As I review what's been already given in this testimony, I am reminded that God is the ultimate matchmaker and we need only cooperate with Him in His choice for us and in the timing of that choice. That removes from us the weight of the primary responsibility. Lastly, I want to emphasize the importance of a regular sabbath rest in the marital relationship. The times when we struggled the most were the times when we skipped that essential ingredient. The hectic pace of our lives applies a downward pressure to our consciousness that prevents significant thoughts and issues from surfacing. But when we" hang out" with each other in the sabbath sense, with no particular agenda or constraints, like Jesus and the disciples would do in the garden of Gethsemane, things bubble to the surface from a greater depth bcause stress is removed and they finally have a chance to do so. They might come in the form of questions, or observations or memories or other forms that are crucial to healthy communication and therefore to the good of the marriage and the family. Many times there is a healing atmosphere in these times of rest, and God knows we all still need it and will continue to in a broken world, until Jesus returns.
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