Marriage is worth fighting for. Love is worth fighting for.
While I didn’t fight hard enough for my first marriage, I no longer have the philosophy that I have to have a perfect record in a certain category of life in order to write about it. Mistakes have a way of fertilizing the soul like nothing else can-when a person allows it.
You know what I wish? I wish my silly, immature, prideful self would have permitted a wise woman to speak into my life when I was at the crossroads of my first marriage ending all those many years ago. I wish that the wise woman would have prayed over me while I was standing there to hear her words and that I would have listened with a whole heart. And I wish my love for God would have been stronger so that I could have prayed something like a prayer for when you feel like giving up on marriage.
I read the many emails from readers and some are facing circumstances so challenging that I can hardly type a few inadequate words in reply to them. So I pray. Oh, I pray so desperately that God will reach through that screen and the reader will know that:
Giving up is not an option; but prayer- prayer is always an option.
Many circumstances beyond our control and other factors, such as abuse, affairs, and unacceptable behaviors, leave a person with no choice but to physically remove themselves from a situation. If you find yourself in any such situation, please, please seek professional counsel and assistance immediately.
But for those marriages where she just no longer loves him or he likes the way someone else at the office treats him. Or the honeymoon is over and the monotony of work and life has crept in. Or either party made a costly mistake and no one wants to fight for the life and love they once had together… here’s a prayer for when you feel like giving up on marriage.
I don’t know what to say,
Except that today,
I feel like giving up on marriage.
We don’t see eye to eye anymore
And things are tough.
The wounds of my heart need healing from You;
The scars of my soul beg for your touch.
My mind races like a soldier in combat
Because I know the enemy wants my marriage destroyed.
While the war rages fiercely around me,
My wounded heart seeks protection only you can give.
Will you infuse your love into my spirit
That I may pour it into my marriage?
Will you provide the peace we need
That transcends only from heaven above?
For I know that giving up on my marriage
Unless I’m giving it up to you.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
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