1. AWESOME, Jolene! <3 I'm standing firm right now declaring to the world my marriage is not of this world! (and it has not been an easy road to get to the point of realizing that truth) Excited and honored to journey through this series with you, friend.

  2. Thank you for being so honest! My marriage hasn’t always been picture perfect… But what I do know is I have trusted The Lord and held on to His promises !. Thanks for reminding us to keep our FOCUS on Him and when we do we honor and glorify our Father and as we continue to be led by Him…. Our marriages grow stronger and really look differently than the worlds point of view on marriage. I’m so glad we choose to live for HIM:)

    1. Aida, no marriage is picture perfect but a marriage that seeks to glorify the Lord will reflect Jesus Christ, who is Perfect. I’ve learned to pursue this type of Perfection!

  3. Going to read this again and again. My husband and I are in a really low valley right now and it seems no end in sight. Three young children, new job and schedules and just starting homeschooling and other personal circumstances is taking a toll. Laying it all before the Father today.

    1. Oh the valleys in marriage…I have learned they are designed to strengthen our marriage (if we choose to walk in obedience) and when you come out on the other side your marriage is even stronger and so is your faith. Keep on the narrow path, friend!

  4. I love that…offering our marriages up to the Lord just as we lift up our lives in Romans 12:1. We been through a trial or two in our marriage, too, and I can say without a doubt that the only reason we made it through was because we have God at the center of our marriage! He is the glue 32 years and counting! Thanks for the great encouragement this morning!

    Blessings, Joan

  5. Oh wow….I thank you so much for doing this series! This is really good and it is just day 1. I’m soooo excited to carry it out into completion and not only that but to live it! Thank you so much! Our Marraige of almost three years is at a rocky place right now and I need this so much! God Bless you!

  6. What a lovely Day 1 post – although I must say I had to stop reading a few times to think about what I just read and wipe away a few tears. Looking forward to the whole series…

    1. Sandy, sometimes the trials that the Lord takes us through is just plain hard and the tears are inevitable! But He is faithful to carry us through the storms.

  7. Wonderful post Jolene. My husband and I starting putting God in our marriage on December 10, 2012 and our marriage is quite strong already. It can always grow stronger. We have had our shares of bumps, huge mountains and deep valleys to get through….plenty of hard times and great times too. With God on our side and in our marriage which we both agree comes first then we come second to Him, our marriage continues to get stronger and better each day.

  8. I love it, Thanks so much for starting this series! So many times we let what we want for our marriage and our ideas get in the way of what God really wants for us. I pray today that we can learn to let God have His way and let Him bring the Glory instead of us. Thanks Jolene!

  9. I can see the lesson and relate. I got married and came with a fantasy of what that should be and was oblivious to the reality. Through surrendering to God Who is taking the bad fruit out and replacing it with good fruit, I can see where my marriage was failing and how He is fixing it as we are obedient to His Word. Thanks for this opportunity to be in a community of women who are here with me. Love you, Jolene thanks for being obedient to encourage and build up!!

  10. Laying it all at Jesus feet daily! Standing strong, faithful, & committed always to my marriage. Thank you so much for this, couldn’t come at a better time!!

  11. Jolene, thank you so much for your ministry. I am a young wife, married only 3 months. I am a little scared of the trials God may lead us through down the road. Everything has been relatively easy so far. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to know that He will be with me and my marriage to carry us through, and that through my faith I may have “the power of the living God residing in [my marriage.]” I pray that I have the strength to follow God’s will.

    1. Adriana,
      My first year of marriage was absolutely wonderful! We both came into the marriage very thankful and blessed that God gave us each other, perhaps that’s why our first year of marriage wasn’t rocky? And both my man and I had been through a lot before we married (and we were older) so I think a little maturity tames the self-centered beast that can well up in all of us. Our trials came later from circumstances surrounding our marriage rather than it being marital trials. I’ve always had the mindset that living in a trial is hard enough as it is that I don’t need to add a marital trial on top of it! I need my husband’s support and strength when we go through the storms rather than going through them without him or fighting with him.

      With Christ at the center of your life, you and your man can get through anything. Just stay faithful and obedient to the Lord and He’ll bless you. And when the storms come, because Jesus said we will have tribulation, enjoy your man as best as you can!

