Sept. 14 & 15, 2019

Most of us want our public image to look as successful as possible—fun job, exciting social life, comfortable marriage, etc. But, behind the scenes, our lives can be messy and as fragile as a house of cards. One wrong move, and the illusion of that persona falls apart.

How do we stop worrying about our image? How do we start feeling comfortable in our real lives? Join us for our series, House of Cards, as we shine a light on the illusions we create and learn how to leave them behind.

House of Cards, Week Two:

There’s nothing better than being able to relax in your home without any conflict; there’s nothing more miserable than a home that’s full of turmoil

Four stages of marriage:

  • The “Smitten” Stage
  • The “Oh No!” Stage
  • The “How Did We Get Here?” Stage
  • The “What Do We Do Now?” Stage

You begin to consider your options:

  • Option one: “I’ll grin and bear it”
  • Option two: “I’ll separate”
  • Option three: “I’ll divorce”
  • Option four: “I’ll work until we get it right”

Five ways to, not only survive, but transform a marriage:

  • Accept responsibility for your part of the marriage mess
    • You have no control over your spouse’s behavior and attitude, but you have total control over yours
  • Believe that your marriage can change
  • Commit to doing whatever it takes (Galatians 6:9)
    • Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “I don’t feel like working on it anymore.” What do you do from here?
      • You pray and obey
      • Keep in mind: It’s much easier to act your way into a feeling, than it is to feel your way into an action
  • Deal with unresolved hurt
  • Enlist support from others

Parting Question: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when you leave today?

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