Barriers (w/Prayer)

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“You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,..” “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” “I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”
~Psalm 16: 6,8,9, KJV. Psalm 104: 9, NKJV.
According to Wikipedia, the largest coral reef system is the Great Barrier Reef. Coral reefs are living ecosystems and naturally offer “shoreline protection” against coastline erosion. The reefs are endangered and fragile due to increasing pollution, climate changes, and waste spills in the environment. Although coral is such an important living species, there are still tourists who like to take bits of the coral home just so they can wear it as jewelry. Marriage relationships are like coral– precious and highly sensitive to fluctuations whether they originate from the husband and his wife or from outside factors. People outside of a couple’s marriage can be like those tourists I mentioned. Some people enjoy being able to have a part in causing marriage troubles for others because they are on the outside. They can come and look at your problems and leave knowing they took your time, peace, and possibly endangered your marriage.
You and your spouse need to determine how much of your time and priority you wlll make accessible to the tourists outside your marriage. Every marriage needs to have some lines drawn in the sand to protect the delicate ecosystem of mutual love, respect, trust, commitment, and intimacy from being becoming worn down and endangered. Unexpected storms may run amuck from time to time. However, a marriage that has built-in boundaries is better off with some protection rather than being wide open to the world. Boundaries keep family member and friends who may be well-meaning or deliberately intrusive, from acting as enemy trespassers and from crossing into marriage territory that is off-limits.
For example, a couple might agree that neither of them will develop new friendships with people of the opposite sex and will also honor each other by not spending time alone with existing friends of the opposite sex. Another example is that a husband will set the expectation with his friends that they will not interrupt him and his wife at dinnertime. Simply put, a husband and wife need to agree to respect the barriers they create in order to protect their marriage. They must make sure that others will honor those boundaries, as well. Otherwise, they face the risk that the “goodly heritage” of their marriage will be eroded away. **Prayer**
Dear Lord,
Thank You for the boundaries that You have set. Show us where we need to set boundaries in our lives so that those sent by the enemy to distract us from Your purposes and destroy our marriage are unable to pass through to stir up confusion or cause us to drift apart. Lord, set a hedge around Your covenant marriages and protect us from the evil in this world. Help us set up healthy boundaries that protect the “goodly heritage” You have blessed us with in our marriages. Let us not be moved in our commitment to each other, and let the boundaries we set not be violated so that the noise and pollution from the world and others who are set against us cannot erode our precious covenant. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
©”From Fear to Faith.” Cassandra Salamone. All rights reserved. No reproduction.

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