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I’ve decided to do something different with the 10 year challenge sweeping across social media; I’ve made up the 10-Year Challenge-Marriage Edition.
If one thing is true about me, I like to stand out from the crowd; once everyone else likes something, I feel obligated to dislike it. (Case in point, I’ve never seen a single episode of Game of Thrones, This is Us or even Gilmore Girls).
*GASP* Did I lose any of you with that confession?
So for the latest social media craze, I wanted to mix it up a bit and add my husband into the mix. It’s so poignant because there was a time over the past 10 years where he wasn’t in the picture – literally – as we were separated right in the middle of when these two pictures were taken.
Behind the Camera
Marriages are not picture perfect; there’s always more going on behind the scenes that a picture alone can’t reveal. And that’s OK. You don’t need to share every detail of your marriage with your social following, but you do need to be transparent with each other.
To those of you who feel stuck or unseen or even uncertain of how to take the next step forward in your relationship, take these steps:
* Look up and ask God to shine light on your situation
* Start confiding in instead of complaining about your spouse
* Find a trusted friend to keep you accountable & encourage you
Help for Your Marriage
A big reason why I believe we are still together is because we’ve either attended or volunteered at the FamilyLife Weekend to Remember almost every year since getting married. (If you want to learn more about this marriage getaway, read my post and get our unique Weekend to Remember discount code that will save you half off for a few more days! We’ll also be attending the Love Like You Mean It Cruise in February – it will change your marriage forever).
I’m also thankful for friends who have stood in the gaps when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and reminded me of Philippians 4:8-10:
“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
The next time you feel like there is no possible way out of the situation you find yourself in, think on these things and remember that you are stronger and braver than you could ever imagine. I believe in you!