*You don't go into marriage with the philosophy "if it doesn't work, there's always divorce"
*You go into it with the assurance of fulfilling your vow of "til death do us part."
*A most important thing for wives, as well as husbands concerning credit cards is this: Pay as you go. If you can't pay, don't go.
*Hindsight, if possible would be wonderful! If I could only relive the times I should have kept my tongue!
--Florence, widowed after 50 years of marriage
These are the scriptures I think would be so helpful if we could learn to apply them when we are first married, but sometimes seem to take so long to be able to really understand what wonderful "tools' God has given us to have a Christ-like marriage:
*"And [Christ] being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8) Jesus "laid aside His rights and humbled Himself"--two of the most difficult things in the world to do, for if you can do this you give up your self-righteousness, pride, and your rights.
*"For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Galatians 5:14) Of course we can't do these things perfectly, but in Christ we can keep working toward the goal as Paul admonished us. Even as we "press towards the mark" when we practice unconditional love, all the virtues and admonitions found in Ephesians will be attainable: patience, long suffering, gentleness, kindness, forgiveness, holiness, honoring your partner, faithfulness, and faith.
--Bonnie, Married 49 years
This concludes the article. I hope it has blessed you, as it did me! I had the privelege of knowing some of these sweet ladies, and they were what they spoke! I know that since 1998, at least two of these ladies have their husbands waiting in heaven for them.