  12. I remember our first year of marriage. I had a lot to learn about communicating and hubby and I had to learn how to work with each other on working through issues. He wanted to talk it out RIGHT NOW and I didn’t want to talk things out until I sorted out my feelings, so that I didn’t say anything that I shouldn’t.

    But we have a big God and He did not give up on us and we’re 30 years and going strong! Our marriage has always gone much smoother when we love each other God’s way instead of our own way! 🙂

  13. Thanks Jolene…in the last 4 years of our 9 year marriage, my husband and I have drifted apart tremendously, to the point that I cry out to God… it’s this what you want for me? I’m looking forward to this series and hoping to put God first in our marriage again.

    1. Wendy,
      My heart hurts for you! Draw nearer to the Lord and let Him comfort you and guide you into His Truth. He’ll show you how to draw closer to your husband. Continue to be faithful to Him and His ways. I know this series will give you some wonderful practical tips to reconnect with your man.

  14. Don’t even know where to start…but I know I need this right now. New second marriage(almost to our 1st anniversary) after being divorced for 12 years and realizing that neither myself or my husband are where we need to be with the Lord. We both try. I am more involved with the Church; how do I get him involved and leading the family with the Gospel? We love each other very much and he has stepped up with my 16 year old son so amazingly. But there are times we fight…badly. I have learned to be so independent and he has a fierce temper…both of us damaged by our past. How do I help him and our family without seeming like I am criticizing? I am a talker and he is a thinker…the more I talk about issues the madder he gets…the quieter he is the more I feel like what I am saying doesn’t count.

    1. Lisa, if we all looked deep within our hearts none of us are we we’d like to be in our walk with the Lord. We fall short. 🙁 Be a loving, respectful and gracious wife. It’s a wife’s actions and Godly influence that will minister most to her husband. Don’t worry about what he’s doing or not doing, just focus on your walk and continue to follow the Lord.

  15. We had a week of disappointment and frustrations and I’ve been struggling to keep my eyes on Christ as I process everything. Thank you for reminding me that I must make a decision to have faith. It isn’t going to come naturally so I need to put my armor on and fight for it!

    1. You are welcome, Shawna. No sense in pretending everything is perfect because that does no woman any good! We all go through trials, and being that we’re the Body of Christ, we should be real and try to minister to one another.

  16. having just come out of the worst 2 years of my marriage everything you said so resonated with me! God had to completely break me of my pride and reveal that yes, marriage isn’t about two people having a love that conquers the world, as we think and read and see communicated all around us – – it’s two people conquered by the love of Christ and reflected His image to one another and therefore the rest of the world around them as they look on and watch~

    i’m so excited for this series and subscribed so i wouldn’t miss a post. :)) thank you so much for being real and sharing so graciously what God has done in your life and marriage. such an encouragement knowing we’re not alone in our struggles. 🙂

  17. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Just what I needed to hear. I need to stop being so selfish. Like you said it is easier to type than to do!

  18. Thank you so much for this reminder. Who is my marriage about? Not me, not my husband–Christ. Who am I living for? God. Where should my focus be? My Savior.

    Even just the two years and four months my husband and I have been married has already brought us closer to Christ and strengthened our faith, and I am so thankful. The closer we get to Him, the closer we get to each other… it’s a wonderful cycle once we’re in it! And I am SO thankful for the forgiveness we have in Christ because without that we would be totally lost on our own.

    Thank you for this, Jolene!

    1. You’re welcome for the reminder, Jaimie. And how wonderful to hear that you and your guy have grown closer to each other and to the Lord. And the cycle is beautiful…the forgiveness that Christ has towards me is what propels me to forgive my man. This perspective always makes for a stronger and Christ-centered marriage!

  19. In an unequally yoked marriage of 26 years. Mostly good but some bad. I am laying it all at God’s feet…my man, my marriage and the messy part.

  20. This could not have come at a more perfect time. I can’t say thank you enough. I am so glad i found this.

  21. Beautiful Jolene! We are married 44 years 🙂 but there is always something to learn and therefore, grow! What a blessing that you are willing to share these valuable lessons with us. Thank You. Am I allowed to print this to place in my devotional notebook?

  22. thank you !!! this was so encouraging! I
    needed this look forward to this every morning !!

