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For Single & Married Women {& An Apology}

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First, let me open with an apology.  On Monday, we began the week on your reading plan, titled “Your Marriage.”  As a blogger, I came to my keyboard and wrote a blog post about the assigned passage of reading for the day and… your marriage.  I hit publish and then it all began.

I got some emails from women saying they were disappointed in me.  I got a few comments from women on the post asking how a single woman should process this. And we had some women in hard marriages or in the midst of divorce, who grappled deeply with our reading for the day.  And I know that I put many leaders in a difficult position on Monday, as you were left to help the women in your groups, who were upset with Monday’s post.

{Bless you leaders – I truly love you and thank God for you.  I have been praying for you after my obvious flub!!!}

What I want to apologize for is my insensitivity.  I have written for nearly 6 years on the topic of marriage over at my blog, WomenLivingWell.org . So I am used to a mostly married audience and I did not consider my audience here. I wrote like I always do – and honestly sweet readers – I feel terrible about it.  It really tore me up that I could be so insensitive.  I pray you will accept my sincere apology.

So, I’m thankful for second chances and Wednesdays at GMG.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, what color of skin or hair you have, what your marital status is or your work status or if you have a large family or no family – Jesus loves you!

You matter.

You are valuable.

And you were created to reflect God’s glory.

Keeping the above in mind, let’s move into today’s reading.

Ephesians 5:22-33

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Marriage is a temporary covenant but what it represents is eternal.  The wife submitting to her husband, is to be a picture of how the church submits to Christ.  The husband loving his wife unconditionally, is to be a picture of how Christ unconditionally loves the church. So an application question for those who are married would be, what does your marriage reveal about Christ and the church?  Does it reflect this truth?

In heaven, there will not be marriage (Matthew 22:23-30),  so whether we are married or single, it is our relationship with Christ that is eternal.

The key — do not idolize one role over another.  We must not idolize singleness (I Corinthians 7:7), the role of the wife or motherhood.  All of these roles are temporary.  Just because I am married today – does not mean I will be married tomorrow.  Tragedy could strike at my house and through a serious accident, both my husband and children could die.  This would rock my world – and move me from being a married mother – to a single widow.  The roles of a woman are not permanent and so we must never take pride or be in despair over them.  Rather we must daily live to the glory of God wherever God has planted us.

I have seen deep suffering in singles who long to be married and sadly, I have seen deep suffering in wives who long to get out of their marriages.  Life is hard, the grass is not always greener and the fight for joy and contentment is a lifelong endeavor for all women.

God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply – but unless someone is “born again” they are not saved. (John 3).  God’s kingdom does not grow through marriage and procreation.  God’s kingdom grows through regeneration.  This is an equal calling on all women’s lives – both the married and single.  We are called to go into all the world and preach the gospel and make disciples.

Let’s unite together around this truth and pray God opens doors to build his kingdom through all of us!

Thank you for your grace and allowing me to try again at my marriage post for the week.  I love you all so very very much.

May God use you mightily in the place he has you today.

Walk with the King,

Courtney, WomenLivingWell.org

**I originally planned to post some Valentine’s Day ideas in this post.  I now see how insensitive that would have been.  So instead – let me share a few links from my blog for married women who might be interested in more on marriage:

3 Valentines Day Ideas for your Husband
10 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Husband
Kiss Your Way to a Better Marriage
What If Your Husband is Not a Believer?
How to Maintain Your Marriage When Your Husband Travels
When You’ve Lost Your Joy in the Midst of Marriage and Motherhood
5 Qualities of a Kind Wife
The Proverbs 31 Woman – One Virtue At a Time

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  1. As a single woman… I just wanted to tell you that I WAS NOT offended or disappointed in the posts about marriage. I am a single mom and I know God is preparing my for not just a relationship but a Godly marriage. Thanks for the post and continue to let God use you.

    • I wasn’t either.

