Happily Ever After
Do you believe in "Happily Ever After?"
My Pastor used to ask, “How many of you when you asked your wife to marry said, ‘I give you half my heart?’” It sounds funny, right? But, it totally resonates with me, because when we say, “for better or for worse, until death do us part,” we promise to love our spouse with “all of our heart.” That means we make a commitment to stay together, even when the going gets tough. So, what happens to cause “50% of all marriages in America to end in divorce?” Did you know that each consecutive marriage also increases your chance of divorce? This means that if you remarry a second time, your chances of divorce go up 60 to 67% and remarrying a third time means you have a 73% chance that your marriage will end in divorce (http://www.divorcestatistics.org/).
Dr. Gary Chapman, Christian counselor and author of The Four Seasons of Marriage defines marriage this way:
"The social institution of marriage is first and foremost a covenant relationship with God in which a man and a woman pledge themselves to each other for a lifetime commitment."
Dr. Chapman also tells us that “marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another.” He describes these four seasons of our marriage as winter being a season of discouragement and dissatisfaction in one’s marriage; spring as a season of hope a