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    Revealing the Cracks: A Story of a Marriage in Crisis
    By Gina Smith

    "For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." - Philippians 2:13

    It's hard to believe that Brian and I have been married for 31 years. Our children are grown and married, and we have entered the "empty nest" season of life.

    When we take the time to reflect back over 31 years of marriage, it is encouraging to see how far God has brought us. I am so thankful that we serve a gracious God who gently opens our eyes to the areas in our lives where we are in error and where we need to grow. He not only exposes those areas but He changes our hearts, teaches the right way to live, and heals the damage that has been done because of negligence or faulty thinking.

    Two years after we were married, we had our first child. Three years later, we had our second. We became so consumed with the daily life of working, supporting a family, raising and caring for our children, that we neglected to carve out much time for the two of us to be alone.

    We were walking through life side by side, but we were rarely taking the time to turn towards each other and look into each other's eyes.

    We thought we were okay, but we weren't, and eventually it began to show.

    Thankfully when the cracks were revealed and it was evident that we were beginning to fall apart, God provided a godly couple who began to help us pick up the pieces. They also took the time to help us reflect back over the years and identify what it was that caused the cracks to begin in the first place. We were able to see where we had neglected some very important areas in our relationship and began the rebuilding and strengthening process.

    Even though I do not buy into all that our culture promotes as "romance," I do believe that romance and a deep love is vital in a marriage relationship. A marriage where two people merely co-exist because they have to is not what God intended. But a healthy relationship doesn't just happen. It takes work. It takes commitment. Like any other relationship, the marriage relationship needs to be nurtured.

    After members of the body of Christ helped us to get back on our feet, we were able to move forward. With their encouragement and continued prayer that God would knit our hearts together, God began to do a work in our marriage. He is continuing that work today and we will have to depend on Him to do that work until we die.

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