Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Marriage Tale - What's Your Story?

Marriage.  The word is simple.  It’s commonly used, yet describes something that is so complex.  In a marriage, a person can discover the greatest of joys and, unfortunately, the deepest of hurts.
Marriage is not always easy.  In some ways, the hype that is placed on the wedding saddens me.  Don’t get me wrong - I love weddings!  It’s the pressure, the expense, the stress, the focus that concerns me.  When the day is over, what do you have left?  A mess (that hopefully you won’t have to clean up)... and a marriage!  
The day we returned from our honeymoon, I vividly remember sitting in a huge mess in the middle of our living room floor.  We had just moved in to our little trailer and nothing had been put away yet.  On top of that were the mounds of gifts that had just been opened.  It was a mess!
If that wasn’t enough, I wasn’t feeling well, my mouth was covered in cold-sores (leftover from wedding stress), and the expectations I’d had for our homecoming had completely fallen flat.  Now I was a mess!
That’s been fourteen years ago.  Our challenges today are different, yet somehow the same, but it’s those challenges that can either break us apart or make us into stronger people.
So, let’s hear your stories.  For the next several weeks, I’d like to focus on marriage.  Tell us how you met, or something funny (or not-so-funny) from your wedding day.  Or you could share a pivotal moment in your marriage - a moment that took all you had to do the right thing.  Another idea would be to tell about your greatest struggle and how you overcame.  Use your imagination.

If you're not a writer, don't worry - I can help you edit it.  :)
The point is to encourage each other in our relationships with our spouse.  Be sure to keep your story no longer than 500 words.  Also, attach a picture or two and send it to me at  
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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