I paced the aisles of Hobby Lobby looking for just the right picture. Tears blurred my vision as I searched for the sign that said what my heart hoped was true. Is it true that God has plans for me? Is it true that He wants to give me hope? And what about my future? Since I discovered my husband’s pornography addiction, I wasn’t sure.
I wasn’t sure about much these days. They were all a blur since my husband moved out and the heartache moved in. Heartache was no stranger. Pornography had plagued my marriage for years. But this time was different. This time I was different.
After 15 years of marriage, two children and a calendar full of vacations, we had lots of memories. But that’s mostly what they were, memories. Frustration and emptiness replaced the lovestruck days of the past. My desperation sent me to the best Christian counselor in town. For six months, she and I worked and cried and prayed. Well, she prayed. I cried.
I had no idea those six months were preparing me for the darkest days of my life. I had no idea God was equipping me to take a journey I’d rather not take.
The journey started on a Saturday in September. The lazy days of summer had ended, and we were back in the routine of school. Getting up to alarm clocks, packing lunches and tackling homework. My children were in their first week of fourth grade and already struggling with schoolwork. That struggle sent me to Google searching for answers.
I definitely found answers! I not only found answers to the school problem, but I also found answers to my marriage problem. There on my screen were pictures. Lots of pictures. Pictures of people I didn’t know. Who are these people? Why are they on my computer? More importantly, where are their clothes?
My stomach sank. My heart raced. As pictures flashed across my screen, I felt the room closing in on me. I felt my whole world crumbling down around me. That explained the distance, the late nights and lack of connection. Pornography wasn’t a thing of the past. It was still plaguing my present.
I sat in silence as tears streamed down my cheeks. I knew I had a choice to make. One I had made several times before. But this time, the choice was clear, but it was far from easy. Did I want a chance of restoring my marriage, or did I want to continue living in mediocrity? Did I want my life to change, or did I want my life to be comfortable? I couldn’t have both.
I wish I could tell you that I got on my knees and prayed and heard a great word from God. I didn’t. I had been praying for years. This time I knew what choice to make. I knew I had to take a stand. I didn’t know a single thing past that.
I finally decided change was more important than comfort, so I picked up the phone and made the hardest call of my life.
That was ten years and one divorce ago. It has been uncomfortable and crazy hard. No, it didn’t turn out the way I hoped. But I can tell you that God can bring happy from hard. He can bring laughter after buckets of tears and peace from sleepless nights. He really does have a plan for our lives, even if it looks different than we thought.
God’s plans may look different for you too. Different doesn’t mean bad. As you step outside your comfort zone and embrace the new, know that you are trusting your unknown to a God who already knows the plans He has for you. Let that bring you hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
11 thoughts on “EMBRACE THE NEW”
I appreciate your transparency through the struggle you faced in your life and marriage. Thank you for being willing to let God work through you to bring Him glory.
Thank you, Kristina. And thank you for walking the journey with me.
Your journey has a purpose, Jody! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for the reminder, Kari. On the hard days, it’s easy to forget that.
Being vulnerable and transparent is hard work, but you are doing it, and doing it well. God will use you in ways beyond what you could ever imagine. God bless you!
Thank you for the encouragement, Melanie.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him (her) whose mind is steadfast, because (she) trusts in YOU.”
I am blessed as you keep your mind steadfast on The Lord as you walk this journey. What a blessing that HIS peace is the promised reward. Praying that many will be blessed by your openness. Love in Christ✝️🙏❤️
Thank you, Mona. Thank you for showing me the light when life was dark!
Thanks for the authenticity in this post
You are such an amazing woman of God. I’m so proud of you for sharing your journey and letting God take evil and turn it to good.
Thank you, Tara. Your encouragement spurs me onward on the days I’d rather quit.