It has felt, to borrow an image from Joel, like a horde of locusts has come in and taken over everything. I think the immediate cause was sleep deprivation and too many evening meetings at church and work.Our dissatisfaction was not only superficial but also sinful.but what does love really mean, or should we say, what is love?

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— Joel In the midst of calamity, of living with the consequences of sin, the prophet Joel reminds us not to be afraid, but rather to be glad and rejoice, for “the Lord has done great things! Okay, my marriage doesn’t usually feel like a calamity. “This is how we’ll be for the rest of forever,” I thought.

I’m not getting anything out of it.” There were moments in that three-day period when I seriously wondered if we would ever get through that horrible time.

Sometimes, I can’t get there until later, when I’m alone. • What are some small sins in our marriage that sometimes threaten to turn into big, destructive sins?

Then I replay the scene, the tension and the annoyance, and I envision Jesus showing up. • How might inviting Jesus into our squabbles lead us to repentance?

For me, the beginning of repentance is as basic as picturing Jesus walking into the situation.

Sometimes I do that when Griff and I are in the middle of a squabble. —Lauren Winner Let’s Talk • What are some of the great things God has done in our marriage?Everyday we see the word "love," one of the most abused words in the dictionary.People tell us how much they love this, or love that, or even love each other...We were allowing ourselves to feel alienated from each other and to enjoy strangely delicious feelings of self-righteous annoyance. The prophet Joel told the people of Judah that unless they got their act together (that is, repented), God would destroy them just as locusts had destroyed their land.At the time, I didn’t think God was waiting around to unleash lightning bolts on our marriage.And the strain of it has the potential to steadily increase the distance you may feel from one another.