Prayer Is More Powerful Than Persuasion:
In life and especially in marriage, conflict is an inescapable reality. I wished I had known earlier in life that talking to God during conflict and emotional upsets was much better than talking to my neighbor or my friend who might fuel my fire.
I used to think that if I persuaded my buddies to see my side that meant I was right and validated me to tell my husband so. What it did was to make him feel devalued in the realization that I had discussed our conflict with others. It especially hurt him when I discussed personal disagreements with my… oh my goodness… my MOM! Even when he and I had gotten past whatever it was, my mom still held onto the thought. Not good.
It took time and learning the hard way before I could piece together the understanding that some of those early marriage conflicts grew into major battles sometimes not because of the issue at hand but because I let others fuel the fire that God could’ve put out during prayer… if I had only gone there with him. Remember the "Stop, Look, and Listen" rule? Let that apply to your marriage as well. STOP before emotionally reacting, LOOK upward for wisdom and direction, and LISTEN to your heavenly father instead of to others in the heat of a disagreement between you and your spouse. Your marriage will remain stronger and your mother will continue to love her son-in-law!
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16
Thanks to all of you who allowed us at PSF to share this June bridal series with you. My prayers would be that somewhere through our journey a new bride has benefited from what God has revealed. The first few years can bring such great joy, yet, at the same time, so much disappointment and hurt. The bible commands us to pour what we have learned into young women. I pray this has helped.
Walking the road with you,
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