Marriage is not easy for all of us. As a matter of fact, I’ve never met a single couple that had it all together. My wife and I have struggles, and it’s not been easy for the last 3 to 4 years. Doctors have been unable to figure out what’s going on with me, and my frustration level is pretty high. When it comes to Colossians 3:19, husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. I’ve fallen short. I love my wife more than I can ever put into words, and being a writer, believe me when I say I’ve tried. She is my every breath, so when I am harsh with her because I’m tired and in pain, it makes her and I feel worse. She does so very much to try and make me feel better and work. 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I will get that printed up and stick it on my bathroom mirror and the front door before I leave the house. This should be a constant reminder to us every day, not only of how to treat our spouse but how we want our spouse to treat us. Ephesians 5:25 – 28 husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. This is what I’m struggling with now is loving myself. It’s hard sometimes to have a positive outlook on life when it feels like everything around you is crashing down and there are no answers within arms reach. Sometimes it can feel like God is not answering us through our pain, but he is always there! We all need to continue faith because God is the great physician who heals all. If you are struggling with your spouse, remember that you are not alone. Everyone has trials and tribulations in their marriages. But there is a light, and that light is God. Go before him on bended knees and pray this prayer. Heavenly Father, my wife and I were married before you joined together as one. We lay our marriage at your feet this morning with all its pitfalls and bruises. Place in our hearts what you desire from us. Please help us to have empathy for one another and to hold each other in our arms, remembering that we need to respect each other. Heal our wounded hearts, Lord, touch our minds giving us kindly and encouraging words to say to one another. Thank you so much for yet another beautiful day, Lord in Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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