Guest blog post by Kim Kimberling. Kim is a friend and a marriage counselor. He's releasing a book next week and I asked him if I could share this excerpt with you.
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18
we rounded the curve and headed into year four of marriage, we
had begun to fight about many things. We fought about what we
said to each other and we fought about what we did not say to each
other. We fought about what we were going to do and not do.
fought about the money we were going to spend and the money we
were going to save. Some of the fights were short-lived and some lasted
of the time I could not remember this week what we fought about
last week, but the damage remained. Fight piled upon fight, and we
grew further and further apart. We didn’t know how
to choose our battles, so we simply fought them
all. Something needed to change.
your battles is a very good fight strategy, and it goes like
this. When something about your spouse
bothers you, you have a choice to make. If it’s
worth addressing, you can work to resolve it —right then and
there. However, there is a difference between
talking it out with your spouse and fighting it out with your spouse.
That’s option one.
it’s a small thing, you can choose to let go of it. You just
choose to not fight a battle. Congratulations!
of holding on to it yourself, you can decide to turn it over to
God. Some of you are thinking, “What in the world does turning it over
to God mean?”Here is my take on that. I firmly
believe in a God who cares about me and my life. He
wants my marriage to be great, and His plan for my marriage beats my
plan, big time.
then, is the filter I pass our conflict through. If something that Nancy
does bothers me, I can say, “Okay,
God, what do I do with this? Do I respond? Do I respond now?
Do I let go of it? Do I let You take care of
it, knowing whatever You do will be good for me and for my
is not an easy step for me, especially if I am irritated or angry (and
at this point, I usually am). I would much rather take matters into my
own hands and then let God clean up the mess I create afterward. I
can be good at this process. Yet, no matter how good that may feel in
the short term, it does not feel good in the long term and never accomplishes
what I want for my marriage.
you have never tried turning something over to God, try it now. Pick
out something you are struggling with and simply say, “God, I
am giving this to You. I need Your help and I need Your answer. Thanks.”
comes the hard part. Leave it with God. I know. What if He did
not hear you? He did. What if He does not act as quickly as you want
Him to act? His timing is perfect. What if? Stop. Leave it with Him.
I promise you, He will not let you down.
COMMENT FROM CHRISTOPHER HUDSON
I served as the agent for Kim's book and helped introduce him to my friends at Zondervan. It has been my pleasure to read early drafts of this book and I'm excited to see it release. If your marriage could use a boost, order your own copy here: http://bit.ly/7SecretsToAnAwesomeMarriage