Finding Hope for Marriage and Motherhood

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There are times in life when you find your people. They are the ones who understand your struggle and continue to encourage you in your journey. They are the ones who offer hope in the times of darkness, and encourage you to keep pressing on. Ruthie Gray is one of my people. She is strong in faith and encouragement, but she also appreciates a really good laugh in the middle of an ordinary day.

She reached out to me with some very encouraging and hopeful words for my marriage at a time when I was struggling. I remember thinking, “Wow, there really are people who understand that marriage can be messy.” In fact, some of you may be here on Ruthie’s recommendation as she shares this site as a resource for women who struggle with their marriage.

Ruthie serves as a mentor to other moms, sharing valuable insight that she learned along her parenting journey. From raising strong-willed children to dealing with anger as a mom, she has faced many of the frustrations we all encounter in parenting. She and her husband have raised four children and now have the joy of grandchildren in their family. She helps moms find their way in parenting, but also in a relationship with God.

Ruthie’s ministry also has a strong marriage component to it, because many of us who are moms are also wives. We’re learning the necessity of a strong relationship with our spouse in order to provide stability for our children. But how do you do that when your marriage feels unsteady and you feel fresh out of hope?

Do you feel fresh out of hope while dealing with marriage and motherhood? I'm sharing one of my favorite resources for marriage and motherhood. Here's hope!

My husband and I have three children and when things fell apart in our relationship, it was so hard to get up and help the kids. All I wanted to do was stay in bed, but they continued to need food, help with schoolwork, rides to therapy and piano lessons, so I had to function in some capacity.

How do you find the strength to manage your kids’ needs when your own marriage is in crisis?

Oh friend, get thee to Ruthie’s siteYou will find hope for marriage and motherhood.

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I’m privileged to be sharing at her blog today, offering encouragement for moms and for marriage.

Be sure to poke around her site while you’re there. She and her husband headed into Florida in an RV as Florida began to brace for Hurricane Irma. Don’t worry, they found a safe place to ride out the storm. You can read her posts about that adventure.

You’ll find some much-needed humor, but also some deep truths for your marriage and motherhood.

Join me today at Ruthie’s blog!


 

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Scriptures of Hope

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The to-do list is long this week, and honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever written so much in my life. There have been my own posts, posts for others who are sharing our book, social media posts, and to be honest, I’m just plain tired. But, this is not the time to stop!

Jen and I have developed some intense faith – a faith that has carried us through the darkest times. As we discussed what we might share with you as a bonus to go with Hope for the Hurting Wife we kept thinking about some of our favorite verses that God placed on our hearts.

Are you searching for hope? Do you feel alone in your struggle? We are offering these Scripture cards as a gift for you as we share Hope for the Hurting Wife

These verses have been on my heart at various points along this journey. When the road was too dark, I would stop and these are the verse that I would recite to my heart, to tell it the truth. These are the verses that I would write down and tuck in my pocket, or in my bag, or in my wallet, and carry them with me so that I would remember that I’m not alone.

Friends, while we all want our marriages to work out, the truth is that none of us know the final outcome. Only God does.

Our challenge, though, is to take our eyes off our problems, and focus completely on God. What we’ve learned through this process is that no matter what happens in your marriage, you’re going to need a rock solid relationship with the Lord.

If your marriage succeeds, praise God! You’re going to need that faith to fall back on as you continue to move forward.

If, however, your marriage is not restored, you can use your faith to help you get through to the next chapter in your life – because there is a next chapter!

Are you searching for hope? Do you feel alone in your struggle? We are offering these Scripture cards as a gift for you as we share Hope for the Hurting Wife

So as a bonus to go along with Hope for the Hurting wife, we’d love for you to download these 8 Scripture cards of hope (4 are shown here, click on the download at the end of the post). They have the same beautiful design as our book does, and these are God’s Word that we all need to hide in our hearts.

 

 

You can download the Scriptures of Hope, and be sure to check out Hope for the Hurting Wife.

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Marriage Advice to Remember

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For the past few months, I’ve focused on finishing the book we’ve been putting together. I’ve read emails, responded to hurt lives, prayed with women near and far, working to keep hearts pointed to Jesus and committed to marriage. While this has been a tremendous privilege, I’ve also realized just how much advice we listen to on a daily basis.

If you’re married, I have no doubt that you’ve received a lot of advice, just as I have. I believe a lot of it is given in love from very well-meaning people. But sometimes, it’s just plain hard to figure out what to do with some of that advice.

