Easter Miracle: 3 Ways to Resurrect Your Dying Marriage

BY: - 29 Mar '18 | Faith

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Easter is upon us. I have to admit that I love this season and its traditions. However, more important than new clothes, delicious feasts, and candied eggs, is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Resurrection is about new life, a second chance. Have you ever experienced a time in your marriage where love and seemed dead or close to dying? Well, there’s nothing like an Easter miracle to resurrect your dying marriage.

Many people consider Resurrection (Easter) Sunday to be the holiest day of the Christian year. It is the day that believers in Jesus Christ celebrate their risen Lord and Savior. But, I venture to say, we shouldn’t think about resurrection one day out of the year. What about the other 364 days? What about the areas we need to resurrect in order to truly live the life God intended?

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When your marriage is going through difficulty, it can be hard to believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. But the Resurrection Experience of Jesus gives me hope, and maybe even you too, that a similar type of resurrection is possible in our daily living. By no means am I comparing the risen Savior to a loveless marriage. What I am saying is there is hope!  Resurrection, or new life, is possible for you.

Consider what resurrection means for your daily life.

Not only do I believe in a resurrected marriage, I’ve experienced it. After marrying young and struggling to find ourselves, my husband and I went through a really rough period: seemingly dead love, dead intimacy, and dead dreams. If our marriage was going to live and not die, we had to make some tough decisions.

Believe in and work toward a resurrection.

Engage in serious soul-searching and focused prayer.

Are carrying around some dead stuff in your life? Dead self-esteem. Dead dreams. Dead hopes. Dead faith. Dead purpose. Dead friendships. Resurrection is possible for you. You can start experiencing new life in those areas through heartfelt prayer. If you and your spouse are both struggling to keep the relationship alive, then your relationship is in need of a miracle. Simply put,  Dead + Dead = Dead. Your relationship miracle won’t happen without specific and focused prayer.

Discuss the Resurrection Story with your spouse and form a plan.

For us, it was important that we go to counseling. We bared our souls. We spoke the truth. We cried and screamed and prayed and talked until the spirit of death fled our home. Looking back, we could blame it on age, but that wouldn’t do any good. From what I understand, couples who have been married 20+ years still go through resurrection phases. At some point, your marriage will need new life. It’s not anything to fear; it’s something in which to look forward.

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Since our marital resurrection, we have more togetherness, more joy, more understanding, and more intimacy. If it had not been for a near-death experience, we wouldn’t be walking in our purpose together as a couple now.

If you celebrate Resurrection Sunday as a part of the Christian faith, I encourage you to consider what resurrection means in the context of your daily life. Do some serious soul-searching and focused prayer about the dead areas in your life.  Sit down and discuss the Resurrection Story with your spouse, and then make a game plan. Maybe it’s the dreams you shared as newlyweds. Maybe it’s kissing and holding each other while you fall asleep. Maybe it’s family dinner time and heartfelt communication. There’s nothing too dead for God. Resurrection is possible to those who believe and put their faith into action. Regardless of the challenge, your relationship can get its miracle resurrection starting this Easter.

BMWK, are you ready to experience a miracle in your marriage during this season?

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Dr. Michelle Johnson wrote 76 articles on this blog.

Dr. Michelle Johnson is the founder of Alabaster Woman Ministries, an online international women's ministry. She is a wife, mother, writer, speaker, teacher. Through her daily blog, online radio show, and video Bible studies, Dr. Michelle encourages women and married couples to make God the center of their lives.

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Strained and Broken: A Prayer for a Marriage in Ruins

BY: - 5 Apr '18 | Faith

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The warning signs are clear. You know your marriage is strained and broken and you don’t know what to do anymore. You and your spouse have not seen eye to eye for a long time. You rarely communicate and when you do the tension is swift and thick. This lends itself to misunderstandings that take root and become resentments. Like a burning inferno, the resentment sweeps through your relationship, destroying everything you have built together. And now, the love that was once sacred is in trouble, left broken and in disgrace.

What do you do?

If you’re a person of faith, I encourage you to take a page from Nehemiah’s playbook. Though Nehemiah 1:1-11 is not about relationships, it is, in essence, about how far one man was willing to go to rebuild a life he once loved. The walls of Jerusalem had been broken down and the city lay vulnerable and open to destruction.

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Is your marriage anything like Jerusalem? Do you find your relationship in trouble and disgrace? Are the walls of protection strained and broken? Nehemiah sets a great example of what to do when faced with what seems to be insurmountable odds. He prays. And prays. And prays.

I encourage you to really take stock of where things are in your marriage and follow Nehemiah’s lead. “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”

  1. Take the time to weep – acknowledge where things are in your relationship and allow yourself to feel the pain of a dying love.
  2. Take a few days off or away – Remove yourself from anything that can distract you from the battle ahead.
  3. Take time to mourn – A strained and broken relationship is a loss. Before it can be revived, the loss of what once was must be felt.
  4. Take time to fast – the clarity that comes with it is worth it.
  5. Pray. And pray. And pray. I encourage you to pray Nehemiah’s prayer but with your marriage in mind as in the following:

Prayer for Your Strained and Broken Marriage

“O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands; please listen to me as I earnestly pray before you day and night for my strained and broken marriage. I confess the sins I have committed against you (be specific here and own up to your faults). I have acted very wickedly toward you and to my spouse. I have not obeyed the commands, decrees, and laws you gave me in how to be a Godly partner to my husband/wife.

Remember the instruction you gave us for our wedding vows, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In our unity, we have become unfaithful. The love we once felt has been scattered and our relationship is strained and broken. But, if we return to you and obey your commands, then even if our relationship seems to be beyond repair, you will gather us together so that our home can once again be a dwelling for my Name.

We are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to my prayer. Give me success today by granting me favor in the presence of my spouse.”

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Each day, as you commit your relationship to God and to the plans he has for you and your spouse, don’t lose heart. Stand firm in your trust in Him. Even though it won’t be easy, remember that just like the walls of Jerusalem, your broken and strained marriage can be rebuilt.

BMWK, are you ready to pray for your strained and broken marriage?

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Joann Fisher wrote 150 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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