    1. How wonderful to hear you were encouraged, Irene! And that you’re looking forward to this series every morning! I know all of the contributors will bless you!

  23. So, so amazing! You know those silly V8 drink commercials where someone does something silly and they slap their foreheads and go, “Shoulda had a V8!” Well that’s how I feel right now! Reading this “I want my marriage to reflect Him; a marriage filled with grace, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and love towards my husband.”, God was just like BAM! “Shoulda been reflecting Me!” hahaha! Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for encouraging wives and standing for strong biblical marriages!

  24. I’m so glad I came across this on Pinterest. My husband and I have decided to take the challenge together. We read the post separately then we reflect on our own 14 years of marriage and talk about what we can take with us through the next many years. Thank you so much for allowing God to help us grow.

  25. This was great! Thank you for writing this. I find, that I read what I need at exactly the moment when I need to read it. That’s how my Father and I roll haha.
    But seriously, this brought tears to my eyes, and a conviction down on me…I can really apply today’s reading in my relationship. Thank you! I know I am a day late, but better late than never.

  26. Jolene, I have laid my man, my marriage and the mess I’m living in at the Lord’s feet so many times I’ve lost count, but nothing has changed. My husband and I have been together for 39 years, married almost 37, and for most of this time, he has been either unfaithful to me with other women or indulging in pornography. He left our home a year ago, and five months ago said he wanted a divorce. Every prayer, every hour spent in marriage counseling, every attempt at reconciliation has yielded nothing. He pulls further and further away, is unrepentant, and although I know the Lord has all the power and authority to set aside decades of devastation and restore our marriage, it has not happened. Perhaps He knows that all the love and respect I once had for this man is gone and just there’s not enough left to work with. Right now, I presume His plan for me no longer includes this marriage.

    Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who hears the Lord speak audibly to me, so all I can do is wait patiently on Him. Even though I am still waiting for the divorce paperwork to hit my mailbox, I have no doubt it’s coming, so I am trying to rebuild my life as a soon-to-be single 58-year old woman who has known nothing since the age of 19 but a relationship with this man. While I wait, I continue to draw closer to the Lord, I keep working on myself, I am getting much more involved at church, and I am continually praying for guidance — and peace.

    I also pray that when the time is right, the Lord will bless me with a godly, truthful and trustworthy man, and then I can apply all of your great advice to that new relationship!

    1. 🙁 My heart hurts for you so much, Deborah. But God…He knows your pain and sees each tear that falls. Continue to lean on His promises and let the Lord have His way in your life. He’ll give you what you need, and yes, continue to grow in the Lord and put your eyes on Him. It’s the best perspective to have, whether you’re married, single, or miserably married.

  27. Hi Jolene, thank u very much for this. I am truly inspired. I am a 26 year old woman who is seeking guidance with marriage,my fiance and I are planning to get married next year. You are an amazing example to young women like me and i have made u my mentor. I get encouraged every time I read what u write. There are lots of young wowen like me who need to hear these words. I feel blessed to have come across this. I just wish there was you can start a small group to teach young women and give practical advice to use in our everyday lives.

    1. Wow, I’m humbled and honored by everything you’ve written, Samu! I don’t really know what else to say to your beautiful and encouraging words. I’m so sorry that I can’t start a small group to teach young women but you can grab my latest book, Wives of the Bible (whether you’re married or not, you’ll definitely benefit from reading it. It’s filled with God’s Word…which transforms lives. 🙂 )

  28. Jolene, I just found this on pintrest. I think it sounds great. I know that October is over but I want to follow the 31 days. I am encouraged and looking forward to an incredible uplifting journey that will help make my marriage even stronger than it already is. Thank you

  29. I’m just now finding this website by searching “how to be a godly wife” in Google. I am a souled-out Christian married to a souled-out man of God but even then, we still have our hiccups and setbacks. We are currently living in a setback to the point of where he feels that it is better to be at the corner roof of the house than to be living with me. He understands his commitment and vow to love me so of course we aren’t even considering the D word but right now is a very trying time. Communication is out of whack….understanding is out the door….and being godly is the last thing on my mind. I am definitely going to double up on doing this challenge and pray God has His way with us. Thanks for dedicating yourself to a ministry like this.

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