Marilyn Sliger // Husbands

Being brought up in a Christian home, our family went to church every time the doors were open. Right before my 15th birthday, I met my husband, Bud, and he began attending church with me and my family. We started dating and a year later, my Dad committed suicide. As young teenagers, we grew together in this tragedy, but I didn’t really deal with the trauma.

In November of 1979, we were married and had our first son, Allen, in May of 1980. We were young but felt ready to jump into marriage and family. At that time I was 17 and Bud was 19. Three years later, Bud joined the Navy and the times of separation were difficult. However, Bud received very good training, and God has used it to provide for us through the years.

Shortly after joining the Navy our second son, Cliff, was born. We were kids raising kids but God was good and through it all, our trust in Him was what has made a difference in our lives. We had some very difficult times that would seem impossible to overcome by the world’s standards but with God all things are possible.

We do not have to do anything alone! God is always there! He provides people and organizations that can support us when we feel hopeless. No matter how long we wait, we will eventually have to deal with things that have happened in our lives and the sooner, the better. It’s a hard but necessary process. My husband and I received amazing Christian counseling that has gotten us through what may have looked like some impossible moments from a human perspective. However, nothing is too big for our God! 

We all have an enemy who wants to destroy us but God has a plan for us. If we trust in him, He will walk with us through everything we go through in this life. I am a living testimony of that. It is only by God’s love, grace and mercy that I am who I am today - still a work in progress but one with great faith in a God who can do the impossible!

  • Read 1 Peter 5:6-11 and Jeremiah 29:11.
  • What impossible situations are you facing in your life?
  • How would your daily life be different if you believed God would never leave you or forsake you?

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// Marilyn 

Marilyn and Bud have been married for over 36 years. They have been blessed with two wonderful sons, two great daughters-in-law, and six beautiful grandchildren. They love spending time together and time with their family. They enjoy traveling, ballroom dancing, and chasing waterfalls. They volunteer for Make a Wish and Stephen Ministry as a team. Marilyn is also a volunteer for Women’s Hope Center and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Marilyn and Bud attend Harvest Church.