The joy and peace you desire, and that your spouse desires, are not found in understanding your circumstances, or in having a better relationship with your spouse, or in your prayers being answered as you desire, as wonderful as those things are. No, the true joy you seek is found in Christ himself and is often expressed most deeply when you believe that he is enough and is worthy of being trusted when you can't make sense of his ways.
– Jeff & Sarah Walton
About the Episode
In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, Christine Chappell interviews authors Jeff & Sarah Walton about their book, Together Through the Storms: Biblical Encouragements for Your Marriage When Life Hurts. During the conversation, Jeff shares biblical truths that sustained him during sudden job loss, as well as practical wisdom for men striving to be leaders of their home in the midst of future uncertainties. Sarah reflects on battling feelings of bitterness, living with chronic illness, and the grief that comes when life doesn't look like we expected. Together, Jeff and Sarah offer gospel hope for marriages strained by circumstantial difficulties, showing couples how to cling to Jesus—and to each other—through the storms.
About the Guests
Jeff & Sarah Walton have been married for sixteen years and are the parents to four young children. Sarah is the author of Hope When It Hurts and blogs at setapart.net. Jeff works in technology sales and spends his free time leading men’s Bible studies and coaching his children’s sports teams. Jeff and Sarah are members of The Orchard Church in Chicago.
Additional Resources from Sarah & Jeff
This devotional helps married couples to navigate the storms of life together. Working through the book of Job, Sarah Walton (author of “Hope when it Hurts”) and her husband Jeff reflect on their own experiences in a marriage that has faced chronic illness, the after-effects of abuse, a child with neurological challenges, and financial difficulties—and show how to cling to Christ and each other.
This is not a “how to” guide on having the best marriage, but, rather, a walk alongside you and your spouse, sharing the realities of suffering and the effects it can have on a marriage. It is an encouragement to lift your eyes above your trials, off your spouse, and onto our all-sufficient Savior.
Related Resources from IBCD
- Steadfast Heart: Experiencing God's Comfort in Life's Storms (Elyse Fitzpatrick)
- How Christ Transforms Us in Our Disease and Disabilities (Keith Palmer)
- Helping People Handle Trials (Heath Lambert)
- Counseling from Job | Part 1 • Part 2 (Hywel Jones)
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