There was a period in my life in the early 1990's where I did not walk with God. I was in a backslidden condition and very angry at God, the church, and hated life in general. My temper had a short fuse and I always had a chip on my shoulder about something. We are not always promised an easy walk as a Christian. We are tested and tried to make us stronger. As long as the person is walking in the Spirit, all is well. It is when we try to do things in our own strength, without consulting God, that we run into problems. I am so grateful for a praying wife, and a God whose love for me knows no bounds.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22) KJV
My wife would remind me from time to time about the fact that I had given myself to the Lord and that I should go back to church with her. This angered me to no end! I was extremely bitter and wanted nothing to do with it. I felt that no church would accept me as I was at that time, and this nagging wasn't helping anything. The Lord told her to leave me alone and just pray for me. The Lord then set into play a set of circumstances that led to my coming back to Him. Thank God for the obedience of a loving wife! She was at that time a much better wife to me than I was a husband to her. He did bring about my restoration over the course of about a year and I have tried to serve Him since. Some days are more successful than others for me, but I love Jesus without limitations. If it had not been for the quiet obedience, love, and prayers of a devoted wife, my life would have probably been over by now. If you find yourself in a similar circumstance, just remember, you are never beyond the reach of a loving God.
Father, thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for the wife that you gave me. Help me to be as much of a blessing to her as she is to me. I praise you for your mercy and longsuffering towards me. Help me to serve you in a way that is pleasing to you. In the name of Jesus, Amen.