While I'm off to my 40th high school reunion (am I really THAT old?), my good friend, Beth Steffaniak, is stepping in to guest post. I never miss a post on her blog "Messy Marriage." Beth keeps it real and her posts on marriage are firmly based upon scripture.
Beth's story is not what you'd expect from a pastor's wife and life coach. Beth admits that she came into marriage with emotional wounds and unhealthy patterns. She admits that her baggage made her marriage messy in no time.
Beth writes from a position of a life and story redeemed. I've been blessed to attend She Speaks writers' conference with Beth. She's the "real deal" and I am grateful to call her friend. Beth is a new, gushing Grandma to Samson and since she'll be having major surgery on Oct. 24th, I encourage you to leave her some lovin' in the Comments on her blog (but know she may not be able to respond).
Staying in an unrelenting and difficult marriage can really take a toll on your sense of identity, making you feel as if you don’t know who you are apart from what you do.
People often try to fix this problem by doing more or different things—like exercising more so that you feel and look better. Though that’s a good thing to do, it should never be what you base your identity on. Those are roles and actions that can temporarily encourage, but do nothing to establish your identity in Christ. Click HERE to join Beth at her blog, "Messy Marriage" for the rest of this post...
Just an aside...God does not ask you to stay in a verbally, emotionally, or physically abusive marriage. You are God's precious child and He does not want you to endure such treatment. Do seek professional help (even if your spouse won't). God loves you!
I'll be back in my writer's seat in a couple weeks.