Persevere

Romans 5:3-5Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us”.

Marriage is a beautiful thing God created for mankind.  It creates forever best friends and a life long partnership.  But often times when things start getting rough, we begin to ask ourselves many questions:  “How could this happen to my marriage when I thought we wouldn’t fight?  How could this man who was so sweet while dating be such a meany?  Is this the man I married?  Who is he?” 

Any of those sound familiar?  The heart breaking part is that when issues arise, many couples decide they are not a good fit.  Why?  Because they feel they married the wrong person.  How do I know that?  Because when my husband and I had our biggest fight the first year of our marriage, I went all Hispanic on him (my Hispanics know what I’m talking about).  I thought to myself, “Wow I can’t believe he is so mean”.  But if this was a year ago, how come we didn’t give up and call it quits? 

We didn’t give up on our marriage after that huge fight because God calls us to not give up because He knows that through perseverance we will build great character and a strong marriage.  Many marriages are failing, around 60% of marriages, and they all have completely different reasons why they fail. 

The enemy hates marriage so he will do whatever he can to end your marriage.  You need to be alert and prepared for anything he throws your way.

How can you be prepared without having anxiety and afraid that your marriage might fail?
There are a few things my best friends and I always tell each other, they are all married:
  • Communicate with your husband because he cannot read your thoughts
  • You are a team, therefore view your husband as a team member not like he's on the opposite team
  • Don’t go through any of this alone; find positive friends to help you through the hard times (this is crucial because if you have negative influences around, it’ll be tough to stay positive).
  • And one important thing: Love your husband and pray for him

Lord,
May you help the marriages that are struggling and the women who want to hold their marriage together.  Help them be strong through the tough times in marriage and help them be around positive women as much as possible.  In your name Jesus amen.

For His glory,
Lizzy

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