Shelly's Story of Faith & Family - "Marriage reflects God's love for the church."

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Christian Author Writer Genesis 2:24 says, “Therefore man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” With this verse God instituted the basis of the marriage relationship.

Marriage is God’s idea and should reflect the way God loves the church. The love of God is unconditional – God loves you no matter what and you should love your spouse in the same way.

The covenant made between husband and wife when they get married will hold them together through the highs and lows of marriage and any trials they may face.

One of the happiest days of my life was the day I married my husband. It was after we both turned our lives back over to the Lord and committed ourselves to living by His word that we knew we were meant to be husband and wife.

By continuing to follow Him and turn to Him with life’s decisions our marriage will continue to be a blessed one. Of course there are hurdles we face and we will continue to face, but when we pray about them, both separately and together, and continue to support one another, the Lord will carry us over them to continue on the path He has planned for us.

I have learned one thing we need to banish from our marriage and our minds are negative thoughts. Negative thoughts cause worry, stress and bad feelings where they don’t need to be. God doesn’t want us to worry. He will take care of all of our needs.

If you think negatively, then negative things will happen. If you claim victory over those parts of your life, then you will overcome.

Rich has told me not to think or speak negatively or even talk to other people with negative thoughts on a situation – to just pray about and claim that victory that is our gift from God. (Are you starting to see why I am so blessed to have him as a husband?)

Another thing marriage teaches us is to put other people’s needs before our own. If you have a list of priorities in your life God should be at the top and our spouse should be second.

One of the things that brings me the most joy in my marriage is to do things for Rich to make his life easier and make him happy. He does just as much for me as I do for him, but it really wouldn’t matter because when we are serving in a Godly manner it doesn’t matter if it isn’t reciprocated – it will still bring us joy.

What matters is thinking of his needs and desires as well as our own. We have to put aside our selfishness. If we are focusing only on our own wants we will have an unbalanced, and probably unhappy, marriage. We have to support one another. We have to realize how valuable our spouse is in both our view and in God’s view.

I look at my husband as a gift from God, to be the one beside me during my lifetime to share the trials and triumphs, to be a companion, a helper and a spiritual leader for our family. I thank God each and every day for bringing him into my life.

Matthew 19:5-6 says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

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