Do you remember all the marriage advice you received? Chances are, you've forgotten some of it. I'm sharing marriage advice to remember!

“Do this,” or, “Don’t do that.”

“Treat him this way,” or “Make sure to cook a meal he loves.”

“Decide on these important things before you get married,” or, “Don’t make the same mistakes I made.”

These are important pieces of advice to consider and each piece has value.

As I was compiling thoughts for our book, I really started to think back on marriage advice that my husband and I received, and I realized that for over 18 years now, one bit of advice has stuck in my head. One!

It wasn’t your typical marriage advice, but maybe that’s why it has stayed with me. This advice was simple, and it was actionable. It was something I could put into advice on my wedding day and so many days after that. I don’t remember who gave it to me, but it has impacted my life in a dramatic way that I now share it when I write out a wedding card.

So while I could give you some solid, heavy-duty marriage advice, I realize the advice that sticks with me is the small, simple 5-word sentence that someone gave to me.

Come over to Fulfilling Your Vows with me and see what marriage advice has stuck with me!

 


 

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When You’ve Lost Hope Because Marriage is Hard

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Marriage is hard work and sometimes we feel like we've just lost hope. Hope for the Hurting Wife offers hope and encouragement for struggling wives.

You’ve seen the announcements, you’ve walked in prayer with me, and today I’m thrilled to let you know that Hope for the Hurting Wife is available!

Hope for the Hurting Wife comes out of one of the darkest times in my life. It’s been nearly 4 years since things fell apart, and honestly, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel when I held this book. This book represents a few years of intense pain and loss.

But that’s not what I feel when I hold this book.

Marriage is hard work and sometimes we feel like we've just lost hope. Hope for the Hurting Wife offers hope and encouragement for struggling wives.

You see, I believe the devil thought that his scheme would kill my marriage, that maybe it would even bring physical death to my family.

While this part of my life has felt very much like standing up to a Goliath, I’ve been reminded that Goliath was defeated by one young man. David took up his weapon of choice, a stone for his slingshot, not a strong powerful sword. He threw off the common plan of attack, telling Saul that his kingly armor was too big to truly offer support. 

He faced his giant with only his faith in God and the knowledge God had given Him. 

Maybe that’s what our world needs – a few more people to stand up with their faith in God, to say, “This battle is the Lord’s!” 

As I hold this book, as I think about the role it plays in my life, I realize I’m no longer consumed with the story that this book represents.

Instead, I see a message of hope that God has brought out of my mess. I see a testimony that I hope will encourage and inspire others.   

Marriage is hard work and sometimes we feel like we've just lost hope. Hope for the Hurting Wife offers hope and encouragement for struggling wives.

 

My co-author, Jen Stults, and I, know the realities of a hard marriage. We know the feeling of wanting to leave our marriages because the struggle is too much. But we also know that God can work in the hardest of circumstances to bring true healing and redemption. We’re praising God for the ways He has worked in our marriages.

God has used this book to bring me healing as I work through healing in our marriage. It’s by the grace of God that my marriage is restored, and it’s through being able to offer hope to other wives that I’ve learned to find hope in my own marriage.

Our families have offered their full support as we have walked this redemption road, and for that we are eternally grateful. I was blessed and encouraged by these words from my dad a couple weeks ago:

John 12:24–“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
This book was brought forth from near death,
perhaps in some ways a total surrender as a living sacrifice.
May it now bring for much fruit for God’s glory.
I am proud to be your father.

Yes, may this book truly bear fruit for the glory of God!

When I look at this book, I see a God-story that only He could write. I see a resource to help other women stand up against the Goliath in their lives, to fight off the schemes of the devil in their marriage. I see hope. 

I see REDEMPTION. 

Hope for the Hurting Wife 

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So to celebrate, Jen and I are having a giveaway!

 

A couple of our blogging friends have graciously offered to give away one of their books to a winner here on my blog and one over at Jen’s blog. So be sure to enter here and then hop over to Jen’s blog and enter her giveaway as well!

Marriage is hard work and sometimes we feel like we've just lost hope. Hope for the Hurting Wife offers hope and encouragement for struggling wives.

One winner will win a print copy of Hope for the Hurting Wife,
Every Wife’s Choice,
A Wife’s 40-day Fasting & Prayer Journal,
and an eBook copy of Blues to Bliss.
This is a power-packed bundle of books! 

* Hope for the Hurting Wife, by Rebekah Hallberg & Jen Stults
“This is the first book about marriage from a Christian perspective that doesn’t gloss over the hard stuff. Hope for the Hurting Wife is a thirty-day devotional journey that meets hurting and heartbroken wives right in the midst of a difficult marriage and gently encourages them to find hope that truly lasts.”

