Restored and Redeemed

Has your marriage been restored? Restored & Redeemed is a devotional for those in a restored marriage.

Generations Changed by Marriage Restoration

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”  Jeremiah 32:27

We recently celebrated 30 years of Rejoice Marriage Ministries. While preparing for our celebration, I spent hours reviewing old photos. For years, people would send in pictures of themselves and their spouses. In our old office, we used to have bulletin boards lining the halls filled with pictures. Each one represented not only a couple but an entire family.

July 7, 1987, marks the day my life changed and a day that impacted future generations. That day, my dad, who had been a prodigal living in sin and divorced from my mom, came home. It was radical, and it was sudden.

As a teenager, I was less than thrilled at my dad’s return. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy he would be in my life more, but I was very skeptical. I didn’t think anything had changed with him. I was fully expecting the same angry man to return to our home. I even told him that. He knew I was watching him closely, ready to watch him fail and remind him how nothing had changed.

What I discovered is he was a different man. God transformed him. Was he perfect? No, none of us are. Did I see him stumble again? Yes, a few times. What I also saw was a person who handled himself differently.

Our family knows the story of July 7th very well. That day marked a change, not only for my parents but for generations to come. When my husband and I got married almost 30 years ago, we decided then that divorce was off the table. We had no idea what we would face in our marriage, but we committed that there would never be a problem we couldn’t solve with God’s help.

We started having kids, and those kids decided to grow up and find spouses of their own. On their wedding days, the story of July 7th stuck out in their heads. Sadly, Grandpa Bob wasn’t there to witness their weddings in person, but his obedience to God stuck out in their minds. Grandpa was very willing to share his downfalls and the mess he had made of his life with his grandchildren.

He wasn’t going to allow shame to cause him to keep his sin a secret and not warn his grandchildren of the danger of trying to do marriage in your power.

A story is being written, and someday, your relatives will sit around and talk about the memories they have of you. God has rewritten a story in your marriage because of the restoration that has taken place.

So many people struggle with shame over the past. If you have repented and are living for the Lord, those sins of the past have been forgotten. As if they never happened. Can you imagine being able to forgive someone in that way?

Don’t ever let shame stop you from sharing what God has done to redeem your marriage. Future generations need to know, and they need to hear the praise report of a life transformed by Christ.

He is worthy of our praise!

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”  Psalm 77:11-12

God bless,

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