Our Wedding Night Changed Our Marriage

Our Wedding Night Changed Our Marriage

July 28, 2015

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NIV)

Kim Kimberling

When I tell people that my wife Nancy and I have been married 45 years, I almost always hear “Wow!” and “That’s great.” I appreciate those comments, but where we are today has been a journey. We didn’t have an awesome marriage for a very long time.

In fact, starting out as barely 20-year-olds, we really had no idea what marriage was all about. Our fights almost did our marriage in before it began. After six years of marriage, the future was dark, we had a new baby and we needed a miracle.

Of all the things we did wrong, there is one thing we did right. I wish I could say I brought it to the marriage, but I didn’t. Nancy did.

Let me paint a picture for you.

On our wedding night after we left the reception and finally made it to our hotel room, Nancy made a request of me that God has used in our marriage since that day.

As we got ready for bed, Nancy went into the bathroom to change. I changed in about 30 seconds and waited for her sitting on the side of the bed. An eternity later, she emerged from the bathroom looking like an angel. She walked over to me, took my hand, sat beside me on the bed, looked into my eyes and said, “We need to pray.”

In case you were wondering, that was the last thing I thought my new bride would say to me in that moment. But the real surprise was that I looked her back in the eyes and said, “OK.”

We knelt by the bed in our hotel room, held hands and prayed a prayer we both knew and were comfortable praying together: The Lord’s Prayer.

Since that first night many years ago, we have prayed together almost every day. Through all the ups and downs of life and marriage, praying together daily is the glue God has used over and over to keep us close to Him.

During the darkest times in our marriage, as we continued to pray together, we saw God show up over and over to keep us together.

First, God used an older lady in our church to minister to Nancy. As Nancy shared our story, this wise woman lovingly encouraged Nancy to stay in the marriage and that God would make something beautiful out of it.

Second, as we continued to talk about our marriage and our struggles, it became obvious that neither one of us really wanted a divorce.

Finally, we made a vow never to bring up divorce again and to let God build our marriage His way.

As we purposely put God first each day, our marriage began to change. It was not overnight; in fact, it was a process that continues to this day. But God taught us how to fight for our marriage instead of fighting each other. It was marriage-changing.

We learned to stand side by side with God and take on anything and everything that the world threw at us. We learned firsthand that if God is for us no one can ever stand against us (Romans 8:31b). It is a truth that I pray every married couple can embrace because it is a truth that will close the gap between where your marriage is and where God wants it to be.

Father, You truly are the Great Healer. I pray that I may see Your plan for my marriage. Make the changes You want to make in me. In us. I pray to be so connected to You and my spouse that we may stand together against all that would come against our marriage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 17:15, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Dr. Kim Kimberling’s new book, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage: Strengthen Your Most Intimate Relationship, will help you have the marriage God designed for you.

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Enter to WIN a copy of 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling. In celebration of this book, Dr. Kim’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, by Monday, August 3.}

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Today, where is God in your marriage?

If God is not the center of your marriage, what needs to be your next step? It may be praying together on a regular basis, or talking to a trusted mentor. If you and your spouse need further help, it may be time to talk to your pastor or a Christian counselor.

Whatever your next step is, do it today! It will make a difference in your marriage tomorrow.

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Comments

  1. Michele J says:

    I would love this for myself & to share with other women at my church. Always looking for a good encouraging book about marriage & how the Lord should be at the center.

    • suzyo ngandu says:

      Thank you for the timely message of standing toghether in prayer.Very often we get so absorbed with the problem and forget that if we get down on our knees He is able to help us resolve our problems.

    • I would love to have this book. My husband and I are separated right now and working on getting back together and I think this book might help us as we work to restore our marriage. Please pray for the restoration of our marriage.
      Thank You.

    • Stacey and Joe says:

      We are very strong believers, who at many times struggle with FOLLOWING in the same strength within our marriage. We are working on transforming our marriage..it will be 10 years in Sept. Would love some guidance
      Thanks@

  2. Raegan Prest says:

    After 5 years of a marriage with many ups and downs, I would love to win this book and pray that it would help strengthen my marriage.

  3. I would love to have this book. My husband and I have been married for 9 years. Some years have been greater than others. I want God to be at the center of our relationship so that we can grow closer to Him and to each other.

  4. I am not married, but would love to have this book anyway. I hope and pray that God is preparing my future husband for me and I got him. It sounds like this book would have some great advice on how to have a successful, and Godly marriage.

  5. I would like to win this book since my daughter is in a serious relationship that will most likely lead to marriage and I feel it would be very important for them to start their marriage with the best advice available.

  6. Pelagia garcia says:

    I woukd use this hook for my husband and I we have been going through alot of struggles and are at the breaking point. I know that we need to rely on god more and this book would be a great starting point on figuring out how to get back to that.

  7. Christi M says:

    This sounds like a great book for me. My husband and I are struggling. I also have a friend who is struggling.

  8. I try everyday to pray for myself to be a better person/Christian to my children, husband and others. I pray for my children and my husband individually. I however realize that I never really pray for our marriage even though we have lots of ups and downs and it is very stressful. I would love to have better insight into how to make the marriage better and not just individual needs. It was an insightful devotional. Thank you.

  9. I would like to win a copy of this book because I know that my biggest ministry is to my husband. By continually seeking the Lord I am able to bear witness of His faithfulness to my amazing man of God.

  10. I would love to win this book – could use some ideas to strengthen my marriage and make Christ the center again. God bless you and thank you for sharing

  11. Natalia Granados says:

    I have been married for almost 5 years and we had a serious crisis 2 years ago. 3ven after that we are still working on it and asking God’s guide. That’s why I want the book !!!!, I’m pretty sure it will be very helpful. Blessings !!!! 🙂

  12. Beth Koerber says:

    We will be married for 15 years next week and while things are better, we have had our struggles. I would love this book so that we can build a marriage that will show and teach our sons what a God-centered marriage looks like.

  13. We are coming up on 9 years next week and I’d love to read through this book with my husband, like we used to do. Anniversary gift?!

  14. I would love to have a copy of this book. I have been in a marriage that failed after 9 years because of him being unfaithful and abandoning the marriage. After several years I met and started dating a wonderful Christian man. My hearts desire is that this relationship would be honoring God and would last. I hope to learn all I can to be the wife that God desires me to be. I would love to learn from your book on how to have a successful marriage!

  15. Nicole E says:

    Hi,

    My fiancé and I have been engaged for a year. Every time we have tried getting married, life happened and we couldn’t afford the dream wedding we always wanted. We have been through so many ups and downs, from me losing my job to him retiring from the military with basically a metal ankle and no way of working. He found out the two children from a previous marriage he thought were his were not, so he’s 40 with no biological children. I have three from a previous marriage. My hearts desire is for a dream wedding, to bare children for him, to become financially stable, but mostly, for God to be our main focus for the rest of our lives. I believe this book will help give us tools to a more intimate relationship with God and bring us closer together in Him. My desire is “the first things”….God bless you all…

  16. Ashley Powers says:

    My husband and I met through mutual friends late Friday night July 2002. We continued talking, dating and then in March of 2003 Hunter proposed in the gorgeous Duke Gardens. We were engaged in spring 2003. Hunter & I were married at the beautiful Duke Chapel on April 24,2004. We were blessed with a son, Danny, on August 22, 2007. Trying to remain a couple, parents to our little blessing, and work hard to bring home income to pay the bills. We were surviving, but our marriage and family unit lacked something. While Hunter filled the void in his own way (I won’t discuss that now), I filled mine by meeting a stranger in an online chat in September 2011 and allowing this other man give me the things I thought I needed from my husband, but didn’t know how to ask him… We ended up having a horrible affair, which almost ruined my marriage and my life. I was hospitalized in December 2013 and Hunter and I made amends. We were remarried on April 24, 2014. Now, we work hard to put God first and then our marriage, family, and friends. We also work hard to keep evil at bay and remember what can happen…I think this book would be very helpful for my husband and I as we begin this new journey as husband and wife again!

  17. My husband and I have been married only 3 months. We were together for 10 yrs before we got married, but marriage is very different from just being boyfriend/girlfriend. We are having a hard time since we’ve put our finances together and have to think about the other one for everything we do. I want to make our marriage a beautiful testimony of Gods love and grace, but need some guidance. It would be great to win this book and get us started on puting God first.

  18. My son is getting married in September. I would like to give a copy to him and his fiance.

  19. Chris Jones says:

    I would LOVE to have this book. My husband and I have been married for 26 years and separated for 1 year … We don’t want a divorce (would Love to get back together) I pray that God would intervene and make us the couple he wants us to be .

  20. Miranda kanngiesser says:

    Love to celebrate my 15 years married to my best friend with this book. July 28, 2000
    My life changed to share my world and future with a man of respect and compassion.

  21. We have been married for 15 years and its been rough. We are at a point now where there really isnt an “us” or marriage. I feel like his roommate. Its amazing how God works though beacause these devotions are always exactly what i need to hear at just the right time. I would hope this book would encourage me and benefit our marriage.

    • Rebekah says:

      Dear Jackie,
      Your comment resonated in my heart. I have been married 25 years and your words have been mine exactly. I have told the Lord – ‘why’ so many times. -Why stay in a marriage that isn’t a marriage. I love this post by Mr. Kimberling. It’s better when two can be one – but because of our own and or others sinful nature sometimes we just aren’t always connected in the relationship, even years later that we thought we would have. When the connection gets broken, it’s hard to live that way.
      If I can encourage you at all though – I had to get to a point in my own walk with the Lord where I laid my wants and desires down and I was willing to earnestly say ‘your will be done, Father – not mine. I’m completely done. Everything I’ve done has failed. Help me to release my husband of expectation and to stop staying in this marriage for the wrong reasons and help me to stay for YOU – just you. You put me here and if you want me here – help me to lay down my hurt and help me be able to stand firm.’ And you know what – He has – every single day. And not only that, He is showing me how to re-friend my husband in a gentle, none-expectant way. The more I do that, the more I am learning how much I had fallen away and given up in my own attitude and perspective. I needed to change before the Lord could work in my husbands heart. I had to get on my knees so He could reach over my head to work on him (lol). Stand firm and never leave because it’s hard. It won’t get easier if you leave. If you stay you, will be abundantly blessed. He will rebuild. But only if you do it for the Lord, then ask Him give you strength and encouragement each day – before your feet hit the floor ask for His help to get through the day and then make a conscious decision to look for the good and trust Him to help you! Bless you sweet sister. Email me if you would like me to pray with you – we can be prayer partners if you’d like. harebal_6@msn.com

      • I have been separated from my husband for over three years, and he still wants to work it out!!! I left after 10 days of marriage, as there were anger issues! This is my second marriage, no children, and after thirty years of being single again, I thought, (not Yahweh) that it would be good to be married again! I knew there were red flags, and I knew I wasn’t about to change him, but somehow, I just wanted to be a wife, and a good wife and have a good home again! We haven’t even as much as seen each other in all that time, as he lives in New Mexico, where we were married, and I live in BC. He believes I should return, since I was the one that left, but that is not the right way, or The Creator’s way of doing things! He just would like to come and pick me up with all my belongings and start over, period! We both follow The WORD of YAHWEH and HIS Feasts and HIS Set Apart Days and Sabbaths, and that is the best thing I have ever done, and followed HIS teachings even before we were married. My husband came into this teaching shortly after we met and I told him about it and he came out of religion as well. We were married in a beautiful park on a hot Albuquerque summer, and with only 11 people at our wedding. It was nice and cozy, even though I didn’t know anyone except two of his best friends.
        Just sharing and any thought or ideas are greatly appreciated!!!! I did want to be there for the next holy day, but that might seem a little soon! This is about the right thing and not a pastor or leader that would lead others astray! The next holy day is coming fast!!

  22. My husband and I got married at 18 years old and have been married almost 7 years now. We love each other and are committed to making our marriage work but have definitely gone through some hard times in the last 7 years. I would love to have this book to help grow and strengthen my marriage and my relationship with God.

  23. Beckie Peterson says:

    While I am currently getting ready to divorce I would like to win a copy of this to give to a friend who is struggling in her marriage so that she doesn’t have to endure the pain of divorce and loneliness that I am struggling with.

  24. I don’t necessarily need to win anything. I just pray that whoever wins would be blessed with love, wisdom, and happiness. Marriage is a blessing and a gift from God and I pray that the winner will be lead to a stronger and restored marriage. God bless!

  25. Florence n says:

    Enjoyed this article. Having a God centered marriage makes a big difference.

  26. Kathia Lamour says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    Your example is one that’ve worthy of repetition!
    God is the Faithful one!
    Keep striving and March on from Glory to Glory
    God is Holy!

  27. Jennifer Tyler says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book <3

  28. What a wonderful blessing to grow and strengthen any relationship. God knows who might need this blessing at this moment! I would love to be uplifted and strengthened by Christ!

  29. Marriage is so beautiful, but in our two years of marriage, it’s become apparent that, like anything worth having, it takes work. I have to choose over and over to keep the relationship my priority and be intentional about strengthening our marriage. With so many other distractions calling for my attention, this is an area that can easily be ignored. I want to break the cycle of divorce and dysfunction that I grew up with. I love the idea of praying together, and to be honest, we have not done it in our two years of marriage. I know it would deepen our relationship and am so fortunate to have read this article. Winning the book would be the icing on the cake, as I am in my last semester of college and we are struggling to make ends meet.

  30. Kathia Lamour says:

    Keep striving and March on with Christ from Glory to Glory. God is Holy!

  31. Kathia Lamour says:

    I would like to win a copy ’cause whatever nuggets of truth I glean in the book, I’m willing and ready to share with the world, and share especially on the Facebook page the “Christian Singles Community Forum”

  32. Leah Villarreal says:

    I would love to win a copy. For myself, for the people around me. i want God to be the center of my future relationship. Kind’ve a new concept to me.

  33. Jenn Soper says:

    If I won a copy of the book, I would first read it to get ideas to help improve my marriage. 18 years as a military wife, and all the stress and struggles that come with it, have both taken their toll as well as strengthened our marriage. After I read it, I would pass it on to a young couple at church, married just two weeks ago, so that maybe they could start strengthening their marriage early on. 🙂

  34. I’d like to win a copy for my son & his wife that have just been married 1 year & threatened divorce a couple times already.

  35. judith a says:

    My husband and I have been together for 32 years. Twenty-five of which we have been Married. We have always weathered the storms and stayed bendable and flexible and God has always….always shown up and pulled us through. The past year and a half especially these past couple months have been extremely difficult..especially for me. Gods done alot of work and has continued to strengthen me. I would love to be refreshed. This is the year of His Restoration…I am standing on that and holding on tightly! Jeremiah 29:11 says He has a plan for a future and a hope…

  36. Connie D says:

    This is the second marriage for both my husband and me. We have prayed together intermittently over the last 10 years, but not on a regular basis. We know it’s important, but have not made it a consistent priority in our marriage. This book would be a good inspiration for both of us to reconnect and reignite our relationship as one in Christ and make our marriage a better reflection of Jesus Christ and His Bride, the church.

  37. krishnaveni says:

    I would really like to receive a book like this as I am planning on getting married and this is the book I need.Most importantly is to make Jesus the centre of this marriage and our lives.

  38. Neomi Malin says:

    I absolutely loved this article! I am going through so much right now in my marriage but this stickers helped me realize a whole lot and gave me sonw ideas! Then you so much for sharing and God bless you!

  39. I would love a copy of this book! I am a Christian, however, my husband is not. I come from an extremely dysfunctional family where marriage was ended at the drop of a hat. There was no compromise, no struggling through the rough places. Sometimes I’m just completely dumbfounded and at a loss as to how to give our son a spiritually whole family. We don’t argue and fuss, but God is not the center of our decision making. I give my opinion and then my husband makes the final decision.
    I would love all the help (and reference material) I can get on having a healthy marriage. This devotional was awesome and I had years in my eyes in a couple of places. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sandy M says:

      Beth, my husband is also a non-believer. Frankly I am sick to death of books on how to improve your marriage from a Christian standpoint that do not take into account the impossible divide between unequally yoked spouses. They place a heavy, unrealistic burden on the believing spouse and sometimes even make things worse by not allowing the unsaved spouse to feel the consequences of his sin. I would like to recommend a book called “How to be the Happy Wife of an Unsaved Husband” by Linda Davis, and two books by Leslie Vernick: the first, “How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong,” and the second – if your husband is abusive in ANY way – “The Emotionally Destructive Marriage.” I pray for your husband’s salvation and for you, wisdom in your marriage to an unsaved man. I know how terribly lonely and difficult it can be.

    • There is a website and books devoted to spiritually “mismatched” marriages. I pray that they would strengthen your walk with the Lord.
      http://www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.com/

  40. Anonymous says:

    I am in a 2nd marriage of 12 years. My first marriage due to his adultery. He chose to divorce and marry his mistress rather than work to save our 25 year marriage. My current husband and I have experienced alot of “hards” especially since 2008. He refuses to pray with me, read the Bible or a devotion with me. Due to health challenges, we are not involved in a local church. He has decided, since our marriage, that there is only one denomination he is interested in attending and I have some doctrinal concerns. I would never have dated him much less married him had I known he would have chosen this path. He suffers from depression and at times, goes into rages. He has left over night when I did not know where he had gone. There are just so many challenges. I do love him and stand in prayer for us and our marriage constantly. I well know who my enemy is and it is not my husband. I know satan seeks to destroy especially Believers, their families, and relationships. I do believe he is a believer but has walked away from any hope in God. I do not see him ever read his Bible now. Please pray for us and our marriage. I know nothing is too hard for God to heal, rebuild, and restore but I well know the dangers of free will from the choices of my first husband. I want a marriage that honors God and points others to him. I desire for us to be ministering together as we did early in our marriage. Please pray for us. He is very hopeless and I am getting worn. Holding onto Jesus and prayer is what carries me through each day. We need a miracle.

  41. jeannie says:

    I would keep the book for myself. We have been married 33 years and although most people think after that long that you will stay married forever i know its not always true. On the outside it looks like we have it all together-beautiful home, financial security, successful son…but no one knows the things we deal with privately. I believe with all my heart in the power of prayer. I keep a notebook by my bed and write all things in it that i am praying about–my marriage is certainly on a page more than once. There could be one thing in this book that could change our spirit and situation so that our relationship can deepen at what should be the happiest time of our life.

    • Hold on there. The enemy is no respecter. Keep your eyes fixed on the Mighty One and He will get you through! Pray pray and pray! If it gets worse, Pray! If it improves a bit, Pray! If it gets really good, Pray! God sees you and hears you like you have no idea. He’s heard your prayers. You will see His Glory just like I saw it in my own marriage. Amen.

  42. Wanangwa says:

    I need the book. I have been in marriage for 4 years. I have learnt that marriage is a journey where you keep on learning each other. i believe that the book is full of great insights and wisdom from which i can learn from and eventually improve my marriage.

  43. Two of my friends at church have been married for a year and are in their early twenties. While they remain strong and faithful, they do struggle financially, yet always continue to give and help others, even if it means they may lack some. I think this book could be a great encouragement to them to stay strong even in the hard times and never give up!

  44. Who wouldn’t want ideas to make their marriage better? I would love to read a book from someone who has been there, done that and is doing it well. I will take all of the advice I can get.

  45. Elizabeth Lynn says:

    I’d like a copy even though my husband and I have been married for 35 years. You see, a few years ago I developed several health problems that are chronic and that plus Rocky finances have adversely affected my marriage. My husband has become distant while I struggle with depression and insecurity. It is a bad mix. I need all the help I can get.

  46. Kassandra says:

    22yr old been married almost 3yrs now with two little ones, It’s so funny because I was just praying “God how do I use my marriage to glorify you” and I was asking God to bring my husband back to him 100% it has always been my greatest desire to pray with my husband, in the name of Jesus let there be unity in my marriage thank you for this devotion that’s on time in God’s time amen

  47. I would love a copy. Believe me we prayed on our wedding night, and I say those words ‘we need to pray’ ever so often. It’s been only a few years but the thought of giving up crosses my mind a lot. I know God hates divorce so i’m not thinking along those lines. But right now I feel like we’re just housemates. Perhaps there is a message for me in that book

  48. A copy of this would be amazing. We are going to be married in September and it has been a journey already. I converted to Christianity almost a year ago and he followed soon after as well. Since then, our relationship has been much improved and I want to ensure that God will always be at the center of it.

  49. Dorothy Koh Soo Cheng says:

    I would love to have a copy of the book for my elder sone Lincoln. He is getting marry next year July 2016.

  50. Sikalula says:

    I really need that copy of the book. Am getting into marriage on 22 August 2015. I really want to my marriage life to God centered. I feel that book will add more to this new journey we about to embark on with my partner.

  51. Chrissy B says:

    I would love to win a copy, please. My future husband and I are both Christian and Jesus will be at the centre, but we know we will need guidance along the way. And the above advice is a great start, blessings

  52. It is 2am and I just read the devotional. It was an encouraging reminder to know that prayer will keep us anchored to Christ. My husband and I have been married 27 yrs. Our daughter has put a strain on our marriage the past 8yrs. Today has been “one of those days” This book would be helpful to strengthen our marriage.Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministries for your devotionals. They are always so timely and encouraging! Many times EXACTLY what I need.

  53. Kristen says:

    I would love a copy of this book to glean wisdom to apply to my own marriage. My husband and I have been married for 17 years and have experienced challenges recently that have put a serious strain on our relationship. I realize that all couples have their ups and downs….we have weathered these over the years including a near split 3 years ago. I want to do everything in my power to build a marriage that is lasting AND fulfilling. Praying for a miracle…

  54. Philip E says:

    My wife and i have been married 19 years this past month. Let’s just say we been through a lot. Right now we are struggling not only financially but spiritually as well. Not sure where to go or what to do from here, but i am sure reading this book would help. We could use some help right now as well as prayers as we are trying to get through this rocky road!

  55. Diane Rampirith says:

    I would like to win a copy of this book. Married for 27 years only by the Grace of God and the HOLY SPIRIT directing me. I have two sons who are going to be married and would like them to read the book. In today’s changing world is good for our children to be grounded firmly on the word of GOD. Many thanks. GOD BLESS

  56. Shannon M says:

    My husband and I have been married for 13 years. We would love a copy of this book to help strengthen our marriage. Marriage is tough but thankful for the Lord who guides us.

  57. Today is my 3rd wedding anniversary and I it has been hard making it this far. I have continued to pray for my marriage and believe that it is by God’s grace that we made it this far. I desire to have my husband pray with me as well. I would love to get a copy of this book as I work with God’s help to keep my marriage for many years to come.

  58. Ana Ivette says:

    I like to use resources to work on myself as a human being and as a godly woman and wife. Your book would be a great resource for me and I can share with my friends things I learn from your book.

  59. Jeanne Yates says:

    I want to win this book because I have been married to a wonderful man for 49 years and we have just rediscovered
    each other romantically. I had a heart attack four months ago and flat lined for five minutes. It made us realize that we had been taking each other for granite and now we spend as much time together as possible. We go places together and we are having fun again. This book would help us renew our relationship and grow closer to each other and to God.

