Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
I love how this verse applies to marriage (and parenting!). Big Red has been my stronghold. On the days I tend to be impatient with the kids, when I'm having a girlie hormonal moment, throughout pregnancy and birth, encouraging me to go to a Revelation study...my husband has lifted me up. I wouldn't be the person I am today without his example and encouragement. Seeing him getting up early in the morning to pray, reading his bible before bed, and the immense peace he has about him...he rocks my world!
I also have to attest to how nice it is to have him to keep me warm. I love cuddling up with my hubby in bed when it's cold. We kid around about him and the kids being warm blooded and me not. He's my heating pad in the winter.
When our pastor used this scripture at our wedding he was definitely accurate about how a marriage works. Having Christ as our ultimate support (the third strand in our cord) and encouragement has truly kept our communication up and given us a deeper desire to work on our relationships. Christ helps me reflect on my actions with humility and his love pushes me to better myself and the way I interact with my hubby and kids.
Honey, thanks for being my better half! You are a support and encouragement to me!