John and I have been better than restored in our marriage for about 5 years, and I’m telling you, it wasn’t easy. Restoration in marriage is hard. Sometimes you’ll want to quit, but if you’ll just hang on, you can be fully restored. In fact, your marriage can be better than restored, no matter the circumstance! I’m so honored to share over at Sarah Koontz blog today. Sarah is one of my absolute favorite writers and although she is younger than me, she has quickly become sort of a mentor to me (and she doesn’t even know it).
We live in a world in which we want everything to be easy and convenient, don’t we?
We want faster, easier, and simpler.
We want crockpot meals that take 30 minutes to prepare, can simmer all day and be ready to eat when we get home from work.
We want to order our favorite Starbucks drink from an app on our phone and swing by and pick it up in 10 minutes without waiting or talking to anyone.
We want to pay for things with nothing more than our thumbprint on our iPhones.
We want what we want, and we want it right now!
And as much as our society thrives on the now, obtaining restoration in marriage is not immediate.
That is why it’s hard.
But, I’ve got good news for you today!
Nothing is impossible with God. (Matthew 19:26)
There were times in my own marriage that I didn’t think that we would make it.
There was just no way.
Too much damage had been done.
The betrayal was too deep.
Every single day, I feared that John was going to come home and say, “Shannon, I can’t do this anymore, it’s too hard, it hurts too much and I’m too tired.”
He had every right to leave.
It’s what everyone expected.
It’s what I expected.
Honestly, it would’ve been easier on both of us if he had left –rather than embracing the hard work of restoration. But he didn’t…
He chose to stay.
He chose to forgive.
He chose to rebuild.
My husband and I embraced the difficult work of restoration 5 years ago, and by the grace of God, our marriage is stronger than ever before.
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