  60. Deon Govender says:

    Dr Kim,
    It is awesome how God works, 13 years we married and my wife did the exact same thing by praying before we consummated our marriage. It is the same advice that we give to all couples that we know are getting married and many of them have followed it. Its amazing that our courtship and marriage was also based on Romans 8v31. The other thing that worked for us is that we always believed that we have a courtship marriage that we try and maintain, which inplies that the affection, activities and zeal we shared when we were courting we try and maintain that in our marriage. God bless.

  61. My daughter and son-in-law have been married for almost 9 months and I would love to give them a copy of your book. If it’s anything like your devotion for today, I think it’s a must-read for every married couple!

  62. Thanks so much for sharing the importance of prayer! Would love a copy of the book, for us, and then share insights with others. Blessings on you and your bride in however long God gives you life!

  63. I would use this for myself and husband and then pass it on to my parents. I am blessed to have an amazing husband but I also realize how important it is to nurture this relationship and to keep God as the center and foundation of it. This book would be such a blessing!

  64. Vinetha & Aaron says:

    Hi…thank you for sharing this…we’ve been married 1.5 years now, the rosy picture of marriage seems to be coming to an abrupt halt…the fighting and fault picking days have started but through it all we try our best to cling to Jesus to help us have a long lasting marriage… would like to receive a copy of the book so that we can read it together and let the Lord work in our marriage to be a fruitful one through all circumstances…God bless you and your family

  65. Debbie Vieira says:

    I have nearly lost hope that my marriage can be redeemed. Our family is filled with hurts and sadness. Maybe the book would plant a seed that would help us focus on God to turn things around.

    • annette says:

      Good Morning,
      Thank you for today’s inspiring reading. I am now in a place almost 28 years after our wedding night, wondering where it will all end. I do see God at work and know He has big plans for our marriage. I have been praying every day, that none of what we go through will be for nothing, and that in His time, our marriage will be a living testimony of God’s goodness and our faith to believe in His will and power. Thank you again for your timely message.

  66. Diane Shearer says:

    Would love this, thank you!!

  67. Margaret Peek says:

    My husband and I celebrated 51 years of marriage this past April 4. I would much prefer you find someone who needs the book a bit more than we do. We certainly have not had every day of wedded bliss, but we made a commitment all those many years to God and to our family and friends, and each day has been a work in progress. We are now in our 70s and retired, have moved more than 25 times all over the US and have two beautiful children and two beautiful in law children, who we call our own. We have had time to reminisce a lot and tonight was one of those nights. Our story could not have happened as it has unfolded, had God not written the plans years, and years ago. Even during the weakest points of our marriage, we can now see God giving us the greatest plan, and we not realizing followed along, many times with uncertainty. We have been truly blessed. God bless you!

  68. Sherrie Weinhold says:

    On Aug 2 2015 Steve and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. Sometimes I look back and know it was God getting us through these hard times. How do we do it? Work, commitment, reading and praying.I would love another book in my arsenal of this marriage is effort.

  69. I could really use a copy of this book!

  70. Lindsey says:

    Five years ago, I asked God to protect me from dating until it as the one that He had for me. Since then he has been faithful to do just that. At 35, I’m still waiting and believing God for a husband. During this time of waiting, I’ve been working on myself; working to become the woman God desires for me to be so that when he gifts me with my husband, I’m ready and in a place mentally, physically, and spiritually to receive His gift. I would love this book as it would help me to continue preparing myself for what’s to come and could be shared with my future husband as an example of my faith that God would provide.

  71. Jane Shrom says:

    Would LOVE the book. Get excited about any new resource to help our marriage along the way.
    God is good and provides EVERYTHING we need.

  72. Tiwongi Mayondi says:

    Yestderday should have been a great happy day all round for me.
    At work, i exceeded my monthly target by a whooping 446% ! But I happen to work in a nest of vipers with none of my collegues(well, maybe one or two)genuinely happy for me. And, worse still my job is so demanding it takes alot of my attention and time and has caused a strain on my marriage… So the same job God has blessed me with has brought its down (ups are the pay cheque of course…) So, anyhow, after working 2hrs overtime, my beloved husband comes to pick me up pissed that I am working late and did not call (I got so busy I really honestly forgot) and that set a tome for the rest of the unpleasant evening that followed…
    An agrument, and two grumpy, tired annyoed 20 yrs olds js in yr 2 of the marriage race windering why we even did it… But myhusband still prayed with me last nigth and that moved my heart. And todays devotional could not be more appropriate for me. I want to be, need to be a better wife and learn a balance betwenn work and marriage and enjoy all the fruits. I would love a free copy of the book. Great marraige literature is not that easy to come by here (rural northern province, Zambia – Afirca)… and i love a goog book but more importantly would love a good happy marraige and want to work on it!

  73. Jamie Moore says:

    Im Actually in Desperate need of this book. My husband passed away 4 months ago, and its the most devistating thing I have ever been through. He was 32 and we had been together for 15years solid.i miss m u husband dearly, but in desperate times i turn too.

    ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’ (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    • Char Current says:

      As I’m reading the comments, my heart is broken for so many and I’m getting to just pray for each situation. As I read yours, I felt the need to let you know. You are not alone. GOD knows, HE understands, HE loves you, HE has you, HE has this intensely deep and painful situation and HE has a plan for you. Praying that the peace of GOD will guard your heard and mind through CHRIST JESUS.

  74. Audra Rael says:

    This is what I needed to hear today. I would love to be considered for a copy of the book. Thank you.

  75. Tammy Cox says:

    I’d love a copy to help my husband and I grow our marriage with Jesus at the center of it. It would be an amazing guide to study together. Many thanks!

  76. Danielle Ellis says:

    I would really love a copy of this book because I believe my marriage would benefit greatly. In this day in age we have so many distractions tugging at us in all directions. There are cell phones that consume us, television shows, struggles at work, raising a child, and my list could go on and on. My desire and prayer for my marriage is that it would be Christ-centered with an eternal mindset. Some days I feel like we are just trying to survive rather than thrive. I hope this book could be a tool from God to revolutionize our marriage. Thank you for reading my comment.

  77. My boyfriend and I have been dating for four years and this book will serve as further inspiration for our future.

  78. Laura Dabiri says:

    I would love this book because I know that God has a plan for our lives and brought us together however sometimes it is hard to remember that. Especially during the seemingly endless Arguments. I know this will not last forever and I am believing God to work a mircle in us and marriage but at the moment it is very hard to see. The enemy doesn’t want us together via he knows God has a plan for us. Married for 2 years. Only known each other for 4. 11 month old. Husband came as an asylum seeker fleeing Iran due to persecution. He has not been able to find a job and I have been the main breadwinner and now with a baby has put a lot of strain on our marriage. We now feel called into ministry together and felt that I should step out put and leave my job as a teacher and currently waiting for God to confirm his next step which is very scary.

  79. Désirée says:

    I need this book for my own marriage. Today is our 8 year anniversary but it has been a tough 8 years as we suffered 3 lost pregnancies and been struggling financially. Please pray for our marriage and that it gets better.

  80. I would love this book. My husband and I are always looking for books to read together and to grow closer to each other and to God. Thanks!

  81. Michelle says:

    Would love the book. Always looking for ways to strengthen our marriage. So thankful for the man God has given me !!!

  82. Claudia says:

    I would give the book to my niece and her fiancé. I am praying for their marriage to be one that honors our Father. I’m praying that they will begin their marriage in faith and that God will give them the desire to increase their faith together.

  83. delynda says:

    I would like a copy. Please pray for a miracle in mY marriage.

  84. Janet axelson says:

    Great article. It depicts the marriage being a trinity, God, husband, wife. I hope to have a marriage like that someday.

  85. I am new to marriage (just over a year) and we have a baby girl and already i can see why people say marriage is difficult- however i really do not want to have that frame of mind. I need help with a lot of things and issues i am currently dealing with, guidance… praying together is a good start

  86. Bronwyn says:

    I would love to share this book with my adult children as they begin their married lives.

  87. Barbara Pekar says:

    I was married to a nonbeliever and a alcoholic for 11 years, we are now divorced. I am walking in God’s path and prayed for my husband, but our marriage ended. I believe that God has a plan for me and has a Godly husband for me..His time not mine. I would love to have a copy of this book and start a new life some day the right way.

  88. Rebecca Knox says:

    It is 4:43 am here, I just woke up out of the blue. I grabbed my iPad and thought let me see what Gods word says. But first before clicking on my Bible app I saw my email showing that there was 1 new mail messages. I opened it and there in my inbox was my daily email from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I read it and said Thank you God.

    You see I went to bed very late and cried myself to sleep. My husband and I have been sleeping in different rooms for the past 4 nights. And last night we had a very long fight. Which ended in do we stay together or part. We just went to bed upset, we never prayed about our marriage and literally told each neither of us knew what to do about our marriage.

    After reading the post, I know what we didn’t do and that is pray together. You see we’ve been married for 19 years this August. And I can honestly say up until recently we’ve never prayed together for our marriage. I wish I had done what Nancy did on her wedding night and suggested that we pray for our marriage. But I didn’t up until recently when we reunited after being separated for 3 months trying to decide whether to reconcile after infidelity. We’ve chosen to stay married and have started to ask God to lead our marriage. We still struggle with consistently and last night was the perfect example of not reaching out to God and trusting him. I trust that God sent me this email and wanted me to read this at this moment and introduce me to your book. Thank you for trusting in him and writing the post. God Bless!

  89. Christelle Cloete says:

    My Prince and I have been married for 29 years! They have been years filled with ups and downs, sickness and health, border-line financial ruin and stability, joy and sadness! Throughout, God has been our anchor, and has blessed us abundantly – with 2 beautiful sons, a lovely home, a passion for gardening and with compassionate hearts! We often testify about our “successful” marriage, are often called upon to give guidance, but we always give God all the honour and glory for this wonderful relationship that we enjoy – without Him we would have failed!
    I have a friend who is going through an emotional roller-coaster ride due to her husband’s infidelity – I would love to share this book with her, as there is only so much support I can offer her, emotionally and spiritually! Bless you and your ministry!

  90. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much for this inspiration. ..you can’t belive this but on our wedding night, just two weeks ago, I told my husband we should pray. Well ours hasn’t’t been consistent and with this testimony my husband and I are going to strengthen our bond with God everyday by praying together. God bless you so much. And I would love to learn more from your book, I believe it’ll bless my marriage as well.

  91. I would love to know what she feels the 7 most important ones are so that I might be able to use & make them work in our marriage.

  92. I would love to have a copy of this book because my husband and I lead a small life group for married couples, and we’d love to use this book to help ourselves as well as the other couples we have been called to minister to.

  93. We are working to stick together in spite of many obstacles and much pain. God is the only way we can do that.

  94. Kay Holbert says:

    New Christian husband and lots of physical struggles in life. Needs lots encouragement. We have been married almost 30 yrs. Lotscof ups and downs. God has brought us through.

  95. While I have been married for 23 years it has gotten harder during the last 10 months.y husband has been unemployed for about a year and he seems to have given up. You see, he made some poor choices earlier in our marriage that led to him being incarcerated. He made it through and came home, worked to provide for his family and was let go. I was there to encourage him, I was his support. But Lord I need some encouragement now too! I need to know how I can help our union at a time when I feel as though sometimes it just isn’t worth the stress.

  96. Charlotte says:

    I can’t change the past, but I can change how I do things from here on out, with the Lord guiding me.
    My husband has quit our marriage and made me move out. Even through all of this I pray everyday for reconciliation. My husband does not have a relationship with the Lord and he doesn’t believe that I have matured in my faith. The Lord has breathed new life into me that I can’t explain, I will keep praying for the Lord to breath new life into my husband. At this time the judge has not granted a divorce and wont until somethings are concluded, which will take over a year. I see this as a chance of time the Lord has given us to heal and I pray everyday for God to save my husband and our marriage, I ask that others will pray for us as well!

  97. Darlene says:

    I think this would be a great book for my niece and soon to be nephew as they start their life together.

  98. JerseyCowMama says:

    We are married 11 years, have 4 small children, and run a very time consuming business. Outside family support is minimal at best. Many family members on my side either expect or encourage me leaving. I have tried dragging him to two different councilors-he refuses to return to
    either one-no time, no money (all true), waste of time, etc…I know God wants this marriage!!! I want this marriage and I think my husband does…a few days ago he agreed to reading a marriage help book together. This would be wonderful timing!!!

  99. Victoria says:

    We’ve been married almost six years and have recently gone through some pretty tough times. I think this book would help strengthen our marriage!

  100. I would LOVE a copy of this book because I am walking the same journey. My husband and I have been together 7 years, only married one year. Neither of us want a divorce but struggle to find the way and path God wants for both of us. Prayers are greatly appreciated and felt!

  101. My husband and I have been married for eight years. Though this is his first marriage, I am remarried. Right now I find myself angrier than I have ever been in my life, though I doubt my husband knows it. We have a good friendship but we do not have a marriage in any sense of the word. I am so so incredibly discouraged. But I am convinced that because God’s Word says that He can do anything but fail He can save this marriage. Yesterday I asked God how do I make “my Maker my husband?” Perhaps He is answering with this article. I would love to pray with my husband but I don’t even know how to bring it up. Right now we only pray in times of crisis. I would love to have this book so we can get some help.

  102. Our marriage has been on the brink of divorce for the past several months and even years despite both of us being Christians. We both take ownership in the mistakes we have made. We both were unfaithful and know it was wrong. I’ve had a hard time letting go of the other man in my thoughts but now through The mended heart study I’ve been able to a little more every day. My husband I just found out has been in contact with his ex girlfriend over the past several months, this is someone different than who he had an affair with. I found out by mistake but because of the study I handled things commonly and we talked about why he had. Neither one of us wants a divorce and want to make it work and we seeking God to restore our marriage after both of us doing so many things to damage our marriage. Just pray that both of us follow the path God wants for us and our marriage.

  103. Thank you for the reminder of how important prayer is, not only for me but for relationships I’m in.

  104. I love this book as my fiance and I are preparing for marriage. We both are thankful for God’s hand over our individual lives and the collective blessing we share in as we bring glory to His name through our friendships and interactions

  105. Samantha says:

    I desperately need this book!!! My marriage is on the brink of a divorce! Please pray!!!

  106. This August we celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and I can so relate to the need to fight for our marriage instead of fighting each other. I love it when my husband grabs my hand and prays before we fall asleep. I struggle when I am in the role of leader and want to encourage him to stay there instead of nagging him to be or feeling bitter. I would love to read the thoughts of Dr. Kim.

  107. Elizabeth says:

    Our marriage feels like a daily struggle and by the end of the day we are worn out. However, God has a plan and I truly feel his grace everyday . I would love a copy of this book to guide us and provide a light on some dark times.

  108. Would like to read to help me change my mind about my marriage! I am strongly thinking of divorce and would like some advice since I would like to work on my marriage
    Thanks

  109. Andrea Beach says:

    I married a wonderful man that I don’t deserve. I would love to have this book. I’m always looking for ways to serve him better.

  110. Rossan Ray says:

    2007 my family life got broke, the Lord gained me in 2009 it has been a so wonderful journey with the Almighty and the travel brought me to in 2013 to a pastoral family and by grace had the opportunity to stay close with them and by their mentoring my inner wounds started healing and also had a glimpse of church ministry God also has been teaching me various areas where Lord would be using me.Now have come to a certain stage where I am planning to get married again hope the mentioned book would help to give a guidance and to get a living experience.

  111. Christi Y says:

    I am two years into my second marriage. This book would help me to not make the same mistakes I made in my first. I would also share it with my girl friend and daughter.

  112. It took me way too long to realize that my husband was not the enemy. We are on the same side, facing a common enemy, the one who lies and destroys. Praying together enables us to fight this enemy together.

  113. What a wonderful lesson of using prayer to make sure God is at the center of your relationships especially your marriage. I’m not married, but I hope that this is a lesson that will take root in my heart so that I can use it one day. I know that “7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage” would be a great resource for a friend whose new marriage is struggling. I pray that God will become the center of their marriage.

  114. Thank you for your message. I want to have the marriage that God has designed for us. My husband and I have been married 37 years. We need help bringing God to the front of our relationship. With the help of your book, I’m ready for our awesome marriage to begin.

  115. crystal glass says:

    My husband & I have faced many troubles in our 10 yrs of marriages. It has been through the grace of God that we have we gotten through them. I would love to have your book for I know we have still have a very rocky road ahead of us & devil is out to destroy anything he can but we all have to keep our focus on the Lord & keep close in Families, homes & lives. Thank you do so much for sharing your devotion as a couple of praying every night from the beginning of marriage, what a blessing!!

  116. JBGunter says:

    Oh, if only someone had shared this with me 35 years ago. Now in my second marriage, God, and out commitment to God, is truly the only thing that has held us together. My daughter is getting married next year to a wonderful man and I will share this with her .

  117. Beth Satterfield says:

    Because it’s time to fight for more than coexisting.

  118. Tanya R says:

    Wow did this come at the right time. My husband and I have been married 18 years and have stopped the train, so to speak. Your words fighting for marriage not against each other really hit home for me. We each pray separately but rarely pray together. It makes perfect sense. Its hard to know what direction to take but remembering God is in the marriage should make it easier. Thank you for the nudge in the right direction.

  119. This is so true. Prayer changes everything. My hubby & I pray togerher each day before work. This book would be a great gift for someone…praying now for the couples that receive it! 🙂

  120. terri dries says:

    That’s what I want, a lasting relationship with my husband. I would love to have a copy of this book. Then when I’m done with it I could pass it on to someone else who needs it.

  121. This Devi was very encouraging

  122. I would like this book as a guide to allow God to fortify my relationship with His love and strength.

  123. My husband and I have been married 38 years. Some days are hard. It seems we have gotten in a rut and we are just coexisting. I would like to think we could use this book to make our marriage stronger and more God centered.

  124. I really liked that line “God taught us to fight for our marriage not each other”! Getting ready to celebrate 34 yrs in September. I am grateful that both of us meant our vows to God & each other. I am so thankful for the man of God that I have been blessed with! Our children are now married and I would love to give this book to them. Our son’s in-laws just had their 30th wedding anniversary and our daughter’s in-laws will also be married 34 years this December. I am sure they have all seen bumpy spots along the way. I pray we showed them how to work things out, been modeled forgiveness but most of all been shown how to love!

  125. I would love to win this book for my son and his wife who are struggling in their marriage right now and could use your guidance.

  126. Char Current says:

    I’d love to win this book!!! If not, I’m definitely going to buy it!

  127. We didn’t start our marriage praying together either, but we do now. It’s a good thing, and God uses it to strengthen us individually and as a couple.

  128. This is awesome…so very true!!

  129. Michele Dantzie says:

    Id love a copy of this book…my marriage is in trouble and it needs a miracle quick!

  130. Jacqueline Johnson says:

    I’m separated now and fighting for our marriage of almost 19 years. I’m meeting with my atty tmrw to discuss dropping my legal separation charge against my husband cuz he countered it with a divorce. I believe I must do His will to save my marriage and if my husband decides to divorce, he can own that. What God has joined together, let not man put asunder.

  131. Karen Harrison says:

    Nancy has encouraged me to be the one that initiates prayer, I have waited 19 years for my husband to initiate it Time to change.

  132. There’s a reason I was brought to this devotional today (not always the place I go)… Maybe I’m supposed to read this book?? This is such “no-brainer” advice it makes me think that I’ve been missing out on one of the most vital activities I could do with my husband. What else am I missing? Oh, that God might reveal them! AND then give me the desire to do them!

  133. S. Williams says:

    I will be married soon. And although I have seen some lengthy marriages in my family, none of them seems truly happy. Offense & independence have crept in and seem to set a foundation. Ive prayed for God to prepare my husband-to-be & to walk a unified path that draws us closer to The Lord daily, as a couple. I believe that the practical nuggets shared in the pages of this book will help set the foundation to this.

  134. Joanne Amante says:

    After a long marriage that unfortunately ended in divorce it took years to mend my heart and trust love again… Now in the beginning years of marriage again we strive everyday to build the foundations.. I never thought to pray together.. What a great idea and perfect way to end or start the day..thank you for this! I pray God blesses my marriage every day and holds us close as we are still learning so much about each other and growing in our faith together…

  135. uche igbokwe says:

    I just finished washing my box and children’s clothes so I can pack and leave but one thing that is holding me back is my local church ie my involvement in the service of the Lord. I am tired of my husband. I’ve been pray but the stubborn, abusive, even violent he becomes. How do I start all over again with four children. He’s been jobless and my money I loaned he refused to give me back. Should I not say I’m frustrated? Today’s message is from the holy spirit. I’m hurting seriously. I’ve already told him I’m leaving.

  136. Lynne G says:

    We haven’t always prayed together, but in recent years, we started and continue to this day. Praying together has strengthened our marriage without a doubt. However, when you said that prayer has helped you stand together and get through whatever this world has thrown at you, I actually got goosebumps. We need to be able to stand together in the face of all evil, now more than ever. We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and we are thankful for the strength God gives us and has given us.
    Thank you for being an example for us!

  137. Likely a few decades too late, but I’ll read gently and could pass it along to a young couple in my church.

  138. We were not Christians when we married, but I accepted Christ as my Savior, then our kids, and then my husband. After 31 years of marriage, and now retirement, I wish we were a better role model for our grown kids. I know being more Christ-centered would be the answer. Perhaps this book would better direct us. Marriage is certainly an exciting journey.

  139. I would love a copy of this book for my Granddaughter to read before she gets married.

  140. Susan S says:

    My best friend’s marriage is failing. God needs to be the center of it, but He isn’t. I would love to win this book. I would definitely give it to them.

  141. Dot Robbins says:

    Iwould love to have one to give my son and daughter in law they have been married 10 years I just cant seem to win them to God. I have been married for 52 years I go to church and saved ,just cant get my husband to go please pray for us and my son thanks God bless

  142. I am currently seeking counseling and think that this book will be a great tool to help me save my marriage.

  143. Kristin says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book for myself and others. I am always looking for a great marriage resource to continue to strengthen my own marriage. My husband and I are both believers but marriage can still be difficult at times so having a resource to facilitate growth is always a blessing. Also, I counsel others through my church- more times than not the problem is marital. This would be a great resource to draw from as I counsel woman through their marital problems. Thank you & God bless!

  144. I would give this to my son in law & daughter. They have had struggles in their 1st year of marriage. I keep them in prayer daily for God’s will in their marriage &;His will for them individually.

  145. After many years of marriage our marriage seems empty and passionless. We are stuck in a rutt and neither of us seem to know how to get out.

  146. Michelle says:

    Help…I need to read this book.

  147. What a timely message. I have forgiven my husband for something but today I woke up with the hurt as though it happened all over again yesterday. I am giving it over to the Lord again only out of obedience so that it doesn’t eat me up but I sure do not feel like it much less praying with him. Looking forward to a complete healing as I choose to gorgive again.

  148. Oge Slix says:

    It would be an honor to receive this book. I just got engaged and am convinced that this man is God’s will for me. He loves God so much and adores me to a fault, however he recently started to sound like he wants us to make some compromise in our purity during courtship. He’s a minister so he knows a lot about the word of God and prayer, so its funny he seems to fall short in this very important area and this makes me know that its the devil trying to create a loophole. I want to read foundational books like this, and would want him to read it, as he’s really teachable and loves to learn more. I would also need your prayers for a blessed and godly relationship and marriage over us, most importantly!
    Thank you and God bless you.
    May God continue to bless your own marriage. Amen!

