

And we walked out of that house of one mind: we weren’t going to find anything better. We wrote up an offer with our realtor that night. We didn’t have a single divergence of opinion about what we should offer, or how it should be formulated.

When we didn’t hear right away, we figured that was not a very encouraging sign. We thought and prayed about whether we should try to alter our bid, but both felt strongly that we should not enter any kind of bidding war.

When we didn’t get the house, we were disappointed, obviously. But we both felt a sense of peace. This was God’s will. We were unified again in knowing that even though we really can’t fathom a better house, this house is not to be.

So you may not be buying a house in a crazily expensive and competitive market where bidding wars rage, you lucky dog, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pray for unity in your marriage.

I am so glad I asked my friends to pray for unity, because God so answered these prayers. You may be facing truly weighty decisions or you may be choosing a paint color. You may be grappling with how to discipline your children or you may be wrestling with nothing more than where to vacation, but in whatever circumstance you face, unity is a blessing.

Why not pray right now for unity in your marriage?

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5 NIV84).

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