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‘As Long as You’re Breathing, There’s Hope’

If we don’t tell couples that no marriage is too broken, how will they know?
By Scott and Sherry Jennings


In 2005 we had every reason in the world to believe our marriage was over. My husband, Scott, was living with another woman, and I could see no indication that he would ever turn his heart back to our marriage and family. Everyone had advice to offer me: “Kick him to the curb” … “Move on” … “You deserve better.” 

But God also placed two strong women in my life to encourage me with the truth: I should love and respect my husband unconditionally, honoring the covenant I made with God. They told me, “As long as you’re breathing, there is hope.”

In September of 2005, on the day of our 14th wedding anniversary, we divorced. Three days later, Christ Scott and Sherry Jenningsinvaded Scott's heart, and we remarried each other after a period of reconciliation. Today we like to tell people, "Our divorce just didn’t work out!"

Yet the truth is that we decided to intentionally pursue God and each other. And it worked.

We find ourselves asking, “If no one tells couples, how will they know that as long as they are breathing, there is hope for their marriage?”  As Philip responded to the Holy Spirit in Acts 8:29, we are excited and passionate to share God’s truth, hope, and vision for marriage with anyone who will listen. We have tasted the fruit of a redeemed marriage and know how good it is! How could we keep this to ourselves? 

FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway has been a pivotal, foundational experience for us. That’s where we first learned God’s blueprints for marriage after our divorce in 2005, and we continue to go annually as a tune-up. We have since taken over 200 couples with us.

When FamilyLife released The Art of Marriage®, we saw this was the tool we were praying for to exponentially increase our ability to reach couples. A DVD-driven experience, it brings together incredible marriage experts, inviting couples into God’s blueprints for marriage, putting practical tools in their hands to tear down walls of isolation and begin building their marriage on the Rock. In the past three years, we have facilitated 27 events in our area, seeing 2,059 people experience life change, with 175 people making first-time decisions for Jesus Christ. We're excited about the many upcoming events in 2014.

And it never gets old! In April of 2013, we facilitated an Art of Marriage event. Right before the last session, a divorced man got on one knee and asked his wife to marry him … again. The 11 months they had spent divorced were the worst either had ever experienced, and they were determined to take back what they had given to the enemy and allow God to bring their dead marriage back to life.

Every marriage matters. Divorce is the world’s first response to problems in marriage (regardless of the severity). But divorce is the Word’s last resort.

As long as you are breathing, there is hope for redemption in marriage … if we don’t tell them, who will?

 

The Art of Marriage can be held as a six-week small-group study or a weekend event. Help us show others there is always hope for redeeming their marriage by facilitating The Art of Marriage in your church, neighborhood, or community.

Copyright © 2014 by Scott and Sherry Jennings. Used with permission.

FamilyLife is a donor-supported ministry offering practical and biblical resources and events to help you build a godly marriage and family. 



Meet the Author: Scott and Sherry Jennings

Scott and Sherry Jennings’ marriage ended in divorce on the day of their 14th wedding anniversary. Through God’s great redemption and grace, they are remarried and serving passionately as FamilyLife Homebuilder Catalysts.  Their first encounter with FamilyLife was at its Weekend to Remember® in 2005 in Philadelphia, two months after their divorce. At this getaway, they learned how they had broken their marriage with their control issues, alcoholism, adultery and drug abuse; the weekend equipped them to move intentionally toward healing and oneness; changing their lives, marriage and legacy.

Their ministry, Intentionally Yours, was birthed in 2009 to share God’s truth, hope and vision for marriage with couples through counseling and speaking at conferences, seminars and retreats. Utilizing FamilyLife’s tools, including ®The Art of Marriage, the Weekend to Remember, Preparing for Marriage, Homebuilder Small Group Books, Life Ready Series, as well as the Prepare Enrich assessment and social media, their ministry has impacted thousands of marriages throughout North Carolina and around the world.

Scott currently serves as the Pastor of Marriage and Family Life at The Bridge in Princeton, NC, with Sherry alongside him part time. They have one son, Steven, and enjoy any time they can get walking the beach and playing with their dogs as a family. They remain grateful to God and FamilyLife for the journey they are on together and humbled that God chooses to use their brokenness for His glory.

To learn more about Scott & Sherry, or to connect with them, please visit www.intentionallyyours.org.

 

 

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