It’s like pancakes without syrup is what my husband said about trying to do marriage without God.
So often I find myself reflecting on just how difficult and challenging life was for us as a young married couple. Although we both grew up in the church and followed a religion, we truly never experienced the sweetness and growth of our own marriage till we embraced a relationship with Christ. As I grew closer to God, I learned to appreciate the differences in my husband. I learned about self-control, NOT ‘him control’. I learned about speaking gently, about having patience, about experiencing peace, and about appreciating our joy. As Dave grew closer to God, he grew closer to me. He grew to be patient and more loving with me, he even became romantic. He learned to be kinder, learned about faithfulness, and about experiencing God’s peace. Talk about a win win! : )
Dave’s pancakes analogy is fitting. A marriage without God is rather typical, expected, bland, and flavorless. God really is the syrup. Dave said he couldn’t imagine having pancakes without syrup. I can’t imagine that either. In fact, marriage has become sweeter, kinder, nicer, fulfilling, fun and exciting!
Galatians 5:22-23 New Living Translation (NLT) 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!