  149. Mandy bruce says:

    Looks like a great book!

  150. Dawnielle says:

    Trying to restore what has been stolen by my spouses very long term adultery with a supposed friend of mine and my children. This is a very long road. For the entire length of the marriage until his Adultery was discovered he was also masturbating to Porn. We are now trying to build Spiritual, Emotional, and some type of physical intimacy.

  151. This book would be a great asset to our life because every dart that could be thrown has been thrown 7and to know that this book could bring some sunshine to our dark places along with God’s word would be a Blessing!

  152. I mean forgive not gorgive; gosh it is even hard to spell it much less do it without gritting my teeth.

  153. I am getting married in a few weeks. It is the second marriage for both of us. We are committed to make it last and love any wisdom we can find.

  154. Consuella Craig says:

    Wow this book sounds like it could be a blessing not to just my marriage but do many others. I would love to have a copy to share with the Marriage Ministry at our church as a consideration for our next small group study.

  155. I’m getting ready to celebrate 25 years of marriage. Honestly, it has had more ups than downs. I’m also a 5 year breast cancer survivor. This disease at a early stage in our marriage has put physical and emotional obstacles in our happy marriage. I would love to have this book to help us continue getting stringer through this difficult time. I would definitely pass it along after we have read through it. Prayers are always welcome!

  156. we just celebrated our 34th anniversary & have been thru many struggles. It’s really only by God’s grace our marriage survived. Although we always attended church I know now we didn’t have a real relationship with Jesus. You don’t know what you don’t know. After a crisis 2 yrs ago we started worshiping at a new church, my husband is praying for the first time & I’ve been asking God to help us make a better marriage. This book would surely be a blessing. Thank you!

  157. Angela Raphael says:

    I would love a copy of the book. I’ve been married for 12 years and we have four children. Thanks!

  158. Ellen Cole says:

    My husband and I will celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary this year. We were not raised with similar church backgrounds. In fact, my husband was baptized only 8 years ago. I see our marriage moving closer and closer to being Christ-centered and am so grateful.

  159. 14 yr anniversary, would love to read how to make the years great!

  160. Paulette Peters says:

    My husband and I have been married for 47 years. I just turned 22 when we married, starting our marriage with three children from his previous marriage and getting pregnant right away. So many adjustments, so many arguments, so much of all the wrong things, but here we are 47 years later. Midway in our marriage, a couple took us to the side to talk to us about the importance of prayer in our marriage and how it would and could be that cement to help hold our marriage together. Ever since, we have been praying together daily and God is doing for our marriage nothing else could have!! Praise Him!

  161. I’ve been married 33 years and I must say the first 25 years were hell. Even though we were both brought up in a Christian home, we should not have married. We were not who God picked out for each other, but because of my strict upbringing, I believed the only way God would forgive me for things we did that we should not have done, I married him. Within a year or so, he quit going to church and I soon followed. There were many fights, abuse, unfaithfulness, financial ruin, and thoughts of suicide during the first 20 years and several attempts to get a divorce, but for one reason or another something would come up and it would get pushed aside. I decided one day after 20 years to give my life back to God and asked him to make this marriage work. I started praying for my husband and for myself. I started going back to church alone for 5 years but inviting him each time just to hear no or to be given that look. However, one day he said yes and he gave his life to God. Life still has been difficult at times especially financially, but now I wouldn’t trade my husband for anything. Even though we don’t pray together because of the different shifts we work, we do go to God before we start our day and go to church together. I would like this book to see how we can further developed this marriage. We still have lots of financial stress and because of work shifts and our age differences, we find there is a lack of physical intimacy. Sometimes, most of the time, life just gets in the way.

  162. Chelsie says:

    I am not married yet, but I pray for my husband daily. I pray for him just as if we are married. In my prayer I cover every aspect of his life which includes asking God to strengthen their relationship, I pray for his success at work, and I also pray for his children and his family. I have also gotten in the habit of thanking God for particular aspects of our marriage. Although I’m not married yet, but I know that daily prayer is the success key that will make a difference in our lives. Because it is and has always made a difference in my life. Thank you Dr. Kim!!!

  163. It seems like I’m the lone guy here. My wife and I have been married now 24 years. I have been a Christian now 17 yrs… it’s been tough with most of the problems in our marriage to fall square upon my shoulders. Infidelity being number one but financial stewardship is a problem in our marriage as well… we have been to counseling several times, it helps for a while then we become complacent and get back into a rut. We have even been separated for a year due to both our neglect of each other, during that time god grew me spiritually and showed me my role and responsibilities in our marriage. Now the problem isn’t me but let’s just say it’s the devil. We have had no physical intimacy in almost 5 yrs now. Plus now I want to try and lead my family the way god intended and take care of my wife and it’s gotten harder. If I get this book is going to my lovely bride of 24 yrs so good can keep us together and grow us in him for another 26 yrs…

  164. karen whiffen says:

    I would love this book cause my husband and.I struggle as well. we married 7 years ago and it’s tough. I am.a.christian and he is not but supports me by going to church. Pls.pray for.his salvation and that God will bless.our marriage.

  165. Michele says:

    My husband and I struggle in our marriage. We are complete opposites and cant seem to find common ground on anything. I am a Christian and he is atheist so this makes it increasingly difficult. I read all I can and try to apply it to our lives and pray that someday God will touch his heart

  166. I just celebrated my 30 year anniversary and even after so much time has passed, I don’t feel married. I am still waiting for us to become ONE. I love the Lord and I know that there is nothing too hard for him. He can change anybody. Maybe the answer I am seeking is in your book. Even if it is not, please pray for my marriage.
    Thank you

  167. Michelle says:

    I would keep this for me and my hubby but share with my best friend and her hubby too. Me and my hubby would pray together all the time but now he has aphasia dementia and can’t speak. I need to be the prayer warrior all the time. It’s hard to stay on track sometimes. I would love to read some encouragement. Great reminder… Thanks!

  168. Rebecca says:

    Prayer is essential, praying together is powerful! I wish I could buy each women who responded this book❤️ God loves you!

  169. Leann Vandemark says:

    This book would be a great read for anyone. It’s easy to settle for less in a marriage which I’m guilty of doing many days. This would be a step at deepening my marriage relationship.

  170. Barbara Tuck says:

    I have been married 46 years and would like to improve our walk with Christ. My husband says he is a believer but does not fellowship with other Christians and I would love us to read this book together!

  171. Rhonda Morphew says:

    My best friend’s daughter and son-in-law have recently separated. They have four beautiful children.

    Satan has attacked their home and is destroying their family. I would love to have a copy of this book to share with them.

  172. Ashley Stretton says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I am a single mom to two little girls because of a husband who left me for another woman when I was pregnant. That was four years ago and my heart has had time to heal thanks to my relationship with Christ. I am now in a serious relationship with a wonderful Christian man, and I think reading this book would be helpful for our relationship and our future marriage.

  173. What a timely message! We all need to be encouraged to keep our marriage vows and God in the center of our marriages through prayer. That is the most impressive things I can say about my husband, from our very first encounter on a date he prayed. We have prayed together every since, and it is a great comfort to me to know that we both pray with and for each other. There has been so much attack on marriage and the worlds view of marriage and interoperation of “marriage” do not match what God’s original design modeled in scripture. I love that you describe marriage as journey not a destination. The wedding is only the beginning and yes, there will be trills but most of all we need to keep holding to our faith in God and in each other. It would be a huge blessing to obtain a copy of your book. Thank for sharing so candidly the reality of marriage being not always easy but well worth enduring until God makes a change!

  174. Thank you for this today. God knows what we need to hear at just the right time. I will be celebrating 20 yrs with my husband this year. I wish I could say that I look back on the past 20 yrs with great joy, but that wouldn’t be truthful. God has been missing out of our marriage for quite some time. We need the power of prayer between us to make it another 20 yrs and beyond. Thank you for posting about your struggles. Please pray that my husband will be convicted about praying and doing a devo together as well.

  175. My husband and I have been married 21 years, but 4 years ago we were separated and in such a mess with no hope, that’s when God found us. My teenage children and I accepted Christ as our Saviour and God began to work in our hearts and our lives. Several months later, my husband accepted Christ as his saviour and through Gods beautiful grace he healed our hearts, reconciled our family and restored our marriage. God has done wonderful things in our lives but is has been hard work and I know this book would be such a blessing to us and our marriage and something we could definitely pass on to our dating children. Thank you

  176. My husband has never been willing to pray with me or take a spiritual leadership role in our marriage although I have asked him too and have been sadly told “no.” I hope He will see the importance of it and how much it would mean to me if he would.

  177. Jeanette says:

    My marriage is in the dark place. We are trying but it is glim. I could use this book

  178. Vanessa says:

    I wish we prayed together. My husband and I are so different in the way we pray and share our faith. I hope one day God can bring us closer together in this area.

  179. Susan Mitchell says:

    After 30 years of marriage, one would think we had risen above the challenges of marriage and coasting toward the golden years with ease. What I find instead is a dry, lifeless relationship where we just go through the motions of marriage. We just recently began to bring prayer into this relationship and find it somewhat awkward praying together out loud. Would love guidance and encouragement to grow spiritually together.

  180. This devotion hit home for me today. After six years of marriage, my husband and I are going through the darkest time of our relationship. Our struggle to have a baby and build our family hit a new low this week. I pray daily for God to be the center of our marriage and help us through this time.

  181. Clair Herrera says:

    This would be amazing to read for ideas on how to keep Christ at the center of our marriage!

  182. I like the statement you made about fighting for your marriage instead of fighting each other. Thank you for your article!

  183. This book sounds like something that can only strengthen my marriage. We have been married for 16 years and need his hand in our daily lives.

  184. We have been married for 31 years and truly happy for maybe ten. Divorce is not an option but I want a fulfilled marriage. Not just a marriage where we co exist.

  185. Kelly Vaughn says:

    Marriages are being attacked by the numbers in our church right now. Although I don’t feel as though my husband and I are at risk, I do want to be more purposeful in protecting our covenant. We do not pray together daily and I want that to become a time we both crave at the end of our day. Having a book that will give inspiration and direction will be a huge benefit to us and to the other families that we can share with in our small group as well as in our congregation.

  186. Thank you for your beautiful message. I would love a copy for my husband and I. We are still going through a restoration process and give glory to God for keeping us together. We pray each day with my mother and have centered our lives around God and His plans for our lives. God bless you!

  187. This is a wonderful devotion. I would like to receive a book for my daughter who has been married for 2 years now. They have been going through tough times and this book may help them in their marriage.

  188. Perhaps this sage advice to pray every day with my husband could have saved our marriage. Instead,
    we wasted two horribly emotional years and untold thousands of dollars in divorce misery. Will keep this
    in mind if I ever venture down the marital path again.

  189. Pamela D Washington says:

    What a wonderful topic for today for so many that hurting in there marriage. Thanks for writing this because you never know what someone else is dealing with, but to read all the comments is awesome. My spouse and I was on the way to divorce because we both had affairs. But God!! One of us had to trust God in the midst of the storm and I went to God telling him that I did not want to be married anymore, I did not care, I wanted out. We are still married, we do not pray together, but we do talk and we need more help, but my spouse do not want to go and get help. He says it is ok we do not need to talk to anyone. I go to church he do not go and I pray. So many of us need this book, whoever do win this book please share it with others so there marriage will be where God wants it to be. To the writer thanks and God Bless you & your wife!!

  190. Karen Miller says:

    Awesome testimony and great encouragement. I look forward to reading your book. Thank you for sharing!

  191. Rebekah says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. Sounds awesome. Praying with your spouse builds intimacy.

  192. Marliese Bordman says:

    My husband and I have had a very difficult time with our marriage the last couple of years. So much so that we have recently been discussing divorce after over 24 years of marriage. Although it may be too late for us, your story brings me happiness to know that God truly is watching over us and it only takes us listening to his word to change our lives.

  193. KivaMarie says:

    I have prayed and still praying for our 25 years of marriage to be sparked again. The leadership of head of household and the intimacy of a husband, all within God’s eyes. I hope the winning of this book will give this marriage a chance to be…..

  194. I will be marrying soon & would like to have this book not only for me to read but also my fiancee.

  195. Jill McGrath says:

    Wow! It is interesting to see all the comments people wrote and the different stages of marriage and the problems everyone faces. I would absolutely love to win a copy of your book too; I’ve been married 8yrs and am finding God again as my marriage is not doing well. We are currently separated for many reasons and I’m trying to find my way back. I thankfully have a very good friend who is helping me on my journey to bringing God into the center of my life and hopefully into my husbands. I think your book could really help us get back on track as this is tough on us and our children. Thank you for sharing your story with us! It seems as if you have touched many peoples hearts with the amount of comments. Thank you

  196. My husband and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year. It hasn’t always been easy but by the grace of God, He has kept us going strong. I pray frequently for my marriage but didn’t always; especially in the beginning. I would love this book to pass on to my nephew who is getting married in a few months, and for my daughter, whose boyfriend just asked for her hand in marriage.

  197. We have been struggling in our marriage. I can completely relate to this devotion and would love to have this book to help us move through these struggles. Our faith and focus on Christ is what has seen us through thus far. Would love to win the book to help with our struggles and provide support.

  198. Jessica says:

    I’m getting married in October and would love a copy of this book to prepare my fiancé and I for a Christ-centered marriage.

  199. Beth Pettry says:

    14 years and we are working at it daily. If you could measure our prayer life on a scale, my side would definitely be heavier. We don’t pray together yet; but, we’ve come a long way. We do talk about our faith and God more, but it’s been a process. I pray that one day soon we can hold each other hands each night and say our prayers together. Until then, I’ll continue to pray for us both. And, I always pray to be the wife my husband needs me to be.

  200. Thank you for this devotional. I just celebrated 15 year anniversary with my husband. We have a great relationship but could always grow closer to God together. We pray together with the kids at bedtime or to say grace before we eat, but I do not recall a time where he & I have prayed together for each other. This devotional has hit a heart string. I’d like to win a copy of the book to see what other areas we could strengthen our marriage.Thank you!Great message!

  201. Meredith says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book for the simple fact that my marriage is headed down a deep, dark path that I’m not sure I can get out of. We have been married almost 9 years next week and we have been through so many ups and downs. We are at a turning point in our marriage that it will either help or hurt us and we are facing some very difficult life decisions together or am apart.

  202. Angela Brown says:

    Thanks for the beautiful reminder of how very important prayer should be in my marriage!!

  203. Patti Humphries says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband and I have been married 32 years and understand that a good marriage doesn’t just happen. We have placed God at the center of our marriage but sometimes life happens and we forget that. Sometimes we allow busyness and the crush of other demands for our time to take over. I think this book would help us return our focus to where it should be.

  204. I would love a copy of this book for my husband and myself. We have recently began praying together daily and it has already brought us closer together.

  205. Tabatha says:

    I would love to win this book. 🙂 First & foremost to help strengthen my own marriage, but we are also looking for a book to start a small group study at my home church for newly weds & young couples. I think this would be a great start. Praying that it is in Gods will for this study group to be effective & marriage changing – would love for this book to be a part of that. Thank you for the wonderful & encouraging words!

  206. I would love a copy of the book as I’m about to enter into my second marriage. God has been in this relationship from the very beginning and I want to keep him there. I really enjoyed today’s post this was a beautiful reminder to always keep God in your marriage.

  207. I need to resource myself with God’s truth for my marriage. Celebrating 17 yrs of marriage on August 1 but the past 9 years have been VERY trying. Full of anger, resentments, adultery and dishonor. We are still fighting because God has a plan for my marriage and because we love each other. When God is the center our marriage is GREAT but when we put God aside, we see the difference in our lives. We will stand strong, with God’s help!

  208. I love this and wish it were true for us. But what do you do if you resent your husband for not being the spiritual head of the household. I mean, he won’t even pray at meals unless it’s a last resort. When we were dating, I was given the impression that this would not be the case. But I feel I was sold a fake bill of spiritual goods, so to speak.

  209. Kristian says:

    This book would be awesome to have. We are on our eighteenth year of marriage. We have had many trials come our way like so many others, but we persevered, talked, and worked our way through it all. We have a daughter who has been in a courtship and engaged to be married in December, this would be a perfect gift for them. Praying for all marriages, God Bless.

  210. Jocelyn Harris says:

    I would love a copy!! My husband and I have been married for two years in October and its been a struggle. We have consider divorce but I know God turns bad things into good things. I know this book will be a blessing!!

  211. Kimberly says:

    I would personally use the book. I love my husband more each day after twenty four years of marriage. We do not pray together and this is something I would like to change to bring us both closer to God and strengthen our marriage.

  212. Jennifer Locke says:

    I recently married in June, since the marriage many issues have arose. We have even discussed divorce when we should be celebrating being newlyweds. My husband is no is not a full believer in the power of Jesus, but I am. I try to use tools like this book for guidance through this journey.

  213. i need this book for my own marriage but also for my daughter who is dating a guy that may become her husband.

  214. Ashleigh S says:

    My husband and I have been married 6 1/2 years. This year was the first year we had our first child. It has been the biggest blessing in our lives but has really challenged our marriage. I have found that there have been so many ugly things that have been said to my husband. Hurtful things. We have mostly good days recently. However, we need guidance and prayer as we made the same commitment as you and your wife did. We vowed to put God first in our marriage. This past year has been the most challenging in regards to being intimate and postively encouraging one another. Please pray for us. I would love a copy of your book.

    Sincerely,
    Ashleigh

  215. I am a divorced individual and when I first saw the subject of your message today I was ready to hit delete and then I didn’t for some reason. I do believe that the reason is my desire to know why my marriage met with disaster. My oldest daughter’s has met the same end and my youngest is scared to death of marriage. I would like to read your book to see what I could know to be a better mentor for my own children and myself should marriage be an option to me again. Thank you.

  216. This message was very inspiring and helpful. My husband and I are currently in a new stage of our lives, retirement. From the start, 4 years ago, it hasn’t been as expected but each day we try to put God first.

  217. Shari Kopp says:

    My husband and I have been married 49yrs. this past Feb. One would think by now we had it all figured out. Not so! While we both know and love Jesus as our personal Savior, we stopped family prayer and started praying on our own time. I honestly feel this book will help us both understand the that we weren’t just setting an example for our children, but by praying together we were asking God into our lives to shine a light on what He wanted us to do so we could be a better witness of His love for all!

  218. I need a copy of this book!!! After 10 years of marriage – I am ready to call it quits. A lot has changed in the past year – we became foster parents to a 6 year old and that move prompted me to return to church and establish a relationship with God. My husband says he believes in God, but does not have a personal relationship with Him, nor does he think he should attend church and/or read the Bible. We’ve grown miles apart, our marriage & each other are not priorities for either of us.

  219. Ellen Souders says:

    My Husband and I could really benefit from this book and your guidance. We are a step family and have been married 12 years this year. We have had lots of struggles and most about being a step family.

  220. Kim Nungaray says:

    I have been married for 25 years but some of those years have been difficult. I think there is always room for improvement and it sounds like a wonderful book that can strength any and all marriages. We lose sight of putting God first in our marriage.

  221. My husband and I have a similar 38 year marriage. Only started praying together 4 years ago.

  222. i would love a copy of this book. IMy husband and I both have questionable pasts. We want to change and need all the help we can get. We need first and foremost Gods help!! This would be a great start to a long ovedue process!

  223. This was a great devotional. It would be amazing if I could ask my husband to pray with me nightly and actually have him agree and do it. But if only one of us prays, I suppose it’s better than not at all.

  224. I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband and I love each other very much, but marriage is hard. We recently welcomed our first baby, and while she’s given us so much joy, this change has taken a toll on our marriage. My husband and I both love our daughter, each other, and the Lord. However, I know that the enemy has attacked our marriage in the past and will continue to try. I’d love to read this book and strengthen the relationship that my husband and I share together with Christ.

  225. Jennifer says:

    My husband and I could definitely use some life changing…

  226. Would love to win this book. Someone I know is dealing with some problems in their marriage. I would give this to them in hopes that it would help in some way.

  227. I am praying that I win a copy of this book. My spouse and I have only been married since June of 2013. He got married a week after he had a horrible car accident (hit by a car while changing a flat tire alongside the interstate). Yes, we got married in the hospital. We have a 13 year old child together and struggled for the few years of his life and decided to part ways. After 7 or 8 years apart, we decided to give it another try. I totally have some issues that I have not let go of but it is not for the lack of trying. And on top of all that our backgrounds or so different that it totally gets in the way of our relationship. He grew up in a very harsh (to me) environment where “i love you” was not said. And I grew up totally different where i was loved on and hugged daily. And I want the same for my children. We have been through a lot in the last 2 years. With him not being able to work and disability not kicking in (hopefully we will hear from them soon). It has been a struggle to try and keep our lifestyle the same for a family of 4 (i have a 15 year old from a previous relationship) on one very small income!! This is NOT what I thought my life would be like, especially my married life!! But I know in my heart and soul that God has a lesson for me in this. And I know we are married for more reasons than my flesh can think of. But to help with the struggles, I would love to see what this book has to offer. Thanks for your time. Praying I win!! 🙂

  228. Shelley Woods says:

    That scripture really moved me today. After 21 years of marriage, my husband and I have had ups and downs, but God has been the constant. I pray to keep our marriage strong through the difficult times and the not so difficult times. Reading how to keep it strong and listening to others makes me feel like we are not alone!

  229. I could really identify with the author, as he discussed the early years of his marriage. My husband and I are about 19 months into marriage, and we have had to decide to intentionally disregard options of separation, divorce, etc.

  230. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for your devotional. I am recovering from the wounds of my husbands infidelity. I pray every day that God guide me through the pain as I search for forgiveness. I am trying to make sense of how this action can be used to rebuild a marriage and a family.

  231. The verse in Romans really stuck with me in this devotion-if God is for us NO one can stand against us! LOVE!!!! The book sounds great! Would love to read it as a couple!:)

  232. I sure could use that book! Many people encourage me to divorce- but I feel that’s not what God wants for me.

  233. I would love to have a copy of this book so I can have a reference to help friends. I work in a job that has a high divorce rate. I have been married for 28 years and rely on God daily to lead us. He never fails and is always good.

  234. Sonja James says:

    Good Morning Dr. Kim,
    I would like to receive your information to sustaining a God filled marriage. I have been married 3 times for earthly reason’s that I should have prayed and witnessed before saying “I Do”. I clearly understand God’s word “Be Anguish for Nothing”. I am now allowing God to prepare me for this wonderful gift of marriage. When I hear my friends that are married speak of divorce, I immediately give them scriptures and suggest for both parties to pray together as I intercede on their behalf. Thank you for your God given information and I pray to be hearing from you soon.
    Many blessings,
    Sonja James

  235. Sarah H says:

    I am always looking for resources to help my husband and I fight for our marriage. If I win it will be a treasured book for sure.

  236. Brittany says:

    I would love this for my husband and me. We have spent the last year in counseling and while we have made huge progress, praying together is what we truly need!

  237. Jennifer says:

    My husband and I could really use this. We’ve gone through some tough times, but we are committed to working it out and letting God be the center.

  238. I would love to have this book!

  239. Renae Martinez says:

    We’re having a year of storms in multiple areas of our lives right now and could use an infusion of goodness to fortify our marriage.

  240. We lead a marriage study in our life group-this would be an awesome addition to our resources! Thanks for the chance to win!

