Here’s the second installment of the music I hand-picked to set the mood for Mt. Olive’s Art of Marriage retreat coming up at the end of the month. Forward these words to someone in your life that might need this encouragement in their relationship, or soak ‘em up yourself. The lyrics are so powerful and the songs are killer! Check them out:

Roll to the Middle – Sara Groves

We just had a World War III
here in our kitchen

We both thought the meanest things

And then we both said them

We shot at each other till we lost ammunition


This is how I know our love

This is when I feel it’s power

Here in the absence of it

This is my darkest hour

When both of us are hunkered down

And waiting for the truce


All the complicated wars

They end pretty simple

Here when the lights go out

We roll to the middle


All the complicated wars

They end pretty simple

Here when the lights go out

We roll to the middle


No matter how my pride resists

No matter how the wall feels true

No matter how I can’t be sure

That you’re gonna roll in, too

No matter what, no matter what

I’m going to reach for you

Love Is Not a Fight – Warren Barfield

Love is not a place

To come and go as we please

It’s a house we enter in

Then commit to never leave


So lock the door behind you

Throw away the key

We’ll work it out together

Let it bring us to our knees


Chorus:
Love is a shelter in a raging storm

Love is peace in the middle of a war

And if we try to leave,
may God send angels to guard the door

No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for


To some, love is a word

That they can fall into

But when they’re falling out

Keeping that word is hard to do


Chorus: Love is a shelter in a raging storm

Love is peace in the middle of a war

And if we try to leave,
may God send angels to guard the door

No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for


Love will come to save us

If we’ll only call

He will ask nothing from us

But demand we give our all


Chorus:
Love is a shelter in a raging storm

Love is peace in the middle of a war

And if we try to leave,
may God send angels to guard the door

No, love is not a fight but it’s something worth fighting for


I will fight for you

Would you fight for me?
It’s worth fighting for, baby

To be clear, I am in no way condoning fighting with your spouse. But if you read the lyrics all the way to the end, you’ll see nobody’s throwing in the towel. I love that.

Quick aside, Troy gave me Duck Dynasty’s “Miss Kay’s Kitchen Cookbook” for Christmas. I LOVE IT – she has such a great way of telling stories, weaving scripture and sharing yummy recipes. But throughout her story section, she tells about some of the hurdles she has faced over the years. I hope you’ll agree, these words of wisdom from Miss Kay will help you feel stronger for reading:

“Phil had graduated from Louisiana Tech University and had begun a life of partying…I had hopes that his life would turn around. But I soon discovered our “smooth sailing years” would have to wait. Phil chose to hunt and party over being a husband and parent. His partying lifestyle got so bad that I thought our marriage was over, and if it wasn’t for hearing my Nanny’s voice in my head telling me, “One day you will have to fight for your marriage,” I might have gone the route of divorce. But I didn’t, and in time and with lots of prayer, Phil turned his life around and we began a new life living for Jesus.”

Fight – yes. But fight the good fight – the “we” fight, not the “me” fight. Not sure how? Just ask Jesus.