When Marriage Hurts
From Dream to Nightmare
As a little girl I dreamed of marrying “Prince Charming.” I had a beautiful bride doll on my bed with brown hair. She wore a gorgeous white wedding gown and veil and carried a pretty bouquet of flowers. As a young woman, I thought of marriage as two people serving the Lord together and loving each other unconditionally, like my parents did. But the twenty-five years I spent in two dysfunctional marriages were not pretty like my dream—they were dreadful, nightmarish years!
Competing with Porn
Shortly after getting married, my husband told me he wanted to go to a drive-in movie. Being newlyweds on a budget, I made popcorn at home to take with us. Much to my surprise, we pulled into a drive-in theater that was showing a pornographic double feature. I felt shocked and sickened. I had met my husband at church, and we were faithfully attending, so how could he take me to see such movies?