Sunday, February 21, 2016
Secret to Marriage Success
Last week I attended the funeral of a dear man who lived a full and blessed life. Just two months ago, he and his wife celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Now, that's what I call "stick-to-it-tivness" and "only till death did they part".
What makes for a marriage that stands the test of time -- through thick and thin, ups and downs, highs and lows, tough times and sweet times, smooth and rocky roads? I'd say listening to those whose marriages have lasted through it all is the first place to go for advice.
A good friend of mine was meeting with some of his clients. He asked them "What is the secret to your 68 years of marriage?" The wife went to her refrigerator, removed this handwritten note from its magnet and gave it to my friend to read. This is what it said:
Such wisdom, that if used in marriages and other relationships -- the years, the love, the respect, the joys and the blessings would last a lifetime.
Perhaps this little note could be the wisdom we need to create longevity for the relationships in our lives. I'm praying "Change ME, Lord!" How about you?
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.