    • Hello, Courtney. I have been following you for a long time, before I even knew Good Morning Girls existed. I am 28-years-old, and throughout my teen years and into adulthood, I have been single and quite honestly not exactly looking, although I do want to be a wife and mother someday. When your GMG post for Monday showed up in my inbox, I skimmed it, deleted it, and forgot about it because I really did not feel there was much there that applied to me, but I was definitely not offended. I knew going into this study that marriage was the topic for this week, and I understand and accept that a committed, God-centered marriage is a reflection of our relationship with Christ. Today, I went back and read what you had written, looking for whatever might have upset women who were in my situation, and I really don’t get it. I understand why it might have been hard for someone who was but is no longer married, whatever the circumstances that brought that about, but for someone like me waiting to see God’s plan for my (love) life, these references to marriage not only have applications for a relationship I might have in the future, but they are also applicable in my daily walk with Jesus, my first love. Everyone is entitled to their feelings and I don’t want to undermine them, but everything you said was scripturally sound and relevant concerning the scripture passage you were using. While it is true that there is a definite lack of ministry targeting singles that does not seek to eliminate their single status, all Scripture is relevant to all of us, regardless of time or place or circumstances. I’m not going to get bent out of shape because a blog post does not target me anymore than I would have walked out of church if my pastor had chosen to do a sermon over the same topic (which he has, on more than one occasion).

  2. Courtney, your post on Monday was awesome. Don’t stop blogging please. I look up to you as a mentor. Please continue to blog. By the way, I am single too, and I happen to be reading your book along with following your blog posts.

    Nora

  3. Courtney, I am a married woman going through an unwanted divorce (still praying). At first I struggled with this week`s post but quickly recovered….knowing that no matter what position I find myself in, God`s word is true! It also confirmed my beliefs about marriage….and how God designed for marriage to be. Keep up the good work…God is using you.

    • “knowing that no matter what position I find myself in, God`s word is true!”

      Yes! Yes! Yes!
      Praying for you sister!

    • keep praying, having faith, and giving it all to God. I was going through an unwanted divorce but by God’s love and blessings, we reconciled our marriage and have been so for almost a year. I share it so you have hope and know that someone else has walked that same path. God bless

  4. You’re doing great Courtney, reaching women in ways you could not even imagine. We love you sister!!!

  5. Ladies, let us love ourselves enough to know that God is our first husband. We are all married to God and if we are not married to God first every relationship we have, single or married, will be in vain.

    “therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God” (Romans 7:4).

    Let continue to love and live for Him and He will send you His spouse for you, renew you marriages, and give you peace.

    Peace to you.

  6. You are so sweet!!!! I am single and opted not to read Monday’s post only because it was a bad day for me with singleness. Normally I benefit greatly from reading marriage posts because I learn a lot about relationships even if I never get married. But you made my day today through your sensitivity–so sweet–thank you for making everyone feel special :-)

  7. I caught myself in a place where I had failed in life, one that didn’t go as I had planned…so when I read the topic for this week I thought to myself how can I contibute here when I am a divorced woman. It didn’t offend me but I realize I was in a different place than a lot of women who are married. My prayer is that I continue to search Gods ways of handling things such as marriage and if ever I am given the opportunity to be blessed with a husband down the road I will be at a place in life that I can make good choices and the right decisions pertaining to such a gift. I would consider a husband a gift from God and would be the best version of myself if and when that time comes. I’ve learned a great deal since I’ve been divorced for the last 10 years. Thank you for teaching us through His word.

  8. It is my prayer that, as women, we can learn to build each other up instead of looking for ways to be hurt or upset. God’s word is true and we can all learn something from every part of it. Let us work on helping each other grow…single women, help the married women to stay accountable and strengthen their marriage…married women, help the single women to see their value and the role God has for them. And let us all be prepared, married or single, to help the next generation of women as they strive to live out God’s plan for them.

    • Preach Bethany!

    • Agree with all. We are called to love, accept and help others to belong to Gods family. We all make blunders and Courtney you will probably be your own biggest critic. Your blogs are a blessing to many and making a mistake just shows us that you are human like the rest of us!!

  9. It takes a humble woman to write such words. Although I didn’t take offense to Mondays writings, I honestly read the beginning & set it aside. Disappointed, yes…but not in the writer, in my own failures, short comings & where I fit in as a now single woman in Christ. I think we each need to seek God & what He would have us take. He alone is my source. But thank you for today’s post on being a woman of value…
    I remember a gut wrenching moment alone on the shores of a lake reading proverbs 31 & bawling my eyes out, as my soul ripped in two during my divorce. I could never aspire to or hold onto that verse as a signature scripture again in mt life….and struggled if I had value as a woman, soon to be single & alone. It was the still strong voice & shoulder of God that carried me. And the words you wrote are very necessary for those of us on similar paths in life. thank you.

