On Guard

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The age-old “grass is greener on the other side” is ever prevalent.  It’s funny how it always seems like everyone else’s relationship is so much better than your own.  You might look to your side and notice the special way that another couple  looks at each other, or the way they go on about one another. 

Sooner or later if you look close enough you’ll find that those relationships are facing similar struggles if not worse ones than you are.  What can we learn from this?  No one’s life is perfect of course…no one has a trouble-free relationship. 

The difference is that there are those that pursue a solution versus those that toss in the towel prior to finding that one thing that will make the difference.   It’s never easy to give in and say, I can’t take it anymore.  But sometimes it’s even harder to go the distance and seek out someone that can help.

Why is it that we struggle with talking about our issues?  Shouldn’t we want to do anything we can in order to resolve those things that are so huge in our lives?  Being proud only hinders your progress. 

When will we realize that our spouses are not the enemy but rather that we are being used against one another?  When we realize the issues at hand we have to consider who benefits from the turbulence in our relationships. 

I want to encourage you today to be ever vigilant. Be clear minded and don’t let the darkness invade your light but consider yourself blessed when you are attacked. Yes, I said blessed!  Attacks come upon those that are heading down the right path, make sure not to let the darkness run you off.

 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

“En garde”


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21 thoughts on “On Guard

  1. I sure did enjoy this post! What a great reminder that the enemy wants to tear down your relationship! We must always be diligent to recognize his attacks so we can fight against them, not against each other. Thanks for this post!


    • It does my heart good to know you enjoyed it. It’s so easy to fall in the trap of deception and blame your spouse but we need to refocus, work together and keep watch for the real enemy. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.


  2. You are so right, marriage is hard and it just looks so much easier for everyone around us! Thanks for the encouragement to do the hard work and keep moving forward! ~visiting today from #raralinkup


  3. This is such a good post! Marriage is definitely hard work, but worth it. “When will we realize that our spouses are not the enemy but rather that we are being used against one another?” I had not thought of it in this way before, but it makes sense. If we are doing what we know to be right, of course we should expect attacks from the enemy. Whenever there is a disagreement between spouses, we should remind ourselves that we are not the enemy and look for ways to come to an agreement and be able to work together in harmony. Glad I stopped by from the #raralinkup!


    • Awesome Gayl! So glad you enjoyed this. We need to protect the blessing of marriage that God has given us and be mindful of how our spouses are not the enemy. Instead work together and fight the good fight. Thanks for the visit. I’m very grateful for you and the encouragement from the #RaRaLinkUp. ♥


  4. So glad I stopped by from the link up where you were my neighbor. This is so important to remember. The enemy will steal our light and our marriage any way he can. We do need to be vigilant. Love that you are talking about this. It is always relevant. Blessings to you.

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    • Yes we definitely need to be vigilant. Struggles will come and go but our marriages are well worth the effort. I’m happy you enjoyed this and thanks so much for stopping by. ♥


  5. Comparison does give the enemy opportunity to steal our joy, doesn’t it?! And that can be so damaging in our relationships, especially when our spouses truly have the right heart intentions. Now, more than ever, when marriages are under fire, that unity is so important. Blessed by your words and glad to be your neighbor at Holley’s.


  6. I love this! Especially “Attacks come upon those that are heading down the right path, make sure not to let the darkness run you off.” I found myself in conversation with my husband yesterday that quickly could have turned negative. Thankful that at least that time I saw what the enemy was trying to do! Visiting from #TellHisStory

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  7. I loved this post! My husband and I were on the brink of disaster many years ago but we fought hard to keep us together. It sounds a little twisted but I’m so glad we went through that season – we wouldn’t appreciate what we have now without going through those moments. And, we still have moments – but thankfully are (mostly!) quickly resolved and we move on. We’ll celebrate 18 years in August! 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday!


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    • So happy you worked through it. Marriage is definitely worth fighting for. It’s through our toughest battles that we come out stronger. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Happy that we crossed paths on #WaitingOnWednesday ♥


  8. I so enjoyed this post! So happy to have “met” you today and thank you ever so much for stopping by my place and leaving such sweet encouragement behind. I really appreciated what you said here about being blessed when we are attacked. This is so true. The ones who are walking down the wrong road are not seen as a threat to the enemy. Therefore, they seem to glide along with little to no troubles. But, the ones who are doing right have a target on their back. “Don’t let the darkness run you off”…such edifying, encouraging words…I needed to read this tonight. God bless you!

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