Scott & Sherry Jennings
Our divorce just didn't work out.
In 2005 we had every reason in the world to believe our marriage was over. My husband, Scott, was living with another woman, and I could see no indication that he would ever turn his heart back to our marriage and family. Everyone had advice to offer me: “Kick him to the curb” … “Move on” … “You deserve better.”
But God also placed two strong women in my life to encourage me with the truth: I should love and respect my husband unconditionally, honoring the covenant I made with God. They told me, “As long as you’re breathing, there is hope.”
In September of 2005, on the day of our 14th wedding anniversary, we divorced. Three days later, Christ invaded Scott's heart, and we remarried each other after a period of reconciliation. Today we like to tell people, "Our divorce just didn’t work out!"
Yet the truth is that we decided to intentionally pursue God and each other. And it worked.
We find ourselves asking, “If no one tells couples, how will they know that as long as they are breathing, there is hope for their marriage?”
As Philip responded to the Holy Spirit in Acts 8:29, we are excited and passionate to share God’s truth, hope, and vision for marriage with anyone who will listen. We have tasted the fruit of a redeemed marriage and know how good it is! How could we keep this to ourselves?
FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway has been a pivotal, foundational experience for us. That’s where we first learned God’s blueprints for marriage after our divorce in 2005, and we continue to go annually as a tune-up. We have since taken over 200 couples with us.
When FamilyLife released The Art of Marriage®, we saw this was the tool we were praying for to exponentially increase our ability to reach couples. A DVD-driven experience, it brings together incredible marriage experts, inviting couples into God’s blueprints for marriage, putting practical tools in their hands to tear down walls of isolation and begin building their marriage on the Rock. Since 2011, we have facilitated 35 events...read more about the life change here.
In 2015, FamilyLife launched The Art of Marriage Live, combining the best of the DVD experience with live teaching from FamilyLife certified couples. Scott and Sherry were asked to join that speaker team- read more here!
As long as you are breathing, there is hope for redemption in marriage … if we don’t tell them, who will?
Scott & Sherry have one son, Steven, who spends his summers managing outdoor activities at camps in NC and FL, and is a student at Appalachian State University. When Scott & Sherry aren't serving at an Art of Marriage or serving at their church, they enjoy unplugging either in their backyard oasis or at the beach...as they dream about selling almost everything and downsizing into a tiny house.
Scott & Sherry are grateful to their parents, who chose to hand them a legacy of commitment and steadfastness in marriage. If only they'd followed their example- but God!
Scott & Sherry's Journey with FamilyLife
You can read their story here.
Or the spring 2014 article in Worldwide Challenge.
In July 2012, Scott and Sherry shared their story of control, adultery, alcoholism, unforgiveness, and God's great redemption with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine on FamilyLife Today. Listen here. Or here:
Sherry's Journey as shared with Delight Your Marriage
Sherry had an incredible opportunity to share her journey with Belah Rose on Delight Your Marriage. Listen to the two part podcast series: