Scripture: “He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
Thought: “Lord, I can’t do it any more!” I have times during my marriage when I’m ready to throw in the towel. I’m afraid my husband is detaching from God. His life is filled with stress as he works for a company who mentally and physically abuses him and he feels stuck, in addition to carrying the full financial burden for our family. I beg, argue, manipulate, cry, and flat out tell him, he should spend more time praying and asking God for direction, especially during his stress. I tried placing his Bible on top of the side table next to him. I would leave devotionals and inspirational books where he would sit as a hint to seek God’s word. I tried everything I could think of to get him to change his attitude. I played mother, counselor, spiritual advisor and even Holy Spirit, until I was worn out from trying to control his state of affair. I became desperate and fed up. One evening, I knelt down, with tears flowing down my face, “God, he is your child, I have no ownership over him. I surrender my manipulation and his life to you because I can’t do it any more. At that moment, I felt the burden of my husband’s relationship with God release from my controlling hold. This was the turning point in our marriage and I learned that if he comes home short tempered, disinterested, miserable, or lethargic, I could take the situation to the Lord in prayer. Wow, what a relief it is!
Action: Do you pray daily for your spouse? Are you frustrated with your marriage connection? Take it to the Lord in prayer or ask a close friend to pray with you when you can’t think straight and need clarity and a vision of unity. We need to be accountable for ourselves.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for complaining about my marriage and thinking my spouse needs to change. Change Me Lord, life is not about my comfort or getting my way, it’s about you and following your way.