  10. Hi Courtney,
    Thank you so much for your post today!! It was just what I needed!! I have been opting to do other devotions this week, as I am single, but I really enjoyed your post today! :-)

  11. God speaks to us no matter to whom the message is directed…a lesson learned many years ago. I’m divorced, and yet God spoke volumes to me through yesterday’s meditation verse: Gen 3:6. I listen to CD’s of Men’s retreats; I sit through Father’s Day messages; I read blogs directed to married women, and each and every time, God speaks to me through those messages. We all need transforming, and when we sit quietly in His presence, He will transform us! Loving this Bible Study…your sweet spirit and inspired words are such a blessing.

  12. Courtney–what a beautiful post! Thank you for your words of encouragement for both single and married ladies. I love how you state that no matter our marital status, we ALL have a role in growing God’s kingdom–married or single. While I love being married, I have discovered that I don’t get to spend the time in studying God’s word that I was able to when I was single. I really wish now that I would not have resented some of that time during my single season, and looked on it as a gift–a gift God was giving me to get to know Him better before I entered into marriage.

  13. Thank you, Courtney, for addressing the singles. I, too, am single and like S. Kay, just put the reading aside. I wasn’t offended, but slightly disappointed, but figured I’d keep reading and take from it what I could. Normally, I read as much as I can about marriage, in hopes that I can better prepare myself if one day, I find myself…married. I am continually blessed by your words, and so are many others. Thanks for your humility, but don’t forget to give yourself much grace today.

  14. Thank you for your posts! I glean so much from them. Please continue to write unhindered and I enjoyed both Mondays post and today’s! God is working through you big!

  15. You are so very kind. GMG and WLW are such a blessing. You spoke about the scripture for the day and spoke wisely. There are simply passages of scripture that are about certain things. They can be applied to everyone married or preparing for marriage or just learning what the Bible has to say about marriage. I don’t think you were insensitive at all! Just because I am not being stoned like Stephen doesn’t mean there isn’t vast amounts I can learn from that passage. Thank you for all that you do to make GMG and WLW such a light, glorifying God! Blessings, Jen Key

  16. Our God is a healer!! May we all be blessed and healed as we take in His full Word and apply it to our lives.

    I so very much appreciate the sharing that occurs here…from the bloggers to those who respond. I am healing and becoming the woman the LORD wants me to be. He is gentle and kind; but jealous for me and I am experiencing His chastisement as of late regarding my roles of wife and mother. I love how He loves us!!!

  17. I guess I don’t think you made a huge transgression, and I certainly don’t believe you need to apologize. Will you avoid the topic of children because some cannot have or have list them? We all live in different life circumstances, so if a lesson doesn’t apply I just ignore it and move on. I think it is just frustrating that some people are so willing to take offense where none was given.

  18. What we need to remember add Christian women is the Bible is c the same yesterday, today and forever. It was written to be read, studied and applied cover to cover. We cannot simply skip the things we do not think apply to us. God can teach you something through anything especially when you think it doesn’t apply. I’m a married woman but I was once a single woman. As a single woman who desired a Godly relationship I read everything I could on marriage. It’s much better to know God’s Word before hand. Also if your not married apply it to your relationship with God, your friends, coworkers. Don’t skip it God may have c something for you there and choosing to skip his word will cause you to miss it!

  19. Thank you, Courtney for being the woman of God that you are. I truly enjoy reading your blogs and so glad that I was led here through visiting Karen Ehman’s blog a month ago. I also enjoyed the many responses here today from each of the women and how each one expressed how the blogs are reaching and touching their lives each day. I have been single, married, divorced and now remarried and just like some have already stated, God is faithful and we can learn and grow no matter what our status is. Thank you all and blessings!

  20. Courtney, I appreciate your humility but don’t think you need to apologize. Not every topic in the Bible applies to everyone, however, that still doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from it. (2 Timothy 3:16)

    Thanks for all you do. I’m really loving this study!

  21. Courtney! Thank you so much for your post. I was not at all offended by the marriage portion of this study. It is an aspect of some women’s lives as are the other elements of this study. Furthermore, for those who do (or do not) desire to be married, there is still a lesson in the lesson. Today’s scripture shows us single (and married) ladies the importance of submission in general, and to do so with an attitude of sincerity in all aspects of our lives. Ladies, continue to chase after Christ, love yourself (regardless of marital status) and press toward the mark. Love you all!

