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An Angry Wife
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I was recently talking with a young woman whose marriage seemed to be crumbling before her eyes. She and her husband were both unhappy. They seemed to fight and bicker about everything. Anger and resentment were destroying their affections of warmth and love.

Many women today are not happy with some or most aspects of their marriage. Husbands do not always perform as expected. Marriage is hard work and rarely works well if both partners are not willing to put forth the effort required.

Whether your husband is a man of God, with habits you don't like; or is an unbeliever who has a long way to go before becoming the man you wish he'd be, there are things you can do to help.

Pray your way

In any relationship it takes two people to argue and fight. So, to begin your journey of marital renewal, think about your own habits and attitudes. Write them down. It's hard to change habits you've had for a long time. It can even be painful. But Scripture tells us that all things are possible through Christ.1 Through daily prayer God will provide you with the strength needed to change your behavior.

The key is prayer. Whether you need help with daily frustrations, or help forgiving your husband of a wrong he's committed, God is there to guide, comfort and help.2

“Cast your burdens upon the Lord, and he will sustain you: he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).

What a powerful verse? We're invited to give our hurts, disappointments, and failures to God, knowing that He hears each and every word.3 Keep a journal of your prayers, write as you pray. List your prayers for your husband, yourself, your marriage, and other people you feel compelled to pray for.

It's impossible to harbor anger toward someone you are praying for. The man you vowed to love and honor should be the most important person in your life. He deserves your prayers and petitions on his behalf. More importantly, he needs your prayers.

Why not make it a point to pray for every aspect of your marriage, from finances to the intimate times you share, all are of great concern to God.4

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1 Philippians 4:13
2 Isaiah 58:11, Matthew 9:22, Psalm 55:22
3 Proverbs 15:29
4 1 Peter 5:7

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