Our Marriage Testimony – Today we celebrate 17 years!

by Lisa on September 10, 2011

Today we celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary.  In honor of this day I am sharing our story, which I have shared in the past. It’s a good story and, if you are struggling in your own marriage, I pray it will provide encouragement.   God can take broken hearts and a torn marriage and make it new again.  He can provide the same redemption for your life and your family.  We are an example of what happens when God heals those who are broken.

Our marriage testimony…

Once I was asked the question “How has being a christian effected your marriage”?  Below is my response…

I have been a follower of Christ as long as I can remember. I was raised in christian home, and I am so grateful to my parents for this heritage.  My husband had been raised in a similar way, similar heritage.  However, I realized early in our marriage that he did not truly have a personal relationship/walk with the Lord.  We fell out of the routine of going to church and seeking the Lord.  After many years (about 8) we found ourselves with a marriage in ruin.  We were a prime example of what happens when you take God out of the marriage.

There were lies, betrayal, and an appearance of no love left.   I wanted us to seek counseling, get back into church, etc.  My husband wanted out.  He was literally running from our marriage and God.  He tells me now, that it all changed one day, when he knew that God spoke to him and he realized that he had to change.   My husband came to me, and said he wanted to make things work.  He would go to counseling (a christian counselor) and that he wanted  our marriage to last.  I know that the only reason we are together now is because my husband finally turned his life over to the Lord.  He also asked me to forgive him of wrong doing.

Now, this is where the non-christian marriage would have ended (and some christian marriages).  I, however, could not do that.  The Holy Spirit kept reminding me, “Jesus has forgiven you. He commands us to forgive others.”  I knew if Jesus could die for me, and forgive me of all my unworthiness, then I had to do the same for my husband.  I am not saying it was an easy thing to do.  However, God heals broken hearts, and can mend any marriage.  You have to be willing to work hard, endure many tears and then there is a blessing beyond any you can imagine.

Our blessing was a restored marriage and our Gracie.  After 13 years of marriage, we had our Grace.  We named her Grace because it was only fitting.  God had showed such Grace to us through the healing of our relationship with Him as well as with each other.  We are now active members of a church, are surrounded by wonderful christian friends, and we seek the Lord to lead our lives.  So, how has being a christian effected my marriage, well, I wouldn’t be married today.  I would not have had the hope, known the healing, and experienced the forgiveness to allow my marriage to be made whole.

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Lisa @ Flour Me With Love September 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

Congratulations Lisa! That is a beautiful story…I just celebrated my 17th in June :)

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Candice September 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

Wow – 17 years! Congrats! I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating.

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Mikki September 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

Great post. My hubby and I too were both saved after we got married..It’s changed our marriage & it just gets better each day.

Blessings and Happy anniversary

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John September 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Lisa,
I never tire of hearing your story. I can testify of how greatly God has blessed your family. Just know we love and miss you guys. In our group together have been some of my happiest times of ministry so far. Tell CM hello and give Grace a big hug for us.

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Lisa September 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Thanks John. They are some of our happiest times as well. :-)

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Sherree September 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Lisa,
Your story is a blessing. I don’t think that there are any marriages that don’t have pitfalls. It is just what we do when we hit the low spots. I honestly don’t know how people make it without the Lord in their lives and marriage.
My Tommy and I have been married for 37 years and if it were not for our faith and commitment to the Lord and to each other, we would not be together. I am so happy for you. May the Lord continue to bless you and draw you closer as a family unit.
Sherree

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Amy September 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Happy Anniversary! I share a similar story to yours although we never got to the point of divorce or separation. It is a miracle to me that the Lord healed our relationship. We are so much closer now. We have a little boy and are adopting another. God is so amazing. We really can do all things through Him.

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Deanna September 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful testimony of God’s grace.

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