Keeping a journal is a simple, faith-building exercise to help chronicle the way God is working in your life.

Let His Love Awaken You

God is in control even when you feel like your whole life is spinning out of control. He is faithful. I can waken each morning, not with dread or fear, but with a fresh reminder of His unfailing love for me. Even in the midst of the greatest pain and suffering, His love has sustained me, strengthened me, and begun to heal my wounded heart.

One of my favorite verses during this time has been Psalm 143:8-10: "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."

Ministering to Moms

Can I encourage those of you who know of someone going through a marriage crisis to reach out in love and practical service to her? Prayerfully consider how you can be used to minister to her and meet her needs. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Offer to pray with her personally and give her biblical counsel if she wants it.
  • Send her a note of encouragement with a scripture or song you feel the Lord is giving you just for her.
  • Ask if there is anything around her house that needs fixing. Consider asking your husband or a friend to do it. Keep your eyes open when you go to her house and notice those things that need doing. Most likely, she is so emotionally spent that she will often forget what needs to be done if you ask her on the spot.
  • Offer to watch her children so she can get some much-needed alone time.
  • Prepare meals, invite her family for dinner, or give her a restaurant gift card. It is very difficult to have the energy to cook when you are stressed to the maximum.
  • Encourage her children and pray for them. Send them a note of encouragement and give them a hug when you see them.
  • If she is financially struggling, prayerfully consider how you can help, or ask the leaders at your church.

In Closing

Times of crisis in marriage are difficult, to be sure, but remaining focused on God, seeking Him in prayer, and being obedient to His leading will give you the strength to press on. Our children need the maximum love and stability we can give them during these times, and persevering in our homeschooling efforts can help supply that love and stability. Seek God's direction, and look to Him for the wisdom and strength only He can supply. 

*This article published on February 2, 2010.


Gail Cherney is a busy mom to six wonderful kids ages 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, and 15. She has been married for 20 years and has homeschooled for 15 years. She feels a strong conviction from the Lord to continue homeschooling her children all the way through high school. Gail enjoys reading, Bible study, drawing, writing, gardening, knitting, and singing every chance she gets. She and her children make their home in the beautiful rolling hills of Amish country in central Ohio. She can be reached by e-mail at psalm119@embarqmail.com.

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '10 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Now, get a FREE subscription to the HSE Digital Edition! Visit www.HSEmagazine.com/digital today to get immediate access to the latest edition!