  241. We are planning our wedding & working very hard to do things the right way to make sure our marriage & family will continue to be blessed & smiled upon by God. We both know marriage is work & want all the tools we can get to help us in our journey together.

  242. Jenni Sprague says:

    I would really like this book as my husband and I are married 20 years this year and recently going through the most difficult struggle a marriage can go through. Only with God will we be able to get through it.

  243. This was a great read on our 8th anniversary today! The book sounds wonderful as well.

  244. Sheila Sanders says:

    I would love a copy. My has and of 15 years walked out on myself and our son 3 1/2 years ago with no explanation. I would like to know what I can do Ina marriage if God sends anyone new in my life!

  245. Hi-I would love to have a copy of this book because I am a newlywed…and marriage has been tough to say the least this past year! Eager to learn more about how to have a marriage that honors God and is vibrant, intimate, and full.

  246. My son and daughter inlaw are having marriage problems. This may be just what they need!!

  247. Aimee Patrick says:

    Love what the article sets as a priority… My husband works a full time job & pastor’s our church full time. We try to make time for us with all the other demands… This is a timely reminder to put our marriage first! A copy of the book would be a great blessing !

  248. Jan Muse says:

    Praise God for your enduring marriage! My husband & I have been married 17+ years. It’s the second time for both of us. We’ve been involved in divorce recovery ministry as volunteers & were blessed to share in China a few years back. Staying married in today’s world is a daily struggle. We all need to spend time together on our knees fighting for our marriage & family. Time in God’s word & encouraging books as this one feed & strengthen us. Thank you & God bless!

  249. Ginnie Montoya says:

    So true we have been thru very hard times also but God has been the center of our marriage. Even right now my husband is going thru sickness but prayer has bonded together more. We too pray together each night.

  250. I found out over the weekend that my daughter is talking about divorcing her husband and moving to Florida (we live in Tennessee). I honestly never really liked her choice for a husband, but at some point in time she must have loved him to marry him. If they divorce, this will be her second failed marriage. They both need God in their lives. I pray for God to change their commitment to Him first, then to each other. If I were to win a copy of the book, I would give it to her.

  251. Debbie Giese says:

    My daughter is getting married at the end of September. Would love for her to have this.

  252. I would love to receive this book. My husband and I just had a baby and it has totally change the dynamic of our relationship. I would love to get back on track.

  253. I would love a copy of the book 7 secrets to a wonderful marriage because my husband and I are newly weds (almost married 1 year in August). We pray together every night before bed as well, and I know there is more we can do for our marriage!

  254. Susan Jackson says:

    Would like to give the book to my son and future daughter in law.

  255. My husband and I have been in counseling for a year. I have strong faith
    And dedicate every morning to Jesus.
    I pray some day my husband will do the same and believe .
    Please pray that he will find Jesus in his heart and we can connect in our faith to make our marriage stronger .

  256. Desiree Silvey says:

    I would love this book because my husband and I are currently on a path of trying to save our marriage and ourselves. We have been married for almost eight years and, in those eight years, we have gone through many struggles that have left us battered and tired. For 5 years we have been through the journey of health and pregnancy struggles/complications. My first pregnancy ended with weeks in the hospital for me due to very risky health complications and a premature birth (31 weeks at 2 1/2 lbs. And a 5 1/2 week NICU stay). My child is still battling health issues from prematurity and immune issues. After my first pregnancy we lost babies during two separate pregnancies which required surgery for me. We finally discovered, after many tests,
    a clotting disorder which would cause dangers for me and my baby in any pregnancy. We got pregnant again and I took blood thinner injections in my stomach daily and was at the dr all the time to monitor the pregnancy. Although this pregnancy went to 37 weeks, my baby still ended up in the NICU due to respiratory distress. With the past 5 years having so much going on, we have had little to no time to focus, grow, and strengthen our marriage or ourselves. Although the physical, mental, spiritual, and financial stresses of this journey are taking their toll on our marriage and our lives, we still trust and believe God is faithful. We are blessed, we have 2 amazing children and so much to be thankful for. We are trying to walk in Him daily as we battle for one another and our marriage. Thank you for this opportunity!

  257. Next month marks 15 years married. The marriage is not broken, it’s dead. We live as roommates and he won’t leave. No Christian counselling has helped. I live to care for my child with autism and serve our church. I am still waiting for our miracle.

  258. vonda jones says:

    We have been married for 37 years, my oldest daughter for 12 and my son just celebrated his 1st anniversary. I think I would make this book required reading for all of us even though we are at different seasons.

  259. This would be a great help in our day to day struggle in life and marriage.

  260. Kelley Johnson says:

    What an awesome testimony and an encouragement to me right now. It’s often hard focusing on our marriage with 5 of 7 children(blended family) and all that entails. Thank you for sharing!

  261. Tonya Zuch says:

    My husband and I are going on 9 years marriage. We definitely have our struggles and need to learn how to make God our focus point of our marriage! We have been through alot, he adopted my first born (we got together when he was a couple months old) my mom and dad have passed away from cancer, we have endured a miscarriage, and had 2 more children. Everyday is learning for us!! I think this book would be amazing for our marriage!!

  262. My husband and I are struggling and have been for a long time. Whenever we get into an argument he brings up the D word.I would like this book to read together. I really feel things are hopeless right now for us. Maybe this book could help…God bless.

  263. As my first of 6 children begins her walk into marriage, I would like to continue to provide her with all the tools possible to have a godly marriage that glorifies the Lord.

  264. My husband and I just celebrated 29 years together and It has been quite a journey ! God has not always taken center stage in our marriage and looking back it was the root to many if not all our issues. Today we have started the path to God together, church, small groups and praying . We see the blessings God has always given us and the path he is laying out for us. If I were to win this book I would use it to strengthen our marriage and share it with my two grown boys so they too can lay a foundation that will allow them to be good husbands and help them to find a spouse to walk in God. Thank you for this opportunity and God bless!!

  265. I somehow convinced myself that it was ok to marry a non Christian man. Not ok. How can two people walk together if they are going different directions? How do I teach my daughters not to make the same mistake? Is it even possible for me to have an awesome marriage?

  266. Julie Reed says:

    I would like a copy not only to use in my marriage but to have available to share with others when they are struggling to keep their marriage afloat.

  267. Marty Chambless says:

    I would love to give this to my daughter and future son in law as they will be married in May.

  268. Susan smith says:

    I loved the advice about praying daily with your spouse -and fighting for your marriage. I think that beginning that first night you were married and committing to pray together was so sweet and honestly the best thing you could have given each other as a wedding gift. My daughter is getting married on September 5, 2015. I am sharing your devotion with her and I would love to give them a copy of the book. I am praying together with my husband that my daughter and son-in-law will have a Christ-centered marriage and prayer together daily- beginning September 5,2015- in that hotel room after their wedding! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  269. I’ve been married 15+ years & treasure my husband. We have 7 kids, he’s a pastor, and we regularly have opportunity to stretch ourselves through marriage and ministry. I’d LOVE the wisdom of someone married three times the years we’ve been married. And we have opportunity to pass that on to lots of others in a Paul/Timothy kind of way. 🙂

  270. Beth ellen says:

    I would give this book to my mother and her husband.

  271. I am not yet married, but praying God’s will in my current relationship with my boyfriend. I would love to have this book as a way of surrounding ourselves with wisdom as we prepare for this next step in our relationship.

  272. I would like a copy of your book. Sounds wonderful!

  273. Casey Hart says:

    It’s so hard to ask someone to pray with you, but once you’ve done it, its an experience you’ll never forget. As ive done with many Church family members. My husband is hesitant and is beginning to come around. I’d love to have a copy of this book!

  274. My husband and I are starting a new Lufe Group in our church and I think this book would be a tremendous resource for us and the younger couples. He is a pastor/missionary and we speak to young couples all the time. This would be GREAT to have.

  275. Amen! My husband and I have been married for 34 years. While we did not begin this habit on our wedding night, it has indeed been the most powerful weapon against the enemy who would seek to destroy us. Thank you for an encouraging word.

  276. Thank you for this, Dr. Kim. I would love to get a copy of your book. Both of my children will be getting engaged in the next few months. I know the book would be a wonderful thing for each of them to read. Thank you again for your words of wisdom!!!

  277. Ours was a long distance courtship.i in one college town,David in another 3 hours away.
    Prayer saw us through long distance many times throughout our 40 year marriage until he went to be with Jesus,
    As college sweethearts in our late teens, we set 8pm as our time to be together with God.
    We read from Our Daily Bread and prayed The Lord’s Prayer apart,yet together with our blessed Trinity,
    When you think about it, what a miracle-
    two 18 year olds drawn together on a blind date saying The Lord’s Prayer nightly through age 60.Our last time to pray that prayer together, was June 22,2012, the night he died at work.
    Apart, yet together in prayer.
    A blessing I remember each time I pray.
    All I can say, is thank you Jesus for a sweetheart of a prayer partner I look forward to seeing in Heaven in the “blink of an eye.”
    3/5.

  278. Christy Rose says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. My husband and I have started praying together after being together for 25 years. I wished we started it on day 1. God has been with us through all these years and I pray that it continues to get stronger. God bless you.

  279. What delightful words of encouragement! In the muckiness of everyday married life other couples stories of encouragement and perserverance are a beacon of hope. Thank you for that. The LORD laid praying for my husband on my heart a number of years ago and while at first I dismissed and ignored and explained away His nudging to bless my husband each day before he walked out the door, I have been praying a hedge of protection over my husband for about 7 years. The LORD directed my heart to embrace (physically wrap my arms around him in a hug) my hubby and pray for him out loud before he walked out the door each morning. Not only has this blessed my husband and supported him through some tough situations, it has helped to soften my heart towards him when my ugly humanness wanted to shoot him and bury him out back where no one would find him.

  280. Christina says:

    My husband and I had an unhealthy marriage for years & I feel my children only know that side. They are adults unable to form healthy relationships that include God. This would be a key for that.

  281. Stephanie says:

    I would love to have this book. My husband and I have been struggling to find a good marriage book we can read together and discuss.

  282. I would love to win this book..but even if I don’t, I ask everyone who reads this to pray for my marriage. At this very time my husband is deciding wether he wants to stay married or not. I believe that we can work it out and God can restore our marriage. My husband is an unusual believer which makes it even harder. Thank you.

  283. Shelley says:

    Good Morning, Dr Kim**
    Thank you for your inspiring words and trust to be the vessel, sharing your story. In God’s perfect grace he cares for us and knows the plan. I hear the difficulty in your early marriage life yet, the joy God planted by your faithfulness to turn to Him . We have a young son, who when was 5 and involved in parents divorcing, explained to his Chiliean friend about divorce. I was in another room and after a child’s perspective of “it’s when they do not love each other the way they should or treat with kindness’ , our son said “my mum will marry again, but this time God will choose”. God is so good always. I would like your book to continue the thought of building an Awesome marriage and sharing encouraging words with others. Again my thanks for your sharing with us.

  284. RachelleThorson says:

    Just got married in February we talked about this also. To pray every night together but we have not been very faithful. Life keeps us busy we just get distracted. I would love to have this book for us to read together and have quite time with each other

  285. Angie Wisler says:

    My husband and I have been married for over 32 years – all of our children are married – but oh how I pray for their marriages. IT IS HARD – but I have learned so much through God’s word – and so I pray for them and share with frequently. I would first read the book and THEN give it to my son and his wife and then ask that he give it back so it can be sent on to one of his sisters and her husband!!!!!

  286. M. Willie says:

    I’ve been married for 37 years and YES I could use this book. I’d also like to share it with my son.

  287. As someone getting married in Sept, I have been “researching” and reading all I can on how to be a godly wife, a help mate, and have a strong marriage. This post came at the best time and I feel this book is just what I’ve been searching for. We both pray a lot separately, but I can’t deny the proven power of praying together.

  288. Amanda Limbaugh says:

    Great devotion. Would love to read the book.

  289. Kate Martin says:

    I would love this book to add to my devotional time with my husband. The timing of this devotion is amazing…our nine year anniversary is tomorrow. We are coming out of the toughest year we have experienced yet. We have a one year old son and want nothing more than to raise him knowing God. When we got married, we made lots of promises to each other that I don’t think we fully understood. We wrote beautiful vows for each other, but actually living out those vows was something we didn’t do, couldn’t do, because we were trying to do it alone. In the last year, we have begun praying together on a daily basis, spending time in devotion/bible study both independently and together, and we have placed God at the center of our marriage where He belongs. Proverbs 31 has played a big part in the progress we have made!

  290. I would like to see what Jesus can do with my marriage 🙂

  291. Oops forgot the why: I’d use my copy for us first as another valuable tool in our marriage tool belt but then I’d share my copy as a blessing to others.

  292. Lucy Clay McGehee says:

    My husband and I find so many couples lookingfor great resources for true Christian marriage, so this would be a great new addition.We also feel you can never read too much of a good thing. Knowledge of marriage keeps the enemy away!

  293. Wendy Espinosa says:

    My nephew and his beautiful bride just married July 25th. Neither know the Lord as Savior, Father, and King, but I know that I know God has a mighty plan for their life and marriage, and what a wonderful gift this would be to lead them to Christ!

  294. Stacey Mason says:

    My son is getting married this Saturday I would LOVE a copy to give to him!

  295. Diane N says:

    My husband and I would love to read this book, especially since, as a pastor, he counsels marriages. We would also like to share it with our son and his wife – they would definitely benefit from it.

  296. My daughter is getting married in October & I would LOVE to give her a copy of this book!!!

  297. Gwen Evans says:

    Great word and congratulations on 45 years of marriage!

  298. Sarah C says:

    Me and my husband have been married for 15 years and together for 19. I was young when I married him. We have had a very difficult journey together. We are both newer Christians, within the last 7 years he has started coming to church and getting more involved with serving. But our marriage is still a wreck. We have been seeing a counselor for about 9 months now but he is not consistent with coming, and when he does come we don’t have any lasting effects of what is talked about and recommended we try outside of the session. I need God to move in our marriage and I am rating for a break through.

  299. We are experiencing the darkest moments to date in our marriage, and there have been many over the years. We certainly could use any help that would be God glorifying in our marriage.

  300. Between praying & receiving Godly counsel over the last 9 months, we have been able to move from the brink of divorce to being able to start repairing our marriage. We could certainly use another 7 secrets to help us strengthenough us in this relationship with each other and God!

  301. Julie D says:

    If I were selected as a winner of your book, I would use it for myself and pass it on either to someone specific or to the women’s ministry personal library. I have always desired to pray with my husband daily apart from prayers over meals with our children. My thoughts that he may be uncomfortable with prayer make me apprehensive to strongly communicate this desire. We attend church together but find ourselves in very different parts of the journey. I crave involvement with the church where my husband is more of a Sunday morning only kind of guy. I would love for the book to have us grow in faith together, alongside eachother and not simply reconnect at the end of the day with our “highs and lows”. If I can learn to trust in him more with what I desire then he may let more space open for God to come in to fill that center core of our union of 11 years. Congratulations on 65!

  302. Aurilia McDonald says:

    I would love a copy!!!

  303. I would totally agree that this is what keeps our marriages together. It’s a three stranded chord that can never be broken. My spouse God and I working and praying in partnership. Another thing we always did is that when we had a disagreement and fell out ( as we all do at sometime) we always prayed together when we made up. Prayer was forgiveness and like healing oil poured upon an wounds that we might have inflicted on each other through harsh words. Prayer together is so

  304. Lisa DiRenzo says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book!! Starting a couples marriage group in our home in the next year!

  305. Our marriage has gone through some rocky times. We have been married 36 years though and are at the stage in our lives where we have raised our 4 girls and now wonder what we have in common? My husband used to go to church with me but since our grandson was stillborn, a nephew committed suicide, and both my parents died within 6 months of each other, he will not go with me. I would love to have this book for myself and then pass it on to one of my daughters. God Bless

  306. Twenty-eight years of marriage and we still need to work on it. One of the greatest things we did before marrying was to declare that divorce was not an option.

  307. Laura O. says:

    Our sons are both about to get married, and this is my prayer for them. That they will make Christ the center of their marriage.

  308. Christin says:

    After 15 years of marriage, my husband and I have been through many ups and downs, blessings and challenges together. This book could help us grow stronger together and put God first in all we do. I want our marriage to be a model our children will want to follow and our testimony to shape our children’s future marriages

  309. We have been married for 12 years and I really feel that this book would be great for us to read. We appreciate the help!!

  310. Second marriages with grown children can benefit from these seven secrets too, I’m sure!

  311. Tara Hallman says:

    Would love to have a copy of this for my marriage. Thank you for the opportunity!

  312. My husband is a not a believer, but I still like to read books and devotionals on making our marriage stronger. In doing so, it helps me to pray for him on a regular basis too. I would love a copy of this book.

  313. Happy marriages effect so many things each day. This is a beautiful message. It is a daily process to keep a marriage healthy! and not always an easy one. Blessings!

  314. This book would be such a great encouragement to my husband and I. He just recently switched to day shift which means more time for us to spend together to grown and build our marriage. Once we read the book together I would defiantly pass it along to my siblings and their spouses to read.

  315. Teshia Swift says:

    I would like this book to have insight into marriage. I would very much like to be married as Ive never been married. My hope is to do all I can in order to be the right person for the right person…. that God has for me. This book sounds like a resource I can read and apply.

  316. I ENJOYED THE LESSON TODAY & THINK THE BOOK WOULD BE A GREAT HELP TO US. MY HUSBAND IS A NEW PASTOR AND HAVING THE BOOK WOULD BE A GREAT AID TO HIM WITH OUR MARRIAGE AND WITH TALKING TO OTHERS THAT ARE GETTING MARRIED.

    THANK YOU.

  317. Heather says:

    My husband is not a believer like I am, but is in constant struggle, trying desperately not to believe. I have been praying and working on our marriage with Him and it is slowly helping. This book would be a fabulous way to open up a discussion with him. God has great plans for us!

  318. Marilyn Cornwell says:

    Someone close to me suffered through a difficult marriage ending in an even more devastating divorce. If God heals her broken, untrusting heart and places a godly man in her life, the insights in your book will be a key to another chance for a fulfilling marriage. One that gives God control and glory. Thank you for your consideration.

  319. Kasondra says:

    Your story today sounded very similar to ours we got married at 19 and 20 are very young we are now at six years into our marriage with one son and have been going to marriage counseling the last couple of months. I have so badly wanted devotions and prayer with my husband every night to come naturally and to involve God in every decision an area of our life I would really love to read more from your book

  320. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words! I pray that God continue to bless and heal the marriage that we together tore apart and are together, with God’s healing love, restoring to a fuller, richer experience in Him.

  321. I would like to have a copy of this book to prepare me for marriage. I have a loving boyfriend that I will marry and I believe this book will be great for us!

    Be blessed.

  322. Good Morning! Thank you for the wonderful devotional this morning! Marriage and Parenting has been my greatest joy and challenge. This year we were at our parish mission and our pastor asked each of us to stop in the morning, look each other in the eye, take a deep breath, and say together, “God be with us.” It was so simple…yet the effect of that little pray over the 40 days of Lent were immeasurable. Like most of my Lenten promises I stopped doing this Easter Morning. Thank you Holy Spirit for the nudge. I would love a copy of the book to share with my husband and our Church family. Thank you! ~ Renee

  323. Marriage is hard work! The past five years of our marriage has been a roller coaster. We need a miracle if we are going to make it another five years. Lately, I have been feeling hopeless and this devotional gave me some encouragement. Thank you.

  324. Thank you for this encouraging..ever so relevant message. With so much evil around us and things fighting against the Christian marriage it is all very encouraging to know the ONE that fights for our marriage. I think this book would be an awesome tool in strengthening our marriage..then we can pass on what we learn..and the book to another couple, in prayer that they will also grow from it..then continue to pass it on.

  325. Cindy-J says:

    Married for 21 years. Lately, the enemy is working overtime. Really struggling and could use a good resource. Thank you.

  326. Your story encouraged me and gave me hope. More often than not I feel that my partner and I disagree too much (as a rule we take polar opinions on just about everything, and I feel that it only weakens our relationship rather than strengthens). Too many times, esp. when I am physically exhausted and all I want to do is come home and relax, instead of anticipating a mine-field at home, I think that it would just be easier and better for both of us to give up and end this. But then I recall that the way we came together seemed to have a hand of God, thus He must have something in mind by putting two opposite people together- and I keep on wondering what it is 🙂 …kind of live advise that was given to Kim’s wife.
    That said, I’d love to read the book in order to learn from it as to how we can improve and strengthen our relationship to make it last a while and not give up.

  327. I would like a copy of this book as I am currently standing for my marriage to be restored. When God brings him home I want to be the best wife possible.

  328. Cynthia says:

    this brought tears to my eyes, because I desire to have a marriage of longevity. However, I have been married 7 years and separated a year and a half. My desire was for my husband to lead spiritually. That didn’t happen, therefore I would initiate praying and studying the bible together but not consistently and at times he would resist. He eventually stopped serving in the church we were both attending and the nest thing was he stopped attending. He begin going to another church, however now he does not attend that one either. Despite our separation, I continue to pray, study, serve, tithe, fast for my marriage, and fellowship with other believers. Due to the emotional abuse in the marriage I was beat down and had developed some emotional issues (panick attacks). I still love my husband and desire to have a marriage as God designed it to be. We have had counseling through the church, and other outside Christian counsellors, attended marriage groups, etc. I would not only love to have this book, but need whatever tools would be helpful as my marriage is definitely on the brink of coming to an end and I know that’s what the enemy would love. We need a miracle!

  329. Thank you so much for sharing how you and your wife have made your marriage stronger by putting the Lord at the head of it. My husband and I have been married 41 years. A lot of ups and downs plus many days of just wanting to give up. I would love to have your book to help make the next years of our marriage be sweeter and more stronger than ever. Thank you again!

  330. What a beautiful image of the three threaded cord! Truly, a legacy that will last for a long time! I love that you fought for your marriage and not with each other…that is so important! Hoping to win a copy!!! 🙂

  331. Kecha Nelson says:

    GOD has Blessed me with my True Love! We’ve both endured a failed marriage in our past; but are very excited about our future together. We know our relationship is GOD’S Will and we have every intention of honoring it! We share our Greatest Love in The Lord and rest completely in HIM. Our relationship is HIS! I Pray that we will forever be led by His Holy Spirit in every area of Our Lives! May GOD continue to Bless You!

  332. Cindy Dailey says:

    My husband and I have been married for 21 years. Our marriage was tested several years ago after my husband had an affair. Our Marriage did survive but we are always looking for ways to make it better.

  333. I would lover to read to make our marriage stronger, 25 years.
    Then I will give to my son and his fiance, so they may start on the right foot with Christ first.

  334. I would appreciate a copy of this book so that I may share with a friend who is engaged and getting married October 2016. At the moment her fiancé and her are at odds and the wedding has secretly been cancelled. I see the potential and know that neither want to separate from each other but communication has been their downfall. They have been seeking counseling but her fiancé shows no interest in attending church, yet they are to be married at a church. I hope this book will help shed light on their situation and allow them to either move forward or maturely step away from each other if this Union isn’t blessed by God.

  335. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for sharing what we have also found keeps our marriage centered on Jesus! Prayer is key! May God richly bless our marriages as we seek His design, not ours! Amen!

