Building a Strong Foundation: How Christians Embrace Recovery in Marriage

September 13, 2023
by Trisha Walker

With Fall right around the corner, we want to bless you with some encouragement today as many are going through transitions personally and in their marriage. 

One of the marriage questions we have received is, “How are Christians embracing recovery in their relationship?”

We will dive into this topic that touches the core of many relationships: recovery in marriage. 

In our September’s podcast episode, we interviewed Mike & Eileen Pelletier where they shared their early road to recovery and the H.O.W. behind their amazing journey from being a hard marriage to one where they are today reaping the fruits from their labors.  

As we each dive deeper into our relationship with God, we begin to understand the importance of honesty, openness, and willingness to establish a strong bond with our creator and our spouses / families.

In the journey of marriage, challenges often arise that test the strength of our commitment.  Thomas and my marriage is no different.  In fact, there were times we weren’t even sure we were going to stay together.  Some keys that made all of the difference for us were three things:

  1. Being honest with ourselves, God and each other.      
  2. Being open to changing ourselves before expecting change from our partner.

Being willing to commit to each other and the path that God has for us.

We believe that recovery is not only possible but can lead to a renewed and even more profound love for each other. So, let's explore some of these key points that empower couples to navigate the path of recovery together:

1. Honesty: Building Trust Brick by Brick

Open and honest communication stands as the cornerstone of any successful marriage. As Christians, we strive to cultivate an atmosphere of trust, free from judgment or condemnation. Through communicating in a marriage and embracing transparency, we invite healing and growth into our relationship, fostering an environment where both partners feel safe and understood.

Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.
Proverbs 24:26 (ESV)

2. Openness: Unlocking the Gates of Understanding

To foster recovery, we must be willing to open up our hearts to one another. Jesus teaches us the value of compassion and empathy. By listening attentively to our partners without biases or preconceived notions, we can bridge the gaps and truly comprehend their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. Embracing our shared faith, we learn to extend grace and walk hand in hand on this transformative journey.

So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper];
Colossians 3:2 (AMP

3. Willingness: Building Bridges to a Brighter Future

Recovery in marriage requires unwavering commitment from both partners. As Christians, we have the strength to confront our own shortcomings while supporting our loved ones in their quest for healing. By demonstrating our willingness to put in the necessary effort and make necessary changes, we can overcome obstacles and rebuild stronger foundations for our marriages.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:2 (NASB)

We hope these insights inspire and encourage you to embrace recovery in your relationships. By leaning on God's guidance and implementing these principles, we believe you can experience restoration and renewed joy in your interactions.

If you or someone you know is currently facing difficulties in their marriage, we encourage you to seek guidance from a pastor or Christian counselor, or someone who can provide valuable support and insights tailored to your unique circumstances.

If you'd like to explore this topic further, we recommend checking out our blog, where we regularly share articles on faith, marriage, and personal growth.

We interviewed Mike & Eileen Pelletier (episode 6) on our podcast, Seeds For Your Marriage and they share God's redemptive story in their relationship while going through recovery together.  Their journey is a compelling testament to faith, love, and resilience, showing us that an honest, open and willing heart can make a profound impact in a relationship. This is not just an episode; it's a journey of rediscovery, realignment, and renewal - one you won't want to miss.

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Trisha & Thomas Walker have been married for 27+ years, live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three children. They are relationship coaches and founding Directors of LGLP Ministries, Inc. (Love God Love People), a 501c3 organization since 2014. They were both certified as Couple Communication™ Coaches in 2010 and then as ThriveSphere™ Relationship Map Facilitators in 2020. The minisry’s vision is to see healed and whole families that impact their communities with the love of God to bring restoration, unity, and transformation

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