Are you walking through a tough marriage right now?

I’ve gotten behind in answering the many emails that readers send me. And as I was praying this morning and doing my devotions, my heart was really heavy for those of you walking through tough marriages–dark situations which make me weep. So many of you have problems that really are huge, and feel overwhelming. And so I want to share something that I read this morning with you.

Encouragement for those in Tough Marriages | If you feel unloved, like your marriage is in trouble, here are some thoughts to keep you going. God sees you, He loves you, and He understands.

From Psalm 146:

Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

6 He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful forever.
7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
8 the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.

I just want to say to you all today that we don’t need to put our trust in princes. We don’t need to rely on PEOPLE to fix the situation, because often people can’t. But God can. God can change hearts. He can change minds. He can soften hearts towards each other.

And I also want to say that God does set prisoners free. He sets people free who are enslaved to porn, or erotica, or fantasy, or alcohol, or gambling. He sets people free who are enslaved to wrong self-concepts stemming from a bad childhood. He sets people free who are in impossible circumstances.

And He is always especially close to those who are bowed down.

If you’re bowed down in your marriage today, God sees. He doesn’t turn His face away. And you don’t need to put your trust in princes to save it; God can turn things around, but perhaps most importantly, He can set you free and He can give you joy again, no matter what happens with your earthly circumstances.

There is little in this world that is as painful as being in a loveless marriage–feeling as if a spouse doesn’t love you or has rejected you or doesn’t value you. I know many of you are walking through that. And I just wanted to reassure you today that God sees it, and He does care.

Here are some more posts that can help you navigate a really tough marriage:

Help for Those in Hurting Marriages
Changing the Dynamic in Your Marriage
Are You a Spouse or an Enabler?
Living in a Loveless Marriage
Is This the Last Straw in My Marriage?

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