  336. I would love to read to make our marriage stronger, 25 years.
    Then I will give to my son and his fiance, so they may start on the right foot with Christ first.

  337. would totally agree that prayer is what keeps our marriages together. It’s a three stranded chord that can never be broken. My spouse God and I working and praying in partnership. Another thing we always did is that when we had a disagreement and fell out ( as we all do at sometime) we always prayed together when we made up. Prayer was forgiveness and like healing oil poured upon an wounds that we might have inflicted on each other through harsh words. Prayer together is so important if we are able to do this. If not we can still pray alone for our spouse and God will hear us. I
    I would love to have this book because even after 36 years of marriage I can still learn how to have an awesome marriage . Thankyou for this excellent teaching today.

  338. Danna Van Arsdale says:

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary tomorrow. God is at the center of our marriage and our family! I would like a copy of this book to pass along Biblical wisdom to another couple who are just entering marriage.

  339. I love reading this devotionals because they are so real and focus on life issues that many times people rarely talk about day to day. The reason I would want Dr. Kim’s book is because God has me constantly praying for married couples ever since my abusive marriage ended. Since then God has taught me so much about HIS design for marriage and that He has it for me. So the book would help me in my journey and after I glean, I know the book would be used to pass along so that he other couples the Lord has me around would be blessed in the process and strengthened as well. God bless you all and May the Lord continue to use you to make the difference in more lives because you all helped to make the difference in mine.

  340. I would like to win this book.

  341. Angie J says:

    M husband and I have been married for nearly 20 years. We married extremely young which has had us on a learning curve the majority of those years. I would love to have this book just to help strengthen our marriage . Then I will pass this book on to others who might be in need of it too, and ask them to do the same for someone else in need of it as well.

  342. Marcia Mitchell says:

    I loved this devotion and would love to win a copy of this book. My husband and I met online after both of us had two failed marriages. My husband became a Christian 3 years ago and I have been a Christian since the age of 12. He and I are struggling both financially and spiritually. He has a very good heart; he just needs to grow more and I would love to have a book like this to share with him in the evening before bedtime.

    God Bless!

  343. Dawn A Parks says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! My husband and I are going through a difficult time right now and we can use all the help and support we can get. Thank you for the opportunity. God bless you!!

  344. Amy Hall says:

    I would love to have this book for myself and my husband. We love each other and have been married for 19 years but we aren’t as close as a couple. We have a son with special needs and I feel we have focused on giving him our time and attention so much that we haven’t made time for each other-time as a couple. We have put the effort of working on our marriage on the back burner, so to speak. We realize our marriage could use some work and I feel this book would be a great starting place! Thank you for this opportunity!

  345. Jolene Ellis says:

    I can definitely see that this book would help to strengthen my marriage!

  346. I am not married yet but I would love and be honored to have a copy of this book so that one day my husband and I can see God the way Nancy and her husband did. I long to have a relationship like that one day and I am trust God with it all!

  347. Rebecca Cahak says:

    Praying with my husband and inviting God into our marriage and every room in our home and lives has made all the difference in our marriage. I’m blessed to have a husband who seeks God and I stand in intercessory prayer for the women who’s husbands are not yet there. For nothing will be impossible with God. Luke 1:37

  348. I’ve been married for 30 years. We do pray together a lot. But today I am reminded we need to pray every day! I’d love to know these marriage secrets because good can always get better.

  349. Currently the devil is “trying” to attack my marriage, after only 4 months of marriage!
    We started with a solid foundation… not sleeping together, pre-marriage counseling, going to marriage class, praying, went to a womens encounter to get ris of some wounds, we attending church together then it fell about a month & half ago I feel we personally got too relaxed with God I started stepping back into taking control not being spirit lead. My husband & I picked up our old habits, addictions, our hang-ups! Well on our 1 yr anniversary of meeting each other he left the house (not willing as it was cops) we have been separated since. I’m standing, believing and trusting in God not leaning on my own understanding!!! Seen a little light in him (as he’s in jail) I feel so much peace as I’m letting God’s plan walk out not trying to control the issue by bonding him out or running like I have before. I have had my bad & good days… Making sure I start my mornings with my alone time with God and Proverbs 31, listening to my praise music all throughout the day,then wending my day with reading my Joyce Meyer book – Battlefield of the Mind and my Bible. I start personal counseling today, as well as our daughter.
    I’m staying positive!!! God WILL bring this marriage through the fire for HIS GLORY and we will be a dynamic duo to help others in Jesus name!!!!!!!
    Prayers appreciated!

  350. Laura Snowden says:

    I would read it first then begin loaning it out to my children and their future spouses and then other newly married couples

  351. I’d love a copy! All marriages have challenges-would love to read another couple’s words of wisdom.

  352. Vickie Townsend says:

    I initially got married at a young age – by 18, I had one child, divorced by 20. By 22, I had my second child, unmarried, and by 24, my third child-still unmarried. We did marry, but God was not present in our lives – because of our own selfishness and desires to do what we wanted, when we wanted. We divorced a few years later for many reasons. We were not on the same page about anything in life, had no common long term or short term goals, had different beliefs on raising children, different opinions of drinking, religion… it all was a total DISASTER. The divorce of course and custody battle was even worse. But during the failed marriage and the divorce, I grew closer to God than I ever had. I started dating a close friend from work, and just earlier this year, we married. We both have a failed marriage behind us, and both have children from previous relationships – we have faced obstacles in the few years we dated, and just in the 6 months since we’ve been married, that have been so difficult. We both have been saved, and do our best to raise our children to love God, know His Power, Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness. We are committed to a life together, divorce is not an option, but the struggles are still there. My husband and I do devotions together, but struggle to pray together. I want this book, so my husband and I can grow in our marriage, and start our marriage off with God first and foremost.

  353. Diane Reeder says:

    I have a young lady in my life that I consider to be like a niece to me. She has been in my life since the day she was born. I have seen her grow in so many ways and not all of them to the glory of our Father. But, she grew and learned and in time gave her life to Him and was baptized. She went on a mission trip to Guatemala with her church group and it was life changing in so many ways. The most shocking to her parents and myself being that we are human, was that she met the love of her life on that mission trip:) The whole relationship was such a God thing and He put everything into place for them to become Mr. & Mrs. on January 3rd, 2015. They are now living on the mission site and serving the families in Guatemala!! They are such a blessing to all of us. They are very dedicated to God in His work, but being newly weds, living in a foreign country and away from her family she has had her challenges. As we all know, marriage is hard with the best of circumstances. The thing I loved about their long distance relationship was that everyday they prayed and did a daily devotion either by email or of course by face time. I encourage them all the time to keep their eyes on God in their marriage every day and that God will honor them. I think they would love to have your book as they continue on their marital journey but most importantly as they continue to serve God in their current capacity.

  354. Michelle Keiffer says:

    Would love a copy to read and share!

  355. Jana Womack says:

    I think we need some game changing in our marriage! Would love to read this book!

  356. It would mean a lot to me to win a copy of this book. I’m newly engaged. We both come from families struggling right now, but have gotten good Christian counseling together to be able to move forward. However, we’ll be moving for his job after we’re married and leaving our support network. For two people from families struggling, this is scary! I’d love a resource for us to use in our new place. Thanks!

  357. I believe my husband & I have a very strong marriage, but I want God to be more involved in everything we do – including praying together daily! After I read it, I will pass it along to a good friend who is going through a rough time in her marriage.

  358. My husband and I and a few other friends have been in a couples group this past year trying to learn how to strengthen and encourage our marriages. This book sounds like it would be a blessing to our group!

  359. Maureen says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book – sounds like it would be very helpful to rejuvenate my marriage of 20 years. I struggle with being the wife that God wants me to be for my husband (who is not a Christian – yet!). Neither of us were believers when we married and it has been a long 14 years alone as a Christian when your husband doesn’t see the need for God. However, God is SO good – I have seen a shift in my husbands thoughts over the years and I know God has big plans for him when he finally takes that leap of faith.

  360. Jennie berg says:

    I’d LOVE a copy of 7 Secrets! We just got re-married 6 months ago and are trying to blend our families. It’s been very difficult. My new husband has an 18 y.o and I have a 12 and 10 y.o. My 12 y.o has some mental health issues that cause hardships on our relationship. We need all the help we can get to make this marriage last!!!

  361. Marriage is hard! There are many times I’ve thought about giving up but that’s not really what I want. I know marriage can be better than this and I know there are many things I can do differently to make it better…starting with prayer!

  362. Theresa says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! My husband and I are going through a difficult time right now and we can use all the help and support we can get. Thank you for the opportunity. God bless you!!

  363. This devotional spoke to my heart and I will hold on it dearly!!!

  364. Tatina Firle says:

    My husband and I seem to have a strong marriage. I know that God is working in our marriage, but He isn’t always the center. We don’t pray together, I seem to have the responsibility of the spiritual leader (my husband, besides grace, doesn’t openly pray), and when I ask to do devotions he acts like he doesn’t have the time. We both have been through a lot with his diabetes, eye surgeries, limb loss, and now kidney disease; to my migraines and recently diagnosed fibromyalgia. We are still young. I’m 38 and he just turned 43. Our oldest is off to college this year to serve our Lord as a future pastor. We need the Lord as our center, all the time, not just when it fits our schedule.

  365. Elaine Segstro says:

    I was so touched by your devotional today especially since TODAY is our 36th wedding anniversary. We have been so blessed, but there definitely have been some tough times. I would love to glean more wisdom from your book!

  366. Maylin Nguyen says:

    My husband and I can relate to Dr. Kimberling’s marriage. We are still working on putting God first and praying with each other daily. I think Dr. K’s book would greatly benefit all marriages and I would love a copy!

  367. I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband and I are trying to get through the biggest test of our 19 yrs of marriage right now. We’ve decided that we must both put God first so He can lead us where we need to go. We do need to pray together more. Thank you for this article.

  368. My husband and I are in our 7th year of marriage and have small struggles when folks seem to think it’s okay to attack us since this is not the first marriage for each of us. We believe that God can still use our gifts but still run into judgment “from good church folk” who judge our past. I would love the book to see some insights to continue to make our marriage strong

  369. Rebecca says:

    I stumbled across this article in FB and intended to share it with a few young couples who will be married this late summer and fall. I then realized that as wonderful as this advice is for them,,I and my marriage needed it more. Our 20th wedding anniversary is next month; it is my prayer that this unequal yoke will be lifted and we can enjoy the remainder if our marriage with Jesus Christ at the center.

  370. I would love a copy of this book to give to my brother and sister in law. They’re going through a tough time in life right now and could truly use this book.

  371. I love anything about marriage and trying to enrich my own!

  372. Jessica Haley says:

    I would love to be the receiver of a truly faith-based marriage book. My husband and I were merely kids when we were married, him 19 and myself 18! I love him and have been extremely blessed but having a resource to turn to that is based on God and marriage would be wonderful! Every marriage has it ups and downs but having the guidance through Christ will help hold you together, and in today’s society every little bit helps!

    Proverbs 31 is my favorite email that I open on a daily basis! Thank you for reaching out to so many!

  373. Candace says:

    I’m not even seeing anyone at this time but I am believing God for my miracle of a godly man and to have a wonderful godly marriage and I would love to have your book as a great resource to refer to and grow from. Thank you!

  374. Kay Hubbard says:

    Thank you for your hopeful words. My husband and I are separated, neither of us want to get divorced but we can’t seem to find our way back to each other.

  375. Katrina says:

    I would like a copy because I am giving up! And though I say those words in my head the Holy Ghost says otherwise. Pray for me. Not seeking sympathy just the reality of what is.

  376. Nacona David says:

    My husband and I have been married for 13 years. I believe we have a pretty good marriage. I would like the book to read for myself because we can always improve. I would also like it to share it with my 4 sister in laws and 1 sister. I believe having God in your marriage is the only way to have a strong marriage and I want that for my entire family.

  377. Ashley S. says:

    Always good to be intentional about strengthening your marriage. We’ve had to handle a lot in our short marriage so we are always looking for ways to really focus on our relationship. Marriage takes a lot of work.

  378. Lisa Smith says:

    I wish I had had the courage to pray with my husband on our wedding night. I was young, in age and in faith. But God is good and though it’s sometimes a struggle we have found our way to him.

  379. Kelly Siegert says:

    I truly believe my marriage is worth fighting for. My husband and I are both believers but I feel we have put God on the back burner in our relationship. I feel this book would be a great tool in helping us to learn how to put God first in our marriage.

  380. As a Youth Group leader, I feel it is important to talk to our young people about what it REALLY means to be married. I don’t think our society teaches this enough. I’d love to have another resource to help teach a new generation of Godly couples how to remain glued throughout the ups & downs.

  381. A mighty fortress is our God.

  382. Maria B. says:

    It took 26 years, but my husband and I now depend on God to keep our marriage healthy. Our daughter just got engaged and my greatest wish for her future marriage is for them to depend on God from day one and not fight through years of turmoil before experiencing a God-led marriage. I would like to give them this book as they begin this journey together.

  383. Aimee Gibson says:

    This book would be a wonderful tool for me and my husband. We have been married almost 19 years. While we now have a godly marriage and relationship,it did not start out that way and divorce was brought up numerous times throughout the years. With God’s love we now know that divorce is not an option.

  384. Mary Haynie says:

    We have been married 15 months. (Both our former spouses have passed away.) I would love to receive the book to help us grow in Your love.

  385. After 21 years of marriage I wish we could start over with the heart knowledge we have today of what it takes to have a great marriage. We have learned that it is a life-long process to continually protect, grow and build.

  386. Ericka Blanks says:

    I resigned from a 13 yr career due to my mothers health- my baby dad- live in – fiancé was ready to (finally after 7 years) to honor God- May 31 2015 we vowed b4 God and our family to love until death did us apart- in addition to that Blessings-for 1 solid year we managed to survive better with 1 income vs the 2 we had when we were living as we chose too- I can go on and on about the many Blessings God has rained on us- but that one truly amazes me- Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!!

  387. Thank you for reminding me that we can start with The Lord’s Prayer! My husband has a difficult time praying out loud but was raised on this. Thank you again for your devotion and opening my spiritual eyes.

  388. Cheyenne Robinson says:

    I have tried to pray with my husband and do devotional s with him, but he isn’t interested anymore. It breaks my heart to see him drifting away from God, and I have no idea why. Thank you for this encouragement. It has given me hope to keep seeking the Lord in my marriage.

  389. Ericka Blanks says:

    I resigned from a 13 yr career due to my mothers health- my baby dad- live in – fiancé was ready to (finally after 7 years) to honor God- May 31 2015 we vowed b4 God and our family to love until death did us apart- in addition to that Blessings-for 1 solid year we managed to survive better with 1 income vs the 2 we had when we were living as we chose too- I can go on and on about the many Blessings God has rained on us- but that one truly amazes me- Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!!

  390. Paul Music says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  391. Susan Ketch says:

    Many years ago I used to work with Dr. Kimberling in the initial marriage enrichment classes that he developed. I’ve witnessed first hand what his message can do for a marriage – regardless of whether it is the beginning of a marriage or through intentional intervention! God has used him to enrich many lives and the rippling effect of his years of commitment will be passed down through families for years to come. God chose him wisely and gave him a heart for this ministry! I would give my copy of his book to my son and his wife who have been married 13 years to help them build resiliency in their relationship as they lean into God and His plans for what He created a truly good marriage to be.

  392. Ericka Blanks says:

    I resigned from a 13 yr career due to my mothers health- my baby dad- live in – fiancé was ready to (finally after 7 years) to honor God- May 31 2015 we vowed b4 God and our family to love until death did us apart- in addition to that Blessings-for 1 solid year we managed to survive better with 1 income vs the 2 we had when we were living as we chose too- I can go on and on about the many Blessings God has rained on us- but that one truly amazes me- Nothing but the Blood of Jesus!!

  393. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I do believe strongly in prayer. That is how my husband came to the LORD. I also believe that it takes two to believe that the marriage can make it until Jesus calls them Home. Would love to win the book, hoping that it is God’s will to bless this widow with another husband. I will continue to prepare and learn from your story.

  394. I loved your devotion this morning! What a great reminder for those married 32 years, like myself. However our son is getting married this Saturday, August 1st, and I would LOVE to give them a copy of to reinforce the importance of praying together & putting God first in their life. 🙂

  395. Angela Terrell says:

    I just absolutely love Proverbs31 ministries ! Your resources message and community of followers are a real blessing. May God’s face shine upon you!

  396. Nicole Reimondo says:

    I pray my husband and I will pray together daily!!!!

  397. Michelle says:

    Would love to read this book and make hand written notes within as my husband and I start our 26th year of marriage and then pass on to my son as he begins his new marriage

  398. Katharine Owens says:

    Thank you so much for this article. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I would love a copy of this book because my husband and I both have started trying to put God at the center of our marriage and we would love some advice on how to do that! Thank you!

  399. We would love to dive into this book. We are going on 30 years of marriage. We have
    recently been dealing with alcohol abuse and infidelity. I do believe that God is holding
    us together and that he has great plans for us. I look so forward to reading this book!!!

  400. married for 30 yrs, two years ago my husband confesed to me that he had been unfaithful and that
    there was a child…i thought my world was coming to and end. Although he asked for forgivness
    Im struguling…Need all the help I can get..

  401. July 26 was my 35 wedding anniversary. But unfortunately it is a unhappy marriage. I have been struggling for 10 years now to keep the relationship going. We are not husband and wife. We are two different people living together. Everytime is separated. The one thing we do together is sleep in the same bed. That is even a stuggle for me.
    I do pray everyday for God to touch my husband to become a man of God. He is saved and believe but he doesn’t trust his life to God. I am a active member of a Church, but my husband is not. He only goes on the two holidays a year. I would love a copy to my help our marriage to become a Godly one. It didn’t start that way but for the last ten years I have been struggling to make it one. We have tried Christian counseling, have taken several classes at Church. But unfortunately my husband is very hard head and bitter. Please pray for God to melt his hard heart to except God love and to understand that he needs him in our marriage.

  402. Karen Underwood says:

    At 53 years old,I finally can say that love is amazing!!We just got married after being friends for years and in love for two. We both had long ugly marriages where we tried to serve God and make it work but could not. Our foundation is His love and we are looking for resources to help. Thank you!

  403. I want to know the 7 secrets! There is ways room for improvement in marriage.

  404. Heather Walker says:

    Thank you for the reminder to pray for my marriage everyday. I pray daily for my husband and children but sometimes I do not pray for my marriage. We have been through some tough times within the past 2 years. I would love to have a copy of the book 7 secrets to an awesome marriage!

  405. Ajayi Monisola says:

    I love your testimony. It’s very inspiring and encouraging as well. I’m fifteen years in marriage and I can also testify to the fact that family that pray together stayed together. Marriage is a blessing if built on the Rock of Ages GOD. It is meant to be enjoyed. I have prayed and decided that my marriage will be a blessing to others. I want to be a Role Model and I desire to equip myself with many inspirational books on marriage. God bless you and your ministry in Jesus name.

  406. Melanie says:

    We have been married 19 years and committed to pray, do devotions and actively work on our marriage…we see so many couples divorcing around us and feel that God might be nudging us to mentor a younger couple and this book sounds like it would be a good tool to start with.

  407. Jennifer says:

    Always looking for ways to strengthen our marriage. We also have several of our friends going through some difficult times…would love to pass it on to them when we are done.

  408. Karen Haas says:

    Our marriage is still growing at almost 30 years. Only by the Grace of God. He has done wonderful, impossible things with two sinners saved by Grace.

    Really like this honest devotion. Hope to read the book.

  409. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the encouraging devotional. As a single woman, I would love to have this book because I know that God prepares us for things before we enter into them. This book would be a great resource and preparation tool before entering a marraige.

  410. Amanda lowery says:

    I’d love to win a copy, I am getting married sept 26 of 2015. My fiancé and I want to do marriage God’s way and we both want to do our best to keep God the center of our marriage and build our marriage on his foundation. We really want a successful marriage filled with hope, forgiveness, love, encouragement,support and faith!

  411. Thank you for the devotional. I really needed that. My husband and I have been married 14 years and it had been a Ricky rd. We have beat some severe issues, like alcohol abuse,infidelity, ander, and are managing to hold together. Our maria ge is stroger now then ever before, but there are days when I feel like I’ve had enough. Praying together is something we have not done,even though God has told me to do it time and again . This will help encourage me. It’s the next step we need to move forward. Tha k you again.

  412. My husband and I dated for 7 years and we have been married for 21 years. I would love to read Dr. Kimberly’s book.

  413. Thank you for this wonderful and inspiring piece from the male perspective. It’s rare to read a piece about marriage from the male’s point of view. I’ve shared the article with my husband to confirm something we’ve talked about – praying together before our day begins and before we go to sleep. we would love a copy of your book as a resource in building our marriage. Married after 40 and still newlyweds, we’d love more vital information to build upon our marriage foundation so we can say one day “we’ve been married over 50-something years.”

  414. This is a second marriage for both my husband and and I and although we knew in our heads what mistakes we didn’t want to make again – eventually we found ourselves falling into many of the same patterns and bad habits which had led to problems in our previous relationship. For a while this was hard to understand… why could we not get off the merry-go-round…why did we continue to go around the same mountains with the same results? We went through some counseling and that did help but ultimately what has really helped us more than anything is a couple from our church that has come along side of us and began discipling us. As we have talked to them we found they had been through a lot in their marriage and God was using them in a special way to reach us. My husband and I just so enjoy every time that we are with them and we can understand what they say to us. We have begun a weekly group study with them now too and we are growing more and more. It is so encouraging to hear my husband talk about his relationship with God and be more open about he would not say before…its never been that way. I know God is working in and through him. And, I am more and peace…not so restless – letting God lead, trying to listen more & talk less. So, why do I want the book? Because God gave me an amazing gift in my husband. I have made many mistakes but it is my prayer to be a blessing to him each day we have, a help – never a hinderance and to always love and support him…

  415. Wow! We just had our 41 first anniversary, it was a mixed one. My husband and I have communication issues. He thinks that I need to stay home until him or one of our adult children need something.I am listening to God on what my part is. Today devotion hit me square between the eyes, when we did a daily prayer thinks do go better. Thank you for being he instrument for our first step.

  416. Kathy L M says:

    Everything fights for our attention from our high school daughter and all of her activities to our 8 year old and hers, long busy work weeks, aging parents, etc. I would love to have a copy of this book to study together as a couple, a quiet time together

  417. I need a copy of this book! My husband says he beleives in something, but he just does not know what. I try to let God’s light shine through, and I can see glimmers of my husband reacting. I guess I want it now because I do not know what would happen to my husband if something were to happen to me.

  418. Jennifer says:

    My husband of 12 years and I have weathered cancer and the loss of our oldest child plus the subsequent financial hardships. Because both of our 1st marriages were failed we have been determined to make ours succeed. We know we can’t do it without God’s help. We would love a copy of this book. Thank you!

  419. Crystal Marek says:

    Would love this book

  420. Great advice! Thank you for sharing

  421. My husband has fallen away from God. He drinks, is foul mouthed, is such an angry and negative person. We do not have a marital relationship – haven’t for years. I am fed up with the belittling and living in this kind of environment. It takes both to work on their marriage and relationship. I have given up on my husband so after 26 1/2 years of marriage.

