For Kim, showing her husband the ultrasound photo of their unborn daughter was a last bid to save their marriage. After less than two years, Kim and David were separated for the second time, following David’s second affair. The divorce papers were filled out, and David had said he didn’t want to try any more. But Kim hadn’t given up, and neither had her mother.

So Kim showed David the picture of the little girl who needed her dad. She reminded him that her mother had offered to send them to a Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway, and she asked him, one more time, if he would go.

God moved David’s heart through that photo, and he agreed.

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—Andrew B.

I am a native american,Alogonquin,originally from a reservation in Canada three hours north of Ottawa, Rapid lake,I was raised by my grandparents,very vaguely I remember going to a catholic church as we were growing up. Things changed progressively quick as we were growing up, I do know that my grandparents tried.People stopped going to church,people started drinking,that's when the abuse began,both physically,verbally,sexually. By the time I was 11 I started smoking,stealing cigs. from my grandparents and other people.That led to stealing other things from people including breaking into people's homes.The first time I used drugs was when I turned 13 along with that my first taste of alcohol,Things progressed quickly and not for the better.By the time I was fifteen I got into plenty of trouble and not even caring about whom I hurt or I stole from, my sister gave me the name of being a ''rebel'' I do remember that I was very proud of that name, and I did everything in my power to live up to that name, I did succeed in having the people of my community to dislike me some even hated me, some said there he is,lock your doors, if anything is missing you know who did it.At one time I remember my sister telling I need to get out of this place, she took me to go live with my mom in the states, Canandaigua New York area,thinking a change of scenery would do me good, for a while it did. I turned 18 and was still in school, I got my drivers license, only a month later to get my first d.w.i. Even that didn't teach me a lesson because a month later I got my second one. Went through the process of sentencing, lawyer fee,s which I did not a pay a dime on, my step dad paid for all of it. somewhere in the 5000.00 area after all said and done. this was in 1987-88. And still did not learn from anything, judge sentenced me to go to a drinking driver program only to get escorted out the first five minutes because I went in smelling like a brewery.Shortly after, I met my wife, not to long after we met she got pregnant with our first daughter Hope, we lived together for four years till we were married, the year we got married she conceived our second child Joshua. We have five kids,Emalie the middle child,then we have Jordan my son, then my baby girl Rebekah.To this date we've been married 24 years been together 28 years.Today and more often than not I praise God, For the courage and strength she gave that woman through all those years of turmoil and grief of my rebellion. I did a lot of damage, for a lot of years I lived in the bottle and under the influence of drugs. I was there but I was looking from the inside of a bottle or blurred from being under the influence of drugs.I thought my marriage was fine at first,it only got bad after the years of abuse,lot's of verbal abuse on my part, I was angry my wife and kids walked on egg shells because of fear of doing anything to get me mad, I lost respect from my kids, I lost the trust of my kids and wife.It was bad towards the end, my wife said she was close to filing for a divorce she wanted out.Two years ago on the 28 of April 2013 was my 43 birthday. The greatest day of my life,the greatest gift a man can get for his birthday is the gift of the gospel.For years in my own mind I believed that God was white mans God, lol. I gave my life to Christ,the very first verse I learned was 2 Timothy 2;3 Join with me in suffering,like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Praise God for his mercy on me,along with that his unending grace.I love the Lord Jesus Christ,I love reading and saturating my self with his word, it's been an amazing two and a half years,I still have troubles,trials,and so often stumble,nothing absolutely nothing compare to being a child of God and being in his pasture.There is so much more than the way X was living. Today the trust I had lost, I gained back from my kids and most of all my wife. Glory to God,My son himself gave his life to Christ at the beginning of 2015. Am not bragging by any means by saying this, a while back my son and his friends got together,I guess the discussion came up of who they looked up to, my son said I want to be like my dad, God is amazing,WOW! It never ceases to amaze me. Praise God,Glory to God..........In all that we say,In all that we do,and whomever that we may encounter along this road that leads to his kingdom

—Xavier R.

