One day a middle-age couple came to a marriage counselor. The husband proudly announced, "We've never had an argument in our lives."
"How have you accomplished that?" the counselor asked.
The wife replied, "We just don't talk."
Is your level of communication with your spouse as good as you would like it to be?
All too often, after the initial excitement of marriage wears off, husbands and wives allow their intimate communication to decline into a dull routine.
Vonette and I have had outstanding communications with one another from the beginning.
Believe it or not, I asked her to marry me on our first date! Now, I really was not the impetuous sort. Vonette and I knew each other well. We had grown up in Coweta, Oklahoma, a town with a population of 1,600 people, and I had been very impressed with her since she was a little girl.
By the time I proposed, I had graduated from college in Oklahoma and had started my own business in California. Vonette was still in college. Although I had dated many other girls, I had never wanted anyone else to be my wife.
Vonette actually accepted my proposal that night, but for several reasons we waited three years to be married. That was over 54 years ago, and we have had a wonderful life together ever since.
During that time, we have learned that a harmonious marriage is a relationship in which the couple commits themselves to seven basic tenets.
First, be sure you are ready for marriage. Don't rush into a relationship.
Second, be certain each of you has received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Third, be filled and controlled by the Holy Spirit, and allow Jesus to be on the throne of your individual lives and marriage.
Sixth, act maturely. Sometime ago a wife said to me, "On our wedding night my husband acted like a little child and pouted all evening." A harmonious marriage requires mature partners.
Seventh, be sure you have eyes for no one else.
Make sure these seven ingredients are there, and you will have a solid, happy, successful and fruitful marriage.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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