Marriage Challenge!

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Hi Ya’ll, I’ve had a busy week last week and wanted to post but felt led not to, I needed to take a break. During this last week the Lord has been laying it on my heart to encourage you in your marriage, seperation or divorce and share some of my testimony. God has been doing a work in my marriage, it has taken 7 years for me to finally, truely submit. And let me tell you it has not been easy. I’m still a work in progress and I know I am not alone in this.

The bible says in Ephesians 5:21-24
“And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives
 should submit to your husbands in everything.”

This is a command God is giving us. He is not asking us, He is telling us to submit. Here is the definition to submit {in case you forgot or don’t know what it means}:

Submit-To yield, resign or surrender to the power, will or authority of another; with the reciprocal pronoun.
We have to submit to our husbands as to the Lord. When we are submitting unto our Husbands, we are submitting to God. Verse 24 was a kicker for me, As the church submits to Christ, so you wives 

should submit to your husbands in everything.” “In everything God?”, I asked, “In everything!” Not some things, most things, or only when you feel like it… everything.

In my About me Page, I have a brief testimony of my marriage to my Husband. I will expounding here and there and sharing things. This April me and My Hubby will be celebrating our re-marriage{and no re was not a typo} of 8 years. God has truly restored what the locusts have eaten. If you are struggling in your marriage or you maybe feeling that your marriage is about to end. Stop, drop on your knees right now and pray!!! There is nothing too big or too complicated that God can not handle. God hates divorce..the bible says

“For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty, ” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” Malachi 2:16 {NIV}
My Husband and I first got married back in March of 1997. By Oct of 1999 we were divorced. We were divorced for about 3 1/2 years. We have 1 daughter from that marriage. And we were both living lifes of sin. It was in March of 2000 {Easter Weekend} that I accepted the Lord Jesus into my heart. It would take God 3 years to do a work in me like no other. In April 2003 God restored our marriage. But can I tell you this and encourage you with this scripture?
 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Mark 10:27 (New Living Translation)
I thought there was no way that we would ever ever get back together. I remember telling a friend that over lunch, and 1 week later God told me to ask my husband back for a second chance. I remember telling the Lord, Lord that is just impossible “Do you remember what we went through?”. God so lovingly replied “Yes, TRUST ME”
I would like to encourage you if you are saying to yourself right now that “this marriage isn’t going to work, there is no way possible, or I don’t think realize all things we have been through.” Well honey can I tell you something, I may not know all that has happened in your marriage….but God knows. He knows everything, the hurts, the pains, the sorrows, the sleepless nights, he knows all that. He bottles every tear that has fallen from your eyes. He loves you, and wants you to know that He is right here with you. He knows what rejection feels like, He knows how it feels when you love someone and they don’t love you back, or when someone has called you some hurtful names. He knows those pains, those feelings. He knows what it feels like to get verbally and physically beat. He knows your Pain. He is here to tell you to give it all to Him.

casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
There is not one marriage that is perfect. There is only one perfect marriage and that is going be Jesus and His bride “The Church”. Keeping loving on your husband, pray for him-he needs it.
With this I leave you with a Challenge:

Wives, before communicating with your husband, will you ask yourself this question? “Is what I am about to say going to result in my husband feeling respected or disrespected?”

I found this challenge on the Love and Respect Website. I happened to come across this as I was pondering my post. It is a great challenge, would you walk along side me in this challenge. If you are struggling in your marriage and need prayer please leave me a comment and I will pray for you.

God Bless you!

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2 thoughts on “Marriage Challenge!

  1. WOW! Thank you for sharing your story, I've got tears in my eyes as I'm typing this comment.I am divorced and "re-married" to a different man. My first husband and I had two boys together and now we are very good co-parents. We are great friends. I still get sad sometimes when I think about how much I've learned and grown over the past years since our divorce and wonder, could God have restored and healed that? Today I believe the answer is yes…..thus the tears.Thank you for the challenge question. I LOVE it!! I often times speak too soon and don't realize how my words are disrespectful. I love my husband, I am very blessed to be in a new healthy marriage. Mutual respect is so very important and what I've learned is that it all starts with me and my attitude.Thank YOU for sharing your story, I've linked up with GMG's and am doing the James study….so GREAT!Keeping it Personal,Teri Johnson

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