Today is the last of the 5 October Mondays for Marriage Survivor stories. I've been challenged and inspired, and I hope you have too. These women have taught me much about thriving in marriage, instead of just surviving.
This weekend, though, I've just been "surviving!" Jeff is getting over bronchitis, and I've been in bed most of the last 4 days, alternating between coughing and blowing my nose. It's not exactly the stuff of romance novels, is it? But it's the stuff of real life ... and real love. And I hope it's over soon. :)
I had another survival story I wanted to share, but moments in between coughing are few, so let me leave you with a simple challenge .. and a chance to win the beautiful, final October giveaway provided by Antoinette!
How often do you think of your marriage story?
Answer these questions to help you reflect on the last of the October stories ... YOURS!
- How did God use other people and events to bring you together with your husband?
- What do you remember most about the day of your wedding?
- What created the most conflict or challenge in the early years of being one?
- Was there an early event that brought you closer together?
- Who has God used to mentor, teach, or encourage you in marriage?
- How have you both changed during your marriage?
- What has God provided for you together?
- What trials have tested your unconditional love?
- How have you faced temptation?
- What blessings have you enjoyed together?
- How do you hope to grow closer together?
- What kind of goals or hopes do you share for your future?
- How would you want someone else to write your story? Not a happy beginning? How do you want it to end?
We're all still writing our stories. Like any story, we all have our shining moments and our hard moments. Some hard moments are as temporary and as minor as bronchitis and viruses, but some hardships test our love, like those shared by our 4 women this month. The end of your story hasn't been written yet.
As the 4 women have shared, sometimes love is gut wrenching hard. Every marriage story is unique; every love refined by different circumstances. Let's finish with a blessing for surviving faithfully:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Col. 1:11,12
To enter to win the final jewelry giveaway this month, just leave a comment here OR on the CHP Facebook page, sharing one thing that makes YOUR story uniquely YOURS. I'll share the winner Wednesday!