How Did Our Marriage Get Here?

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Everything that attacks a marriage can potentially land the relationship on its back. Adultery. Pornography. Secrecy. Meddling In-Laws. Neglect. Sins that tear us apart but can be overcome.

In Marriage Vows Under Fire, the harsh world of success, temptation, and greed surround two vulnerable families and threaten their relationships with catastrophe. But faith and prayers of a few confront the fiery trials that seem to promise devastating endings.

With comedy, suspense, and melancholy to entertain readers who can relate during moments of leisurely escape, this inspirational romance series mirrors the marital issues of couples throughout time. Set in modern-day Texas, parts one and two take us through the turbulent journeys of Natalie and Joseph, along with other couples within their families.

“Little disappearances here…inappropriate communications there. They all build up and lead to what can destroy us.” – Quoted from the heart of every desperate spouse screaming inwardly and trying to hold on to a wayward whose interests have been landing elsewhere.

Engage in the stories’ authenticity that comes within marriage along with the heartbreaks that can be overcome on the long journey of “new beginnings”. Find sweet romance in Marriage Vows Under Fire. Find the suspense and adventure. But also find reality in it. And relate.

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“If our marriage survives this…”

“…can it makMarriage Vows Under Fire 1e us stronger?” The ongoing love story of Marriage Vows Under Fire relates to the many fiery trials of married couples. The main couples in the novel series (parts one and two – and continuing) reflect the longings of spouses today, the wounds of betrayal, the co-dependencies with meddling in-laws, the disruptions of life in the face of society’s criminal acts, and more.

With the message of salvation and breakthrough in Jesus Christ, Marriage Vows Under Fire presents a pure form of fiction to engage readers’ quest for the entertainment of romance. Marriage and courtship are personified through the characters of this novel and identify with us today.

Joseph and Natalie Reyes long to reignite the love of their early years as they face a meddlesome mother-in-law, high-maintenance children, and growing tensions rooted in secrecy.

The couples within their circle:

Despite neglect that leads to the loss of her confidence and drive, Tiphany Taylor hopes to finally marry the wealthy father of her children until those hopes die by the hand of betrayal. A harsh new reality leads her to a crossroad she never could have imagined.

Marriage Vows Under Fire Series 2 is now available.
Marriage Vows Under Fire Series 2 is now available.

Psychotic patient, EmmaJean MacNeal, is captured and held hostage by two serial killers who have every intention of slaying her along with frightened newlyweds, Louis and Tammy Goldsmith. But when tables turn in the home of the lonely woman whose heart’s desire has always been to run a family of her own – by any means necessary – a desperate kidnapper cries out to God while the newlyweds attempt to escape the delusional world of EmmaJean.

Shasta and Javier struggle to restore trust after infidelity practically destroys their marriage.

Tired of seeing her meddling mother strain the relationships within their family, Alicia Reyes sets out to find a man for the lonely widow. The only suitor? A homeless man to groom for her mission.

In a hostile, ambitious endeavor to win the open vice-president’s position within his father’s company, Tony Taylor fights his growing feelings for co-worker and contender, Amelia Conrad, who acts more like an enemy toward him. A bitter past that neither is willing to mention only fuels their ongoing clashes and confuse their feelings they once thought they could identify as anything but love.

With a backdrop of other marriages and courtships, Marriage Vows Under Fire continues a series of humor, adventure, drama, romance, and faith. Series 1 (published/released July 15, 2013) and Series 2 (published/released October 16, 2013) are available in ebook form on all major online bookstores. The third series is due for release in March of 2016.

Understanding The Heart Of A Hurting Wife

Marriage Vows Under Fire 1Written by Lanette Zavala, Author of Marriage Vows Under Fire Inspirational Love Story Series a Family Review eMagazine

Just like a husband, a wife has a need to actually experience the love professed to her. In most cases, demonstration of this love reaches her heart more effectively when it’s presented tenderly, verbally, and creatively over a far longer period of time than those moments during which sexual contact can occur. Her need for value can be shown in your affection, your sacrifice, and expressed interest in her intellect.