* Every Wife’s Choice: Loving Beyond the Mood of the Moment, by Sarah Fairchild
“Whether you’re seeking to save a broken marriage or simply reinforce an already strong bond, this bold approach to bible study promises practical application for real life loving beyond the mood of the moment.”

* A Wife’s 40-day Fasting & Prayer Journal, by Kaylene Yoder
A Wife’s 40-Day Fasting and Prayer Journal is designed to bring wives to the feet of Jesus through prayer and other spiritual disciplines.”

* Blues to Bliss: Creating Your Happily Ever After in the Early Years by Ngina Otiende
“So what happens when the blues – challenges and adjustments of young marriage – check in during those early days of marriage? How do we escape the trap of wheel-turning in blues land and break into enduring bliss? Ngina Otiende answers this question in Biblical, practical ways that will impact and change your marriage!”

Follow the rafflecopter instructions to enter. You can through any of the categories that you’d like.

Then be sure to head over to Jen’s blog and enter her giveaway as well!

You have until 11:59pm Eastern time on September 14th to enter!

Thank you for celebrating with us!

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How to Hold on to Hope in a Struggling Marriage

By all accounts, we had a strong marriage. We served in the church and had a deep commitment to our faith. Our children pursued academic and extra-curricular activities with our full support. So many things were going well for our family.

We were in our 14th year of marriage on the day that everything fell apart. Suddenly, many things about my marriage were called into question. I felt utterly terrified by what played out before my eyes. Surely it must be a mistake, though they assured me it was not.

Is your marriage struggling? Are you uncertain of how to move forward? I know the feeling, and am sharing how to hold on to hope in a struggling marriage.

Over the next few months, my marriage went from bad to worse. The troubles that knocked at our door that morning seemed to only get worse as time went on. Not only did my marriage fall apart, but we lost friends, our church, and much more.

Why did God allow this to happen to me? I was doing everything right.

While this is a part of my story, it is not all of my story. Four years later I can look back to see how God has been at work in my marriage.

In the midst of the hurt, though, how do you hold on to hope? How do you rummage through the chaos and confusion to see hope? When someone has tossed a blanket of darkness over your life, how do you find hope?

Dear friend, that is exactly where faith comes in.

Our relationship with the Lord is not just for Sundays. It’s for the good days, the sunny days. It’s also for the dark days, the tough days, and for that awful Wednesday when the devil came knocking for my marriage.

In John 8:12, Jesus reminds us that He is the light of the world. So even when the darkness is very real, we can have hope because of our relationship with Jesus. He is our hope!

Today I’m sharing how to hold on to hope in a struggling marriage at Young Wives Club. I’m grateful to Hannah and Rosie at The Young Wives Club for inviting me to share on their site this week! Come join me at their blog to read this post.

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How to Hold On To Hope in a Struggling Marriage

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3 Truths for When Marriage is Hard

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So many things have changed since that day. Some days I feel like my life is never really going to look the same, ever again. And if that’s where I focus, my story seems quite hopeless. So I choose to intentionally lift my eyes and remember that my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121)

That October morning dawned full of sunshine and full of hope. I looked out the window at the crisp, clear morning. It was less than ten minutes later, though, when the knock on the door changed everything.

My marriage of 14 years crumbled in front of my eyes. The unexpected truth came out and my life fell apart in that moment.

The truth is that marriage is hard sometimes. It's hard to stay hopeful in the struggle. Here are 3 truths for when marriage is hard.

 

 

I had to find a way to keep going, even though my marriage hit rock bottom. I had to find a way to sort through the mess and see the truth.

The truths that I’m sharing today were the truths that I fell back on when this mess started.

The opening lines of Isaiah 43 offered such hope for me.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior….
Isaiah 43:1b-3a 

The waters were deep, the river was wide, the fire was intense, just as they are for anyone who deals with a traumatic incident.

But God.

His promises in Isaiah brought comfort. He knew the path we had to travel and He did not let go of us.

Today I’m sharing 3 Truths For When Marriage Is Hard. 

Join me over at Lori’s blog for the rest of this post. I love her heart for ministry to women. She has a powerful testimony and a strong desire to see women come to understand their identity in Christ. You will be very encouraged as you take a look around her site!

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3 Truths for When Marriage is Hard

What truths do you cling to in your life, in your marriage? Please feel free to share them in the comments here or over at Lori’s blog.

