Many people define infidelity in a marriage as the unforgivable sin. But, can’t God redeem the impact of affairs? I have a story that proves He can.
After five grueling years of marriage, Nicole and Earl had contacted a divorce lawyer. They were done. Having gone months without intimacy, communication, or connection — and with infidelity on both sides — they were too ashamed to ask for help. Divorce seemed to be their only option.
This was a far cry from where their marriage had started. At a young age, the two stood at the altar full of hope, never dreaming that the excitement they felt would soon disappear.
“There’s nothing like feeling alone when you’re with someone,” Nicole remembers.
Nicole and Earl had become at odds with one another early into their marriage and found themselves living more like roommates than in-love spouses. The harder they tried to salvage the marriage themselves, the farther apart they grew.
“I just wanted to feel wanted. I just didn’t think there was any hope,” Earl confessed.
But one day they were forced to make a choice: to either give everything they possibly could toward restoring their marriage — or walk through the doors of a divorce attorney.
They chose to do the hard work. They sat down at their kitchen table and spent hours sharing their unmet expectations, hurts, disappointments, and identifying everything they had put before their own marriage. As painful as it was, they were able to overcome some major obstacles and issues that they’d been struggling to navigate.
They soon realized their next big obstacle was that they needed someone to show them how to do marriage. By the grace of God, Earl and Nicole discovered the MarriageToday broadcast. They started recording every broadcast and found themselves identifying more and more with Karen and myself.
MarriageToday equipped them to start embracing their unique roles as husband and wife. Their language changed from “you should” to “we should” as they allowed God to take full control of their hearts and their marriage.
Today, Earl and Nicole are Marriage on the Rock certified and are committed to encouraging couples just like you to submit your marriage to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Like their own marriage, they understand now that in God’s perfect plan, nothing He establishes is flawed and marriages are not designed to fail.
What a story of redemption! Isn’t God the master at giving us new hearts and spirits? Ezekiel 36:26 reminds us that He will “remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
There is a fierce battle being fought for marriages but you can be certain of two things:
God wants families to enjoy the emotional security and fulfillment that strong marriages bring.
MarriageToday is committed to educating the masses about marriage according to Biblical design, equipping the church to teach and minister on marriage, and to reversing the crises by reaching the most high-risk couple groups.
MarriageToday exists to combat the enemy and help restore marriages like Earl and Nicole’s. Your support makes this possible. Will you continue to join us in this battle? Your gift today will get us that much closer to reaching our $250,000 year-end goal which allows us to continue to reach those that need help.
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“Without MarriageToday, there would be no Earl and Nicole Watson,” declared Nicole. What a gift it is to be a part of thousands of stories just like theirs.
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