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Marriage

"In this day and age, security in the marriage relationship almost seems to have gone the way of the public pay phone. Roughly half of all marriages end in divorce, and the statistics are about the same among Christians as they are in society at large."   Gary Smalley

“What marriage has done for me is hold up a mirror to my sin. It forces me to face myself honestly and consider my character flaws, selfishness, and anti-Christian attitudes, encouraging me to be sanctified and cleansed and to grow in godliness.” —Gary Thomas (Sacred Marriage)

Married people are twice as likely as those who are single to say they are "very happy." Some 40% of married couples say they are very happy, compared to 15% of the separated, 18% of the divorced. So staying married beats the alternatives hands down.

But the scary part is that 60% of married couples aren’t very happy. And there’s little difference in the divorce rate of Christian and non-Christian couples—divorce rate on both sides is about 56% at last count. So what are the chances that a child who grows up in a home where there’s no joy in the marriage of her parents will go on to create a wonderful marriage and home for her own kids?

We who are called as mentors to married women have learned (sometimes painfully) that commitment is everything. You make a decision to love, respect, and submit to the leadership of your husband; but in the daily grind of life, our wants and desires can often become the dominant force that determines how we live and communicate with our husbands.

A woman who stays married to the same man for her whole life has accomplished something few women in our current culture have.  The greatest gift a mom can give her kids is a healthy relationship with her husband, where love and respect for him is lived out in the good and bad times.  A solid Christian marriage is one of the most powerful testimonies to our broken world of the Lord's unconditional love for us.

This month, you’ll read an important book on Christian marriage.  As you read, you'll see the real root of most marriage problems - each spouse is still a sinner!  But God wants to use our marriage to transform us and make us more like Christ.   You'll discover that your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God, and to spiritual growth so that others will see the life of Christ displayed through your marriage.

As a mentor, you don’t have to be the perfect wife to be able to share what God has taught you through your marriage. Women want honesty and authenticity. You can tell them the truth about your experiences . . . what’s worked and what hasn’t worked in your own marriage.  These younger women long to learn from an older woman who has walked where they are now walking and to see that no matter what the circumstance, God is there to equip and empower them to be women who reflect His love and commitment.