Over a period of time, usually after the honeymoon, marital problems can present themselves in various ways. Problems occur when needs aren’t met. But crises occur when these problems linger for too long or begin to form into more severe problems such as betrayal, abuse, and neglect. Genuine reconciliation can be just as challenging to grasp when a wife is hurting as it can be when a husband is shut down. But where the Lord made reconciliation a must in marriage, He made it possible in His Word.

Marriage Vows Under Fire was written from a woman’s perspective concerning a number of issues that preoccupy our hearts. The characters face in-law problems of co-dependency, infidelity, mental illness, co-habitation, domestic violence, and other issues that so many wives and single women agonize over. While the ebooks are love stories, they are also bold series of fiction reflecting our realities. Of course, life is not fictional. To deal with our problems in relationships and to minister to a hurting wife, Biblical solutions are needed:

1 – If you realize you’ve done something that has hurt your wife – whether you betrayed her trust or shut her down with a form of dominance – don’t just apologize. Express genuine sorrow. To apologize is to remove the burden of your offense from your plate in order that you can move on. But to express sorrow is to remove the burden of your offense from your spouse’s plate in order that she can move forward.

2 – On the same note of the above point, reconciliation from a problem involves more than the hurting person’s forgiveness. Have you ever heard someone make this statement? “I have already told So & So that I’m sorry. If he/she can’t forgive me, then that’s his/her problem.” This statement or even unspoken attitude violates a passage in God’s Word.

In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus tells us, “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (New King James Version of the Holy Bible)

Forgiveness is a dominant message when reconciliation is discussed. But the other part of forgiveness is often missing in reconciliation messages. Reconciliation is approached from two, not one, angles that Jesus presents. Many times, when we’ve offended somebody, we fail to understand the depth of our part in reconciliation because of pride we harbor and sometimes even arrogance. If one spouse harbors an unforgiving attitude while the other harbors an attitude of stubborn entitlement to forgiveness (with no intention of reaching out to ensure security within the hurting loved one’s heart), which spouse is doing the will of God? Neither.

If you see your wife battling unforgiveness, which is a sin, Galatians 6:1-2 says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (New King James) Help her forgive you. Don’t stick your chest out patting yourself on the back for a few moments of effort. Is she sinning if she doesn’t forgive you? Yes. But persevere. Help her out of the sin with some tenderness and demonstrations of loyalty if that’s the necessary distance to go in order to reach her. Show enduring love and don’t require from her unconditional love if yours is fragmented by stubborn entitlement.

3 – Marriage involves traveling this life’s journey together. If you and your spouse are running a partnership marathon together, and your spouse trips and falls for any number of reasons, why would you keep heading toward the finish line by leaving your spouse on the ground to agonize in that injury alone? Do you know how many onlookers would be willing to tell you, in all honesty, how much of a nincompoop you’d be for that? Not many, if at all. (People don’t like additional problems and therefore shun correcting somebody in areas where it might really matter to somebody else.) Don’t sprint toward a finish line that can only be crossed by a husband-wife team. Lift up your injured wife and let her rest her weight on you.Marriage Vows Under Fire 2

Well, marriage is more than a mere marathon. And injuries do occur. Those injuries can be imposed by any number of offenses. But, with God’s Word, what are you willing to do to Biblically restore security within your wife? Especially if you had something to do with her inner wounds?

In Marriage Vows Under Fire  love story series, there are characters who represent a number of couples today sitting with their lips stuck out – not to kiss but to pout. Anger has set in, betrayal has resulted in resentment, and wounds have become scars. With so many reasons to forgive and to pursue loved ones for that forgiveness, the women of Marriage Vows Under Fire resemble many of us – wives and singles.

Marriage Vows Under Fire Series 2: Tender Rivalry is the second installment in this series.