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5 Ways to Protect Your Marriage (Marriage Challenge – 31 Days of Prayer)

Day 30 - 31 Days of Prayer for Our Marriages

My daughter came home from school yesterday with an interesting story.

Apparently her teacher had a gun. I’m not sure why she felt the need to share it with the class exactly, but nevertheless, she did. A few years ago, her teenaged son was a key witness in what sounded like a gang-related crime. As a result of his testimony there were death threats. The family lived in fear for two years. Mom slept with a gun by her side and dad had a baseball bat.

After she finished her story, I looked over at my daughter and said, “Well, honey, a mama bear will go to great lengths to protect her cubs.”

Mama bears are affectionate, protective, nurturing, and strict, but if they sense that their cubs are in danger look out–they’re fierce.

After 22 years of raising children I’ve seen it in action time and again. You don’t mess with someone’s kid on the playground unless you want to spend time with their mom in the principles office.

Unfortunately, what I’m not seeing time and again are couples who protect their marriage as fiercely as they do their children.

I’ve seen countless women who are affectionate, protective, and nurturing mothers, but I’ve also seen many women step out of their marriage because it simply wasn’t fulfilling their needs.

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10 Comments

  • Jessica

    What would be your advice for dealing with suddenly having your husband working alone with a single woman his age on a daily basis? He hasn’t always been true to his vows and though we are trying to move past that, I find myself constantly stressed about this other woman. I feel them working alone is just begging for something inappropriate to happen and for them to develop a friendship. This has caused a lot of stress and tension in our house. How do I “guard” my house from this problem when in the past, he has chosen to have inappropriate friendships with other women? Thanks for any advice!

    • Darlene Schacht

      If at all possible I would try to get to know this woman so that you are also a friend of hers. Pray for protection over your husband each and every day. And trust him. Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  • Stacey

    I’m really sad the prayer challenge is coming to an end. My husband and I have reall enjoyed reading them together. I wish this is something you did all year. Thanks for the encouragement. God bless!

  • Kim Sullivan

    Oh thank you so much for this post! I have been struggling with an awful stronghold in my thought life. I entertain “the grass is greener” scenarios to the point where it becomes an obsession and one that damages my marriage. I feel as though God was speaking loud and clear to me today through your post. Taking my thoughts captive and being a pro-active protector of my marriage…that is my focus! Thank you for all you do!

  • FD

    You have such a beautiful ministry. I pray for protection over you and your family. Through Time Warp Wife you give us great tools and hope for our marriages. Everyone who reads this should apply it to their marriage and never let their guard down.
    We let our guard down and I am left fighting for our marriage alone. I seek continued prayers from you and your readers. My wife left the house a week ago and our daughter and I miss her. We all need healing and restoration. I need strength and perseverance to not give up.

  • David

    Thank you for sharing this. It all rings true to me, especially the part about being mindful. I have recently tried Dr. Caroline Leaf’s 21 Day Brain Detox and that really helped. Speaking as a husband if we are not proactive, laying down our lives for our wives, it will be harder for them to resist temptation.

    Men also avoid sexual sin, pronography and simply letting your eyes wander. Guard your heart, mind and soul for her. I speak from my own struggles and want to encourage other men to be of Godly character, living out Ephesians 5:25.

    I am praying for full restoration with my wife as we have disconnected over the years to nearly the point of divorce, by God”s grace we have backed from the ledge, however we still have a journey to go on to fully be restored in both love and trust. I appreciate this ministry and it helps me to be a better husband, finding ways to bless my wife. To God be the glory!

  • Sarah Coleman

    Song of Solomon 8:6 Place me like a seal over your heart,like a seal on your arm.For love is as strong as death,its jealousy as enduring as the grave.Love flashes like fire,the brightest kind of flame.

    Love flashes like fire. Protect your marriage with a passionate fire for each other.

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