I have been in a marriage I wanted out of, even sought ways to leave. By God’s stunning and undeserved grace, I stayed.
So did my husband.
But before you read that too fast, please know that getting from then until now in our marriage was a long, hard and ugly road.
In a recent time with the Lord Ephesians 6:20 so captivated my heart in a fresh way. Paul asked the believers to pray for him while in prison. “The words might be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:20 ESV).
This was his prayer request while in prison?!
All I could think is how often am I quick to pray for an out when God wants to do something in my staying? Hard marriages, long-term illness, financial ruin, stressful job. I am far quicker to pray for it to dissipate and want it gone than I am to pray, like Paul, for boldness right there in it.
How is it that my husband and I stayed when our hearts wanted out? How is it that anyone stays when the desire to run overtakes them?
Not only from an unstable marriage but even from that which we have no real choice to run from, a health diagnosis, the pain of a wayward child, being a caregiver to an elderly parent or deep grief that hounds us. Life doesn’t always afford us the luxury of packing up and picking a new one, in fact, rarely is that an option.
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