I retired as an RN over 3 years ago. My drive time to work was from 9:00-9:30pm, and after a schedule change on Christian radio (WRVM), FamilyLife replaced Focus on The Family in that time slot. At first I was disappointed but as I became a regular listener, I came to be blessed by programming that pertained to topics meant to strengthen marriages. Programming related to communication was extremely beneficial. Most beneficial and memorable, was discussion focussed on sexual relations within marriage. During this discussion 3 or 4 books were recommended. When I discussed the programming with my wife, she immediately ordered them. When they arrived we began to read them together and an intimacy, that was perhaps the most lacking element in our marriage, blossomed in such a way that it deeply and positively transformed our relationship. Sexual intimacy became a great Godly gift and a strength in our marriage. The years from then until now have been the best years in our 48 years of married life. May God continue to bless your ministry! Fred B.

—Fredric B.

God has used my husband to show me what the true picture of servant marriage should look like! We were both Christians but I was immature and selfish and Dave was patient and selfless as God has grown us through this 32 year journey. I'm an amputee and very independent and Dave has supported me and loved me and I have the highest respect for him. His wisdom had been invaluable in our lives! Recently we watched the Lord open doors for us to move 2500 miles from a small southern town in MS to a suburb of Denver CO. We left our precious families and friends be more specific 3 darling grandboys! But, we are on an amazing adventure that HE could only make happen. We are enjoying the Lord and each other as we are living out The JOY that comes when we are obedient! God is faithful when we put Him first and serve Each other like Christ served the church! God has continued to use Family Life Today to remind us of what our roles are in marriage as well as provide emails and testimonies to encourage us to perservere.The radio show is always timely with broadcasts that are exactly what we need to hear! But that's how God works - HE is so faithful! Thankful for Family Life- it is making a huge difference!

—Connie W.

Thank for this chance to share God's grace and mercy, thank you Jesus. I must start with five years ago I meet my wife Hollie, I refused to let any one are any thing get close to me.But she seen something in me I could not well after the drug abuse and the self destruction. She left and had a afair Well I found my self on my knee' s .I looked up and said God I can t take any more,then I get a phone call from a hospital telling me my eighteen year old daughter tried to commit suicide. I went in to the hospital chapel and got on my knees and said God if you let my daughter live I will comment my life to you,well three months later after praying every morning, and helping in my church where ever I could, the food bank, the homeless minstery, and the out reach,and our chain breakers recovery group,I found a fellow by the name Lee who came up and hugged me and said I love you but God loves you more,at that moment it was the very moment. God touched my life, thank you Jesus, I am back with hollie, my daughter is doing good I am drug free and living for the kingdom of God pressing in to Jesus,my life is a true testimony. Of God's love and mercy. I encourage every one to live in God's love and mercy, thank you for letting. Me share God Bless.

—Henry B.

Chris and I struggled for many years, she not following Christ and me trying my best to show her Christ's love, but not always being as gentle and kind as God's Spirit would enable me. I would try in my own power (flesh) to convince her to trust Jesus. But she had lots of stuff in her background that caused her not to trust any men, me and Jesus included. Once I finally stopped trying to convince Chris, and let God start working on my weaknesses, God started working in her and she finally surrendered her life to Jesus nearly 20 years into our marriage. (I was saved the same week we got engaged.God has really used FamilyLife broadcasts, Weekend to Remember, and mostly, and ongoing, The Art of Marriage. We host events and walk individuals through the program regularly, and each time we watch one of the videos again, we are challenged once again by something we've seen before, but often by something we haven't felt the Holy Spirit showing us. We're so thankful for FamilyLife.

—Charlie P.

