By Janina Jolag
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
(Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV)
My heart began to beat faster as I realized what was happening. A beautiful ring sat in a brown box, as my soon-to-be husband asked me to become his wife. I couldn’t stop smiling. He took out the ring, and with no hesitation, I said yes!
Fast forward a year later, we faced many hardships in the beginning years of our marriage. Our own selfishness would lead us into isolation, the place our enemy wanted us to stay. We were the most ineffective in our marriage when we made choices that kept us isolated from each other. We were so focused on our own selves that we didn’t want to see what the other truly needed or felt. Those first few years were difficult, but God held us together. I remember one night when we hit rock bottom and that’s when we stopped and pleaded with God to help us change so He’d be glorified through our lives and marriage.
Marriage is such an incredible gift. There’s power and safety when we stand together, and yet, when we stand with God, there is more power. Just like God, who gave His all to His church (the bride), husbands should give themselves fully to their wives and wives to their husbands. Love and Jesus are the main glue to our marriages, but then again, love is Jesus.
Always remember that as a team, we have a beautiful opportunity to serve God for His kingdom purposes.