I've been reading through The Love Dare, day by day devotional by Steven and Alex Kendrick. It has been so good these past 13 days. I'm always encouraged when I read each day's portion.
Today, Day 13, especially encouraged me, I had to share it!
I hope you're encouraged as well!
"A man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
"In the finale of God's creation, He made the first marriage by taking one man, removing part of him, and fashioning another person. Then, in the mystery of matrimony, two could come together and become one. Adam, though complete with God alone, found his God-given needs met even more fully with Eve, his complement, in life. This is true in your marriage. The Lord knew before you were born that you would one day marry your mate. And in His design of your gender differences and uniqueness, God intentionally created needs in both of you that the other would be exclusively designed to help meet.
The devil's desire is to use your distinctiveness to push you apart - to operate independently - as though what your spouse brings to you is unnecessary. But marriage has made you "one flesh". Now neither of you should live without the other. Though distinct in personality and ability, you have been designed to experience oneness in your diversity. You are no longer just you. You are so intimately combined with your mate that together you are to live as one complete person. "