Let me explain. I’ve been married once, but over the course of 32 years, I feel like I’ve been married to three different men.
The man I married more than 30 years ago is not the same man I’m married to today.
Marriage is hard in the beginning. It still has its challenges.
Maybe you’re in a tough season of marriage right now. Are you frustrated? Exhausted? Lonely? Maybe you’re wondering if staying is worth it.
If you’re in a hard place, don’t give up.
Do you want your hard work to benefit another woman?
There’s only one way to survive an unhappy marriage: Except in cases of abuse, Stick. It. Out.
Why? Because your husband will change. And so will you.
No one ever says, “You think you’re in love right now, but just wait. In a few months, you’ll wonder what you ever liked about this guy. But, hang in there, Girl. You’ll both grow. Money won’t always be tight. He won’t always be on the Xbox all weekend long. He won’t always spend long hours at work.”
If your husband doesn’t change over the course of your marriage, something’s wrong.
Marriage is designed to challenge you, to push you beyond your limits. You learn to consider someone other than yourself. And it changes you.
I’d been duped.
Early in my marriage, I realized my husband was not the man I thought he was. He was way more selfish and inconsiderate than the guy I’d dated. Not only was I miserable, I fantasized about divorce.
I welcomed my second husband. The father of my children. But he was worse than the first guy. I thought I knew what selfish looked like. This guy made the first one look like an angel. Kids made marriage harder, but they were also the thing that held us together. We had to learn to put our stuff aside to take care of their needs. As we trekked though parenting, I grew more unhappy. His career felt like a mistress. He spent more time at work than he did with me. I felt stuck. I felt alone.
I knew I couldn’t last long in that relationship. If he hadn’t left, I might’ve. I can’t even count the times I considered it.
Thin on top is the new sexy.
I’m now on husband Number 3. It was worth the wait. I’m a much better wife to him. And he’s a far better husband than my first two. Did I love those guys? Sure, but I’m glad I didn’t settle for them.
He’s a little heavier, a little thinner on top but he is hot. Sure, Number 3 does things I don’t like, but if I hadn’t been married to the other guys I wouldn’t appreciate him.
Was it hard? Yes, but I’m glad I stuck it out. I’m glad I stayed through the weekends he spent in front of the TV playing video games. I’m glad I stayed when I thought he was a jerk. I’m glad I didn’t walk out when the money was tight or when he made poor decisions. I’m glad I stayed when I was sleep deprived and he worked long hours.
Numbers 1 and Number 2 taught me how to love Number 3. But as much as I love Number 3, I know he’s not my last. I look forward to Numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7.
A healthy union requires falling in love with same person again and again through every season in your marriage.
I wish someone had told me that. Maybe I would’ve looked for ways to love my husband through the tough times instead of feeling sorry for myself and praying he’d change.
How can you love your husband in your current stage of marriage?
We’re all not so excellent in some way or another. Learn about the little things that make a big difference in marriage and in life.
As a not so excellent wife herself, Sheila Qualls shares eye-opening information that helps wives discover how to thrive in relationships.
After 32 years of marriage, she knows what it’s like to have a happy marriage and she knows what it’s like to have a hard one. Five years into her marriage and on the brink of divorce, she learned the secret to turning her man into a loving husband.
She’s now a wife coach and her marriage can be your classroom where she teaches you how to change your man into the husband you want.