Dry. Desolate. Hopeless.
That was the condition of the nation of Israel after its destruction. Restoration seemed impossible.
Perhaps you feel that way about your marriage now. Maybe restoration seems impossible. Hopeless.
But is it really hopeless?
I know that not all marriages can be saved. And my heart breaks for those of you who are suffering through the pain of separation or divorce. For some, I know there is no other way.
God sees you. He loves you. God has a plan and purpose for your life no matter what has happened in your marriage.
Sometimes though, our situations feel like they are doomed and headed down the path of destruction, when there is actually hope and new life available.
Sometimes it takes work, perseverance and a desire to seek God in prayer on behalf of your marriage.
I will never stop believing that there is hope, even in situations that feel and seem impossible at times.
After Jerusalem’s destruction, God gave Ezekiel a vision of the valley of dry bones and told him to tell the bones that God would make breath enter them and they would come to life.
Ezekiel obeyed and as he prophesied, the bones came together—flesh and tendons appeared on them and they came to life and stood up as a vast army.
His vision signified God’s plan for Israel’s future restoration. Israel’s new life depended on God’s power and not their circumstances. God would restore them, both physically and spiritually.
God promised to breathe new spiritual life into his people so they would follow Him with their hearts and be united with one another.
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean, I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you, I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
I find these verses applicable to marriage because the Bible often uses the imagery and symbolism of marriage to describe the relationship between God and Israel in the old testament and the relationship with Jesus Christ and the body of believers (church) in the New Testament.I believe the power of the Holy Spirit can help soften hearts that have turned to stone in marriage. Click To Tweet
I believe God can shine light into the dark areas of sin in our marriage and bring restoration when we turn to him.
I believe we can receive healing by the grace of God.
I have cried bitter tears of hopelessness when my marriage felt like dry bones with no life left in it. And I have watched God breathe breath back into our bones. And although it feels like a slow rebirth, with sounds of bones rattling back together one at a time–eventually I felt my heart beating again.
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Prayer is a necessary part of restoration. Seeking the Lord’s divine wisdom will guide you into truth and give you the answers you seek.
I wrote 31 days of mending marriage prayers with a desire to help others grow in finding hope for their marriage. These prayers cover a variety of topics that use scripture verses to help you learn to love your spouse with grace.
I pray they will be a blessing to you and your marriage.
I am not a marriage counselor and I certainly don’t have all the answers.
But if you feel that you need prayer and would like to share your request in the comments below, I would love to pray for you. If you feel led to encourage another sister in the Lord, please do.