Mark 10 Nine

Are you happily married and looking for tips on maintaining a God-honoring marriage? This weekly devotional will give you encouragement for your marriage.

Ten Things to Remember When You Are Tempted to Give Up on Your Marriage

But if you marry, you have if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. 1 Corinthians 7:28

Let me tell you a little secret. There may come a season in your marriage when it feels like a struggle to love your spouse. Did you read the scripture I shared above? The Bible warns us that we will face troubles in marriage.

It may be minor troubles where you have a season of feeling as if you are growing apart when your children are young and demand more time and energy. You may walk through a season of arguing after a major life change. There will be seasons where you have to do more work for a connection with your spouse.

Your marriage is made up of two sinners, so there will occasionally be problems, but the secret is learning how to continue fighting and praying for your marriage.

Learning how to handle the bumps that may come your way will be the secret to working together as a couple towards a healthy marriage. When the trials come, how will you each react?

Have you ever noticed the small red boxes on the walls of public buildings? They instruct a person to “Break Glass in Case of Emergency.” My dad, a returned prodigal himself, had his own alarm box ideas with some things to do when you are tempted to give up after marriage restoration.

    1. Turn on worship music and begin to praise through the problems.
    1. Grab your Bible. Read the special scriptures the Lord showed you in days past.
    1. Even if you hurt too much to pray, the Bible promises God hears our wordless groans. (Romans 8:26-27)
    1. Call one prayer partner who understands and will pray with you. (Avoid gossiping or calling multiple people).
    1. Do you need to forgive your spouse? If so, forgive them. (Mark 11:25)
    1. Write God a prayer letter when you feel tempted to share your personal struggles with others. They can’t do much to help you, but God can.
    1. Be still and listen to God. (Psalm 46:10)
    1. Get moving. Things that seem overwhelming can feel much more manageable after a brisk walk. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
    1. Pull out your old journals and remember what God has brought you through. If you don’t journal, today is a great day to start. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
    1. Remember that God has brought you through the fire. The enemy will want you to feel like your marriage is hopeless. Replace the lies of the enemy with the truth of God.

The Lord has done amazing work in your marriage! Don’t let the enemy try and steal the thing that the Lord wants to redeem.

God bless,

Disclaimer – If abuse is present in your marriage, you must prioritize getting to a safe place. These tips are for people who are not in abusive marriages.

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