Ok, I’m not a polygamist but sometimes it kinda feels like it. At times I have wondered how many people are in this marriage. Sometimes it feels like more than two.
God is clear that when we get married “and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh” (Mark 10:8 NIV).
Notice it doesn’t say, “and the two will never become one in a remarriage because he had another wife first and has to spend half his time with his ex still.”
Nor does it say “and the two will not become one in a remarriage because he has children from his first marriage that he has known longer than his new wife and he will be one with the kids, and his new wife will be the third wheel.”
Nope, we second wives, lowly little stepmoms that we might be perceived to be, we still get to be one with our man. God couldn’t be any more clear on how marriage is supposed to look.
Authors Cloud & Townsend talk about “intruders” in marriage in their book “Boundaries in Marriage” (Chapter 12 “Three’s a Crowd: Protecting Your Marriage from Intruders”).
So what might be intruding in your marriage? Here are some common “intruders” that Cloud & Townsend mention:
In blended family situations I might also add to the list:
- lots of types of kids (his, hers, “ours kids”, stepkids)
A strong marriage is a great antidote to a stressful blended family environment. I’m thankful that I have an awesome husband who seeks to ensure that we have a solid marriage based on what God says. He knows full well that there are to be only two of us in our marriage (despite the pressures he gets from “intruders”). From day one, he has positioned us this way and protected our union.
What are you thankful for today?