Won Without Words
winning the marriage you desire through wisdom

Shari Popejoy


October 13, 2012

Troubled Marriage

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It’s nice to believe in happily ever after.

And those days that it’s true, we have contentment, satisfaction, and the belief that every day could be so good.

But the reality is that there will be trouble . . . some days.

Human frailties, selfishness, difficult seasons, loss, illness. . . all bring trouble. One day you or your spouse will experience trouble, and your marriage will be troubled.

On that day, don’t be surprised. Don’t fall apart. Don’t go running toward relief, or away from your husband. Stand firm in the face of the storm.

Take a deep breath, and breathe in peace.

Yeah. That’s right. Find peace in the midst of your trouble. Because this day will go away. This present trouble will go away. This feeling will go away. But your marriage will still be strong. Find peace in the trouble.

If your husband is the one who is troubled, or has brought trouble to your marriage. . . pray for him, love him, stand with him, stand beside him, rescue him from his trouble with your prayer and love, forgiveness and loyalty. And be at peace in the storm, on the troubled seas of life’s upheavals.

Take comfort in Jesus’ words. The same Jesus who calmed the wind with His words.

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:32

And maybe you would like to hum along with me:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Horatio G. Spafford

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About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!


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