The Journey to This Devotional
My husband and I started dating when we were 14 years old. Years passed and we were married on a beautiful day in March and by May of the following year we were having our first baby and moving into our home that we had been building. Life happens, times get hard, and marriages struggle. It’s a fact of life. No marriage is exempt from trials. We found ourselves no longer living the life we had dreamed and worked so hard to build.
Many nights I would lay in bed and cry of a broken heart because my marriage was not as I dreamed it should be. One day, I started talking to God about my hurt as I should have from the beginning. I was doing my normal every day chores. The tears flowed, the prayers spilled out and with each confession I felt better. I was brought to my knees that day. So many private thoughts finally flowed out of me and straight to my Father who had been waiting all along. I wanted to know what I could do. I could no longer worry about my husband’s shortcomings, I needed to grow as a Christian wife. The result, was this study.
I opened my Bible and secretly committed myself to 40 solid days of God directed studying. I recorded my study because I wanted to remember and share any revelation God gave. Day by day God revealed so much to me. He changed my heart, He fed my soul, and He healed a broken marriage. I began to pray over my husband, our children, and our home in ways I never had before. This dedicated time of studying changed everything for myself and many others as I have and continue to receive many private messages and emails from other women who have participated with me on my blog. They always say the same things, they were searching for something more and they found it with this study.
Please read this study with an open heart. Take from it only what God sees fit and I encourage you to pray before beginning. Here is my prayer for you…
Dear Lord Father, I pray with all my heart and with all my soul today that you reach down into the life of the reader of this study and bless her Lord as you have blessed me. Give her the wisdom she seeks to become a wife of purposeful prayer, an influence in her home, and a woman of gentle strength. Lord, we know that one cannot read your Word and not be filled. I pray that the hunger for a godly marriage and one that is fulfilling is satisfied. I pray that the thirst for your Word and wisdom is quenched. Father God, I humbly come to you today and ask that you open this woman’s heart and mind to receive the sustenance of your Word. Amen
Let's start fresh and refresh our marriage.
I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've been pressing ahead together for over 24 years. We have 5 beautiful children; 3 by my own body and 2 through foster to adopt. I wrote this Bible study in 2009, years ago, for myself and shared it on my blog. It is very dear to my heart. It's been tweaked and edited many times and I'm proud to be bringing it back to you. Over the years I received countless emails from women who credited this study with changing their marriage for the better. Since removing it from my old blog I have received just as many emails asking when it would return. I hope you enjoy spending your time in God's Word with me.