"Marriage doesn't complete you. Jesus completes you," Jeremy Camp says to encourage married couples.
Jeremy and Adrienne Camp published a book on marriage together in 2020 called In Unison: The Unfinished Story of Jeremy and Adrienne Camp.
"We wanted to be super honest in our book and say, ‘These are the things we've learned.’ We don't have it figured out ... we're still on a journey … [but] we're on a journey together and we want to be best friends and we want to keep Jesus at the center of our relationship because we believe that's how you get through," says Adrienne.
They were recently guests on The Crazy Happy Podcast hosted by Daniel Fusco.
"You can’t do marriage without Jesus, period," Jeremy says during the episode. "I think that's the key, is putting Him in the center of marriage."
This is Jeremy's second time being married. The first time he was only married for four months before losing his wife, Melissa, to ovarian cancer. The movie I Still Believe is based on that time in Jeremy's life.
"Marriage is not about our happiness it's about our holiness ... you realize getting in there that you're being refined," he says. "I think that people have this idea when they are stepping into marriage that, 'I'm going to find the person that's going to fulfill me.' When you go into marriage with that mindset, ‘I found this person that's going to fulfill my heart,’ you're setting yourself up for failure."
Jeremy and Adrienne Camp have been married for nearly 17 years and the couple has three children together.
"Marriage doesn't complete you. Jesus completes you. Marriage is just a partnership together and walking through this life together," says Jeremy.
They go to their faith in God as the fulfillment in their lives and Jeremy recalls how Adrienne once told him, "I love you, you're the love of my life. God's pushed us together. But I don't need you as much as you think I do."
The downtime that came with the pandemic was initially hard on Jeremy as his busy music career came to a halt with the announcement of live-entertainment events being shut down. However, it grew his faith and his relationships in the family.
"I was trying to figure out how to make her happy and make everything right, and she's going, ‘Hey listen, Jesus is my everything. I love you, but He's the one that's going to fulfill those needs you cannot fulfill,'" he says.
Having grace for one another is an important aspect as well.
"It doesn't mean that I negate my responsibility as a husband to not do the things that God's called me to do," says Jeremy. "It means that ... I look to Jesus for everything. When you look to your spouse for everything, you will be disappointed because we're human, we're flawed, and they can't provide the things that only Christ can."
Adrienne was the lead singer in a Christian pop/rock band called The Benjamin Gate from 1998-2003. She also completed a solo project under the name Adie roughly 15 years ago after the group disbanded.
While both Jeremy and Adrienne are Christian musicians, it wasn't until 2020 when they co-wrote and sang an EP right after the pandemic hit called The Worship Project.