  422. Jenny robillard says:

    I loved your devotional and pray that my husband will open up his heart to God. That we can strengthen our marriage through prayer. Thank you! Jenny

  423. Would LOVE a copy of this book! Having a blended family puts more than enough strain on a marriage…we need this book! 🙂

  424. Gena Jenkins says:

    My husband and I have been married for a year. We were best friends in high school and reconnected a few years ago. We love God, and we want to glorify God in our marriage. We also want to show the children (his children from a previous marriage) what a marriage with God as the center looks like. I pray for each of those who post here. I pray each person seeks God in their struggles and joys, and allows Him to heal any hurts. He can and will make you stronger in His strength. God bless you all.

  425. cindy keeter says:

    I have a precious nephew that needs to read this book. He has two beautiful little girls and having marriage issues.

  426. I would love our marriage ( 23 yrs. ) to be the best it can be!

  427. JoAnne Sauceman says:

    I would like a copy of the book to give to my daughter and her husband. My husband and I have been married since I was 15 and he was 18. We have been married for 44 years. We both put Christ first each day and know that He is the life force in our marriage and without Him we could have never made it. Our daughter lost her first husband to a heart attack and married too soon after that tragedy. They are really struggling.

  428. Mary Ann says:

    This was a very timely devotional in my life. My husband of 44 years was called HOME to heaven recently and we made prayer together at the beginning of each day. I know this is what kept our marriage vibrant and blessed. My grandson was married in June. He and his bride have asked me to do a weekly Bible Study for them on marriage, God’s way. I think your book would be perfect for me to use.
    Thank you for sharing what you and your bride have found that works!! God’s continued blessings on your ministry.

  429. Valerie says:

    I would like a copy of the book. My marriage of almost 25 years dealt with it’s own issues too but I made Jesus the Centre of it as I fought for it. God is able to do above what we ask or even think.

  430. I’d love to read this book. My husband and I have walked through some difficult seasons and have found praying daily is so important.

  431. Been married 22 years and would love to get to awesome!

  432. I would love to read this book for myself, but two of our four grown kids are married, and I’d love for them to read it as well.
    Thank you for the encouragement to tough out the hard times asking Jesus to help you through. We’re coming up on 30 years this November, and it has been hard and we can still do better than we are, but our good God has been faithful throughout.

  433. As I leave this comment there are 406 responses and many are like mine. After 7 years of marriage and divorce papers filed my husband and I put God in the center of marriage. I never looked back and we continue to pray together as husband and wife and as parents of 4 beautiful blessings. Fast forward 11 years and 16 years of marriage we have good days and we have bad days. Marriage is a covenant that is sacred and knowing this now, we will continue to fight the enemy for our marriage daily. This book would continue to bless us in a battle we fight everyday.

  434. Anna Harvley says:

    Proverbs 31 ministries is a blessing! I am so thankful to be part of it. My husband and I have been married 11 years and we work each day to keep God first in our marriage. It is a challenge but if we keep our focus God keeps us on track.

  435. Having been married 40 years myself, I definitely identified with Dr. Kim. My husband and I faced similar struggles. I am currently a MOPS Mentor and would love to share this book with the young mothers I mentor. Blessings.

  436. Really enjoyed today’s devotion. Very thought provoking and I would welcome the opportunity to read the book and further strengthen my marriage .

  437. Megan Fernandez says:

    I could really use this book as a tool for my marriage. I’ve struggling with my marriage for years. I’ve been praying for God’s will and guidance. I’ve been learning through these devotions how to start my day with God. I know God wants my marriage to be beautiful. Having encouragement everyday is so important. You’re devotion was such a blessing.

  438. If I won I would give the copy to my daughter.She is newly married and struggling. She lost her son in an accident 7yrs ago and doesn’t believe that she can ever be happy again.

  439. My son is engaged to be married in the spring. I would give this book to him and his fiancé to encourage and guide them as they make their commiment to their vocation of marriage.

  440. I am in the process of divorce, I been marriage for almost 20 yrs.
    I prayed everyday for my marriage, I do not know what God for me… I will
    Like a copy of the book. Thx

  441. If there was anyone that could benefit from this book it is my husband and me. We have been through some very rough times recently and only God could keep us together. He travels and is gone about half of the time and it is very difficult. About two months ago I thought our marriage was over but I told him I would not give up and that God wanted us to be together. I could use some pointers to help make that so.

  442. This devotional was just what I needed this day. Its been 3 years I have been trusting God in faith praying believing for reconciliation of my marriage. My husband has recently filed for divorce a divorce I do not want or believe in. One of My daily prayers is for God to restore this broken marriage. There are times I feel there is no hope but when I read devotionals such as this it brings back hope to continue the fight.. to God be the glory
    Romans 8:31b

  443. Sue Smedley says:

    Thank you! We work for a non-profit at an Ivy League school where many marriages struggle. I’d love a book for this work. Thanks for all you all do!

  444. K. McGee says:

    Very inspired by these devotionals. 13 years ago our marriage had hit rock bottom, but we turned to God and we now have a very strong marriage. It always helps to read about similar situations, or to apply our ongoing circumstances Biblicly.

  445. Would love a copy of this book for myself, married 26 years, and to share with my oldest daughter married 7 months and my youngest daughter to be married in 3 weeks!

  446. I would love to read this book for myself. My husband and I got married when we were 19 and 20 years old. We have been married almost 16 years and we have had to learn how to be good spouses to each other because we were so young when we got married. We strive each day to be better for one another and I would love to read this book to grow my knowledge and understanding to be the best wife the Lord would have me to be.

  447. Would love a copy of this book for my husband and myself.

  448. After 30 years of marriage, my husband has left our home. It is meant to be a trial separation, but I have little hope that he will be coming back and if he does the way that we relate to each other needs to change. It is my hope that I can learn things from your book that I can put into practice now while I wait to see if he comes home and maybe if he will read it also it will help build our future on a stronger foundation. I have been the only christian in our marriage for most of our marriage and it is my prayer that my husband will draw closer to God and have a desire to work on saving our marriage.
    Thank you for your ministry.

  449. Jennifer M says:

    thank you for the encouraging words on marriage. ours is good but we want it to be great! we’d love to win a copy!

  450. Claudia says:

    The Lord called me to mentoring young ladies many years ago. My husband and I have been married 47 years. Many of these young married ladies experience many different problems in their marriage. I think this book would help me in my mentoring ministry.
    Happily Serving Him,
    Claudia Mericle

  451. Lou Ellen says:

    My husband and I have been married for 27 years and we have drifted far apart.I know that God at the center all the time is what we need. We have NEVER put him first.We are looking for direction .Would love to have the book to learn how to do that. I hope we are considered for this book.Thank you and God Bless.

  452. Danyale Bumpers says:

    August 3rd, my husband and I will celebrate 19 years of marriage, but out of the 21 years we’ve been together 20 of those years have been spent ministering to others. Lately, it’s been to couples whose marriages are broken. Even in my own marriage we come together to pray for others, but we don’t come together and pray for our own marriage, and lives. Somewhere in the hustle and bustle we’ve forgotten to come together and pray.

  453. Aimee Booher says:

    This message was on time, as He ALWAYS is ♡
    I would live to pour through this book with my husband. We are in a rebuilding now after years if neglect and abuse. I’m just thankful for this little bit you’ve already shared. I am sending it over to him too. Thank you, Love and Blessings

  454. I would live to give the book to my daughter Emily who is a newlywed.

  455. Sheryl Frye says:

    I have been married for 41 years. Our marriage seems to be stuck in the cruise mode. I would very much like to have a copy of your book. We are Christians and we put God first in our life. We are going through some difficult times in our life and need some encouragement.

  456. I would love a copy to be able to read with my husband to help our marriage but to also share with my sister in laws and my sister I certain that it would help us in many ways

  457. Elaine in North Tx. says:

    This would be great for my husband and I, my daughter and her almost husband, and a friend who is struggling with a current boyfriend that refuses to go to church. I guess I would need three copies.

  458. I’d love to give a copy to close friends of ours who are trying to persevere through life’s struggles 300 miles away from any family or friends. They could really use some solid, God inspired wisdom to help strengthen their marriage.

  459. Johanna says:

    Satan is attacking our marriage left & right. It’s going to take God & a Miracle to repair, restore & renew this union. The enemy is working mightily through my husband’s insecurities & fears & I’ve had it with Emotional abuse! We have 2 small CHILDREN (10 & 6) & don’t want them to grow up in a broken home with divorced parents. I STRONGLY believe that our marriage & family DESPERATELY NEED this!!!!!

  460. My husband and I will be leading a small group this fall about marriage, in large part because we are so heart-broken by all the marriages we see around us IN THE CHURCH that are crumbling. I’d love this book because I feel l

  461. We are in ministry and we mentor couples and would love another resource. We definitely don’t have it all figured out so would love to look into this. Thanks so much. Thanks for your wisdom today

  462. We just celebrated 10 years of marriage and have prayed together off and on. Thank you for this reminder. We need to be more consistent.

  463. vicki kane says:

    My husband and I have been marriedfor six years. Before we married he was a caregiver to his wife thatvwas dying from Colon Cancer. We got married moved to Florida. After we got down here,it seemed like every day I had a health issue. I had back surgery over two years ago and have still not recovered. Since I had the surgery I have to go to a doctor or have lab work every day. My husband is a wonderful man. He has had to do almost everything for me. He chauffeurs me around and never complains, but you can tell sometimes he gets a little flustered and I do as well. I am very disgusted because I feel like I a burden to him. We love each other very much and I want for us to continue to love each other. If you can help me or if the book would help me i will trust in the Lord that you will do the right .

  464. My husband and I will be leading a small group this fall about marriage, in large part because we are so heart-broken by all the marriages we see around us IN THE CHURCH that are crumbling. I’d love this book because I feel l need all that I can get right now!

  465. Would love to have a copy of this book !!! God Bless !!

  466. With 20 years of marriage under our belt and two children, ages 12 and 9, my husband and I are muddling through daily life. What an important time in our marriage…a time for our children to see us working to put the Lord first, and to see the effort and time that must be put into a marriage! We would love to have some help through your book and are happy to share it with other family members. Thanks!

  467. Tracee Phelps says:

    I would love to have this book, me & my husband of three years really need it. I’m saved and he’s not we are constantly arguing. He refuses to go to counseling. We’re both on our second marriage, and for me divorce is not an option. Please pray for us.

  468. In May , our daughters invited close to 100 relatives and close family friends to a surprise celebration and praises to God 35th wedding celebration. Part of the affair included a renewal of our vows led by our eldest daughter with our pastor’s approval. The irony of this is that my husband and I were facing a dark moment in our marriage. To make a long story short, God showed up in the midst of our confusion, shepherd by our daughters, to offer us hope and remind us that we are blessed. We continue to struggle but we are confident that He is with us each day. Thanks for the encouraging words; I’ll share them with my hubbie. Please don’t share my email.

  469. Would love a copy of this book.

  470. I cannot agree more. Praying daily is the glue in marriage. I am still praying on my own for my marriage daily. I pray too that one day my husband will pray along side me for our marriage. He is not there yet, with the idea of praying daily as a couple but God is faithful and I am hopeful that one day my husband will join me in daily prayer.

  471. Sheril Widner says:

    I would love a copy of this book…. not only for my marriage, but for my parents. They have been married 50 years & need to remember why God is important in their lives & marriage.

  472. Thank you for this. Such a blessing to know we are not alone in our battles.

  473. Rhonda Burchardt says:

    Thanks for the encouraging devotional. I would love to have this book for my nephew and his finance’. They are getting married at the beginning of next year. I would like for them to have this to always remind them to put God first in everything that they do.

  474. Heather says:

    Would love to read this book to help my marriage stay stronger.

  475. Rebecca says:

    What a great reminder that God is the glue that should hold marriages together. My hubs and I have been married for almost 15 years, by the grace of God. I would love this book to help strengthen us.

  476. I would love a copy for my marriage as well as sharing with my close friends that are struggling too.

  477. Lyncoya Pinchon says:

    I would love a copy of this book for my fiance and . We have been together ten years with for kids among us. It didn’t start easy as he had an ex that was not happy and she was a big tool the devil used to attack me then after five years I was tired and wanted to do my own thin . That didn’t turn out successful either. I’m trying to do better in my walk with Christ and sometimes it’s hard bc I don’t know if where my heart and mind is is where his is, to . I’m trying to do better to help him learn the things about what I’m discovering about what God wants for us. I want to have more courage to pray with him about us and v the things and people that attack us and help us to be better Christ supporters to each othe . I want our daughters to see Christ’s heart through us and want be v Christ like things we all need and desire. Pray for me and him and our strength together and that our wants and desires become more of one. What I have in my heart for us does not always seem what he v want . I want us to live more Godly lives and be more connected in Christ so we see the full abundance of his blessings in our journey and eventual marriage.

  478. My husband and I have been married for 22 years, we also were married when we were barely 20 years old. I don’t think anyone had high hopes for our marriage, and I’m not sure we thought we would make it ourselves at times. However, our marriage is stronger than ever now, and we are committed and in it for the long haul. We are always looking for great resources on biblical marriage for ourselves and to share with others who may need them!

  479. I would like to win this book for myself. My husband and I are celebrating 21 years tomorrow. I want to learn how to strengthen our marriage.

  480. I cannot agree more. I pray daily for my marriage. And that is the glue for my marriage. I also pray that my husband will one day pray along side me daily for our marriage. However, he is not there yet with that idea. But God is faithful and I am hopeful that one day my husband will pray with me daily for our marriage.

  481. Julieann says:

    This would help with our own ups and downs, and give us more to help the people who come to us with their troubles.

  482. Michelle Zajdel says:

    This is my third marriage and the first two I did not know Jesus as my Savior. We have been married 10 years, but he is an alcoholic, very functioning one, which makes it harder to see in yourself. He is saved but in spiritual bondage. I am holding onto God’s promises and praying that my husband’s mindset will change because we know when your mind is in line with God he will deliver you! Many times I am wearier. This book may help me cling tight to God’s promises! Thank you!

  483. After 20 years of marriage we have just gone through a very tough spot. Would love to have a copy of the book as we continue to pray through each day 🙂

  484. Heather says:

    I would love a copy for myself but would give it to my friend C…she and her husband could use this to get their marriage where it needs to be for them both.

  485. Jennifer Brown says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. My husband and I struggle daily. We have been through so much together but yet sometimes is seems like we are a thousand miles apart.

  486. My husband and I could use this book to strengthen our marriage. We are working on issues right now.

  487. Brenna Payne says:

    This is just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you.

  488. Mary B. says:

    After 31 years of ups and downs in our marriage I can say that it does take a lot of work and giving to stay together. But I keep on asking God to guide me and the more I pray about things, the better they become. Giving it all to God and hoping He will continue to lead us both.

  489. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful devotional! God IS the only One who can hold a marriage together when the world is trying to pull it apart. I would love to win a copy of this book for my daughter and son-in-law. Even though they have a happy marriage, I can see the underlying tensions that could continue to build and pull them apart. I pray that doesn’t happen.

  490. Maribel says:

    I would very much like this book. My husband and I have been married 5 years, I’ve been struggling with depression and it doesn’t help that our marriage is failing. We attend church regularly but at times I feel like I’m alone in this. I would like for God to be the center in our marriage, I would like to know how to pray together as a couple, I struggle to do that daily as he tries but I struggle so much to do this. I have insisted that we divorce but he does not want this. Honestly I do not either. Please help us to keep our marriage together and our family. This is second marriage for us both, we have no kids together but I have 3 of my own and trust me I think that is our main problem. I can’t have anymore kids and he has never had any of his own either. We both knew this going into our marriage but feel that it’s a big problem now. Please in the Name of Jesus, I pray that we can put God in the center of our marriage, in the center of our family.

  491. Tiffany Haas says:

    I’d like for my husband and I to read it together.

  492. angel hoskie says:

    I would love a copy of this book because I believe it will be an asset to my marriage. This past year, we both fell into infidelity. Him first, and me not being spiritually minded second. However not playing blame game. We both needed some healing and restoration with each other. We have both decided that the enemy cannot have our marriage, and that we can do this with Christ.

  493. I’ve been looking for a book to read on marriage. I enjoyed this devotional very much today! Thank you!

  494. I would love to win a copy of this book for my fiancé and me. We are getting married in October and will be going into ministry right away. We want to serve God in our marriage and know that we have a lot to learn.

  495. Shelly Verley says:

    I would like to have a copy of this book to read for myself, to recommend it to ladies in the Bible study I lead, and to pass it along to my son and daghter-in-law who have been married a little over 2 years now.

  496. Ashley Vorhees says:

    Right now, my husband & I are in the process of a divorce I thought I wanted. I convinced myself that I’d rather be miserable alone then living daily in an unfruitful marriage. As I have since pledged myself to Christ, I’ve realized that I’m the one who needs changing. Now I’m fighting for my marriage back. And all while I’m praying for Him to restore my marriage, I’m working on my own heart, understanding what I need to do as a spouse. This book would be instrumental in providing me with the proper Godly tools to be a wife of Christ to my husband.

  497. Amanda Aldridge says:

    Thank you for that beautiful inspiration today for marriage. I love reading the encouragement from all the different authors that contribute to Proverbs 31 Ministries. Every morning, the first thing I do is read this devotion in my e-mail to get start the day in the right frame of mind.

  498. My husband and I have been through a marriage similar to the one Mr. and Mrs. Kimberling have been through. On August 3, 2015, we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and it is truly a miracle we made it to 30 years. God is the center of our relationship and we are constantly reminded that we can do ALL things through Him who gives us strength! I love my husband and am blessed to have him with me everyday, through the ups and downs of life.

  499. Eden H. says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book for my husband and I, I think it would be a great resource for our marriage!!

  500. Mandy Durham says:

    I would give the book to my son and his new wife. They were married May 16, 2015, and were also barely 20 years old. Also, I would love to read the book, as my husband and I will be married for 22 years on July 30th. Even at that long, there are hard times, and we can all use any advice we can get. The book would be passed around for all to read!

  501. This was a much needed devotional today! Thank you! We have been fighting for our marriage for the last two years and even though we are making progress our marriage will always use more help and I would also pass it along to my friend and her husband who are struggling right now as well.

  502. Debi Bernard says:

    My husband and I have been married 17 years because God is first and for most in our marriage. I made many mistakes early on but God was the glue that kept us together and still does to this day! Without him I’m sure my husband would have walked away, but God’s perfect grace brought us through those dark times and we are stronger today because of him! Thank u God for being the center of our marriage and for your great love for us! We can’t get through a day without u!

  503. I would love to win this book for our marriage. We have been married a little over a year, and at times we didn’t think we would make it through that first year. But, we did because of God and some great Christian counselors. We started praying together during that first year, and truly we saw God work. We have settled into a good place, but not great, and we have failed to keep up our prayers together. I hope this book would motivate us to keep pushing on and begin paying again regularly.

  504. My husband and I have been through so many ups and downs during our 20 years together. We still need work and I think this book would help us greatly.

  505. Lourdes says:

    I don’t just want the book, I need the book. After 25 years of marriage we find ourselves literally estranged from each other in our own homes. There’s, unforgiveness and we are standing in our own way of reconciliation. We have 2 children that are affected by this and it breaks my heart to sit back and watch only one of us that wants our marriage to work more than the other. I’m praying that God brings change. Pray for us too, please.

  506. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing these words today. My husband and I will be married for 3 years in September. We love each other very much and strive to put God first in our lives and in our marriage. However, there are days that turn in to months where we go without praying with one another. It shows. I decided to go back to college and start in late August while at the same time my husband has decided to follow his ultimate dream and serve his country. Having enlisted in the Army, we will be looking at moving in no longer than one year. Right now, we don’t know where we are going but it means that both of us will be leaving our families, friends and the only place we have ever called home. It’s especially hard for me getting out of my own comfort zone but it’s important that I stay with my husband, to be there offering support and encouragement every single day. We would love to have a copy of your book!

  507. Your story is touching- I would love to win your book!

  508. Wendi Eliason says:

    We have been married for 2 years and I feel like we need some direction and guidance for a better marriage.

  509. Would love to have a copy of your book. We’ve been married 31 years, most of it a rough go and right now another rough patch. Divorce is NOT an option either, but the word sneaks into our heads still. When we as a couple, spent time with the Lord, things were much better. It’s hard to keep that up when one is willing and the other is not. Thanks so much for words of encouragement.

  510. Valerie says:

    I would read this book first because every marriage could use fine tuning, then I would give to a friend who I know their marriage is falling apart.

  511. Lauren Smith says:

    Id love a copy to be able to read to help grow my marriage. We both are called into ministry, and when that happens, I know that when the day is over we both have to be able to rely on each other for support.

  512. I’d love a copy for my daughter and son-in-law. They’ve been married for 1-1/2 years and are going through some major struggles. The one good thing: my daughter has covenant with God to honor her marriage.

  513. Kathy Elliott says:

    my husband and I have been married for 17 “wonderful” years, it hasn’t been as “wonderful” as I thought it would be; we’ve faced ups, downs, sorrow, sickness but most of all we have kept God in our marriage. we both have been married before; while we both struggle with our household “stuff” we do our best to not let ourselves get over whelmed and stressed, (we don’t meet eye to eye when this happens) but still we have God in our marriage. We both have participated in bible studies for couples I don’t think we have applied it to our marriage like we should have. So with this being said I would like to have a copy of your book I need to be reminded daily why I got married, and praying daily with my husband aloud like we should would be a start.

  514. I read your morning devotional on your wedding night and was so envious. I wish that had been my husband and me 25 years ago. Alas that was not our path at the time. We have both dedicated our lives to Christ about 15 years into the marriage at different times. But still really weren’t walking with God the way we should(had no mentors and didn’t realize we need any at the time). We have since been blessed with a little boy after 20 years of marriage and realize we fall short in so many ways. My husband had no Male role to show him how to be a husband or a father and we both devoted to showing our son how a Godly marriage is to look and how the husband is the head of that union. We have been ready books and doing marriage videos together and we have started praying together as well and that really does make a huge difference. I think we could truly benefit from reading this book together. Thank you for your insight.

  515. I too believe that prayer is the one thing that will keep a marriage together! Would love to have a copy of this book for myself, but, if I were to receive a copy I would share it with my friend Rebecca. She recently announced that she was thinking of divorcing her husband. Both Christians, I told her that was not an option. And, still believe it isn’t. I know the pain of divorce, and understand why God hates divorce and never want anyone to go through it especially when they are children of God. He can and will bring them through their darkest hours!

  516. I really enjoyed your devotional and your writing style. I would love a copy of your book. My husband and I seem to be so focused on our children and work. It would be nice to focus on our marriage for a change and I know your book would force us to do that.
    God bless,
    Julie in Texas

  517. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for this devotional. It really spoke to me and the importance of prayer in my marriage

  518. Please send me a free copy for my new husband. We’ve been married not even a year but it is a day to day struggle. Would be a good BDay gift for him. Don’t think he even knows my struggles. Thanks for this encouraging story that brings a ray of hope today. Out of a divorce and now a new marriage to a minister, it was my dream to pray together; still has not happened. Maybe this book will help.

  519. rachel coronado says:

    Your book sounds like a good ministry tool to help others whose marriage is struggling to survive
    My husband and I have been married for 22 years and because we know first hand how mighty God is, we have a heart to share His success with others.

