A Happy Marriage!

There are lots of information out there about how to have a good marriage. I'm not talking about staying together or tolerating each other. I'm talking about a great relationship. Marriages fail at an alarming rate (50%), but couples will divorce and turn right around and do it again. Why? It is because we want relationships. Marriage is an institute of God and is a picture of the ultimate relationship with Him.

Many times people are divorcing and remarrying someone that has already been divorced. Why do they think that it will be better than the first one? I know there are some special cases, but the odds of staying together are less than 50% of first marriage. Marriage gets REALLY good after you learn to work through the problems. You can't have a REALLY good marriage if you run from the problems with divorce. (The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence. We have to learn that our grass gets greener when we take care of it.)

Marriage should keep getting better & better & better. When I think it can't get any better than this, another phase comes along that is even better. That is what becoming "one flesh" is in marriage. "Two" can't become "One" if you keep chopping yourself in two by divorice.

Mathew 19: "5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

To have a good marriage consider the following:

1. Understand that marriage is God's institute.
2. Determine how you will spend your money. Do a budget before you are married. This will solve the #1 cause of marriage problems before you get married.
3. Pray together.
4. Communicate with each other. Talk!
5. Find something that you can enjoy together, just the two of you.
6. Seek your spouse's needs.
7. Become best friends.



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