Marriage Praise Report

Six and a half years in, I had turned our marriage into a train wreck. All that we had promised to do and be I had thrown out the window out of selfish pride, arrogance, and love of sin. But Jesus…

Through the love of brothers at a church men’s retreat, Jesus finally got me to the point of realizing that I truly did love Him more than myself, my sin, my selfishness, and even my wife. I decided that continuing in my sin meant losing Him and that I was no longer willing to do that. I expected that my confessions would mean the end of my marriage, my fatherhood, my career, my very life. But Jesus…

Jesus took all of that from me. I had been making idols of them all, trying to serve each in order to make me happy, or make others think we’ll of me, or to fuel my pride. Jesus destroyed all of those idols until I was left with nothing but Him. Then Jesus…

Jesus gave me all of it back as the GIFT each was meant to be. Not an idol to be worshipped; but a gift to steward, and tend, and cultivate, and make more beautiful, by His grace. So that I could offer them back to Him without spot or blemish, as a praise offering.

We weren’t likely to make it. But Jesus…

Jesus has added 14 more years, 2 more children, and manifold other blessings since then. I LOVE my bride with a passion I did not know could exist before Jesus took her down off the pedestal I had placed her on, “put” Him back on the throne of my life, and received her as the precious gift He always intended her to be.

2 thoughts on “Marriage Praise Report

  1. Jan Evans

    You brought tears to my eyes…..I know that you are both trying to follow God in every step of your marriage and in parenting. I am so proud to know that you are following His path only. I love you both most dearly, and pray for God to continue to bless you in all you do – Mom.

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