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Monday, January 14, 2013

When Faith is Shared in Marriage

During our first decade in marriage, hubby and I had to struggle a lot with our different faith. This was the consequence I suffered for equally yoking with unbeliever. There were times that he would just drop me and our two toddlers off at our church then he would go to his extra job or to his friends to play basketball or for a drinking spree. I felt like my heart was breaking especially when our daughter or our son would ask, "Why daddy isn't joining us to church?" But God miraculously changed him six years ago. How I delight to recall when he and my daughter sang in the church, "Something happened to daddy, he's not the same anymore... Mommy said he met Jesus and He washed him white as snow..."

I must admit that I made a mistake for allowing myself to be married to an unbeliever but I had never given up on him despite his worldly ways before. Instead I kept praying fervently for him that one day God would let him  join me and the kids to church and in our family worships. Our two kids would always bid him join us and sometimes he would... until he allowed the Holy Spirit to work in his life and he finally accepted Jesus. At first he would refuse to pray as he's not used to it. But now, he is willing to pray and even lead our family devotions. Although sometimes I still have to remind him that it's devotional or church time, he has grown so much in faith by God's grace. And we've never been happier and more blessed as a couple than we are now sharing one faith, praying to God together for our children, for our loved ones for daily guidance over our lives, thanking and praising Him. Such a great blessing and rejoicing how God has completely transformed us as a couple!

Indeed, "a family that prays together sticks together" despite the struggles and challenges for we allow God to be in control. We as a couple can turn mountains into valleys by the faith we strongly share in our marriage and we have more effectively shared our faith to our very own children as they closely observe us how we express our acts of faith and love. Undoubtedly, God-centered relationship works and prays hard for the fruit of the Holy Spirit - love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith (Galatians 5:22).

Want to be blessed with more posts on the topic "Sharing our Faith in Marriage"? Please visit Marriage Monday hosted by e-Mom over at Chrysalis.

11 comments:

Beth said...

I took a marriage inventory the other day and saw that the strongest area in my marriage is our spiritual foundation/connection. I know that, if not for our faith, we would not have been able to weather the difficult seasons of our marriage. It is so vitally important and I'm so glad that your husband joins you now in a growing and vibrant faith! Great post!

e-Mom said...

Unbelievable!!! Hallelujah. Your story is incredible. Thanks for your vulnerabe sharing. I'm sure you endured seasons of difficulty, especially after the birth of your children.

Some time I'd love to hear more details about why your husband had a change of heart. Perhaps he would write about it here on your blog, or you could interview him?

We're off to a slow start this year. As always, thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday, Nice A!

nice A said...

@Beth, it's great having that kind of marriage inventory. Let me and hubby do that as well. I'll go check out your post in a moment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

nice A said...

@e-Mom, thanks again for this interesting topic at Marriage Monday.

Sure, I'll be interviewing hubby or probably ask him to write about his reasons of joining me in my faith. I appreciate your suggestions.

Lisa Maria said...

What a beautiful testimony! My story is somewhat similar. I'm just grateful for the growth in our marriage that a shared faith brings...as I am sure you are.

Blessings and thanks for a great post!

Miriam Pauline said...

Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

nice A said...

@Lisa Maria, so we have a similar post. Let me go read your post then. Thank you for coming by.

nice A said...

@Miriam Pauline, thank you very much.

Save My Relationship said...

It truly is a wonderful thing to live in a marriage with shared faith; it amplifies all of the happy moments and eases suffering during the difficult times.I too lived in troubled marriage for some time because my husband had lost much of his faith because of a death in his family. He lost his sister in a long and difficult battle to cancer. He lost his faith in God’s plan and took to the bottle. He was depressed and was almost lost. In time, with support and counseling he turned back to God. He learned to forgive himself and freed himself of any guilt. He gave up drinking and returned to church. Again, I had my husband and my children had their father. I’m so glad to hear that your husband has had his life cleansed and open by God. It truly is a blessing and I hope you enjoy happiness in God’s grace for years to come.

Tami Boesiger said...

Praise God for your story! Truly He is a God who redeems and makes everything good.

nice A said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tami. God is so great, indeed!

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