  22. As a single mother I am using this time to pray for my future husband. God has a plan for me and I trust Him with my future marriage. It is never to soon to pray for the man I will marry one day, whether I know him right now or not. Do not feel bad.

  23. Courtney, you are doing an amazing job! God doesn’t want us to pick and choose which verses to study in fear someone might be offended but to know His whole counsel and this is a big one, so please don’t feel badly for your insight on these verses. Praying for you !!

  24. I was not offended–I’m single and divorced. But this week’s reading plan has been difficult in that I have struggled to relate the scripture to my single-ness.
    Thank you for apologizing to everyone; that takes guts.
    Sending you hugs!

  25. I’m a single lady myself (with no current husband prospects in sight at the moment also haha) & I approached this weeks series as a an opportunity for self-evaluation in who I am as a woman & how I (& God) want me to be as a future wife to my husband. It’s also a great opportunity to intentionally pray for your future husband as well. Chin up, ladies, God knows the desires of your heart & has great plans for you!

  26. First I want to say this study has been a blessing. When I looked at this week and said to myself I’m not married, but I hope to be. I have used this weeks lesson to better my intimate relationship with God and also to help me prepare for who God will send me.

  27. God bless you and your ministry. I am happy to say that my husband and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary on March 3rd of this year. God is at the center of our marriage. We are thankful for each other and thankful to God.

  28. Jessica Carr says:

    Hi Courtney,
    I don’t really pay close attention to the marriage-related stuff on my Facebook news feed so no harm was done. Thank you for being sensitive to those ladies who are unmarried though. I’m 31 years old and sometimes I struggle with my unmarried state but in hindsight I like it because being married Does make your life more complicated-complex. I am thankful for being unmarried at this time as I can freely follow the Lord wherever he leads me without having to ask a husband’s permission. I’m pretty independent minded in my own way-stubborn. But anyway thank you for doing what you do, faithfully. Jessica C

  29. I live in Canada, and I’m a working nurse who is single. I know out of good intention and hope to grow with the other (probably mostly married) women, this week’s reading material of the Intentionally Focused bible study is on the topic of marriage. To be honest, this is one of the areas I struggle the most with. Every time when I come across something related, it takes me a great amount of courage to go through it. On Monday, I couldn’t even open my bible to Genesis 2 to read it until I came back after work that day and had a whole day to prepare myself in anticipation of reading this. Sometimes even after I read it, I feel like telling myself, these words are meant for married women, it has nothing to do with me. But that’s not true!
    It still takes me a lot of prayers and courage each time, but God’s words are true, for single, widow, divorced or married. You are right in the sense that marriage is a temporary convenant, and I truly believe that God is using His words to teach us no matter what status or stage we are in. For example, yesterday, I prayed that God would be my leader and head, and that I would not attempt to navigate and decide on my own, causing the downfall. Women like me are very used to making our own decisions, being independent, and thinking we can handle it. In reality, even if we don’t have a physical husband, God is still our head and we don’t have to be that strong woman who knows and can manage everything, but God wants us to submit to Him and be comforted in the fact that He loves us unconditionally. Just before valentines, it is a great reminder to love God more, and not to idolize marriage or having children. Thanks for your sharing and putting together the study!

  30. Courtney,

    Thank you for your humility and honesty. I am so blessed by your teaching on GMG and WLW. As a single woman in her mid twenties and a daughter at home I have gleaned much as I draw near to God and love on my family (parents and brothers). I have come to believe that learning to honor and love marriage is an extremely important part of a Biblical Worldview and a healthy society.

    To the ladies who were hurt or offended, I am truly sorry for the pain you must be experiencing. I don’t know what you are going through, I do know God is always faithful to walk with us through our trials (which are different for all of us) and when we speak with kindness and respect to one another we are reflecting Christian charity to one another. A wise friend offered this advice to me (which I am working on): treat others as if they have your best interest at heart.