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3 Reasons to Take Your Thoughts Captive in Your Marriage

He walked away in frustration, choosing silence rather than speaking from anger. I knew I hurt him with my words, but they just came pouring out of my mouth. I was hurting, and I wanted to be sure he knew that.

Unfortunately, lashing out at him did not help me feel better. As I watched his shoulders slump, I longed to take back my words. How could I have been so mean?

The root of the problem was not the words that I said. It started before that with some wayward thoughts. I allowed them to run rampant and they built up and overflowed in the form of some very hurtful words.

II Corinthians 10:5 reminds us that we have control over our thoughts. We have the power to stop those thoughts that should not take root in our hearts.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

I should have paused; I should not have let my feelings boil over. I should have exercised some self-control before I decided to speak. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that and the results of my words were pretty damaging.

God used this exchange to speak to my heart about taking my thoughts captive.

3 Reasons to Take Your Thoughts Captive in Your Marriage

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There are many reasons to take your thoughts captive.

I’m sharing 3 of those reasons over at Fulfilling Your Vows. Come on over and read the post. Then take a look around the site; it’s an excellent resource for your marriage!

I knew my words hurt him, but they were not the root of the problem. My thoughts were. Here are 3 reasons to take your thoughts captive in your marriage.

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Just a reminder that Hope for the Hurting Wife is coming soon! Jen and I look forward to sharing this book with you! Be sure you’re subscribed to the email list (sign up at the very bottom of this post) to be notified as soon as the book is ready!

Are you seeking help in a struggling marriage? Hope for the Hurting Wife is 30 days of encouragement for your marriage and it will be available soon!

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Encouragement for Wives in a Struggling Marriage

Any marriage-related post on this site came after the bottom fell out in my marriage as I didn’t write about marriage before then. It’s been a long, tough journey to get from that first day to this point.

This is not a story I ever wanted. In fact, I wouldn’t wish this story on anyone. The hurt, the fear, the anxiety has been almost unbearable at times. But I was determined to survive this journey, in whatever manner God would choose to lead me.

Hope for the Hurting Wife is a 30-day devotional that focuses on finding hope in your struggling marriage. From 2 authors who have lived the journey.

Many of you have expressed the same thing. You never imagined you’d be in a struggling marriage. Everything had been going so well, yet here you are. Your situation leaves you longing for hope, full of questions, and broken-hearted.

When my own journey through marital struggles started, I begged God to give me just one person who I could encourage on this journey. I knew that if I could share what I went through, it would give purpose to what I was dealing with.

God has gone above and beyond answering my prayer, giving me more than just one person to encourage. He has put people in my life who have encouraged me and helped me navigate this journey, and He has sent people who need encouragement as well. He has taken a story of pain and is using it to show His power of redemption.

One of the people who has been instrumental in encouraging me is Jen. She and I crossed paths in a blogging group. We grew as blogging buddies, as prayer warriors and friends. In late 2016, God placed an idea in our hearts to share some of our marriage struggles with others.

Hope for the Hurting Wife is a 30-day devotional that looks at the journey through a struggling marriage. It is a compilation of writings that Jen and I want to share with you. We have taken turns writing for each other’s blogs, mostly on the topic of marriage. We’ve both struggled in our marriages and we’re joining forces to offer a resource that we think is going to be beneficial to you. As wives who have experienced the hurt, we share from our own experiences of when marriage is hard. Jen and I are both committed to fighting for our marriages.

We take a look at topics such as communication, loving him in the tough times, the power of prayer, dealing with your emotions, support for times when you want to give up, recognizing progress, and seeing hope.

You’ll find encouragement and support for the real-life problems that arise when marriage becomes difficult. You’ll find hope for the journey of standing for your marriage, an understanding of the times when you pass through the deep waters of discouragement and fear, and you’ll learn that we aren’t perfect in our own fight for our marriages. We’re two women who share the hurt, but also the hope from drawing close to Jesus in this time. We want you to know that no matter what happens, God has a plan for your life.

It’s our desire that this book is a blessing to others who are in similar situations.

Be sure to sign up as a subscriber to be one of the first ones notified when Hope for the Hurting Wife is available! You can sign up using the box at the bottom of this post.

Stop by the Facebook page to see a video that I put together for the book!

We can’t wait to share this book with you!

 

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18 Scriptures to Cling to When Standing For Your Marriage

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Many of you are here because you are struggling in your marriage. You are seeking out people who understand the path you’re walking.

Today I have the privilege to share my friend, Beth’s, post with you. Beth has walked this path of standing for your marriage. She knows the journey we are on, and she is full of encouragement for those who make this stand.

