Can a man and a woman fall in love, be married, and live “happily ever after”? Or is that just a fairy tale?
With the divorce rate at roughly 50 percent in the US today, one wonders. For a second marriage, the rate rises to 60 percent. And for a third marriage, it rises even higher to 73 percent.
Is it possible to have a happy and fulfilling relationship after you have been married?
I know it’s possible—even probable, and totally viable. But I must tell you, it will not happen by default or accident. If a marriage is strong and thriving, that is because two people have done their part.
There are multiple ingredients, carefully mixed together, that produce strong marriages. The man has his part and the woman has hers.
My grandmother, Mama Stella, made the most amazing biscuits in human history. They should be in the Smithsonian. There was nothing unusual or mystical about the ingredients she used: buttermilk, self-rising flour, oil. With expert hands, Mama Stella lovingly mixed them and—voilà!—the perfect biscuit.
A recipe for a successful marriage is similar. It depends on what you put into it and just the right amounts. Leave out an ingredient, or use too little of it, and it’s just not the same. For instance, you can’t make a buttermilk biscuit and substitute chocolate milk for buttermilk!
When we bring the proper ingredients to God and place them into His capable hands, just watch and see what He can do in our marriages.
Someone asked this question on my Facebook page.
“My family lost our 14 month old daughter on June 2, and so my question is, what happens to babies when they die? I believe they go to heaven, but as I was reading that people in heaven know about what is happening here on earth, do babies know what is going on? Do they have someone guiding them? Seeing that she was so young, how will she know?”Christ’s Call to Courage
“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”
— Psalm 31:24 NKJVPrewired for Hope
“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News” (Colossians 1:4–5 NLT).
The lures of this world are rich in temptation, but poor in offering real fulfillment. Momentary thrills can often bring lifetime regret. Tuesday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie poses a key question: “what do you live for?” It’s an important study in his Happiness Series!All Sermons by Greg Laurie