“He walked in, and I knew something was horribly wrong. I thought someone had died. I didn’t know it was our marriage.”
That comment from Mona Shriver about the moment she learned her husband Gary was committing adultery, reflects a sentiment felt by almost a third of couples. One or both partners admits to involvement in extramarital affairs, and life as they know it dies.
Gary and Mona Shriver are here with us from California to talk about the emotional devastation they went through as a result of an affair. They’ve chronicled their journey in their book Unfaithful: Rebuilding Trust After Infidelity.
Their story is similar to thousands of other couples – maybe even yours. Gary never believed his friendship with a woman at work would or could ever lead to an affair. But, as Gary describes it, “one bad baby step after another,” and he justified his choices, found himself in a dangerous position, and had an affair before he could get himself out.
Adultery is an equal opportunity sin. It transcends even spiritual maturity.
If your marriage has suffered adultery, I have one question: Do you believe God can work a miracle in your marriage? If you answered yes, we have a lot of resources available for you.
First, we have caring Christian counselors on staff, and it would be a privilege for them to have an initial consultation with you. Call us, leave your name and number, and they’ll get back with you just as soon as possible. The number during business hours is 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
I also highly recommend our Hope Restored program. Even if you’re on the brink of divorce, these marriage intensives can go a long way toward restoring your hope, facilitating healing between you and your spouse, and bringing restoration to your relationship. The number for Hope Restored is 1-866-875-2915, or visit online.
We also have a full devotional series on infidelity available on the YouVersion Bible app. You’ll find almost 60 individual devotions with topics like Prevention: Protecting Your Marriage Against Infidelity; Crisis: When an Affair Is Discovered; and Recovery: Piecing Your Marriage Back Together.
So often we hear about the tragic end of marriages after a spouse has been unfaithful. But you know what? God can open a door to healing for you. Gary and Mona’s story is a testimony of hope.
Join me for the Focus on the Family Broadcast “Restoring Your Marriage After Infidelity.” Listen on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app. And if you can, please come alongside us prayerfully and financially. If you give today, we’ll say thank you by sending you a copy of Gary and Mona’s book Unfaithful: Rebuilding Trust After Infidelity for you to read or to pass on to others. (Check our website for details.)
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