Facing Tough Times Together - The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional

Facing Tough Times Together

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:10

Dick and Rose were grieving the stillbirth of their third child just a month earlier. Now, two friends from their Sunday school class had invited Dick for a round of Saturday golf. Rose insisted he go, saying the sunshine would be good for him.

But within an hour, Dick’s friends were helping him back to the house; his mouth was bloody, and several of his teeth were broken. A golfer on another tee had blasted the ball right into the young father’s face. This was the final straw for Dick. They’d lost the baby, his wife’s health had been threatened, and his job at the steel mill was being phased out. They already had a stack of bills left from the baby’s funeral and no insurance to cover this latest trauma.

Dick began a series of painful visits to the dentist. Then repeated infections developed. And each new setback brought fresh despair.

One evening, Dick was slumped forlornly in the living-room chair. Rose watched him for several minutes, then pulled the ottoman close to his side. She took his hand and said, “We’re going to make it through this, Dick. We still have two beautiful children and each other. When we started out, we had nothing but an old Chevy with a few wedding gifts on the backseat. If we have to, we can always go back to that point and start over. But with the Lord’s help, we will make it.”

He looked at her for a long moment, then nodded and even managed a bit of a smile. “You’re right,” he said. “If it comes to that, we can start over.”

They didn’t end up having to start over. But the image of their old car reminded them of their commitment to marriage and to each other. —SANDRA

Lord, sometimes commitment is the only thing that gets us through the tough days. Help us to remember, though, that as we are committed to you first, the other commitments are easier to carry out.

You’ll never see perfection in your mate, nor will he or she find it in you.

—JAMES C. DOBSON, PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR

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The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional
By Cheri Fuller and Sandra P. Aldrich
Tyndale
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