When it’s right, marriage can be a beautiful thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s challenge-free. Even those that seem the happiest encounter their share of problems. It’s all the more reason to focus less on other couples and how green their grass must be and more on taking care of your own grass. There are times when we are facing a trial in our relationship and find ourselves searching for answers. We desire to fix the situation yet in the midst of it we struggle not to lose hope, become discouraged, or walk away feeling defeated. But sometimes a few words can be all it takes to encourage your heart. Focus on them and your hope is seemingly restored and your desire to strengthen your union ever-present.
The reality is the hard times will come. You will get through them and life will very likely present you with another set of challenges. Be encouraged and take a look at 25 quotes to help encourage you during those tough times in your marriage:
1. Know that there’s a possibility you’ll fall in love again. Know that it’s okay.
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” ~ Mignon McLaughlin
2. Let go.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
3. Understand what success means to you.
“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett Brickner
4. Try changing.
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. ~ Mary Engelbreit
5. Remember grace abounds.
“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~ Anne Lamott
6. Hold on to your light.
“I’m sorry, Gemma. But we can’t live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.” ~ Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
7. Control what you can.
“Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.” ~ Unknown
8. Joy cometh.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” ~ Psalms 30:5
9. Find strength from within.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
10. Strive to remain.
“Sorrow comes in great waves…but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.” ~ Henry James
11. Learn how to use your stones.
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” ~ Unknown
12. Understand that you’re being polished.
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” ~ Chinese Proverb
13. Continue to do your best.
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” ~ Duke Ellington
14. Instead of asking for things to get easier, consider asking for strength to navigate the difficulties.
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” ~ Jewish Proverb
15. Make the best of where you are now.
“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden
16. Trust yourself.
“If your life is cloudy and you’re far, far off course, you may have to go on faith for a while, but eventually you’ll learn that every time you trust your internal navigation system, you end up closer to your right life.” ~ Martha Beck
17. Work at it.
“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” ~ Harry Golden
18. Allow your miracles to grow.
“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” ~ Jean de La Bruyere
19. Give anyway.
“Real giving is when we give to our spouses what’s important to them, whether we understand it, like it, agree with it, or not.” ~ Michele Weiner-Davis
20. Learn to accept and not to lose hope.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King
21. Believe so that you might bear.
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
22. Remember these three words.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” ~ Robert Frost
23. Listen to your quiet voice.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
24. Take comfort.
“When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.” ~ Malcolm S. Forbes
25. Be each other’s friend as you work to get through adversity.
“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” ~ Ulysses S. Grant