All the Difference in the World
Read: “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Ephesians 3:20 (TPT)
Reflect: When my husband and I met, we both were single parents who worked long hours and kept busy with our daughters’ activities. Learning about each other’s dreams and parenting skills helped us realize we wanted the other person in our life. It didn’t take long for us to fall in love with each other and the idea of becoming a new family.
We got married on a beautiful summer day after dating a couple of years. Our honeymoon was short lived due to an ex-spouse reentering our lives unexpectedly and bringing distress through disagreements, custody battles, co-parenting, attorney fees, counseling sessions, and more. This left us drained emotionally, financially and relationally. Three years after saying “I do,” my husband and I found ourselves saying “I don’t, I can’t, I won’t” and considered ending our marriage.
Then a mailer arrived at our home from a church and my husband and I decided to check it out. Attending church regularly and developing a relationship with God encouraged us to become one in Christ. Rather than having our daughters as our first priority, we rearranged the order to put God first, our spouse second, and our daughters third. This made all the difference in the world.
As we continued to face more challenges, whenever it felt impossible to carry our burdens on our own, my husband and I clung to each other and to our new faith in Christ. Years have passed and we’re able to see that although our circumstances didn’t change overnight, they no longer dictated the state of our relationship. As we learned to place our trust in God, he continued to lead us to healthier ways of communication, parenting, boundaries, and more.
React: Are you in the middle of a storm? Cling to God, allow him to arrange your priorities, and don’t give up!
Pray: Father God, help us remember that no matter the challenge, we can trust in your miraculous power.