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Peggie Matthews

A married couple acts as a team

A married couple is a team created by God. When a man and a woman exchange wedding vows, they are no more separated but one flesh, according to Genesis.

Therefore, wives, if your husband is called to do a certain work for God, then so are you. You are his helpmeet. You get to help him meet his goals for God's glory.

Marriage is a blessing. When you find true love, you want everyone to know. That is why we have weddings. They are celebrations of that love.

My husband and I give God glory and praise for our marriage. Today, we celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. Our love is even stronger today than when we married. Who says marriage does not last?

According to Luke 1:37, "With God all things are possible." A successful marriage is obtained by putting God first. The motto "The family that prays together, stays together" has been true for us. Since our wedding day, God has blessed us. He also has called us into ministry as a team. We enjoy sharing together Bible reading and prayer, ministering at conferences, singing, creating The Heart of God Newsletter, riding bicycles, enjoying candlelit dinners, having picnics by a lake and many more activities. We are excited about new ministry opportunities and fulfilling our divine destiny together.

We encourage couples to take their wedding anniversaries as seriously as they did their wedding days. Plan ahead to do something special alone. Date your mate. Take trips. Enjoy dinner for two. View your wedding photos. Exchange cards and gifts. All of this will inspire unity. Making times for yourselves will make a difference, as will communicating regularly.

We understand that all marriages experience rough times. We have stories that would make you laugh and cry at the same time. However, God is faithful. We have to pray for each other, trust him and place our marriage in his capable hands.

Be encouraged, knowing that God understands everything you face. Remember to cast all of your cares on him, for he cares for you. Give your marriage 100 percent every day, working together as teammates. We pray that God will bless your marriage and your family abundantly.

Peggie Matthews, a minister at Calvary Assembly of God Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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