Thursday, June 3, 2010


But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good Genesis 50: 20a NKJV

There is life after divorce.

Maybe you needed to hear those words. They offer such hope, don’t they? If you’ve gone through the unexpected challenge of divorce, you need to know that life will go on. In fact, you can celebrate a thriving, happy life. . .not in spite of what you’ve been through, but because of it. This is not the end of the road for you. No, it is truly the beginning an amazing new chapter in your life, one filled with pages yet-to-be written.

There are two distinctly different ways that divorce can affect us. Let’s use the analogy of a house to explain. Imagine your dream home complete with lovely landscaping, pool, and of course, family photos on the wall.

For some women, divorce will feel like an explosion, like your cherished home suddenly and unexpectedly blows up without any prior warning. All you’re left with are the shattered pieces. Around you are shards of glass, the tattered fabric of the bedroom curtains, and perhaps a few burnt and barely recognizable toys from the playroom. There’s no way to know where anything went or how to put it all together again. You wander around in a daze with nowhere to rest and nothing but debris as far as you can see. It is, in short, a disaster area of epic proportions with no hope for the Red Cross to appear and take away the suffering.

For others, it happens more slowly. Imagine one room of your home being hit by a falling tree. You seal off that room and live only in the others. Then imagine a meteor falling from the sky and landing on another room. You seal it off and continue to live in a smaller space. Then a tornado hits and takes out another room. And the storms keep coming. Each time something catastrophic happens in the marriage (infidelity, betrayal, etc.) another room gets destroyed, then sealed off. Eventually, the whole family is huddled together in one small closet, unable to breathe. In desperation and defeat, one of the parties decides there’s only one thing that makes sense: divorce.

Maybe you never figured you’d be in the position you’re in right now. In fact, if you’re like most women, you probably had your “happily ever after” planned out from childhood and never allotted for any kinks. A divorce decree was likely not something you thought of on your wedding day, nor did you plan for a life of singleness while plotting your fairy tale ending.

Oh, daughter of God! There is such good news! With your heavenly Father in control, you will still have that happily ever after. In this story, a Knight on a white horse will rush in and save the fair damsel in distress. And, if you use your imagination, you can almost see yourself facing a brighter future than ever before.
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