There is so much information out there about love. There are even amazing Bible verses about love. Sorting through it all can be confusing. Love isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s hard – and messy. We have to make a choice – a choice to surrender to God and clean up the messes His way.
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About Messy Beautiful Love:
“Messy Beautiful Love” delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.
Love gets messy.
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.
“Messy Beautiful Love” is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.
When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience. “Messy Beautiful Love” is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.
For my review I received a paperback copy of Messy Beautiful Love.
If somebody would have told me my husband would get cancer at age 25 and that it would have returned less than a year later followed by chemotherapy that would cause complications that would leave him disabled, I would have said that is extreme! If I knew I was going to go from an active, athletic person to someone with chronic pain who sometimes has days I can’t function, I would have said “no way!” The truth is, though, we don’t know what’s ahead of us, and when we take those vows, we commit to better or worse, and sometimes it can be more worse than better! Sometimes those messy parts of life take a toll on not just you but your marriage as well. There was a time I thought my husband would leave me, and though I don’t like to admit it, there was a time I wanted to leave him.
We know marriage DO last, though. We know God can get us through the hard times because He did get us through the hard times, but what about when you’re in the middle of it? It can be hard to see that, right? Society says just leave, but God says obey. I love that author Darlene Schacht has really dug in to this topic and opened up her heart and life to inspire and encourage others in their marriages.
What I love about Messy Beautiful Love is the sheer honesty. It can be so easy to read a marriage book and roll your eyes and say “you have no idea what it’s like to be in a hard place in your marriage.” Darlene doesn’t hold back, though. She is very open so we can instantly know she does understand. She shares her mentality and mistakes, which I know can be difficult, but I am so thankful for her obedience in sharing so openly because Messy Beautiful Love is a beautifully written book that can truly bless marriages.
In Messy Beautiful Love Darlene walks us through truths and obedience that can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow like communicating with love and respect, giving up your right to be right, and being content in the life we’re given. We’re also reminded to pray for our marriage, building a strong friendship, handling conflict wisely, and so much more. I really feel like this is a truly thorough book and filled with valuable topics and encouragement. Whether you are in a struggling marriage or are happily married, we all go through messy times, and I would definitely recommend Messy Beautiful Love no matter where your marriage is currently.
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