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Published:May 18th, 2007 05:45 EST
Promises and Principles of Marriage

Promises and Principles of Marriage

By Carolee Kaufold

You will have highs and lows. You will cry together and laugh together. There will be more laughter. To be "good" together you need the following:

* A smile when you see each other

* A touch and a hug when you pass each other

* A kiss Hello and Goodbye

* A 5-minute limit to fights

* A forgiving soul-- you forgive and you are forgiven

* A sense of humor

* A respect for each other

These simple principles will carry you from day to day, month to month and year to year. One day you will look at each other and say, "You are the best thing that ever happened to me." Remember to thank each other, remember to love each other and remember you are the person you are because of each other.

God blessed you and you both are a blessing to all who know you. When people see you two together, they stop and think, what a great couple.

Take the time to listen, to learn and to grow in your marriage. Bring the joy and courage you both have into the world. Be friends, lovers, companions; be student and teacher to each other. Have time to enjoy long talks and short silences. Don't talk just to make noise. When you say something, let it be filled with warmth and love. Let your life be filled with kindness and generosity.

The day you marry is the beginning of a life filled with goals, dreams, wishes, hopes and happiness. Most days will be filled with answers to your prayers. Make your life together shine.

Remember, when God made Adam and Eve, He made marriage His first institution. That is how important marriage is to God. You have entered the Holy Bonds of Matrimony. Take it seriously. Marriage has three partners, husband, wife and God. Put Him in your daily life and He will hold you up as witness to a God-supported marriage.

Just as the rings you share are never-ending, I hope your love will last for all time. There will be showers and sunshine in your life. I hope the showers make your love grow, and the sunshine keeps you warm in the knowledge that your marriage is wonderful.