John & Clarice Gillespie
Married: March 5, 1945
Since John was in the army when he and Clarice met, Clarice had to work. When John got out, she continued working to put him through school. "Our long marriage is just good economics," quips Clarice. "I had to stick around to get my money's worth!"
God wants to ensure a couple is not alone in their marriage- He wants to be an integral part of their union. He is always present, always available, always ready to help the pair through any difficulty if they will follow His commands.
Inevitable, trouble comes. Often a disagreement will break out, tempers will flare, and soon an impenetrable wall has risen between you. Communication has broken down, leading to isolation, frustration and dispair.
At times like these it's a blessing to know that you have access to a God who is all-wise, all-powerful, and always willing to listen. When you can't talk to your spouse, talk to the Lord. Ask Him to help resolve the situation.
God has unlimited perspective; He can see over the wall. He perceives with utter clarity and can lay bare the root of the problem. Sometimes it is a simple misunderstanding. Sometimes God will provide one of you with insight into the other's deeply felt but unexpressed needs. In any case, God will reveal to each of you your share of the blame and prompt you to humbly seek forgiveness, leading to reconciliation and unity. Then you can rejoice, saying, "He tore down the wall" (Ephesians 2:14 MSG)
Make God a partner in our marriage today, and He will make your marriage stron for all your tomorrows.
I look up to the mountains- does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!
Psalm 121:1-2 NLT