As mentors we often hear stories of conflicted marriages. After talking to the spouse who contacted us for help we realize in many of these situations only one spouse is aware of the problem or willing to work on them. We think of the spouse who contacted us as the eagle – the one with the sharp vision. The other spouse is the ostrich – the one with their head in the sand. Can you relate? If you are the eagle, here’s how to resuscitate a broken marriage if your spouse is an ostrich.
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A man who doesn’t love his wife doesn’t love himself. But a wife’s respect is a powerful catalyst for increasing love in her husband.
“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Ephesians 5:28, 33 NIV
Initiate change to your earthly marriage by starting a fresh, clean spiritual diet. Read the book of Ephesians, one chapter a day. When you finish, go back and start over.
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],”
Ephesians 4:23 AMPC
Marriages get prickly when we demand our spouse meets needs that only God can. #youdidnotmarryJesus
“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.”
Mark 6:34 ESV
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
Psalms 37:4-5 ESV
We mentor married couples because we believe in marriage. As leaders for our church campus Marriage Ministry, we are always looking for new ways to encourage our couples to keep trying. I was recently reading about how to turn bad days into useful information and had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. Out of that moment comes 5 reasons to stick it out when your marriage is on the rocks, based on the Science of Change and confirmed by Scripture.
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Making God my Everything takes the pressure off my husband. He’s freed to be my Something Pretty Special.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Isaiah 46:4 NIV