We both wanted out. We were done. But our commitment to Christ and the desire to honor His Word held us secure through the darkest and most miserable years. LeRoy was even tempted to check out of life. But he didn’t want to bring shame to Christ. We both knew God’s Word was true, believed the gospel had the power to transform . . . but we couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t transforming our marriage . . . why we could barely tolerate one another.
If we had checked out at five years, at seven, or at twelve . . . we would never have experienced the beauty and wonder of the life changing work God did. He stepped in to open our eyes, to lead us on a journey of confession, repentance, asking and granting forgiveness. He led us to develop new patterns of relating. In year twelve, one of the hardest we ever experienced, we felt like the darkness was drowning us . . . but little did we know that God was about to move in!
Don’t give up. Don’t miss out. God has future grace for you. He is able.
[box]For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer . . . (1 Peter 3:10–12)[/box]
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