Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

“How to Survive in A Storm?”

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Some call it a storm, some call it rain and some call it spiritual warfare.  It all refers to challenging, difficult and troublesome times that we all must face in life.   These times can be so difficult and challenging that if you are not careful, you can allow them to destroy you, your marriage and your family.  You have to learn how to survive in the storm so that when the tough times come, you don’t take off running, but you learn how to get tougher.

Getting tougher means to become strong, durable and to not easily be broken.  Every marriage will experience some storms at some point.  The problem is that many don’t know how to survive in the storm so they walk away, quit or even ask for a divorce.  I know we would love to have good times ALL of the time, but the truth of the matter is that storms will come.  However, you can survive and successfully make it through a storm.

Storms come with different names, just to name a few:  1) Storm of sickness, 2) Storm of financial challenges, 3) Storm of children in trouble, 4) Storm of losing your job, 5) Storm of relationship issues and 6) Storm of dealing with death.  Now there are various storms that come our way but no matter what comes your way, know that God is bigger than the storm and with His help, you can make it successfully through.

Here’s How You Can Survive In A Storm?

  1. Spend daily time in God’s Word and Prayer – You must use your spiritual weapons to survive in a storm.  (2 Corinthians 10:4)
  2. Focus on the promises of God instead of the problem – Find promises in God’s word to comfort and strengthen you through your storm.  For every storm, there is a promise in God’s word.  For example; if you are going through a financial storm,  you have to feed yourself with God’s promises. “But my God will supply ALL of my needs according to His riches in glory.”  (Philippians 4:19)
  3. Every time your mind wants to think the worst, put your mind on God’s promises.  He said that He would keep us in perfect peace when our minds are stayed on Him.  (Isaiah 26:3)
  4. Establish some accountability – Share your storm with someone who will encourage you spiritually and pray with you while you are going through the storm.
  5. Be consistent in going to church/Bible study – One of the tricks of the enemy is to get us isolated.  He doesn’t want you to have strength in the storm so he will discourage you from coming to church.  However, keep going because the joy of the Lord is your strength.  (Nehemiah 8:10)
  6. Believe God! – Know that this too will past.  Storms don’t last but tough people do!  Remind yourself that nothing is too hard for God. (Jeremiah 32:17)
  7. Be careful how you treat others while you are in the storm – I know a storm doesn’t feel good, but don’t mistreat your spouse, children, friends or family in the process. Continue to love!  Be careful about what you say out of your mouth.

I don’t know about you, but I have been through some storms and each time, God has brought me through. No matter what your storm is, God is faithful!.  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  You can make it through the storms of life.  Be encouraged!

Until next week . . .

Carolyn

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