She is the original leader of the Facebook group that we offer as a resource to you. God has restored her marriage and she has a heart to help others.

When you visit her blog, be sure to sign up for the marriage restoration letters she offers. You’ll find those in the sign up area on her page.

I’m excited to share this post with you, and I hope you’ll hop over to her blog after you read today’s post and download the printable that she’s sharing with you.

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For the wife who is suffering from the lies of the adversary, who bombards you with impossibilities and fears, untruths, anxious thoughts, and what ifs- here’s a little spiritual ammunition to battle the lies, and to bring back peace in your heart. 

Are you in a struggling marriage? Read these 18 Scriptures to cling to when standing for your marriage. Download the free printable.


1- The damage is already done it’s too late for my marriage. 

*Isaiah 43:19 – I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

2- I don’t think God can reach my husband. 

*2:Peter 3:9 – The Lord is patient not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance. -ladies that means your husband too.

3- I don’t think I can do this. 

*Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

4- My husband is too far gone, he’ll never change his mind. 

*Mathew 19:26 – But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

5- It’s all out of control. 

*Proverbs 19:21 – Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

6- But I’m just so afraid that (insert something you fear) will happen. 

*Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

7- What if he never loves me again? 

*Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

*Your human spouse has his own issues to grapple with, that does not mean you are unlovable. Jesus died a horrid death for you for no other reason than his unfailing love for you. -That’s Love.

8- But I just don’t have the same feelings for my spouse anymore. 

*Proverbs 28:26 – He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.

*Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things.

9- I’m so anxious; I can’t do this. 

*Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

10- If God is so loving how could he allow this to happen to me?

*Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

11- Doesn’t God want me to be happy?

*John 16:33 – Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

*James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

12- But this is taking way too long! I don’t know how long I can wait. 

*Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

*Psalm 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

13- But this whole thing wasn’t even my fault! 

*Matthew 7:5 – First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

14- But there is this other guy in my life that is making me feel so much better. 

*1 Peter 5:8 – Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 

*The enemy sometimes even comes as your dreams in disguise, hoping to destroy your stand for your marriage!

15- My husband is so depressed and he’s pulled away from me. He refuses to get help and doesn’t seem to care about me anymore. 

*Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us–to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

16- I don’t have what it takes to stand.  

*Hebrews 13:21 – He will equip us with everything to do his will

17- Questioning God- Why me Lord?! 

*Isaiah 55:8 – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord . “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

18-What if my marriage does end and it’s never restored? 

*Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

*1 Corinthians 2:9 – However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, are the things God has prepared for those who love him. 

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Beth has created way for you to have these images with you each day. You can download them and then print or save them to refer to as needed. 

Click the link below to download these Scriptures: 

18 Scriptures to Cling to When Standing for Your Marriage

 

Are you in a struggling marriage? Download these 18 Scriptures to cling to when standing for your marriage.

 

What Scriptures comfort you
as you are standing for your marriage?

 

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Beth KellyBeth Kelly is a blogger and writer with a passion to serve those who are standing for their marriage. You can find her at her blog, on Facebook and on Pinterest.

 

 

 

 


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The 4-Word Prayer That Changed Me

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Hope for the Hurting Wife

Have you ever been in a situation where there was no way out? Any choice you made would bring pain in your life or in someone else’s life. It was a no-win situation, but that’s where I found myself, and it was terrifying.

The choices before me were to end my marriage, or to dig in and fight for it. While I’m a fighter by nature, I didn’t know if I could manage this fight. I tried to pray, I tried to ask for wisdom, but I could barely find the words.

You see, my marriage was up against some tough issues. Some of those issues were inter-personal, some were spiritual and some were legal. Everything that was happening was completely outside the limits of anything that I would consider a “tough marriage”. We faced life-altering decisions and I had no idea how to ask God to save our lives, our marriage, our family.

Please believe me when I say that I never wanted this story. The only way I could find my way forward was through spending time with the Lord. However, when I tried to pray, I had no idea where to start. I couldn’t form words that conveyed the depths of my feelings.

That’s when God put four words on my heart. These words became the simplest, but hardest, prayer for my marriage.

There was not a lot of fluff, there were no extra words. I’m not even sure what I was praying for when I prayed those words.

This became the 4-word prayer that changed me. 

I’m sharing the rest of this post at Fulfilling Your Vows. Come on over to find the prayer, and to hear how the prayer changed me.

My marriage was facing a crisis and there was no way out. No matter what I chose, there would be pain. This is the 4-word prayer that changed me.

 

 

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