Marriage can be difficult, but don’t give up

My wife and I celebrated 45 years of marital bliss on Aug. 30. Was the bliss ever interrupted? Need I answer that? Anyone who has been married any amount of time knows the answer.

When our first baby girl was born, I was working 150 miles away. On the way to the hospital, I had a head-on collision with another car and put myself and three college students in the hospital. It was a nightmare, but we made it through that, and our first child was delivered.

Three years later, my wife was pregnant with our second child. Due to unforeseen complications, she delivered three and a half months early. Our firstborn son was stillborn. Eleven months later, we had our second son. Three years later, we had another baby girl, and 19 months after that we had our last baby girl.

The bliss continues. In 1982, I received a layoff slip from the mines where I worked. Finances were tight. God was and is faithful to His promise in His word. Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.” I had gone from $15 an hour to $3.50 an hour. We had no medical insurance. In 1984, I was called back to work in the mines. I worked until December of 1985 only to be laid off again.

Life has many ups and downs, but we are encouraged in I Corinthians 15:58 to “be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” We have gone through the loss of our parents and grandchildren. We have had many times that we did not know where the finances would come from or how God would provide, but he always has.

I would like today to encourage you not to give up or throw in the towel. Remember it takes two mountains to make a valley. If you are struggling in your marriage, health or finances, simply trust God. He makes a way where there seems to be no way.