Inside: How I envisioned our happy married life was not coming to fruition.Is this why God warns us about the effects of more and a godly marriage?
Today I’m sharing in a series 28 Days of Godly Marriage at Angel Penn’s site. I don’t know Angel well but her ministry for marriage is evident. Our marriages are being attacked and only with God as the third strand can we overcome and remain in the covenant for marriage long-term.
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The American dream is what our country has been built on. It’s the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.
This same dream though can make a happy married life unhappy. The desire for more can also have an effect on a godly marriage.
A few years ago, my husband was on the cusp of becoming a successful business owner. His company was growing and honestly, he was making a lot of money. However, our twelve-year marriage was having a whole host of problems.
While he felt all the stress and time away from our family was establishing and securing our future, I became envious and felt like I was competing for his time and love.
Fights became commonplace and the raising of kids both physically and spiritually was placed on me. The increase in stress and responsibility led my husband to begin drinking as a way to deal with all of the tension.
Not the Happy Married Life
How I envisioned our happy married life was not coming to fruition. This was not how I imagined a godly marriage.
Our relationship became strained because my husband was desiring worldly success while I was desiring more of his time and energy. We couldn’t meet eye to eye.
Is this why God warns us about the effects of yearning for materialism and worldly accomplishment?
(1 Timothy 6:10, NLT).
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Here’s the thing, it gets tricky because God wants us to work hard and provide for our families. He wants us to work as though we are working for Him. God also wants us to work not only for the present time but also making good financial decisions which will affect our future.