Time for Divorce

Fifteen years is a long time to live with an unreasonable, demanding husband.  Susan had come to Christ ten years earlier and found great peace in experiencing God’s love and forgiveness.  Tom wasn’t interested in spiritual things and continued to make life difficult at home.  It was time for divorce.  Susan made an appointment with a lawyer.

Later that day she attended an afternoon tea and met two missionary women home on furlough.  As they became acquainted one asked Susan about her husband.  Susan quietly mentioned that she’d just called a divorce lawyer.  The woman said, “We need to pray for you.”

They led Susan into a back room of the house, closed the door and began praying. They prayed aloud for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes.  They would cry out to God, begging him repeatedly to save this marriage. They continued praying this way until 40 minutes had passed!   Then they stopped.  One said, “God has healed your marriage.  Go home and love your husband.”

She did.  Susan and Tom have now been married over 30 years.  Tom has not yet changed. But Susan can honestly say she has never again been tempted to call a lawyer.  She has learned to smile at the storms and praise God anyway.  God has been faithful. Their children are following Christ with their lives.  She and Tom are more content in their marriage than ever before.

Susan often thinks back to the 40 minutes of prayer that saved her marriage.  Most people would have ceased praying after five minutes.  Yet those women did not feel released from the need to pray until 40 minutes had passed.  They continued to pray it through to completion, until they felt God had answered their prayer.

  •  “I hate divorce,” says the Lord, the God of Israel.   Malachi 2:16 NASB
  •  So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”   Matthew 19:6

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15).

No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE.

It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences.

NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.

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4 Responses to Time for Divorce

  1. Susan says:

    I praise God that my husband accepted the Lord around the same time I did. It has certainly made things easy. We did grow at different rates and that did require patience. I couldn’t mother him into growth. I really admire women and men who continue to love their spouses and pray for them for years to find the Lord. I do believe that their prayers will be answered, but it does take perseverance and patience. God bless these spouses and their families.

  2. Frank King says:

    Praise God! That is so awesome. For a number of years, I taught marriage seminars at local churches. It used to amaze me how some couples appeared to be so in love when they first got married and how their love for each other became so cold so quickly. What was even more amazing was how quickly some of them were ready to throw in the towel. God is pro-marriage; when we pray for our marriage, He is ready, willing, and able to answer our prayer.

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