Marriage like life is hard. Within and without stuff happens. And it hurts.
Maybe you’re marriage is plagued with financial worries. Perhaps your husband lost his job. Maybe there’s illness. Or an adult child that no longer wants you and your spouse in her life. Maybe there’s an ex lurking in the background who loves to stir up trouble. Perhaps your marriage is in the pits because you weren’t paying attention to it as it headed south on a slippery slope.
Hard comes in all shapes and sizes and no one and no marriage is immune. So what can you do when your marriage takes a hit from something hard?
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
My Michael and me have our share of hard just like you and your husband. Yet we keep locking hearts and looking to Him who brought us together. Trusting that no matter how twisty and turny our path becomes, no matter the hits or the hurts, we will make it to the Promised Land by holding fast to each other and both of us to Him.
And the inscription on our gold bands bears witness.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
No matter what your marriage may be facing, fearing or fighting today there will be no getting away from trouble. It will need to be squarely faced as you journey side-by-side, even when the road is dark beyond the next step and you get scratched and scraped along the way.
Bleeding and crying are sometimes part and parcel of Father’s home school curriculum as He grows children up into maturity. Pain a very powerful teacher.
But Father is working all the hard for great good. Better good than you or I can imagine when we are in the thick of battle.
And He is faithful, never stretching you too much. He knows where you and your husband are headed and by what route you must travel if His purpose in you is to be fulfilled so that your marriage can shine brightly in a dark and dusty world.
Please take heart!
Someone dear once gifted my Michael and me with these powerful words — “your oneness will intensify the action of His spirit in your lives…that His comfort will be manifest to the world around you…live every moment in this love and be amazed.”
And those words apply to your marriage, too.
And when you and your spouse weary from traveling the hardscrabble road of marriage and life, listen to Him as He calls you to sit by the side of the road and rest. Wait and hold on to hope that can only be found in Him. And mercy and goodness, soul-guards and companions, are never more than a step behind you, following you on your journey.
He makes us lie down in green pastures; He leads us beside quiet waters. He restores our soul; He guides us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Psalm 23: 2-3
His word will light your path so keep turning the pages of the ancient text. Our Lord’s word is our Lord and as we embrace it, we embrace Him. Holding your bible in your lap is like Jesus sitting right there only it is He who scoops you gently into His lap where you are safe, cared for, protected and encouraged to keep on growing and keep on going, one day at a time. No matter what’s swirling.
When you are one with His word you are one with Him and each other and the words of His word are a love song. And the notes of the song float like summer’s breezes on the wings of the wind, calling you. But only when His Word reaches your heart can its revelation in marriage compose a tender tune.
Christ in you in marriage is His word made flesh. And mates manifest oneness more readily when they couple with Him. Especially when times are difficult. And the hard makes you hurt. Or wobble in your faith.
Don’t! And we won’t either!
For this too shall pass. And you want to pass the test.
Keep walking the rough path together in the light of His love.
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13: 13
And the hard will soften your heart towards God, each other, and others. Teaching you great and unsearchable things you do not yet know.
Take courage. Keep going. Choose hope. Choose each other.
And cling tight always…
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