  520. Dori Sheese says:

    I would love to have a copy of Dr. Kimberling’s book – a valuable resource for myself & my husband, I’m sure! We are struggling through a trial right now, and covet your prayers as we send my youngest off to college and are struggling with expenses. Thanks!

  521. Kristy Tate says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book. We have been married for 32 years and are still working on our marriage. Thanks for the great devo.

  522. I would really LOVE a copy of this book!

  523. My husband and I have done a lot of marriage/premarital counseling with the couples together, but I have an opportunity to meet with just the prospective bride and this book will be a great resource to have. I’ve never been comfortable talking/counseling other women so this book will be a great help in guiding our conversations.

  524. I am always seeking ways to strengthen my marriage. Like you stated all marriages have hardships and if you pray and believe God will help you with those times. I would love to have this book.

  525. We have been married 19 years and they’ve been hard but God is good. We’re in counseling now to help deal with things that we’ve avoided or ignored like the plague. We’re Christians and know we SHOULD pray together everyday but have struggled with actually DOING it. It’s something I plan to talk to my husband about tonight again. Thank you for the testimony and reminder.

  526. pam hoover says:

    this devotion is timely – married 32 mostly happy years, but in season of a a lot changes. it is too easy for me to jump to the conclusion that my husband is the problem instead of part of the solution, as a partner with God. Thanks for the reminder!

  527. I would use the book as a tool/resource to strengthen my own marriage of 18 years and pass it on

  528. Julie Landreth says:

    my husband and I just met with our pastor to start a life group for newly married couples. We just celebrated 11 years and have a passion for marriage and a heart to share. When we first started a couple mentored us in a life group and we think it helped so much. This book would be a great book to get and go through with the other couples as stimulus for conversation.

  529. I would love to have this book! (Tipping my coffee cup at you now.) I am a full time speaker and share with women on a regular basis. I think so many women could benefit from this book and I will promote it especially when I speak at overnight retreats where things get more personal.

  530. Dominique says:

    my story has some similarities to the one by Dr. Kimberling. My husband and I pray together every day too.
    We have been married 31 years. The Lord has blessed us all those years, even when we were experiencing some hardships. I would love to share this book with my son and daughter in law. They have 2 beautiful baby boys and their marriage is “sort of ” rocky. The Lord definitely is needed in that household. I pray everyday for them and I know Jesus will do something wonderful to save their relationship.

  531. Debbie Parker says:

    I would like to win a copy of this book because our story is very similar. We started out rocky and spent many years fighting each other and wanting a divorce but knowing that God didn’t want us to divorce. now we fight for our marriage, and we are learning g not to fight each other. God brings beauty where satan plants division!

  532. Ricky Adams says:

    Awesome

  533. Kristen says:

    I would want the book for myself. I am in my early twenties and in a transitioning point in my relationship with my boyfriend. We want a marriage but we don’t know how to make all of our pieces fit. And to me it feels like I need yo have a deeper understanding of marriage. I feel as though this book could be helpful for those married and for those preparing for marriage. Thank you and God Bless.

  534. Thank you for this timely reminder about the importance about putting first in our marriage.

  535. My husband and I have been married for 27 years and we have had many difficult years. Reading this book together would be a great joy for our marriage and I believe truly God is the one we need.

  536. Anna Ashley says:

    As I am preparing for marriage I know I need to get my hands on every ounce of wisdom that I can. Marriage will be an absolutely beautiful, but also (as I hear) one of the most challenging and testing of times. I want to be as prepared as I can be to be the best imperfectly perfect wife to my future husband. My boyfriend and I just read through The Mingling of Souls together, and we learned so much more about each other. I would love the opportunity to receive the 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage: Strengthen Your Most Intimate Relationship book.

  537. Tifany J says:

    This would be an amazingly helpful book!

  538. After 17 years, we no longer want mediocre marriage; we want an exceptional marriage and this book is a tool that could help us tremendously.

  539. I am married for 1 year to a man whom I met in Internet, he said he is a Christian and I believed in him, now for 1 year in our marriage, I can really say life was not easy, he ended beating me physically for just a few months that we were together. But in all of these situations and all that happened to me, I blamed myself coz I did not trust God that I searched in Internet to find a man for me, for all His warnings and precautions for me, I was so stubborn that I chose my own will, and now I am here in this situation where divorce is not a solution, we need help, we are now in Germany coz my husband is a German, I wanted to do something for our marriage coz it may not started good and pleasing to God, but I know that it’s not his will that we will divorce… Since a few months I joined in proverbs 31 ministry coz it encouraged me everyday and I really hope and pray that I will win one of this book, maybe this could be a tool from God that we can start to make right for our marriage by God’s help… Thank you and may the LoRd’s will be done!

  540. I would love to read this book myself. My husband recently sent me divorce papers and this weekend will be our first time being around each other since February. Our son is turning 2 and lots of our family will be there as well. His hard heart makes communication difficult and I struggle with showing him grace. I’ve read lots of books but not sure how to handle such a one sided situation.

  541. I would like this book for my husband and me. We have struggled for 23 years, I’m sure this book would help us to grow closer and begin the healing process.

  542. This is so encouraging! It’s a great reminder for my husband and me and in going to share this with my sister who is getting married in October!

  543. Stefanie Wynne says:

    Thank you for this devotion. I would love a copy of the book to read with my husband and then pass on to a close friend of mine and her husband.

  544. I have been married for 10 years, but feel like it has not gotten better. I need to let God work in our marriage.

  545. Kim Arnold says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book for myself and my husband to read together. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary and like you, we started out young and stubborn. God has brought us this far and we continue to trust Him daily as we work to keep it going! Nice to see a male contributor to P31! With a husband and 3 sons, I wish they would make a First Five App for men as well!! Thank you for your ministry!!

  546. I would like a copy to share the insights with my parents, my two brothers and their wives, my in laws, and a very special couple that is going through a hard time in their marriage. I would like to have it to share with my husband and have the marriage God wants us to have.

  547. Banita Elkins says:

    This book would be a wonerful way to celebrate our 20th anniversary this year. Getting married at the ripe old age of 19, the idea of marriage seemed like all unicorns and rainbows, but we soon realized, and continue to learn how to navigate this roller-coaster!

  548. My husband and I will celebrate our 16th anniversary this Friday. I’m so glad. We waited until our wedding night to consummate our marriage b/c we love the Lord and wanted to please Him in this. I think we prayed that night as well. There have been so many times when I have felt empty in my marriage though. I have wondered if it is worth it all. I stick w/ my husband b/c I love the Lord and I take my vows seriously. There are times when I don’t feel empty. So to me there are glimmers of hope. Maybe this book will give me a new perspective.

  549. Heather Purvis says:

    My marriage is struggling. We are and have been determined to choose to love each other and not give in to emotions but right now that’s the only thing holding us together. Not sure I want the book, but we definitely need it.

  550. Laura k says:

    I would love a copy of this book! We have a young son and i am feeling like it is just so easy to shower my son with all the affection and kisses that I used to give my husband. I need to re-focus and turn more of my energy toward him!

  551. Our Church is doing a 4 week marriage class and this past Sunday was the topic “Prayer in Marriage”. This blog fit right in with what we discussed as well as our homework assignment. We are to start praying more together as a couple by making time to make it a priority. God is good and has great timing. Marriages are in so much trouble now a days. A few friends of mine told me that when the got married people would say to them “I hope yours works”. To hear that on your wedding night is just awful. People do not take marriage as it is intended as much anymore and we as Christians need to minister to those in need and show them how good marriage is and one way is by making our own marriage the best it can be! Just in my own immediate family there are marriages falling apart that I believe can be saved and this book would be a great gift to pass on to them to get them started.

  552. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the wonderful devotion today! I will ask my hubbie to pray w me tonight!

  553. Yvonne Mead says:

    I would love a copy for my husband and I-we are entering the 5 year slump. Both previously married and divorced. This marriage has been based on God being the center. But like all of us we live in this world and things get in the way. Thank you for all you do!!!

  554. We are in year six of our marriage and with a move and yet another job change it has been a real challenge to our marriage. I would love to have this book.

  555. Christina says:

    My husband and I just celebrated our first anniversary. When we were engaged, we discussed making God a priority in our marriage. We wanted to have a spiritual life together, in addition to our individual spiritual lives. To be honest, one year later, we’ve kind of dropped the ball. We try different things, but for some reason it is harder than when we were dating.

  556. Thank you for your honesty as so many Christian couples struggle with marriage. Personally there is a lot of divorce around me and I just want to continue to bring God into my marriage. God has already been changing us as a couple and family and I look forward the beautiful journey we are on!!

  557. Although I see where this book would benefit my husband and I, my brother and sister-in-law would be my recipients of this gift. They are 26 years old, and have been married for 5 years, with three beautiful girls under the age of five. My family and my husband have continually encouraged them to be foundations for one another and to place God in the center of their marriage. Last year I was able to witness my brother’s family join our local church (the first church he and his wife had ever attended together). I witnessed my brother’s family be welcomes unconditionally into a church home where he and his wife felt like they belonged. However, as good as it looked from the pew on Sunday, home life with three small children, and young love wasn’t what we all thought. My sister in law struggled with self conscious issues with her body after having three children in two years, and my brother sought affection that wasn’t being provided at home. They were literally “going through the motions” of being married, until last week. My sister in law approached my brother to talk about their marriage, she said she had been a single parent for a while now, and that if that’s what he wanted she was prepared to move, she said she couldn’t love the rest of her life in a continuous cycle. It was at this realization, that they finally communicated, not talked, communicated about their marriage, my sister in law learned that my brother really did love her, and had never questioned her body image, she also learned that he was willing to stop at no end to keep his family in tact. in the past weeks, my family and I have looked for ways to raise money to send my brother and sister in law to “The Hideaway” since our church currently does a study on “5 days to a better marriage”. If I were to receive Dr. Kimberling’s book I’d pass it right along to my brother and sister in law. I’d let them know we all have been in that season of our marriage where we want to give in, and give up, but with God as our focus we know that our marriage is so worth fighting for!

  558. Julie Mathess says:

    I really enjoyed Dr. Kimberling’s devotion, and I would love to read his new book. Thank you.

  559. Roni Adams says:

    Would love a copy of this book to help my marriage grow stronger and to this book with my young daughter and her new husband to help them grow stronger in their marriage

  560. Anita Richmond says:

    I would give this to my sister and her husband who have been married over 35 years. They are having many difficulties right now, somewhere in the midst of having 5 children, jobs, and past bitterness, love got lost, and only God can bring it back. Please pray for them as well. Thank you!

  561. Recently our marriage met with the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced. As we picked up the pieces, we decided to pray every morning and every night as we go to bed. It has changed us and helped us more than we’ve ever known. I too would love to read your book. Thank you!

  562. I’d like a copy of your book. Am engaged to the man I fell in love with while I was in HS.- it’s now 40+years latter. We feel God has finally brought us together. We are both Christians, and I would love to share this with my fiancé.

  563. Would love to read the book and share it with others. God bless you as you reach out to others.

  564. All marriages goes thru some type of hardship and without God so many end in bad ways. I am always looking for ways to strengthen my marriage during the hardships as well as the good times. I would love to have a copy of this book to maybe shed some light on things I have not thought about. Thanks in advance for this chance to be a winner.

  565. Needed to hear these words! Thanks so much for this devotional! Would love this book!

  566. Mrs. Bryant says:

    I would LOVE a copy of the book, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage by Dr. Kim Kimberling! My husband & I just celebrated our 3 year anniversary & all together have been in a relationship for 6 years. Ever since rededicating our lives to the Lord close to 4 years ago our lives have changed dramatically! It is so awesome to look back and see how far we’ve come! It has been a journey from ashes to beauty that I wouldn’t trade for anything! God is Great & we definitely could not be where we are without Him! We’re excited to see where He takes us from here! We have no doubt that He only has good plans that will grow our faith, our marriage & strengthen our family!!!! God Bless’

  567. Teresa Fullington says:

    I would love a copy of this book to give to my newly married son and his wife who are trying to honor God in all that they do..They are presently going through one of lifes struggles and i just want them to stay encouraged. I also have a daughter who is dating a young man and i have heard the word marriage mentioned in their conversation so i know they could benefit from a copy as well. Thank you so much.

  568. I was divorced after 14 yrs of marriage (last yr.), but continued to pray & pray hard for my marriage & “my man”. God is answering those prayers & we are working at our “2nd chance”. I know the importance of prayer & God in the middle. God has shown me to never give up on those prayers….no matter what the circumstances, God is in control & He has a plan for our lives!!!!!

  569. DaniLisa says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book as my fiance and I are preparing for marriage.

  570. Mary Lattan-Shaw says:

    This looks really good. I need all.the knowledge and encouragement I can get.

    THANKS!

  571. All glory and honor to God our Heavenly Father who is so awesome and deserving of our praises! Seek ye first the kingdom of God and HIS righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.. Matthew 6:33.
    Thank God for this devotional

  572. Kristin P says:

    Both my husband & I love each other very much & are determined to make it work but we are limping along. We have been married for 10 years. In that time we have been through the Fire! Our marriage has been damaged from Infedelity due to his sex addiction, chronic pain numerous health problems,unemployment just to name a few.We are still keeping on but tired & battered from life’s circumstances.Thank you for the reminder of getting back to the basics we used to pray together & we need to start doing it again. I would love a copy of your book!

  573. Would love to share this book with our son and daughter in law to give them encouragement during the tough times that come up in marriage… thank you!
    Becky

  574. I pray daily for the marriage of my daughter & son-in-law… I love them dearly and I would love to give this book to them!!

  575. Brittany says:

    I would love a copy for my husband and I. We are still within the first year of our marriage and there are days where it is difficult, but we get through them with God the best we can. I think this book will help strengthen our marriage for many years to come.

  576. I really enjoyed today’s devotion. My husband and I have been married 5 years and I’m sure I could learn a lot from this book.

  577. We need something to change. So we need something TO change. Thank you.

  578. I would to read your book as I am going to be married, but it is not my first. The difference, this time, is that this man is a true Christian and my dream has always been to have a Godly husband. I want our marriage to be Christ-centered. I have already asked a well respected couple at our church to be our marriage mentors and I am excited to start a new phase of our relationship, as husband and wife, with the Lord’s direction.

  579. Jill Walker says:

    Marriage is harder than anyone can prepare you for. I’ve will be married for 15 years this year and have been through many struggles. I would love to receive a copy of this book to read and apply what I can to our married life.

  580. I am single and desire to be married again. I was married for 27 years, but went through a divorce not by my choice. I would love to have the book to be prepared to be a Godly wife when God places someone in my life to be my husband. I want a marriage this time to be a Godly marriage. Please pray that God will put that person in my life.

  581. Judith Potter says:

    My husband and I, too, have been married for 45 years and continually strive to find ways to keep our marriage alive and vibrant. We’d love to have this book to help us in our journey.

  582. We have been married 12 years and through war and back have continued to grow in our marriage through Gods grace. We are currently having several friends dear to us that are struggling with their marriages. They have been counseling with us knowing we attend and serve a awesome God! We would love to be able to share with them this book.

  583. I recently got married and have been praying for God to strengthen our marriage. I think my husband and I could benefit from this book by growing in live and faith in God.

  584. I pray daily for my daughter and son-in-law’s marriage and I would love to be able to give them this book. I also have two other daughters that this could be passed on to as well. Thank you.

  585. Our marriage is in crisis right now and we are working hard to overcome the pain of past choices. I’d love a book we could read together to give us some tools to grow stronger!

  586. Nealei Smith says:

    My husband and I dated on and off for 8 years and married February 26, 2012. This marriage has been one of the most challenging and difficult relationships for us both For the past few years I have been asking God, “Why did I want this so much, and what could we possibly have seen each other?” Through Godly council and His revelation I’ve learned it was our individual brokenness that kept us together. My husband, an unbeliever and myself, a codependent, developed a tried to maintain a volatile relationship built on very unstable foundation.

    These past few months I think God has been at work not only in my husband, but in me as well. I’ve been reading The Christian Codependency Recovery Book, and The House that Grace Built by Stephanie Tucker. We were at the brink of calling it quits, (which neither of us really wanted) when my husband decided to start reading the bible. I’m not sure what our future holds, but I know with God all things are possible. I’ve been in prayer for God to soften my husbands heart and I can see Him working, it’s absolutely beautiful. God is good. I would love to receive a copy of the book for us, so we could read it together. – Romans 8:28

  587. In today’s world people think divorce is such a quick fix when there marriage goes thru a difficult time instead of coming together as one to work out the problems we tend to widen the breech of separation, I always want to give Godly wisdom when it comes to marriage because it is ordained by God. This book would be of tremendous help to me

  588. Pam Bass says:

    I have been married to a wonderful man for almost 13 years. It has been a huge struggle and it continues to be a struggle. I have trust issues and he seems to keep secrets and not share with me. After 13 years I still feel like I don’t know what he thinks or feels about things. I am an open book quick to let him know eactly how I feel. (Not alwasys a good thing ). He is secretive and never shows his feelings. This makes things so hard. He will not fight about anything he just closes up. Then I just rant and rave and feel like scum of the earth and NOTHING ever gets resolved. He always tells me I am stuck with him and there is no other option but it would be nice to have a good healthy relationship that we are b oth comfortable with. I would love to have peace.

  589. After 34 yrs ,kids grown and gone we seem so lost in our marriage ,we both know our God is with us all the way and yet somehow we still feel lost . Thank you all for your daily devotionals

  590. I would love to receive this book. My husband and I have been married for over 40 years but we are going thru marriage problems now. I will not give up, I know God has our lives in his plans…

  591. Kathy Andrews says:

    My husband and I will be celebrating 33 years of marriage this October. I believe I can still learn moee. If I won, I would read the book, then pass it on to my daughter in law.

  592. I would love to win this! My husband and I are newly weds and he is a new christian. We are still figuring out what it means to keep God at the center of your marriage. This book would be a blessing to our relationship!

  593. My step son and daughter-in-law are having difficulties in their marriage and I would love to win this book to give to her. She is desperate to save their marriage. Only God can fix this!

  594. This is a powerful testimony that has a lot of powerful advice. GOD BE THE CENTER OF MY MARRIAGE. When my husband and I got together it was like it was destined, like God did not want us to be separate. We were one from the beginning. However, we fought that feeling, we were both damaged goods. We both had our demons that we fought and we took it out on each other. For most of our relationship we fought, we threatened divorce, we couldn’t get along. For the first 5 years of our marriage we didn’t have God, He was the furthest thing from our minds. We did find God, and we were still struggling. I was always asking God to fix my husband the way I saw he should be fixed. Nothing changed! We were still at each other and my marriage took a turn for the worst, I packed my stuff ready to walk away from the life we had built, I was tired. I called my pastor and talked to him and asked for advice, I called my friend and asked for a place to stay temporarily until I could find a place. She didn’t respond but came to my house and told me no. I couldn’t believe it, but she sat out with me and gave me the best advice, don’t give up. I didn’t want to hear it, I thought how many times must we go through this? If she had said yes the changes that are happening in our lives would never be happening. God spoke to me that Sunday I was told no, and I listened. My prayers were not truly for my husband, God had better changes for my husband. But most importantly God wanted in me, He wanted to change me to be a Godly wife. My husband isn’t suppose to make me feel 1 Corinthians 13, I was suppose to make him feel that way, that is how I am suppose to go out in this world. We sat down and talked and promised that as the enemy attacks instead of attacking each other we stand side by side and pray for peace and restoration together not seperately. When we truly put God in the middle and allowed Him to truly work in our marriage to restore it, our house is a house of peace for the first time in 13 years. I will not go into how many times our marriage almost ended but God would not allow even ourselves to destroy the bond between us. We had to be patient and learn to listen to the Spirit that was praying on our behalf. I pray for those that feel there marriage is going nowhere fast and wondering if it gets better or even if God cares. He cares, He loves you both and stand strong in His promises for your marriage, storms pass but God will always be there. If it’s a new storm or one you think will never end, it will in God’s time and you will be blessed in time. I should know, I’m not saying we didn’t have good times in the 13 years, we had plenty of those but there was always an underlying issues that would bubble up to the surface in a bad way. If after 13 years, God is helping us to learn to love each other the right way, He can do it for you. I pray peace and restoration for the families that need you Lord.

  595. This devotion couldn’t have come at a better time.

  596. I have never heard my husband pray.

  597. My husband and I have been married for 35 years. Since he began attending a great church 2 1/2 years now, our relationship has truly begun to grow together. I would love to read your book and share it with my newly married son and daughter in law.

  598. Tammy Larink says:

    Thank you for this devotional. My youngest daughter is experiencing relationship issues with the man she would like to marry. My husband and I have given help. Referred them to God’s word and suggested counseling with our pastor. Which she has begun. We know they love each other, being so young and inexperience they need guidance from other Christian couples. This book would be a great way to see how others struggle and find their way back through God. Thank you for this opportunity.

  599. Erin Matthias says:

    We are embarking on our marriage soon, and after both failing in previous marriages, today’s message offers such a good direction in which to start our lives together. With daily prayer together, and the concepts in the book, I hope to bring, and keep, God in our union. To those comments I have read of others who are struggling in marriage, I offer a prayer to you today that God will bless you and strengthen your marriage through Him.

  600. Would love to have this book to help my marriage!

  601. Bridget Pavelec says:

    I would love this book for myself, I love relationship books. There us always something to glean from them. Then I’d pass it on to another.

  602. i would love to learn more about strengthening my marriage. Two busy work schedules and 3 active children make it difficult to focus on our marriage the way we should.

  603. Pat Stokes says:

    My son is getting married Dec. 5. While he and his finance’ are Christians, they would really benefit from this book. I would love for them to read it before they are married and then have it to refer to in their marriage. Giving them this book and asking them to read it together would slow them down in all the wedding planning to truly focus more on God and the marriage. This is a great and wonderful time for them and having just one more source of inspiration, information, and tool in their hands is only going to help them get their marriage off to a good start.

  604. I would love to have a copy of your book! My husband and I have been married for 23 years; our marriage has had its ups and downs, changes in our lives put pressure on us in our marriage. Our twin daughters will be going off to college soon and I know that our relationship will change once again. I hope to win a copy of your book so my husband and I can gain more insight to strengthen our marriage and we can pass it on to our daughters as we try to be a Godly example of what a marriage should be .

  605. Thanks for sharing this today! Just these few words will help so much, and I would love to read more! Thank you.

  606. This devotion came at the right time as my husband and I have been married for six and a half years. We are determined to fight for our marriage no matter what. We are on vacation now celebrating my friends 10 year wedding anniversary and we would love to read this book. Thank you for the devotionals.

  607. I would love to be able to give this to my daughter. She is a young wife and mother.

  608. Marriage is certainly harder than I ever imagined when I married my husband. It definitely takes a lot of work, communication, but most importantly a relationship with the Lord. We would never have made it if not for that and for His protection and wisdom when the devil tried to destroy our marriage. Our marriage is far from perfect but we both have the goal in mind of doing whatever is necessary to stay together for each other and our kids.

  609. Yolanda Blatz says:

    I would love a copy of the book it seems like our marriage is a daily struggle, my husband always sees my mistakes i makeas wife children and Ii now Ii make so muchand I trtrying daily to do better but he never looks at his side and trying to do his part, i really need help.

