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Putting God in your marriage can keep it strong

Ann Taylor -   Mar 30, 2006

After 13 years of marriage, Rick Harris loved his wife even more than he did when he first married her. He wrote the following poem in hopes that the insight he gained after 13 years of marriage would help other married couples.

The love of newlyweds is special and new

Their future is bright and fresh as dew

Full of promise and their hope is bright

No problem too big that they can't fight.

The first two years, the threat is real

So say the experts, of win or fail

But these two are tried and true

The threat has come and gone; their love is still new.

The first five years have come and gone

Through trials and tribulations, they're still as one

Their love for each other is just as bright

Their dreams of the future, looked on with delight.

Six years, seven years, eight years go past

Dreams of the future now don't last

Even though they say they love one another

They look at each other and silently wonder.

The fights and arguments begin to increase

And the love for each other begin to decrease

Where once they considered the feelings of each other

Now it's too much trouble; they don't want to bother.

They've never gone to church; God is a stranger

They go on through life, not seeing the danger

They silently ask themselves, "Should this marriage continue

Or should we just stop it now, it's no longer new?"

Once they would agree; now it's "You are wrong, I am right!"

Not willing to budge, but preparing to fight

They forgot true love and the vows they once canted

Now all they do is take each other for granted.

They look to the future, now it looks bleak

Past fights and emotional scars have made them weak

Without God there to help them grow

They decide to quit, divorce and go.

If only they would have invited Jesus from the very start

Into their lives, and marriage and hearts

There still would be struggles, there and here

But God's Word says Not To Fear

Your hearts He will refresh daily and love made new

And gives you wisdom to know what to do

On Him all your fears and troubles do you cast

And your marriage will be all joy and will continue to last.

What I have spoken here is tried and true

My love for my wife is just like new

Over thirteen years we have been wed

And by God's Word we are still led.

So please, you newlyweds and everyone reading this now

Invite God into your hearts, and you will see how

Your love for each other will always burn bright

As long as you continue in God's Holy Light.

Rick Harris,

Dedicated to my loving wife, Ruby

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