Saturday, November 15, 2008

Married for Life

This book is a collection of testimonies of couples who have been married for 50 years or more.

My husband gave this to me back in May, 2005, two years before we got married. We can all learn from the experiences and inspiring love stories of the couples who have been Married for Life.

Here's an entry:

You Can Always Work Things Out If You Really Want To

Earl and Ila McNair
Married: October 16, 1921

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Earl and Ila met at a food booth
during the city picnic.

After they were married,
Earl opened a plumbing business

while Ila raised their two children
and helped out in the shop.

If your marriage seems hopeless, remember that "no one whose hope is in the Lord will ever be put to shame" (Psalm 25:3). Hope truly does spring eternal, if it wells up from the Source of all real hope. Never give in. Renew your commitment to yours spouse, hold your ground, and keep trusting in God.

When things are at their worst, you may be tempted not only to give up but also to question your faith. You might wonder why a good God would allow you to suffer such awful circumstances, when you've done your best to obey Him. But the Bible says that once we are in God's hands, He will never let us go. Our faith may be tested, but he won't allow it to die.

In bad times, you may start to fear that your love for your spouse, or their love for you, has grown cold. There seems to be nothing left between you but emptiness. But like hope and faith, love never dies completely. If you and your spouse keep trusting in God despite every reason to quit, He will prove Himself trustworthy. He will rekindle the embers in your heart and fan the flames until they once again burn steady and strong. So trust God, even when you don't understand His ways.

There are three things that will endure-
faith, hope and love-
and the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor. 13:13

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