For The One Who Needs Hope in a Breaking Marriage

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.” Lam. 3:32 NIV

Hearts broken can be restored.

No amount of effort expended trying to make my marriage work ever equaled the value of broken and surrendered hearts. Yet in the breaking, were overwhelming days, when regret and doubt threatened the hope of a future.

“Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust.” Joel 2:25 NASB

I’ve been claiming this scripture for years. And often I think it’s the very promise which has kept me hanging on when all I wanted to do was cut and run. Even now, as I write these words, we’re not that far out of the woods, BUT WE ARE OUT. We’re still getting stronger and becoming more forgiving of one another because we’re choosing to go deeper instead of giving up and giving in.

We’re choosing to embrace our breaking apart so God can mend and heal and restore…us and our legacy.

We’re still stubborn, human and flawed and always will be. But we are growing…changing…darkness no longer consumes. Yes, it still rears its sinful, selfish head in the most unexpected moments, but it’s learning to yield to the light.

And so are we.


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