I've gone through some incredibly hard times in my marriage. I didn't always protect it. I treated it like everyone else treated theirs, I found more things more important. I acted selfishly, and so did my husband. I'm glad the bottom fell out of my life. I had to start over, and I'm glad I did because now I know what family looks like. I have the Cinderella story, but it came through being Cinder.... not Ella.
Friends, I realize that there are temptations out there, I realize that the world pulls you in all directions. I know because I was there. Many of you knew me before, and all that I was before doesn't leave your memories because of who I am now, but who I am now is a result of what I've learned. I grew up in a broken home, several of them. I know what it's like to come from confusion and have to try to make a stable foundation from that. I know what it's like to grow up in a single parent home, I know what it's like to grow up without a Father. I know what it's like to live in an alcoholic family, I know what broken does to families, I know what it did to me.
What causes the fights and quarrels among us? It's easy for the most part, it's because we don't get our way or we don't get what we want. We don't get what we want because we are looking at each other to provide it and not looking at God who gives freely when we ask out of right motive.
God gave Adam a helper, someone to walk along side Him and through them we came learning and developing our children to walk in truth. If you are concerned with the way the world lives, then teach your children how to do it God's way. Get in the Word, find stable marriages to hang out with, teach through God actions and God ways. I know I can't convince you to invest more time in your marriage, but take a good hard look at it, see if you could use God in the center of it?
I was in church on Sunday and kept hearing in my heart "pray over your children and their future wives". My children are only 15 and 12. I'm not even thinking marriage at this time, but I believe that it is imperative that I pray over them and for them, and for their future wives. I would share the same suggestion with you.
God, I pray for those reading today. Give them a God breathed direction in their homes and in their marriages. Heal those broken hearts Lord, help them be overcomers of temptations, let them protect their marriages and their families so that we may raise up a generation seeking after you. In Jesus name. Amen