What to Do When Your Marriage Feels Like a Prison
by Rhonda Stoppe
“That’s it, I’ve had it!” Sue exclaimed as her husband stormed out the door. How long was she supposed to go on living in this difficult marriage? Almost from day one Sue knew she’d made a mistake. Throughout their courtship, her husband had seemed to be a kind and patient person. That all changed within weeks after their honeymoon.
Sue knew God wanted her to honor her vows, but over the years they had been married, leaving was always in the back of her mind. Once children came, Sue found joy in raising her kids. Now that they were older and ready to move away, her thoughts often drifted to what life might be like if she were to break free from the chains of her difficult marriage.
Can you relate to Sue’s story? I know a woman who found herself in a similar situation, but after spending some years in misery, she decided to surrender her disappointment to Christ. Do you know what happened? Although her husband changed very little over the years, she changed. Her determination to trust God to make good from her difficult marriage is what God used to draw each of her kids to Christ—because her selfless Christ-honoring love for their father showed them that pressing in to knowing and loving Jesus really does bring joy even amidst life’s disappointments.
When your life’s purpose is to know Jesus more with each passing day, the natural outcome will be for you to see life’s ups and downs as opportunities to make Christ known to those around you, especially to your children. The more time you spend with Jesus, the more His character will spill out of your obedient life and thus create in others a desire to know Him too.
Rhonda Stoppe is the NO REGRETS WOMAN, with more than 20 years experience of helping women build a no regrets lives. She’s committed to fulfill the Titus 2:4 commission by mentoring, teaching and writing books that are inspiring, grounded in Scripture and easy to read—like you’re visiting with a friend over coffee. Rhonda is the author of 6 books and appears on numerous radio programs including FamilyTalk, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today and hosts The No Regrets Hour. To learn more about Rhonda’s speaking topics, watch her teaching and to book Rhonda for your next event, visit: NoRegretsWoman.com