My wife and I were divorced in 2013. Not the way you imagined this starting out. Well during that year I lived in Chicago and she lived here in SC with our two girls. During that time apart we both met Jesus. I moved home in February 2014 and was baptized in March. We went on a "Love like you meant it cruise" and met Dr. Gary Chapman. We shared our story with him and asked him to remarry us in October of 2014. We are now living our lives for God and each other. Our girls can grow up in a loving home and we teach them about God daily. We say we still do because we say yes to God. Without him at the center our balance in life is off. God truly is good and we are a living miracle of his great grace and works. Thankful for the trial we went thru because it showed us both that we need God in order to do anything. You can't do life alone and with God all things are possible.
We have been married 28 years. Looking back, I had no idea how to truly love my wife. We “got by” for several years, but when the children, illnesses, aging parents, and financial pressures came along, we needed help. Family Life was the tool God used to teach me. We will be forever grateful. We want to be involved in passing these timeless principles on to succeeding generations.
It was a second marriage for both of us, and we knew we didn't want to make the same mistakes, so we went to a Family LIfe Marriage Weekend. Actually, we went to one each year for 12 years in a row. We are celebrating our 33rd anniversary this year and do marriage mentoring in our church. God had a plan for our marriage and we had to learn what that was and how to live it. Grace, humility, forgiveness, and diligence in our covenant to each other have been a blessing.
Ron and I married at 19(Ron) and 20(me). Neither of us came from very "functional" families. His parents were in ministry and yet divorced after 23 years. My mom was a Christian my dad was not. They probably "should have" divorced but they didn't. To say that we were young an naive is an understatement. There's not room to go thru 35 years, but after 3 children, (one on the autism spectrum), we found out how great living life together, for and with each other with God's blessings pouring down can be. Blessed doesn't begin to cover it, but…Blessed indeed.
Chris and I are newlyweds, so it still feels easy to say "We still do." However, we know God will bring both exciting times and trials our way, but through the relationship we have with Jesus Chris and the support we receive from FamilyLife, we know that we'll be able to endure anything that comes our way as a team! So thankful for the husband God has blessed me with and the ways he is drawing me closer to Christ each day.
We started out young me at 18 and don at 19. It's a stretching experience getting married and starting a family when you're barely grown up yourself, but 61-1/2 yrs. later we are still saying "I do" in lots of ways. The marriage road is not always smooth but when God is involved in both lives the bumps get smoother.
We appreciate the space we allow each other, don a Classic Car man (which I have learned to enjoy immensely)and for me, teaching Kids at church, Prayer Ministry leader, and singing in a Sr. chorus who bring enjoyment to those in nursing, retirement and rehab facilities.
Keep looking up, He's always looking down, and remember 'this too will pass'. don and marje g.
—don and marje g.
Before I met my husband I had imagined my future spouse as being the perfect man; someone just like me In personality and disposition. Thankfully God knows better! Zach and I cannot be more different in some areas but those have made been what has made our marriage so beneficial to each of us. I love him more today than I even knew was possible when we said "I do" five years ago. Together we are far more effective at sharing the love of God with others than we could be on our own. Our marriage is truly a blessing!
We still do - because we are committed to each other - fully! We are building a legacy - for our children, our grand children! We are setting an example to them, to our family, our church family, our neighbors and our employees. Some days are hard and some days are spectacular - but no matter which day it is, WE STILL DO!"
We definitely see marriage as a covenant before God. If one throws in the towel when those hard times come early on, they definitely miss out on the joys that come from mature seasoned love. It is an investment well worth making. Dale and I have learned through sticking it out for so many years that we are now definitely kindred spirits with the same long-term goals and ideals because they are rooted in our mutual desire to grow in Christ and show Him to our sphere of influence. Keeping one’s sense of humor and the willingness to forgive are a must!
Bryan and I have been married for 4 years, even though it feels like yesterday that we were saying "I do". Through the years, we strive to express love in each other's love language and rest assured in the plan God has for us. This year we were blessed with a baby boy and our love for each other has grown even stronger than imagined! Thankful for all the love and joy, God has embraced us with and look forward to the next chapters in our story. Ephesians 4:2