About four years ago, Bert and I hit a rough patch in our marriage.
During that time, I prayed continually for God to intervene. But God did superabundantly more than I ever dared to dream for our marriage – and in me.
This is one of the reasons I couldn’t wait to begin writing about this week’s verse as we continue learning to apply and meditate on Ephesians 3:16-21, one verse at a time:
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition).
For a while, I had been noticing how critical and angry I had been acting toward Bert. The more he put his work and needs ahead of me and our relationship, the worse my attitude became. I felt rejected and I wasn’t shy about letting him know how I felt. “It’s not fair!” raged within me, and my actions reflected it.
I was also questioning my conduct as an imitator of Christ. “Justified” or not, this was not the kind of person I wanted to be. I didn’t want this sinful behavior to overtake me completely. But after so many years of trying, was it even possible for me to change?
I realized I wasn’t totally responsible for the problems in our marriage, but I couldn’t deny my contributions. I finally came to the point where I was willing to do anything to turn our marriage around. Because one thing was for sure: Bert and I needed a miracle.
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This was Part One. Next week, I will continue our story.
In the meantime, would you consider being candid with God and ask Him to show you areas in your life (and in your relationships) that you need His help to change? Then, will you trust God to transform you and your circumstances far more abundantly beyond all you dare ask or think?
Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of a new blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can email Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.