The Night My Husband Left Me…

My freshly washed sheets were no match for my tireless fears. Now what? If Greg doesn’t come back, what will life be like for our newborn daughter and this five-year-old stepdaughter? What will I do if he really does leave me?

That night, I found myself at a crossroads. I could stay the same and face another divorce, or I could surrender to God and try things HIS way. I felt God inviting me into a life of surrender, but it took me a while to fully understand what that meant.

What is surrender?

Is it mindless obedience? Self-abasing martyrdom? Is it a decision based on convenience? Is it a simple choice that comes instantly?

Not at all. Simply put, Surrender is a lifestyle and constant choice, an intentional decision to put our hope, confidence, and faith in God alone.

Oswald Chambers says it this way, “If I put my trust in human beings first, I will end in despairing of everyone; I will become bitter, because I have insisted on man being what no man can ever be—absolutely right. Never trust anything but the grace of God in yourself or in anyone else.”

Greg stayed with me, and so did a new habit: surrender. That night, accepting God’s invitation to surrender my marriage healed it. It wasn’t instant, but the habit of surrendering my needs, dreams, ambitions, and feelings to God became a pathway to transformation.

Read more of this story and the topic of surrender in the book, “What I Wish My Mother Would Have Told Me About Marriage.”

This Week’s Thought

Accept God’s invitation to surrender your dreams, needs, ambitions, and feelings to HIM.

This Week’s Scripture

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Matthew 11:28-29

This Week’s Application

Make a list of your feelings, needs, dreams, and ambitions. Take that list and begin to pray through every aspect, handing each one over to the Lord.

This Week’s Prayer

Father, help us to surrender to you. Help us to trust you with our feelings, needs, dreams, and ambitions. Help us to set our eyes on you first, and entrust our spouse to you. Amen.

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