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How to Be Happy and Married for 80 Years

  • Dr. Ray Pritchard
    Dr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons - Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law- Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren - Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
  • 2005 Jun 01
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Percy and Florence Arrowsmith of England celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary today. According to Guinness World Records, they hold the record for the longest marriage of a living couple. They also hold the record for the oldest aggregate age. Percy is 105, Florence is 100. They attribute their longevity to several factors, including  commitment "not to go to sleep on an argument," which sounds very much like Ephesians 4:26, "Don't let the sun go down on your wrath." They say they always kiss and hold hands before going to bed at night.

What else? Florence says you must never be afraid to say "sorry." Percy said he secret to a happy marriage comes down to two words: "Yes, dear."

Smart man.

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