When your marriage and faith don’t mix…

When your marriage and faith don’t mix…

Marriage in any form is a game of give and take. It is a constant dance, sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. Whether your marriage is rooted in faith, grounded with steadfast love, or ripping at the seams, we all have times of doubt, and even more often, times of difficulty.

When God gave us the gift of marriage. He gave us the gift of tangible love. He never promised it would be easy. In fact, we are called to a great deal of sacrifice in marriage. We are called to give ourselves to another so completely that we in fact become “one body.” {Genesis 2:24}

As wives we are called to “submit to our husbands” {Ephesians 5:22} and in serving them we serve the Lord. Submitting to our husbands, serving them, loving them, caring for them, patiently listening and following their lead may seem impossible at times, especially for those of us whose husbands do not share in the faith.

Sisters… I know how your heart breaks when you cry out to the Lord asking for Him to open your husbands heart to Christ. I know the pain you feel when you attend church alone, pray alone, and feel alone in your faith. Living married life in a home that is divided is difficult.

Do Not Give Up!

God hears you, He is working in your husbands heart just as He is working in your own. In time His plan will be revealed. Right now your job is not to bring your husband to Christ, your job is to love your husband they way that Christ loves you; unconditionally. By doing this you are letting your husband experience the love of Christ through the love, devotion, and tenderness of his adoring wife.

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife” 1 Corinthians 7:14

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What a beautiful gift!

Do…

Love your husband with all you have.

Be kind, patient, tender.

Pray often.

Live your faith, for we lead by example.

 

Don’t…

Push your husband away.

Force your faith on your husband.

Get discouraged.

Give up.

 

Read over the vows you made on your wedding day. Remember why you fell in love with your husband. For me it helps to remember that my husband is an adoring devoted man, and amazing father, a joy to be around, and a wonderful provider. He is everything I need and God has blessed me with a loving person to share my life with. I have to remember that it is God’s timing that matters, not mine.

Wondering how to effectively love your husband? Give him love in the form he needs. Know his love language and always remember…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

As always, we will be praying for you and with you. Much love!

Jillian

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