Eyes rolling. Mouth agape. Arms crossed in a huff.
That describes not only the Newlywed Game Show, but many moments of my marriage.
If you never watched the program back when it was on long ago, it was a sometimes funny, sometimes cringe-inducing lesson on what couples knew—or didn’t know—about one another. The participants, all married less than a year, answered questions and then either rolled with their mistakes and wrong answers or grew huffier as the show progressed. (“You know I don’t like mushrooms!”)
And I totally got that.
If my husband and I had been on that show the first year of our marriage, placards would have flown. Tears would have flown. And I’ve no doubt I would have flown right out of that TV studio in a snit.
Which is why I was stunned when, in the ultimate irony, my husband and I recently WON our small group’s Newlywed Game. (Out of about 15 couples, that’s not bad!)
For that I give all honor to Jesus, who walked with me through my darkest marriage moments. He enabled me to remain in my marriage when it hurt to do so, He flooded my heart with the hope that He was at work in spite of how things looked to my weary heart, and He gave me wisdom and grace to walk in obedience instead of walk out.
If your marriage is leaning more toward the huffy side of things, I understand. And I want to encourage you to hang in there and continue praying and trusting God. Because He makes all things beautiful in His time. (See Ecclesiastes 3:11)
In the meantime, I’d like to give away a copy of my new book, Prayers For a Woman’s Soul, because praying for myself not only transformed me, it transformed my marriage. And if women in dark marriage moments need anything, it’s the hope, refreshing, and transformation that comes when we take time to pray—for ourselves.
I’d love to pray with you right now:
Send strength, encouragement, and hope to the hearts that most need You, Lord. Give my precious sisters eyes to see Your hand at work in their marriage in spite of how things might appear. Pour out Your grace, wisdom, and unfailing love. Bring the change and transformation that is longed for. Intervene as only You can, and flood my sisters’ hearts with Your joy. Strengthen every marriage, let love reign, and help us all to honor You even when it’s hard. In the precious and powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Give Away Rules: Whether your marriage could use some refreshing, divine intervention, or complete transformation, please leave me a comment and I’ll be praying for you this week. I will choose a winner from the comments randomly. Please check back next Tuesday, April 2, to see if you’ve won. Prize must be claimed by Tuesday, April 9th.
The WINNER of last week’s give-away of a signed copy of Prayers For a Woman’s Soul is: Lady G. Congratulations! Please send me an email with your mailing address by April 2.