Esther Pavao
A friend of mine sent me this blog today. At first, I thought it was promoting pre-marital sex. "Why did she send met this?" But I pushed through and finished and realized I was wrong.

The blog post speaks for itself and I won't blunder through explaining it. It's well-written and easy to understand. It's primarily directed at single Christian women who are waiting for marriage, but I think, as a married woman, I got as much out of it.

I think the principle of the thing is the same. I don't pursue a relationship with God so that I can have wisdom, peace, and harmony in my marriage. I pursue it for the sake of it. Everything else is a byproduct of my love for God. I don't ask God to bless my marriage because I've given Him my life, I give my life because He wants it. My marriage is blessed because of it, but that isn't the point.

I had a conversation with my husband once about motivations. I didn't want to do something because my reasons for doing it were selfish. He pointed out that the thing itself was good, even if my motivations were wrong, and wasn't it possible that God could redeem my motivations because I'd done a good thing, for whatever reason?

I won't go on and on, but I hope you were encouraged.