Lustful eyes and pornography almost cost me my marriage. It really stinks when you find out your wife is thinking and planning for plan b because me plan a doesn't seem to be something she can count on. From the time of at least 10 I have looked at women and pornography lustfully filling my mind with images and not thinking it was affecting anyone but me. I did not know until God got my attention. With all addictions you keep needing more to satisfy. A girl I met at the gym friended me on Facebook and then started instant messaging. Then it got to sexting. I thought I was covering my tracks but you can't. My wife found out and it devastated her. I was devastated. How could I do this to her? We have been married 30 yrs. She never told me no when I wanted sex. We had a great sex life. God finally got my attention and I realized I hadn't given all of me to him and I hadn't to my wife. She saw how I looked at other women and never said anything but it made her feel like she wasn't good enough. God saw my heart and he didn't like what he saw but knew if he could my attention I would change and change I did. My eyes now stay focused on God and my wife. I just wished it wouldn't of taken 30 yrs to change. My wife and I have a better relationship today and are closer because I decided to give her all of me. My relationship with God is incredible. I truly for the first time since my baptism feel the Holy Spirit moving and leading me.

—Rusty M.

The missing puzzle My wife and I have been married for 13 years. We have two beautiful children. Last year our marriage was tested to an extreme on October 31. A week after our anniversary she said I don't Love you like I used to. My world went on a spiral I felt so broken. She said you are a great father but that's all I see you as. All along I was the one who took care of everything. if our marriage failed it would be because of me. This to was also my worse night mare. Problem is I had no plan that if it did fail what would I do to fix it. My brother suggested we try doing something different seeking Gods way. She to felt we needed some type of direction. She said for many years she could never speak about her feeling or what she wanted that what lead her to this point. I quickly needed to make drastic changes. I searched for different resources on the Internet that's how I found this site. I started to indulge myself in each article from family marriage. A lot of usef information that I used to save my marriage and family. The start of the new year we now wake up each morning before the kids wake up drink coffee and praise. We also read a daily book titled Moments together for couples. By Rainey. Each morning it's what gets Us on our new journey started to staying together for our love for God love and family. Often she asked why did it take this to hapoen for you to make these changes I used to pray as a kid but as I grew older I became human and got lost along the way. Thanks to God Mr and Mrs Rainey forever changing our lives and marriage. Thanks to my wife who said God is the missing puzzle we needed in our lives. New found puzzle married for life Raul and Jackie

—Raul B.

My wife Louise and I have been married for 28 years now and have 3 adult children. I wish that I could say that all 28 years have been fabulous, but then my story would not be authentic. What I have found out was that what we each brought to the marriage was the sum total of our upbringing, educational matriculation and life experiences at the point. I can candidly say that I didn't have the tools necessary to be a good husband and father, and this was even being a born again believer. Back in 1999, we were stationed in Hawaii and Don and Sally Meredith's 8 week couple's study, "Two Becoming One" was offered at the base chapel that we were a part of. We had been married for quite some time then and my children were teenagers, so what was I going to learn from this? When they asked for participants, I looked at my wife and said, "I don't need that. I have this under control. We are just fine." I got the look from my wife. After going through it, I found out how much I still really didn't know. We both learned a great deal about each other and what God expected from our marriage. Fast forward to 2001, we retired and relocated to Northern Virginia. It was approximately 3 years ago that I heard about Family Life Weekend to Remember. Without hesitation, I told my wife that were attending. Why? Because I learned that no matter how much you know or think you know, and how good your marriage is, it can always get better. I rank it as one of the best experiences and best investments that I could ever make. It's not about me, or us, but about the legacy that we build and leave behind. This is why I decided to become a Legacy Partner. Thank you Family Life for what you do for the families, making them better and stronger through biblical reinforcement, love and support.

—Lorhland G.

My boyfriend survived a very bad marriage and a horrible divorce from a spouse who cheated and lied more than there is space to share here. I too suffered in a marriage that was empty and my spouse finally left me for someone else. We met and then dated for eight years and during that time, as time went on, he refused to discuss marriage and said he did not believe in it.Last spring, I became born again and shared with him what was happening to me. He made a very wonderful pivot back to God. By fall, we married. We now are active in a church and daily discuss God's plan.Everything is better with God in our lives and our marriage.What a blessing!

—Joan L.

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