A large part of our lives is dedicated to becoming and being married. Each person enters this union in the hopes that it will be "until death do we part" and yet that isn't the case for most.
Unfaithfulness, mental illness, abuse, lies, deceit, falling out of love etc. Nobody intends for any of those things to divide them, but somehow they work their way into marriages that just can't sustain any longer.
In the world of 2018, we have been programmed to no longer endure. -I'm not speaking of the type of suffering "enduring" but of the lasting type of "enduring"- Our society has forgotten how to endure for what satisfies.
"Why shouldn't we have 'it' now?" is the voice of this world.
We have instant answers to any question we have thanks to Google, we have instant access to making a phone call just about anywhere we go, we have instant coffee, instant photography, instant food and a plethora of other on demand and instant things within our reach.
So how about an instantly happy marriage?
We were designed to have healthy, happy, and enduring marriages -but not "instantly on demand" kind of happy marriages.
The Apostle Paul uses the imagery of marriage as a healthy example of the relationship of Jesus and his followers as a positive role model. This is a relationship that involves enduring faith; our relationship with Jesus as well as our relationship with our spouse. (seeEphesians 5:21-33)
Healthy, happy, and enduring marriages are our destiny; our inheritance and our blessing.
My husband and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this month. (*The average years married for women who are under the age of 26 at the time of their wedding is 10-15 years of marriage. This is according to Time magazine. http://time.com/4358792/woman-age-married-how-long/)25 years is longer than most and over these past 25 years we've had many people ask us what's our secret to success?