Lee and I sat in a therapist’s office a year ago and told our story. It was our first session and our first time to meet our therapist, Jane. “Whoa,” she said when we talked about James’s diagnosis, how we reacted to that news, and the years that have followed. “Not all marriages would have survived that,” she said.
You may have heard that the divorce rate for parents of children with disabilities is higher than parents of only typical kids, but I haven’t seen any studies that prove it. Most of the parents of kids with disabilities I know are still together, doing the best they can to love each other well and balance the additional needs of their children.
Because of the extra pressures put on our marriages, there are steps we can take to make them as strong as possible. The most important step is prayer.
In February of 2018, I devoted 14 days to praying for my marriage and was joined by hundreds of special-needs parents. I’ve linked the email series below so you can pray at any time.
- We Love Because He First Loved Us
- Help Us Love in Deed and Truth
- Stir Up One Another to Love
- New Mercies Every Morning
- We Rejoice in Our Suffering
- Let All You Do Be Done in Love
- Walk Worthy
- In Perfect Harmony
- Keep Loving One Another Earnestly
- Magnify the Lord with Me
- Gaining Wisdom
- Being Faithful to Each Other in Every Area
- Draw Near to God