The silent burden you’re carrying seems too heavy to lift some days. The hurt, the extreme hurt, seems to reach directly down to your bones. The knife stabbing pains of a broken heart. There are days where the pain literally takes away your ability to breathe.
Things that once looked so familiar to you now look like things you don’t even recognize. The coffee pot he made coffee in each morning while he was lying to you. The couch you snuggled on while watching tv while he was lying to you. The stairs you both walked up to your bedroom while he was lying to you. The socks he put on each morning while he was lying to you. Literally every single item in your house is filled with lies. And as you glance around each day, that is what you see.
Some might tell you to take comfort in knowing you aren’t suffering alone, that there are so many other women across the world walking this same path. You find no comfort in that. None. Truth is the valley you are walking through is dark, cold, lonely and so very scary. Along the path is hurt, anger and bitterness.
Let me speak directly to your heart sweet girl. God wants to hold your broken heart in His hands. That is the only way. Listen to my words and let me say it again…that is the ONLY way. He can heal your broken heart and He will heal it. But first, you must give Him all the pieces. The challenge is first finding all of the pieces. Like shards of broken glass, the pieces weave themselves so very deep into our hearts. And Satan is right there, breaking the pieces smaller and hiding them better.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds
The pain touches a deep, vulnerable place often known only to God. When hurting is the only thing you can feel, it is such a lonely place to be. So many times when we are going through pain, we are told to get over it, move on and let it go. They don’t understand how slow this hurt heals. The world offers so many ways to numb the pain, but they are only temporary fixes. Please oh please don’t fall for that trap. If we turn to them, then we aren’t allowing God to heal our hurt. Allowing Him to search and heal our hearts is the only true way to have them healed. Only He knows the deepness and complexity of our pain.
Psalm 56:8 says You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Our tears are not in vain. God knows each of His children intimately, and every tear we shed has meaning to Him. He remembers our sorrow. And in the end, He will share His joy with us. Revelation 21:4 says He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Sweet girl, find comfort in that. Not only does he know your sorrow, but He will wipe every tear from our eyes. Don’t suffer through your grief alone. Don’t be unwilling to be vulnerable with God. Give Him your heart, hand it over to Him to search and find all those little pieces of hurt and allow His hands to heal it as only He can.
Search me O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way
In Scripture, unfaithfulness is the only “acceptable” reason for dissolving a marriage. But I want to tell you today that even this betrayal, the ultimate betrayal, doesn’t have to result in divorce.
When it feels like all hope is lost, hand that relationship over to God. It’s so easy to make rash decisions while our heart is broken. Many days, divorce sounds like the best and sometimes easiest option. Hand it over to Him, pray about it and search out biblical council. Cling to God like never before and allow Him to carry you through it.
God has a beautiful reconciliation full of grace planned for you. Often times the relationship, once it has endured the storm, will come out of it stronger and new. Through all the conversations, all the deepness, you now know each other differently. This is the blessing of true healing from the hands of God. At times, taking it day by day seems like such a big task. Just take it minute by minute, and allow His grace to carry you through each one.
If you’ve experienced betrayal in your marriage, you may have a few reservations about bringing sex back into the relationship. I think that is understandable and a normal fear.
How do you even begin to entertain the thought of sexual intimacy with him when he’s been unfaithful? How do you move on? How do you move back into the intimacy that was unfairly taken from you?
The hurt just seems too big to ever get past. The pressure to forgive quickly is strong in this high-speed world we live in.
Forgiveness isn’t a feeling—it’s a choice we make. Depending on the size of the break in trust, forgiveness may be a process and can’t be rushed. If you’ve accepted God’s forgiveness, you have the power to forgive your spouse.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel, without judgment. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself to forgive quickly. Emotion is a teacher, allow yourself room to feel and learn from those feelings. Forgiveness accesses the spiritual part of a person, allowing you to regain a sense of personal meaning. This is a great time to nurture your relationship with God.
You have to rebuild trust before you can bring sexual intimacy back into the relationship. This trust will take time, the same as forgiveness does. Forgiveness opens our heart to be able to plant seeds of trust again.
But remember: There must be more than apologies. To earn your trust, your spouse needs to make some real changes. Your spouse should recognize it was his sin that caused you to not trust him. His goal is to restore trust by removing doubts. Maybe they need to join a support group, talk to a mentor or be open and willing to prove his whereabouts as a form of accountability.
Being intimate after infidelity is definitely something you have to pray about. It’s something you need to submit to the Lord. He will let you know when it is time, and He will help you follow through when you decide you’re ready to give yourself to your husband sexually again. It’s not something you should rush into but it may happen quicker than you realize. You may feel you need the assurance that your husband still wants you. Or you may feel if he still wants you, then he needs to respect your timing of being intimate again.
Intentional Love Making
Be prepared the first time you’re intimate for raw emotions to make their way to the surface. Heartache and pure love all together, pouring from your shattered heart. Beforehand, ask your spouse to be patient, tender and understanding.
You may be craving that reassurance that they are still sexually attracted to you. You may be feeling inadequate and unwanted, and need to know that they choose you over their infidelity. Bringing love-making back into your marriage can help with the healing process and allow you to focus on forgiveness instead of your own rejection.
There is no intimacy without an open heart. When it is open, it has the capacity to generate love, warmth, affection and last but certainly not least…intimacy!
I know even reading this post made your heart ache and the tears flow. I wish so very much I could reach through this screen and give you a big hug and just cry with you. One day the hurt will be a little less, I promise. And that will feel like the first “good day” you’ve ever had. And each week, there will be more glimpses of sunshine. Eventually your good days will run together, and smiles and laughter will abound. One day, you will look back on this horrible time and be thankful for it. Thankful for the love that grows deeper with each passing day, tested by fire and found strong enough to stand again. Trust me, you will get there if you allow God to heal your heart and your marriage. He brings beauty from the ashes.
You will move on past this. You will hold your head high, knowing the storm may have knocked you down but it didn’t win.