Marriage Retreats Pastor & Ministry Leader Retreats The Journey Marriage Intensives

Joy in the Morning

The following was relayed by one of our host couples for the Intensives.

This event started on Sunday.  On Tuesday night, one of the wives was very fearful of moving toward her genogram the next morning.  She was sobbing while sitting on the front porch – just frozen with fear.  The female therapist spent a good amount of time with her that evening. Fast forward to the next morning.  We went out front to watch the sun rise.  When we turned around to go back in Normandy I saw a tissue box on the table on the porch.  I felt the Lord encourage me to photograph it.  So I took several shots – and they were not extraordinary. Then, I took this one:

It took my breath away when I saw it.  I remembered the verse Psalm 30:5  “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime;  Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

The first guest I saw that morning was this wife – and she asked for a hug.  I gave her a hug and told her I had something for her.  I showed her the photo and she burst into tears.  I told her she matters. I told her that God saw her tears and that there was great hope for the day.  She had me text her the photo.

She made it through that morning just fine and was smiles the rest of the intensive.  She and her husband made great headway individually and also in their marriage.  To God be the Glory great things he has done. God is good!