My Husband Gave Me 30 Days

September 2019 - Feature Article
by Sheryl H. Boldt

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September 2019 - Feature Article

For years, I’d been praying for God to intervene in my marriage. Six years ago, on Easter Sunday, I prayed even more earnestly for God to give our marriage new life. I got up from my prayer time and knew without a doubt that God had heard my prayer. What happened the next day, however, painfully contradicted my expectations.

Bert had never come home in the middle of a workday, but on April 1, he did. “We need to talk.” Taking a deep breath, he added, “I want a divorce.”

His words sliced through me, and a hard knot formed in the pit of my stomach. I could tell from the look on his face that this was no April Fools’ joke.

Bert stood in our den and counted on his fingers the reasons he could no longer tolerate being married to me. “I’m tired of your nagging, Sheryl! I’m sick of hearing what I should eat or how much I should read my Bible.” His voice grew louder as he continued, “And I’m tired of trying to follow all the rules. Good gosh, Sheryl! What does it matter if the silverware faces up or down in the dishwasher. And I don’t want to squeegee the shower door every time I shower!”

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