Thirty Eight Percent Say the Recession Has Strengthened Their Marriage

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   7/5/2011

"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works."

That quote, by columnist Bill Vaughan, may provide a measuring stick for your level of patriotism this 4th of July. But it also delivers a truth which few folks really get: when bad things happen, we choose our response.

When Jesus was put on trial, Peter chose to be invisible. When Elijah was told the queen sought his life, he chose to run away. When Jesus was told to give His life, He chose to submit. When Esther was told her people might die, she chose to be prayerful.

Many trials in America today center around the economy. During these trials we, too, chose our response: will we be scared? Doubtful? Will we run away? Will we take it out on our family and leave?

Actually, statistics have shown encouraging news about how married couples have responded to the recession.

An article posted by Christian Post says that 38 percent of marriages who were looking toward divorce or separation have put those plans on hold because of the recession.

That statistic is surprising considering that financial struggles are still the number one instigators of divorce. But, according to the article, even though 29 percent of couples agreed that the recession brought financial stress to their marriage, it also deepened their commitment to each other.

These couples chose the better response to their trial.

We are confronted with trials- large or small- daily. God is no stranger to our trials, and is master at transforming those trails into something way better than we could muster up with our own feeble frames.

For some, experiencing trials awakens one's need for a Savior.

Such was the case for actor Kirk Cameron. He described his life as deeply lonely and had shared such with a friend. That friend pointed to Kirk's need for a Savior.

"Kirk, what you're feeling and the things you are talking to me about are the result of the fact that you don't know God," Kirk's friend had shared.

With God's grace, weak moments point to Jesus Christ. They reveal God's strength and bring us into a deeper relationship with Him. This is illustrated throughout history.

The apostle Paul got it when he said, "I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:10 NKJV)

God could have taken the questioners away from Peter during the trial of Jesus. He could have taken the queen off her thrown when Elijah's life was threatened. He could have changed the course of Jesus' death when Jesus prayed so fervently in the garden. He could have made it easier for Esther to approach the king about her people. But would she then have been driven so desperately to her knees?

During the recession, we are given a choice.  Make the best of your trials by putting your trust in God.

DelightMedia.com


Current Catalog

Reader Comments

Be the first to leave a comment!
Write a Comment

Please keep comments civil and on-topic. Abusive or inappropriate comments will be removed without warning.

 Name (required)   
 Email Address (required)   
 Website URL 
Comment  
The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially

Marriage is a public health issue: being single can take almost 10 years off a man's life. The authors combat every negative myth regarding marriage--that it imprisons women or provides the context for abuse--with statistics showing its benefits: married people live longer, are healthier, have greater wealth and happiness, have sex more often, and provide a healthier, happier environment in which to raise children. The authors debunk many myths about marriage and explain the how and why for these results by translating social science theories into layman’s terms. The conclusion is that it is in our best interest to strengthen and uphold marriage and uphold the laws that work to strengthen it.

The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage

How can young couples determine if moving in together is a wise move? With more than half of American young adults cohabitating sometime in their adult lives, pastors and counselors need to be prepared to advise young adults with factual and scriptural truth. With credible data and compassion, Stanton explores the reasons why the cohabitation trend is growing; outlines its negative outcomes for men, women and children; and makes a case for why marriage is still the best arrangement for the flourishing of couples and society.

One God, One Truth: The Clear and Simple Evidence

It gives definitive and accurate data on why the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the one true God of the Universe. Not only does it give evidence on the accuracy of the Bible but it gives proof of the errors in other religions in a sensitive and loving manner. It is not a book focused on putting down people of other faiths but rather a loving approach to help others recognize the one true God. I highly recommend this book to every Christian who has people in their life that they want to impact with the truth.

How Christianity Made the Modern World

The books shows how through century after century, Bible-believing Christians put their faith into action to help those who were unable to help themselves. In an age where Christians are often marginalized and where secular reporters with their warped anti-Christ agenda decry much of what our forefather did or even deny the West's Christian heritage, then this book is refreshing, life-giving and invigorating rain from heaven, soaked in facts, history, testimony and personal observation in country after country and place after place. Christianity is truly responsible for the success of the modern world.