Much to his surprise, on the night of their 10th anniversary, Ann Wilson told Dave Wilson she had "lost her feelings" for him. Divorce seemed inevitable.
But starting that night, God revealed to both of them the most overlooked secret of having a great marriage—their vertical relationship with their Creator must come first. The Wilsons got their marriage back on the right path, and God blessed them with a ministry of coaching others in marriage for the past 30 years.
It all came down to one thing for the Wilsons—reconnecting with God.
"We've been married almost 40 years, and God has met us in the middle of our struggles, in the middle of the mountaintop experiences, and he literally saved our marriage," Dave Wilson told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of "Greenelines" on the Charisma Podcast Network. "For men whose marriages are struggling, I would say to go vertical and ask God to save your marriage. Ask god to do what only He can do in you and through you.
"If your wife won't go there with you, then you go there and you ask God to meet you and ask Him what He will do to change your marriage.
"For me, a miracle took place. I look back on it and I heard the voice of God say, 'Repent, repent.' I knew what God was saying. He was saying, 'You've lost your first love with Me. This marriage isn't going to be saved or fixed by you until you put Me back in first place in your life. When I'm back in first place, then we can help fix your marriage.' When I got on my knees and repented, that's when everything changed."
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