Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. (Eccl. 4:12)

Growing up, my family loved to hike. One of our most memorable hikes was through Castlewood Canyon. As I marveled over being inside a canyon, I heard the sound of falling rocks behind me. I turned to see my sister as she lost her footing and started sliding at a point where the trail butted with a steep drop. Fortunately, my mom was already holding her hand, so she yanked my sister’s arm and kept her from tumbling.

Perhaps it wouldn’t have been as severe as my young mind imagined, but at seven years old, I thought my mom saved my sister from certain death. She was my hero. I walked the rest of the trail with a newfound appreciation for the perils of the canyon and conceded my dependence while clinging to my parents’ hands.

Later in life, I almost plummeted into a spiritual canyon. Someone began ruthlessly attacking me and defaming my character with words that threatened to destroy me. “Am I really as awful as they say? I know I didn’t do what they claim, or did I?”I would have believed the lies if it weren’t for my husband’s words constantly overpowering the ones that assaulted me. He assured and defended me throughout that agonizing period. If it weren’t for him, I surely would have fallen into a canyon—a canyon of despair and desperation.

Be your spouse’s best advocate.

Stacy Voss loves to run, play with her two young kids, and hike in the mountains with her husband outside their home in Colorado.