  31. I always feel like it could be a MUCH better reflection, but I will say that since my husband and I both have prayed for God to teach him to lead and be a godly husband, it is a lot closer than it ever was. Many times, though, I ask him for advice only to go my own way anyway. I must be intentional to respect and listen to him, unless it interferes with my faith (and it usually doesn’t). I have been re-reading Women Living Well along with this-LOVE! It is a well worn, highlighted, marked up copy. Thank you!!

    This study is perfectly timed and I am enjoying it so much. Praying that God would teach me to submit and be a loving, godly wife.

  32. Courtney, I lead a group and I am single myself. Even though I am not married, I still feel as if there is so much to learn this week. I did not find your post insensitive at all. You followed what God’s word says. God may not have marriage in his plans for me at this moment, but that does not mean I should ignore what he says about marriage, or just hope to “figure it out” when that day comes. God is giving me the time now to prepare!

  33. I am very thankful for any Godly message to guide marriage. I am not legally married however we are in a marriage and treat each other in that way. We have had a 13 year friendship, and decided 3 years ago that we should be one ( there’s more to it than that but to keep it simple) He does not live in my city yet, we see each other rarely, we are not sexual intimate, but we are and always have bee Spritually connected. He does this study with me, and this study has brought us into a deeper bond not only with each other but most importantly with God. Thank you very much

  34. I have to admit I was not sure as a divorced woman of more than 20 years how I was going to process this weeks teaching. I decided that there must be something God wanted me to get from this week or he would not have brought me to this study , which by the way I stumbled upon on pintrest.

  35. Summer maryanski says:

    Hi Courtney,
    As a group leader I had thought about what to do for this week because I knew I had single ladies (one of them being a best friend of mine who is a single mom), so I was somewhat prepared to address it. In my beginning of the week letter that I send out to all my ladies, I reminded them that we would be focusing on ‘Our Marriages’ this week & that if they weren’t married, that it was no big deal because maybe one day they will be, or maybe one day they might need to give someone else biblical advice on marriage. They all seemed perfectly fine with this. In fact, my best friend I mentioned above has been commenting on the day’s verses & has given some good perspective to the different passages. I also reminded everyone that even if we aren’t’ married ‘in the flesh’, we ALL have a ‘heavenly husband’- Jesus Christ :)

    Anyways, <3 U and all that God does through you! Keep on!

  36. Summer maryanski says:

    ps- I love your statement: “God’s kingdom does not grow through marriage and procreation. God’s kingdom grows through regeneration.” !!!!

  37. Courtney, I just want to thank you and the gmg team for all you do!!! Thank you so much for filling us with encouragement throughout these studies to grow deeper in Christ. The time and dedication it must take does not go unnoticed and I know our group sincerely appreciates you! Keep up the great work, girl! :)

  38. Courtney, you are so kind to apologize. If I was single, I would read it and take something as a lesson. If I was divorce, I would still read it and learn something from it. I don’t homeschool, but I read your post about it. Maybe I can learn something that will help me while helping my kids with their studies or homework. You are DOING A GREAT thing. Your life is family live, marriage life, and walking with the king. Keep walking because I will follow you.

  39. I’m also a single mom – divorced for two years after 22 years of marriage. I want to also say that Monday’s post in no way offended me. I know there are some things I did wrong in my marriage. And, if God leads me to being married again someday, I would NOT want to make those same mistakes. I looked at your post as a way I could do things differently in a future relationship. Knowing that this week’s devotion times focused on marriage, I expected nothing less than thoughts on that very subject. It is relevant to this day and whether we are married or single, we are all in relationship with other people in many ways…and all relationships need a little work at times. I appreciate your apology, but there was no offense taken by me! Thank you for following God’s lead in your life!

  40. I’m confused as to why you think it would be insensitive to write out ideas for Valentine’s Day? We are all uniquely created, gifted and blessed by our Heavenly Father. Some of us are blessed with a husband, some are single, which can also be a blessing. Some of us are blessed with good health while others have health challenges. Some us are blessed with children, some desperately want children. We can’t let our God-ordained differences dictate the subjects you blog about. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to blog about anything because no matter the subject, some us will be on a different life path at any given moment. For those readers upset about your blogging, I ask that we all pause and go to God with this. GMG is such a tremendous blessing, reaching thousands of women and teaching them about God and how we all are a part of His story. He has left us this beautiful book of instruction called the Bible. Let’s delve into the WHOLE thing. When our lives don’t seem to instantly intersect with a particular passage or blog on that passage, please pause and ask God to show you what He wants you to glean from it. Let’s not get all defensive and act offended. We are called to not be easily offended. Let’s give each other a little grace. I would love to hear your Valentine ideas! If I can’t directly use them, I have friends that may or maybe I could tweak them to fit a friendship or a niece/nephew or someone else in my life. Or perhaps I could store them for later use in my life. Please write what God directs your to write and share. Don’t let Satan enter into this dialogue and create fear.

