Happy married life wishes and marriage greetings seem to show you’re beginning on an exciting and successful journey in eternal matrimony and bliss.
I wish this was the case all the time. Unfortunately in today’s society it’s not. In America alone 41 percent of first marriages, 60 percent of second marriages, and 73 percent of third marriages all end in divorce.
First of all, the rate of first marriages ending is very sad, however, did you notice that the second and third time marriage rates are much higher?
We’re going to come back and look into that a little more in just a few moments, beloved. First I want to direct your attention to a couple whom had the opportunity to end their marriage as well but instead choose to work it out and how rewarding it was for them.
This story focuses on your average, everyday, & resilient couple. Del & Mary of Washington D.C. lead the average lives of D.C. natives.
Mary had two kids from a previous marriage and Del courageously stepped in and help Mary raise them as if they were his.
Del had also stuck by Mary through a very trying time in her live. Del was there to comfort his wife during the tragic loss of both her parents.
So you can image the shock and discomfort Mary experienced when Del walks in during the middle of the night and says he wants to live alone.
Now as we often know these thoughts normally don’t come all of a sudden they’re premeditated in most cases. Little unresolved issues that turn in to nightmarish wedges in marriages.
Mary was noticing these changes in attitude and affection but assumed they were things that would just blow over in time.
However in marriage, something that’s hated by Satan, times of no or miscommunication are the best time for him to swoop in and begin to plant seeds of doubt.
He reminds you of the unrestraint you had as a single. The good times you and the girls shared of Saturday night drinks.
How you and the guys used to drink beer and talk about the ladies is another tool the adversary uses.
Next he places infidelity thoughts in the heads of the couples individually. ” be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lain, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.
In this case the devil is looking to devour your marriage and the sanctity of your home.
Del started to lose interest in rendering his wife her due affection( 1 Corinthians 7:3). He became defensive and on edge, says Mary.
Proverbs 15:1 tells us “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Mary also indicated that Del had a hard time articulating his frustrations. This is a huge problem because communication is key in a marriage.
I know what you’re thinking so much for happy married life wishes and so long for the marriage greetings and hello misery.
Not so fast this story isn’t quite over yet.
Del, after indulging on what seemed like his very being had ben yearning for, to live that single life style, it seemed it wasn’t as thrilling as he remembered.
It wasn’t long before he beginner missing Mary’s kind affection.
All of a sudden it hit Del; Maybe divorce isn’t such a good idea. Slowly but surely the couple begin spending time together again, dating, and laughing as well as sharing fond memories.
When Mary decided to take an extended trip to Paris to clear her head in late 2009 Del decided he couldn’t let this go any further, caught the next flight out, and ultimately reclaimed his runaway bride.
I read this fascinating story on real simple dot com. So if you want the full story head on over there and check it out.
Now back to those happy married life wishes and marriage greetings. You’re still curious about how to make them last a lifetime.
Here’s the truth. It may not be what you want to hear but it is honest. Marriage means hard work. It means self-sacrifice, and a swallowing of pride.
It also means resolving your conflicts each night before retiring to your bedroom and going to sleep. “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” Ephesians 4:26
Sit down and talk to each other. Get understanding from both sides and own up to your part in the decaying of the marriage. Agree, regardless of how difficult it gets divorce is not the answer. You both agreed until death do you part before God. Remember your oath and vows.
“For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives” Romans 7:2.
Ladies, trust your husband to be the head of the household and respect his authority as a birth right from Christ. Men, be a man worthy of your wife’s trust.
“For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church” Ephesians 5:23
Husbands it’s your responsibility to take care of the home regardless of whose income is higher. It’s your responsibility that the money is divided up correctly (tithe, taxes, house, surplus, and offerings).
That means you have to be a good steward of the income God bestows upon your house.
“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2
“But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. ” 1 Timothy 5:8
Make time for each other, date, and court each other. Surprise each other. Reassure each other how much one means to another.
“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Read the bible together this will bring you a common bond together I cannot even describe in words.
So Phillip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” and he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Phillip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:29-31
The most important and last thing I’m going to say is have a Christ centered home. This is basically everything I said above in a nutshell and the key to having a successful & Godly marriage.
Unless the Lord builds the house, The labor in vain who build it; Psalm 127:1.
If you follow the steps above there’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ll have a happy married life for the ages.
Tim Kyles is an enthusiastic studier of biblical interpretation that has an up to date outlook on the bible and how it’s still relevant in today’s ever changing society. Tim’s official website is till under construction but is very close to being fully operational.
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