why be normal?

A friend, by the name of Tracy, did a really kind thing for our family this week when he shared our story with his readers.  He, his wife, and his boys  have been family friends for a long time.  Tracy is currently maintaining two sites, one of which chronicles how he’s lost 110 pounds and has kept it off, with the hopes of encouraging other to do the same.

I know how I feel about divorce; being a child of it has left an indelible mark on me.  But, I really enjoyed hearing Tracy’s male perspective on the subject.  Check out the post, and if you have the time to follow his further reading links, I highly suggest them.  The couple Tracy refers to is making marriage pro-active versus the re-active manner in which we sometimes go about it.  

My husband, Ryan, and I are working on being more pro-active.  It is a lot of work, some days more than others (just ask him), but I refuse to be normal when it comes to my marriage.  Normal in our world tells us that 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce and that subsequent marriages have even less of a chance.  Normal in our world tells us that the chance of divorce is not diminished by being a ‘Christian.’ 

I was recently made aware of something that smashes the above normal statistics.  In a sermon entitled Love & Marriage, my minister shared that only 1 in 1150 couples who pray and read their Bibles together will divorce.  Now that is more like it!  

So, the challenge: take the time to read and pray together, because when it comes down to it, we don’t have the time not to.