  41. Courtney,
    This post affirms my experience and recognition of the need to reach women who are seeking God, but find themselves outside of the traditional family life. I imagine, given the cover photo and reference to race, that not only did you hear from single women, but perhaps some African American women who find themselves unmarried more than not.
    In any case, I support your original post, but understand how some could feel completely left out and how it could have been more effective if it at least acknowledged the presence of readers to whom it may not apply. I know too that unmarried women (I am one) can be extremely sensitive about their state, and are easily offended when they feel excluded – even if the exclusion is inherent. As a result, teachers and leaders can end up walking on eggshells and avoid dealing directly with the issues that are specific to marrieds. I prefer the straight message without a contrived add-on for the unmarrieds. If it applies, then by all means, make the connections. If it doesn’t, I’m cool with that too.
    Thanks so much for Good Morning Girls and Intentionally Focused. They came along just in time for me!

  42. Denise Ross says:

    Courtney
    I’ve only just had the time to read this post. I think the idea of doing the devo this week on marriage was with the mind to coincide it with Valentines Day. Smart :). I think unfortunately we live in a world in which we are “so-called becoming more tolerant” but in reality we are becoming more easily offended over things of which the intention wasn’t to offend but to tie in with with in this case the topic for this week – marriage. As one lovely lady put it we are married to Christ our Redeemer first before anyone else. Applying the principles of a great marriage to our relationship with Christ who instigated the relationship of marriage in the first place, we can each learn to grow in our faith whether we are in a relationship of the humankind or not.
    Thankyou so much from the bottom of my heart for all you do with your online ministry. I for one benefit greatly
    Your sister in Christ xx

  43. I wasn’t offended, I just took it as how it should be when I marry. Sorry I didn’t respond when I saw the email Wed.

    • Hmmm, I think I worded it wrong lol

      i meant I took it as learning how things should be when I marry. Never hurts to learn things, even if they don’t apply to you at the moment.

  44. When it came to this Scripture, I had to read comments posted by others. I know in my heart the word “submit” is not intended for me to give up who I am or my beliefs, but a recent experience in my marriage was causing me to read this too literally. (I was one of those woman who, in the midst of a troubled marriage, grappled with this reading.) When I SOAPed for this day, I wrote down how I took the words I was reading and applied them to my life. I’ll admit I was bitter, but I wrote down my thoughts so that I could understand my feelings as I continue the battle lurking in my marriage. Thank you, though, to those that posted because I was able to remove the bitterness and truly feel what I wasn’t able to get out in words as I read this Scripture. I have to remember I am not alone in my marriage, just as I am not alone in my spiritual journey with the Lord. I am one with my husband and with the Lord, and that oneness must be there to strengthen both relationships.

  45. I cannot for the life of me find anything in your first post that other women found so offensive! I was shocked completely after I read this post last week. When I signed on for this Bible study, I picked up your Women Living Well book and loved it! I’m buying a copy for my mother-in-law. Please don’t stop what your doing and continue to share what God has laid on your heart. All I can think is that those who were offended or hurt, aren’t living the way God has intended, and needed to hear what you had to say. Marriage is all about love and self-sacrifice, and supporting your husband, even when you don’t fully agree with everything. Support anyway and pray to God about it! Thank you for your words and guidance!

  46. Hi Courtney! I didn’t know anything about you or Good Morning Girls until Intentionally Focused started. A friend from my church saw the study in this website and She encouraged us to do it. I can only say that it’s been a great learning experience. I thank you so much for all of your time and devotion to help other women to be closer to God. When Week 4 started I did wonder what single women would think about having a week about “Marriage” but as a married person I couldn’t have been happier. I thank you so much for including this week in the “Intentionally focused” studies. I’ve learnt so much! I also admire you for giving an open apology. However don’t stop advising married people in your blog! We really apretiate it.

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