Something happened in that prayer. My Mom's friend, a Spirit-filled Christian, set aside some time for me to pray with her for inner healing. I drove to the northern part of the county to her home. As she softly prayed with me, a burden lifted from me like a heavy load. I now felt peace in my soul that I had not known.
"As the geese know when to fly,
you'll know when to return home."
That night, I heard a flock of geese overhead honking and the Lord spoke to me. “Okay, Lord, I'm willing.” I remember sitting out on the patio and praying. “Lord, place the love in me for my husband.” God tenderly comforted me with grace.
SHE: I started to feel love again for my husband, and I believe that was the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit. It took a lot of courage to be willing to go back. It was also the scripture: a woman either leaves or returns.
“A wife must not separate from her husband.
But if she does, she must remain unmarried
or else be reconciled to her husband. And a
husband must not divorce his wife”
(1 Cor 7:10-11 NIV).
Little by little, God healed my feelings. By the time you sent me airline tickets, I was feeling love again for you emotionally. God gave me this gift.
HE: I was a humbled but eager man when my wife returned through the airport gate with our children. As we walked from the plane, I presented her with one regal red rose.
SHE: I didn't want to stay in the city, so you agreed to give up your current graduate studies and move back home. We packed the house together and drove back East. Then we both went to Christian counseling together. God even opened a house for us to purchase.
We entered a spirit-filled church family that
loves each other and knows the Lord.
So much changed when God delivered us from stale religion. A woman has all kinds of support in the Body of Christ, sisters to talk to, prayer friends. For instance, I can just go and have lunch with a Spirit-filled sister in the Lord. God is going to meet our needs, just in conversation. I trust the Lord to do that.
Any Christian couple that belongs to a Christian Church should have help in the pastor. I also know there can be different women in the church praying for me, even as I pray for them. I expect the Holy Spirit to use the normal channels of the Christian life in a healthy church to bring answers, so these kinds of crises will not happen.
HE: The point is God loves his people so much that he intervenes in our lives and heals us. We looked to his face and passed through the rocks together and came out on the other side. I learned to meet the emotional needs of my wife. God is the necessary first partner in any marriage.
“A threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl. 4:12 NKJ).