NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Paula and John Thomas had been married 24 years when they separated.
She wanted forgiveness and peace for both of them. He wanted a divorce.
"Our marriage was in shambles and my husband believed that even God couldn't put our marriage back together," Paula said. "Yet, after a six-month separation, the Lord put a halt to our divorce proceedings."
That was five years ago. Today, the Thomases help couples in crisis realize God's plan for their marriage.
"When we were going through the hard times, we realized we simply didn't know each other," Paula said. "So many other couples are the same way."
After much prayer and searching the Scripture, God restored the Thomas' marriage.
"Not only did God restore our marriage, He made it stronger and more precious than ever before," she said.
In 2005 the couple renewed their vows. In 2007 they began telling their story, and in 2008 Paula said God blessed her marriage with "The Love Dare." As featured in the movie "Fireproof," The Love Dare is a 40-day Scripture-based journey that helps couples learn truly to love one another. It is published by B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"When struggling couples come to us for help, I always point them to Scripture and now I also give them a copy of The Love Dare," Paula said.
Couples embarking on The Love Dare read a short devotional and complete a complementing challenge, or dare, based on that day's Scripture. (The first chapter's dare: "Resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all.")
"When we got The Love Dare, we began with day one and we didn't skip a day," she said. "Through the book we have learned to respect each other, pray together and listen to one another. Read More