I grew up in a broken home. The hubs did too. So starting our life out together, I guess you could say we were "in the hole" as far as parental role models went. If someone had given me a heads up, maybe it would have been easier to deal with some of those difficulties that came along early on in our marriage. But as I wrote last week, we got through them. And we are all the better for it! Why? We sought out Godly marriages and role models, and learned what it means to truly live God's design for love and respect.
It wasn't easy. And it's still a work in progress, just like any healthy relationship is. But we are in an awesome place. In life. In marriage. In our relationship with the Lord. And we continue to work at it daily.
Praise the Lord for do-over days. And forgiveness. And abundant mercy and grace.
We all can learn from our mistakes. In life. And in marriage, right?
But if that's true, then why do so many marriages, and so many people, keep making the same mistakes over and over again?
The answer is so simple. SIN.
Stupid Satan. And darn that Eve for eating that apple! (j/k, sort of)
But let's be real here. We are all sinners. We are all in need of a Savior. And we all need a blueprint for a Godly marriage.
I don't know if it's due to my life as a radio girl, or just because I am approachable, but I'm aware of ALOT of people who have very broken marriages. Christian people. Couples who put on smiley faces on Sunday and then the rest of the week, well, let's just say it's not so smiley. People you would never in a million years suspect of an unhappy marriage.
It makes me really, really sad.
Maybe I'm still riding the happy wave of recently celebrating 10 wonderful years of marriage, but today my heart is so very heavy for people whose marriages, well, kind of suck.
I am so blessed to be loved by such a wonderfully imperfect, loving, God-honoring man who is as committed as I am to making our marriage healthy. Notice I didn't say happy. Because no marriage is always happy. Or perfect for that matter. But it can be healthy, even when we're grumpy or going thru a difficult time in life.
Today my heart just cries out for friends, acquaintances and others I know who are in such a dark place in their relationships right now.
And I guess I want to use my small little space on the internet to simply ask you to pray today. Please pray for the people you know who are in that dark place in marriage and life right now.
(And if you are there yourself, please reach out and ask a trusted friend or two for prayer. Please, don't give up hope. Keep praying. Keep asking God to move mountains in your marriage. Take a look at your own sins and failures (we all have them) and ask God to reveal to you what you can't seem to see, whether your blinded by pride or anger. Whatever it may be, just don't give up hope. And continue to ask God to work wonders in your spouse. He is a God who can move literal mountains. He can do it in your marriage too. Just don't give up hope.)
Will you join me in prayer today?
Pray that hurting marriages everywhere can be healed through God's word and alot of patience, love and hard work. Pray that spouses who are angry and apathetic become overwhelmed with a fierce desire to fix what is broken. Pray for those who feel they have officially checked out to check themselves back into their marriage and renew their covenant with the Lord. Pray for those that feel it's not their fault to have their eyes open to their own sin and how its damaging their marriage relationship. Pray for spouses to get into God's word and remind themselves of His design for their broken, hurting marriage.
We can't fix broken marriages. But God can.
So please take time to pray for a marriage that is hurting today.
It's a simple request really. But so very important.
We might not be able to change the world, but we can pray that God will change hurting, angry and broken hearts.
Thanks for praying friends.