Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. . . . Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. (Prov. 5:15, 17)

“THE SCARLET LETTER has come to our home.” That was how Becky told her friend that Becky’s husband had had an affair. It was one of the hardest things Becky had ever done, confessing that her marriage wasn’t what it appeared to be. That in fact it was near to falling completely apart. The details of the affair weren’t important. What mattered to Becky was what to do now.

Affairs are probably as old as humans. A roaming eye, greener grass . . . those things seem to be weak spots in human character. God is no prude. He knows thoroughly how we want “water that is not in our cistern,” how we offer our water “in the streets” rather than keeping it in our home.

God also knows that when we follow the principles and guidelines He has offered to us, our lives go forward much more smoothly.

Becky and her husband decided it was worth the work it would take to keep their marriage alive. With intensive counseling, much prayer, and intentional focus, their marriage has survived to this day with children and grandchildren to enjoy as a reward.

God wants everyone to know that this can be reality for them, as well. The wisdom gathered over the ages will help us keep the pure water of our marriages untainted and flowing freely between husband and wife.

Choose today to “drink water from your own well,” and renew or repair your relationship.

Annie Wamberg lives in Colorado Springs. An empty-nester, Annie has plunged back into singing. When not sleeping, Annie runs a cleaning business.