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In the beginning, when Kristi and I were married, we made a commitment to one another that was sealed by a legal contract—we call it a marriage license. But as the years go by, we don’t maintain that commitment to one another because of a contract. We remain committed because of the love that has grown out of our commitment. That license now is a keepsake instead of a contract.

If you view God’s discipline as a forced contract—something that forces you to wait patiently while God does His thing—you will eventually give up and walk away. But if you view God’s discipline in your life as a keepsake, a loving reminder of your commitment to Him and His faithfulness to you, you will wait in faith and remain confident that God’s answer is coming.

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