  610. Just stumbled upon this website this morning & it gave me some hope. Feeling very numb right now & could really use this in my life!

  611. I would love a copy for my friend who is just starting a relationship with a Godly man after being alone for many years after a divorce.

  612. I would love the book for my husband and I. Were in a rough spot right now. It’s hard balancing ministry and family. Feels like we’re failing at everything right now. I know we don’t want a divorce but haven’t had a real relationship in a long time. We surely need God’s help to repair the broken pieces. This is never what I envisioned for my life. For my children. Lord revive us.

  613. I would love to win this book! The tornado of alcohol addiction has left such a turmoil in our family, marriage and hearts. But I am not giving up.. We have God. This would be so helpful. I am still hopeful that God will give the strength my husband is needed for recovery and sobriety and that with God our marriage and family will be restored and better than ever! God bless you ~ Tamara
    “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT, second edition)

  614. I love this idea but my husband is not yet a believer. However, I hope this will encourage me to be more committed to praying on my own. I admit I often feel discouraged about it after 32 years! Thank you for the reminder!

  615. My husband and I have been married for over ten years and we have already overcome a lot together. We both love God but sadly I can’t say that He is the center of our marriage. I would love to raise our marriage to the next level, not only for ourselves but also so we can be a better example to our children.

  616. Love this. We have just finished a marriage study at church and it has changed mine and my husbands marriage. We now read the Bible together every evening before bed and are communicating better!

  617. Mary Stewart says:

    I loved this devotion! It spoke right to where I’m at. Right now as my fiance and I are preparing to get married we desire to spend more time planning a success, healthy, godly and awesome marriage than just 1 day of celebration. We have discussed praying together daily and especially about intimacy. Thank you for sharing and encouraging my heart today!

  618. Nwankwo Emmanuel A says:

    This is inspiration from heaven for praying together is indeed the foundation for a successful marriage. It is my own secret and I am in my 26th year and though issues come up once in a while, divorce has never been an option to His glory.

  619. Reneé S. says:

    Thank you for this message….we have been married for 25 years and we have a really good marriage but I want it to be a great marriage. Praying together is not something we have ever done….I’m not sure why. I suspect it is because we are both a little shy about praying out loud in front of people. Maybe this is what we need to do to move from “good to great”. I need to get a copy of your book. But I am definitely going to share this devotional with him!

  620. My husband and I have been married for 13 years. We have 4 beautiful children. We have had some rough times that we call “the dark ages” but God pulled us through. Even when we weren’t seeking Him, He was there keeping us together. I would love a copy of this book because I still have a lot to learn. I want to honor Christ in my marriage!

  621. A great message. I believe more couples need to do end more time in prayer together.

  622. Jen in TX says:

    Thank you for this. If there was ever a time to divorce, it was after discovering my husband’s infidelity. But through God’s grace, we are still together. I still struggle with trust though, and would love a copy of your new book.

  623. I would like a copy of Dr. Kim Kimberling’s new book, 7 Secrets to an Awesome Marriage: Strengthen Your Most Intimate Relationship, to help my fiancé and I have the marriage God designed for us. This is a second marriage for both of us and we both truly want God to be the center of our marriage, family and lives.

  624. Quincy Bates says:

    I would really love giving this book to my son and soon to be daughter in love, getting married in November.

  625. My husband and I have been together 8 years. Counseling does not seem to be helping, I pray daily & I feel like I’m the only one making an effort. Maybe this would give me some insight, I’m on the verge of giving up hope, the situation has been bad for the last 5 years and I see no light at the end of the tunnel

  626. Thanks for the opportunity to help, by sharing this book & your experiences. We’re going on 15 years.

  627. Tracie Gebauer says:

    I would keep the book and use it in my marriage and then I would use it in a small group with others.

  628. I would love to have this book! My husband and I have been together for 13 years and married for 10 and although we have prayed together I have to be honest and say we don’t pray together every day. It is definitely something that I would like to change. I believe this book will help us get to that point. Thanks for this giveaway!

  629. Amber Harris says:

    I would read it for myself as I prepare my heart for marriage and I would pass it on to friends as well to help them improve their relationships! We can all use guidance in walking with the Lord in our daily struggles.

  630. Kim knudson says:

    I have looking and praying for a book my husband and I could read that would help our marriage. I have often prayed for our relationship,our communication struggles,& my intimacy issues. I would love love to read this book and grow us both together close to the Lord & each other. We have been married 23 years in a few weeks. It has had a lot of ups and downs. Please consider us for the give away. Thank you.

  631. Janaye Floyd says:

    I know without God in us and our marriage we would have either gotten divorced or be living miserable lives together. We’ve had several defining moments in our marriage that by the grace of God have brought us closer together and to God. Every year has been better than the last with growing pains throughout. I’m thankful that my husband turns to God when the going gets tough! Thank you for this post and the possibility to get this book!

  632. My husband and I have been married 6 years and have 4 children (2 are mine from a previous marriage). He is in the army reserve and was deployed 2 yrs ago to Afghanistan. 2 months ago I found out he was unfaithful during his entire deployment. We are in counseling and fighting for our marriage and family right now. I can honestly say that this is the first time in our marriage that we have truly put God first in our marriage and know that he is the only way we will survive this. We just started praying together as a couple since the ‘revelation’ and it does make a difference, but we have not done so daily. Forwarding this article to him and hoping we can make this a priority.

  633. Emily Minium says:

    Thank you for the interesting read.

  634. Stacey Cunningham says:

    Would love this as a resource for myself and to share with others. With young kids, work, and a house to run my spouse and I could use guidance in strengthening our marriage.

  635. Kelsey Colson says:

    Hi,
    Since my husband left 5 years ago and our subsequent divorce I have been actively searching for answers to what a healthy relationship looks like. I have watched sermons, read books and talked with good mentors.
    I have been dating a wonderful man I met at Church for about 8 months. He, like myself, comes from a broken childhood. We both desire a lasting relationship but are realizing that we really aren’t totally sure what that looks or feels like. One thing we have seen is the more we make God a priority the better things work. Kind of a duh, but it is amazing how easy it is to loose sight of that.
    Reading this entry today I was encouraged by the reminder of this truth, keep God first, pray together in all things.
    I would very much value another Godly view on how to have a lasting, healthy marriage.
    🙂 Kelsey

    • Sarah Horne says:

      Kelsy, one book that has helped my husband and I a great deal is Love/Respect by the Eggeriches. It is about the Respect a man NEEDS and the Love a woman CRAVES. I suggest you purchase it and read it together with your wonderful guy. It is a real eye-opener and a tremendous help in putting a marriage on firm ground. The authors are Christians. We wish you both the best.
      P.S. This book best explained why we kept having so many misunderstandings.

  636. Elizabeth says:

    I would love a copy of this book. My husband and I have been married for almost 4 years and we are still learning about each other and marriage. We had a rough 2 year and I prayed my way through it. I would love to read on how to make my marriage better and make God the center!

  637. Marie Butts says:

    After 16 yrs of marriage we still struggle but stay commited. I pray continually for our marriage asking God to change me personally, also to give my husband a personal relationship with Him. Weve only prayed together before eating. After reading this devotion Im going to pray about initiating my husband and I pray this prayer daily. I pray he’ll be cooperative. He has mention my living with my Mom; sometimes he mentions divorce for tax purposes.

  638. Nancy Still says:

    Our marriage of 31years has not been good. There is a learning disability that has grown worse with age. I am the dominent controller, not so much the supportive wife. Our daughter is serious with a you man, engagment is coming, I would like to share this book with her as well.

  639. Hi I have been married for almost 3 years I would really love any help I can get at this early stage
    I know God brought me the spouse I have but the daily walk can be really difficult and now we also have a baby girl
    so it is only by God’s grace and mercy that we are still hanging in there.

  640. I would love to have a copy to read and then let others read. After 29 years of marriage, I am VERY thankful for strong Christian husband. He loves me and I know that. Marriage is a communication, a work in progress, a GIFT from God that we can not take for granted. Knowing that I still look for ideas and thoughts from Godly sources, to continue to breath newness into our relationship. Thanks..

  641. Our marriage of 31years has not been good. There is a learning disability that has grown worse with age. I am the dominent controller, not so much the supportive wife. Our daughter is serious with a young man, engagment is coming, I would like to share this book with her.

  642. Diane Curtis says:

    I could really use this I look forward to seeing if I win this book. thank you for your emails they mean alot

  643. I would love to strengthen my marriage, I believe this book would assist us greatly in making our marriage successful.

  644. Monique C Collazo says:

    My husband and i have been married for 7 years. Our 7th wedding anniversary we didn’t celebrate because 8 months ago he left the house. No explaination. Nothing. No fighting. He said he just couldn’t do “this” anymore. He says there is no 1 else. So it’s just me and my daughter at home and Jesus of course. I ask God everyday for a miracle. I love my husband very much and have shared some amazing memories together. When God does send me my miracle I would love to read this book together with my husband. Please pray along with me. It’s been a tough 8 months but God has given me strength the whole way through.

  645. I would love a copy of this book!

  646. I think the most comforting is to know we are all in this marriage journey together. Growing with our spouses daily whether good or bad hopefully reflecting Jesus along the way. I have learned there is no perfect marriage after 18 years but learning from each other and the Word of God is most important.

  647. I am on my 3rd marriage and made the mistake to marry a non-christian. He doesn’t think church is important and does watch a church service on tv every Sunday. He doesn’t listen very well, as he is always doing something while it is on. I was attending every Sunday and going to bible study before I married him. I miss church so much. I wish he would go. He is controlling and when I say I want to go to church he says it won’t look good for me to go without him. He wants to go boating every Sunday and said he doesn’t have time to go to church. Always excuses for not going. I really feel the need to be in church and connected to a bible study again. I would love to read this book and see what it says. I would also love to pass it on to my 2 daughters that are married. This wa one of the best devotionals I have ever read on P31. Thank you so much.

  648. Sarah Horne says:

    This sounds a lot like our marriage, and after almost 47 years, we still struggle to resolve issues that have plagued our marriage. This book sounds like it would be of great help and we would read it and pass it on to other couples who struggle.

  649. Janet Schultz says:

    Dear Dr. Kim, I would very much like to win this book. My beloved granddaughter, Kimberly is being married in Ohio, Aug 29, 2015 one month and one day from today. She is a joy to know and love. Her fiancee, Sam, is a God fearing man with a belief system matching hers. I thank God for bringing Sam to her. My daughter, Kim’s mother, died at 44yrs of swift and sad cancer of adrenal glands. Kim was 14 and her sister was 16. Kim followed God her entire high school and college years. Rejecting men who urged her to lower her moral standards. She was strong and I am so proud of her. Her parents had a wonderful marriage and sadness still haunts her father as he misses his young wife. Being her mother has not had the joy of coming along with Kim on her journey to her marriage, I would love to win this book to give Kim and Sam as a special gift at their wedding. Thank you for considering me for your drawing. Mrs Jan Schultz

  650. My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years. My second, after a short marriage in my early 20’s when I didn’t understand how to be married and his third after becoming a widower with a young 4 year old then married & divorced from a non-believer who birthed with him two lovely children. God is, in essence, the center of our marriage as we are both believers. However, with the demands of this world, work, finances, raising children, helping family & friends, serving in the church, our attempts to pray together and do other intentional marriage building “acts” is difficult. I would be blessed to be able to read this book and then pass it on to another couple I believe would benefit from it!

  651. Jessica VanMersbergen says:

    My husband and I have been together through good and very challenging times. I know God will finish what he started in us.

  652. Hyacinth says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book to give to my son. He is in a relationship which will prayerfully lead to marriage. This would be a great start for them , to have Christ as the center of their lives. I really enjoyed reading this devotional this morning. Thank you.

  653. I really want my husband to pray with me…I keep asking and praying for it…hopefully one day he’ll come around. We pray as a family at meal times, but I know we need so much more!

  654. Marjorie says:

    Always wanting to improve my marriage and need God’s word to do so. Thanks for the opportunity!

  655. LYN JORDAN says:

    My husband and I have done everything possible without the intention, of course, to kill our marriage! BUT GOD has moved and healed and directed and loved us into an amazing marriage! Not free from trouble, but strong in our Lord. Now, we have a young couple that we are loving and mentoring; we see in their marriage so many of the things that nearly killed ours and we so want to help them avoid those things. We could really use some help to do that! I think this book would be amazing to give to them. Thanks so much and many blessings!

  656. Jessie M. says:

    My husband and I have been married for 4 years. We have grown so much since year one and two, but still have many many things to learn and to have God guide us through. It would be great to have a resource to study together!

  657. Janey Osuna says:

    I would love to give this book to my dear friends who are in the early stages of filing for divorce. They are actually in their second marriage to each other. They divorced once, but got remarried. I know God had His hand in them reuniting and getting married the second time so my heart is breaking for them right now. They desperately need a miracle.

  658. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary, but, we’ve never prayed together; I think we could be a better couple ~ working together more! I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you!

  659. Anne Griffith says:

    I could really use this book right now.

  660. Today’s devotional really spoke to me. The first 5 years of our marriage was a very difficult. It is only through the power of God that we are still together. Next month we will celebrate 9 years of marriage. I look forward to a future when we will have more happier years than sad years of our marriage.

  661. I would love to win this book. We’ve been married for 8 years & have 3 kids. We don’t pray together, it makes me raw & emotional. I’ve asked my husband to start praying with me every day a few times but I think it makes him nervous which is strange b/c he reads his bible every day (way more than me) & has a Christian bAckground & upbringing I don’t know why he won’t pray with me. It’s been on my heart for a while now. I don’t feel like I’m allowed to be close to him & God at the same time it’s strange & hard to explain but I know my heart wants more. I’d buy the book if I could but we are one income & there is just no room for extra purchases of any kind it’s all about the kids right now.

  662. Thank you! A very timely devotion as my marriage is at an important crossroad.

  663. My wife and I have been married for 44 years and we also pray together every day. We would read the book together and send it to our daughter and son-in-law who have been married for three years. We praise the Lord that so many others are interested in the book.

  664. Susan Heimbigner says:

    I was drawn to this article this morning. As soon as I read about praying together, I had my answer. Now I need to pray that my husband will do this with me. I know that God brought us together soon after I released my dating life to Him. God had Gary in mind for me for 32 years, as we had met as teenagers. We’ve now been married for 21 years. We are blessed, and we have difficulties. I am an optimist and he is a pessimist. Praying together would start our day out on the right foot, and that’s what we need to have together. Gary is my pot of gold at the end of the earthly rainbow, as God intended.

  665. I would love to read this book and learn more about God’s plan for a heathy strong marriage.

  666. I have realized that while I’ve been a good wife, I haven’t been a godly wife, allowing God to transform our marriage. I have faith that God wants to work this in me and build our marriage to His glory.

  667. I would love a copy. My husband and I have been separated six years. Still talk with and/or see each other every day. We are far less than awesome, but I don’t want to give up.

  668. We have been married for over 7 years. We can relate with you Dr. Kim. Most of our marriage has been a struggle. So many times, I have thought of divorce but I’ve kept praying and praying and God always comes in when I’m about to quit and encourages me or totally changes me or my heart. It’s been amazing to experience that. Our marriage has been getting better but I do wish we prayed together more. I’ve asked my husband several times but this devotional gives me courage to make the first move. Thank you for being transparent with us all. God Bless you!

  669. 18 years married and going through a very rough time. What happens next will determine whether we stay together or not. I would love to have this book to help us find a way to stay together.

  670. I would love to win a copy of this book to help strengthen my marriage of 3 years. Today’s devotional was exactly what I have been praying for-refreshing and full of hope.

  671. J Junker says:

    Our marriage is at a critical point. We just seem not to like each other anymore but we want to stay together. We just don’t know how to work it out.

  672. Brigitte says:

    My husband and I and separated now and it is hard for me to write this. I have tried for a long time to talk and work on my marriage and at the end of my rope trying by myself. I have talked with pastors and counselors and have a great support system. But cannot get my husband to see that the devil it keeping confusion in our marriage. I need a miracle and have been praying for one. My heart is broken and despite all of the turmoil, I have peace because of the Grace of God.

    • Rebekah Cheung says:

      Blessed and Almighty God,
      I ask that every chain, every lie, every confusion BE BROKEN on this very day and that Brigette and her husband experience the marriage that you created them to have! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

      • Brigitte says:

        Thank you Rebekah for praying for me and my husband. I know God is listening and my prayers are reaching his ears. I have to just TRUST and BELIEVE! May God Bless you for reaching out to someone else.

  673. I would live to gift this book to my best friend who just celebrated her 1 year anniversary and the 1 month birthday of her first child.

  674. Katie Murray says:

    I would love to read this book myself to help my husband and I get on the path to having a turly intimate and great marriage. I would then pass the book on to my mom for her to read. 🙂

  675. Chrissie says:

    Thank you, Dr. Kimberling. I’ve been a praying woman for a long time. My husband is not a leader but a follower. Seems like you might be as well, at least in some situations. It blesses me to hear that there are other men that need that re-direction sometimes.

    I don’t know if your book would be a help to us in our devotional life or not, but I am glad to see that there are men that want to share with their spouses. May there be more like you!

    We’re almost to our 23rd year of marriage (August 14th) and if it were not for God as our ‘glue’ we’d have split long ago. But we made a promise and God is helping us hold to it by His grace. ‘Till death do us part.’ Amen.

  676. Christina says:

    Although, I am not married yet, I would love to read this book to prepare myself for marriage. Thank you for reminding me that God has to be our #1 in our life!!!!

  677. My marriage needs help

  678. Deborah Flout says:

    I would like a copy for my sister and her husband. They have been struggling for years now, have been to counselling individually and together. There is still a divide. They both love Jesus and have been married for almost 28 years. Any Godly advice would be welcomed.

    In Christ,
    Deborah

  679. I am divorced, and it is something I never thought I would have to say. Despite both of us being Christians and attending church regularly, we didn’t pray together. Without prayer, we were not able to overcome the things that destroyed our marriage. He chose to focus on selfish desires instead of our marriage and family. If God blesses me with a future partner, I want to start it off the right way, with God and prayer between us, and I would love some guidance as to how to make that happen from the very beginning.

  680. Looking at how many responses there are so far too this article speaks very clearly to the fact that many many marriages are in turmoil and some of us want resources to help others and others to help ourselves. Hope in dark times… We all need it.

  681. I would love to win a copy of this book. My husband is battling depression – again and it is taking a toll on us and our relationship.

  682. Rebecca H. says:

    We have been struggling in our prayer time with the Lord as a husband and wife. Seems as though when times are tough we pray together daily…but once it smoothes over we go back to here and there praying together. When we dated and were engaged, we prayed every morning together over the phone, never missed a day. After reading your devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministry, I’m reminded during the good and bad times we need to be praying together. We’ve been married 6 years…have 3 little ones 5 and under, we want them to know the true importance of praying with your spouse. Thank you for the reminder!

  683. This book would be a blessing, thank you for writing it and sharing your Godly wisdom. May God use it and you to help many marriages.

  684. Tessa Heeringa says:

    We are a newly engaged couple! We are in our 20s and I really feel like we would benefit from reading this book together!

  685. I have been a woman of faith and prayer since i was 17 but have strayed and returned many times. I have been with my husband since 2010 and we have been married since 2012. Like every marriage it has ups and downs but I know somewhere along the way I made my husband my focus instead of God and yet in doing so hasn’t always made our marriage stronger. He has faith but is still learning like me especially as husband and wife. Recently we realized we have to make God our priority as He has been speaking to us both but we are struggling with communication. When we stay focused on Him things are good but it’s hard and I think this book would help us in many ways. God bless

  686. Amen Doctor Kim!!!! God saved and healed my almost 39 year old marriage also. Many times throughout our marriage I felt lonely and alone. It wasn’t my husband’s fault,he was and is a hard worker and I was a stay at home mom. More than once I wanted to give up….longing for my Prince charming who would bring me flowers and shower me with the attention (emotional and physical) that I craved. Although I felt finished many times finally about five years ago (and for the second time in our marriage) I felt so alone my soul was breaking.I said that I wanted a divorce. It broke my heart,but I couldn’t go on craving what I didn’t have.He’s said ler’s go to counseling, but I knew he couldn’t change and that it wasn’t his fault. I also thought how it would break my heart for my grandkids….all single parent kids with our single parent daughters. I sstarted to pray and read my Bible more. Instead of running from God I ran to Him. He reminded me, and reminds me over and over again that He can fill the void. That I am His princess,that He always holds me,He always cherishes me,and that He would sustain me. I finally(after much pray,many tears,and God working to soften my heart)I talked to my husband. I told him I was lonely and explained what I meant…you know how you can be lonely in a room of full of people. From that point we began healing and today our is stronger than when we were first married. GOD HEALED MY LONELY HEART!!# I don’t wait for my husband to fill my empty hesrtart, I run to my Father. He fills me with joyand reminds me that I am His child,His princess,and He is for me!!!! Amen Dr Kim prayer heals marriages as well as hearts!!##

  687. I would love to have a copy of Kim Kimberling’s new book. Marriage is a constant struggle and with God’s help I know my marriage will sustain. I really enjoyed the devotion today. I’m not sure how my husband would feel about praying together daily; as husband and wife. I continually pray for my marriage. We have some stresses in our lives right now, so please pray for my marriage.

    LeeAnn Persgard-Howe
    (704)718-7672

  688. Would love a copy of this book for myself first of all but have several friends I would love to share it with as well.

  689. I have been married for 28 years now and although my husband and I are both following the Lord and having our own quiet time/prayer time with him, etc, we don’t pray together. We have had times where we have but are not currently. I would love to, but feel like it is my husband’s place to lead in this and don’t want him to do something that he doesn’t want to, or feel is important. We have a wonderful relationship so it’s not that I’m not comfortable talking about anything with him, but for some reason this isn’t easy. After reading the devotion today, I guess I should just do it…Any thoughts on this? Anyway, I would love the book to win the book…I would share it with my adult kids

  690. kellie walker says:

    Would love to gift this to a young couple at church. Bonus is that the giveaway day is my 24th anniversary 🙂

  691. Kristen T says:

    My husband and I have been married for 5 years, and we *just* started praying together, every day, last year. We have seen so many amazing gifts from God through this time, it almost hurts to see how much good it could have done in the very early days of marriage. Praying together is a daily gift, and I look forward to it! Maybe we can start praying in the mornings as well and make it two times a day!!

  692. Casey Smith says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book to more completely understand God’s plan in intimacy with my husband. Due to a physical illness, we are struggling in this department of our relationship.

  693. Margarita says:

    Good Morning, God works in mysterious ways I have been telling my hubby this for years we do pray together off and on I feel we need to be consistent. God just confirmed this with what I read and thank you for sharing. I would love to win this book but just with what I read today is a blessing and I thank you for sharing. I will read this book and share with other married ladies which I feel my husband and I are always drawn to married and unmarried couples seeking for help in their relationships. Thank you and may God continue to bless your marriage.

  694. As a newly wed, I have realized that marriage is a lot of things I didn’t realize it was. It is about really knowing each other and being willing to listen to each other’s ideas and thoughts. Sometimes, I want to believe my thoughts are the right thoughts and his are not worth listening to. This devotional has really made me realize that we are in this together, it is not about just me or just him. Instead of turning down his ideas