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Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

If You Won’t Fight for Your Marriage Who Will?

Today’s devotional is written by Lori Steinkamp Lassen. She is our only daughter, who has been married to her husband, Scott for 26 years. Lori is the mother of four children, and has worked with the ministry for many years. May her devotional deepen your spiritual walk with the Lord. – Charlyne

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 

“It shouldn’t be like this.” Those words spoken by a friend echoed in my soul. She was frustrated because her attempts at moving on after a divorce were not working. In Genesis chapter 2, we are told that a man and a woman become one flesh after marriage. You cannot easily separate something that has become one. 

I have a couple of friends who have recently walked through a divorce. It absolutely breaks my heart. It breaks my heart for them, their children, in-laws, employers, church family, and so many others. Divorce doesn’t just impact a husband and a wife. The implications of that divorce are far-reaching.

I wish one of my friends would have seen the value in fighting for their marriage. I wish they would have listened to my pleas or anyone else who asked them to slow down and consider fighting for their marriage.

We live in a world where everyone wants to fight for something. Everyone wants to take a stand for ____. You could fill in that blank with hundreds of things. But many are not speaking up for marriage. 

Who is fighting for marriage?  

Are you?

Or have you thrown your hands up in the air because it seems impossible?

If not you, then who?

If you won’t fight for your marriage, who will?

I know how devastating this fight is. The loneliness is deafening. The rejection from your spouse is unbearable, as if your heart is ripping in half. The isolation because your friend group has changed hurts.

Ask yourself if you are willing to look beyond the loneliness, rejection, and isolation and fight for your marriage. Are you ready to fight for the marriages of your children? Your grandkids? Your great-grandkids?

After my parent’s marriage was restored, my dad was not shy about sharing his failures with his kids and his grandchildren. I recall sometimes cringing when I would see him sharing with one of my sons, who was barely a pre-teen at the time, about his failure.

Years after his death, choices that are made in my marriage and choices my four kids make are often based on the wisdom that Grandpa Bob passed down. When my husband, Scott, and I did our pre-marital counseling, we verbalized that divorce would not be an option. We have reaffirmed that commitment many times over our marriage. When you remove the out, you both have to find a way to work on the problem.

Three of my four oldest children are rapidly approaching marriage. We have two weddings and another child getting engaged in the coming months. As my kids get closer to engagement and marriage, more of those warnings will be at the forefront of their minds as they begin their married life.

That godly advice is there because one Sunday night, a woman stood alone at an altar when the pastor asked for couples to come up and pray for their marriages to be made new. She stood alone, with no husband by her side, because she was divorced. She stood alone because one day, many months before, she decided that God Himself could not heal her marriage. She stood alone because the Creator of this world had gotten hold of her heart and expressed His desire for her to have an authentic relationship with Him. That day Charlyne Steinkamp’s life changed forever.

Are you willing to stand at an altar alone today? Will you do it for your spouse? Will you do it for your children? Will you do it for their future spouses?

It shouldn’t be like this.

People shouldn’t be getting divorced. People shouldn’t be abandoning their families. People shouldn’t be choosing the way of the world instead of the way of the Lord.

Are you ready to stand up and fight for your marriage? Are you prepared to stand alone?  

You have all that you need. It is Jesus Christ!

If not you, then who?

I know that you may have prayed for months or even years that your marriage would be restored. Instead of putting the list before God of what you want done, try praying, “Lord, may Your will be done.” His will may be that you walk this journey alone a bit longer. His will may be that you face hardship so you can know the strength of His hand to carry you through deep waters.

Lord, do with our lives what You want! We want to be people fully surrendered to Your will and timing. Give us faith to wait on You. Amen.

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.  Romans 11:36

God bless,

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Lalitha
Lalitha
1 month ago

Amen! Thank you Lori. You are so right- if we don’t stand in the gap for our spouses, who will? Father may we and our spouses not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Make Room
Here is where I lay it down
Every lie and every doubt
This is my surrender

And I will make room for You
To do whatever You want to
https://youtu.be/TNf2Ye_mduY

Ginnie
Ginnie
1 month ago
Reply to  Lalitha

Thank you Lori- It has been many, many years and Im still fighting. New energy came along- Dont stop fighting! Even when you think you are down and out. When you breathe, you fight!!

Alicia
Alicia
1 month ago
Reply to  Ginnie

Ginnie, I love “when you breathe, you fight!” It is so encouraging to hear. Thank you for posting this comment.

Kate
Kate
1 month ago

This one really made me cry, Lori. Thank you for sharing from your heart. I’m so sorry to hear about your friends. It is truly heartbreaking.

Amelia
Amelia
1 month ago

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