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Thursday, November 01, 2018


Always in every prayer of mine (I pray) for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.
Philippians 1:4-5

One list of longest-married couples in the world cities 47 couples. The shortest marriage--of couple number 47 on the list --was that of couple number 47 on the list was 81 years, 31 days. The longest marriage on record is 90 years, 60 days. Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the length of the average American marriage, 8.2 years.
We are surprised today when we hear of a couple staying together for decades. It says something about the nature of commitment in modern societies. When it becomes acceptable in society to back on commitments, spiritual commitments also become easier to break. Paul knew that and so commended the Philippian Christians for their commitment to the Gospel from the first day until now. The Philippians were staying true to Christ, and Paul prayed joyfully for them to remain true to their calling and commitment.
Trials bring the temptation to abandon vows and promises. Pray for all your commitments--to marriage, to Christ, to the Gospel, to your children. Ask God for grace to stay committed regardless of what may come.
The call to Christian commitment is not basically a call to enjoy happiness but to endure hardness.

Thank you Spark Friends for coming to my blog and posting your comments. Sending God's richest blessings to you and your families so He will show you His abundant love, comfort and compassion in your good times and in times of trouble. God will never leave you nor forsake your and walk with you leading you down paths of righteousness until you come to be with Him in heaven. God bless you. I pray in Jesus's precious Name. Amen
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    Very few know the true meaning of commitment these days.
    615 days ago
    Marriage is a covenant relationship. The longer it endures not only trials, but triumphs, we come to value God's institution of marriage. He is at the core of the union, "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Matthew 19:6). That is why the enemy of God assaults this union like none other (Ephesians 6:12).
    Without the wisdom of God's Word in our lives, the enemy would have devoured us. Successful relationships require the willingness and actions of each. This is true of the Church, as well, to submit to Christ as Head in every thing (Ephesians 5:23-27).

    617 days ago
    How often have I heard through the years that the marriage certificate was just a piece of paper! At our son's wedding a disc jockey asked couples that were gathered to go back to their seats depending on the number of decades they had been married. My husband and I won with 40 years of marriage and it shocked us because there were older couples there and this is my second marriage. Truly, if you are committed to Christ, your word means something.
    617 days ago
    We are committed! Neither of us quit! Thank you.
    617 days ago
    Marriage definitely requires balance, a firm foundation, and commitment. Those wedding day vows really do come into play.
    617 days ago
  • LINDA!
    We have been married for 34 years. There are always days that you want to throw in the towel. However, the good days outshine all of them.
    617 days ago
    Been married 30 yrs. on 05 November. Ups and downs, but we're committed!
    618 days ago
    Great blog
    618 days ago
    I'm mom side family's goals was all be married over 50 years. My parent's made it to 48 plus years. That is one reason I never married. The males I dated were not looking for a long relationship like my parent's had. I am sadden by how uncommitted the world has become!
    618 days ago
    I am so blessed to have a husband who is committed to God and family. As I am committed also, God blesses obedience. Thank you for good teaching. Have a blessed day.
    618 days ago
  • KR7770
    Joan, I too, love the statistics. Commitment is the key... all relationships bring challenges, but when you work through them together it makes a solid foundation for love to grow.

    Judith, that is a lovely story of commitment...
    618 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon Joan for a Great Blog and Bible Verse today....I appreciate you sharing the stats on how long Couples had been Married. The one that stood out was the longest Marriage on record that was 90 years and 60 days. Now that is commitment. I watched my Grandparents over many years how they responded to each other in Good times and Difficult times. They truly cared for each other and loved each other. When they married just after my Grandfather came home from serving in WW1 for 4 years, the times were not easy but they made a commitment to each other that they would stand with each other and live out their Christian Values and Morals thru thick and thin. The celebrated 65 years of marriage and shortly after my grandpa went home to be with the Lord in his 80's, my dear grandma lived a further 12 years after....They had 4 children, all girls, after Mama gave birth to the last girl she said to Papa we will try again and see if I can give you a boy, Papa said, Cora, I couldn't be more proud of my girls than I am now, I am blessed with a beautiful wife and 4 girls, how much more do I need. So my Grandparents lived all those years raising their girls and passed on a wonderful legacy to the family....Hope you didn't mind me sharing such a long story, but your blog stirred up some blessed & happy memories.... emoticon
    618 days ago
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