Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Today is a special day for me. It is my 37th wedding anniversary as my husband lovingly introduces me as "his first wife Becky"! This is not to make those in multiple marriages feel bad because sometimes things happen that are out of one parties control as I know from a few people very close to me. I am grateful to have an enduring marriage, not that there have not been challenges. The thing is that when you stand up before a minister, judge,or justice of the peace and become man and wife, you make a solemn vow to love in sickness and in health,in good times and in bad times, forsaking all others,till death do you part. I actually went to a wedding once or twice where these vows of commitment were deleted from the ceremony. Sort of gives the couple an 'out' should they become 'incompatible'. But before God, vows are solemn and not to be entered into lightly or taken lightly.
I know of a few rare couples who tell me they have never had a problems and I say,"Be grateful"! It takes two committed people to make a solemn enduring marriage. What the Bible says should be followed and Christ needs to remain on the throne of the marriage as the centerpiece. At no time should divorce be an option. If a partner in the marriage is wanting to remain kind and the other one is unkind then you have to love with Jesus' love and overlook faults in order to not start arguments. At all times pray and give God any situations in the marriage that need help.
So today I hope to be the start of 37 more years. Wow that is going to make me pretty old but it is something to shoot for.
PRAYER: Dear Lord help me take my vows of marriage seriously. Help me to always out you first and follow Your commands about how to treat my spouse. Guide me in my actions of what I say and do. In Jesus' name. Amen.