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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: A Thriving Marriage
By karen stapleton


I landed a job at the Taco Amigo Restaurant the summer I graduated from high school, and it was there I met the man of my dreams. It wasnít love at first sight, but we definitely noticed one another right from the beginning. We were a busy pair that summer. We made refried beans, fried hamburger for tacos, and smooched in the freezer.
He was tall and thin; dark hair and piercing blue eyes. His personality was the opposite of mine. I was a cautious perfectionist, one always eager to please. He was edgy, spontaneous and didnít care what others thought. He drove a fast light green Plymouth or maybe I should say he drove a light green Plymouth fast. He liked to drink beer, and bragged about his fighting skills. I never saw him fight, but he assured me that it could happen if he was provoked. On our first date, we parked in the car wash across the street from work, ate pizza, and talked for hours. It wasnít long before I was completely smitten, and he wanted to get married. Looking back I wonder what we were thinking. Marriage is a serious matter and I donít recall praying about this step in my life, but then again I didnít pray about anything back then. Instead, afraid of losing him, I decided this was the person I wanted to grow old with. It didnít matter that we were both just 19 years old or that we had no college education and no real way to make a living. Instead I naively thought, we had each other, and thatís all that really mattered. Together we would survive anything.
Forty three years later, Iím no longer naÔve. I know life has a way of surprising. Over the years, we ploughed through the pain of alcoholism, chronic illness, and deaths due to accident, and at the same time, we gleaned a harvest of joy raising two children and enjoying eight grandchildren. Through trial and error we learned that a happy marriage takes commitment, hard work, and Godís blessing. We have grown old and we are still together. Now I know that two people can survive in a marriage, but when God is part of the equation it is possible not only to survive but to thrive because a cord of three is not easily broken.

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Genia Gilbert04/19/12
Thanks for sharing this. It is so true.

My only suggestion is to space between your paragraphs. It doesn't look crowded, and makes it easier to read.

That said, if this is true, it's a good testimony of God's power to hold things - and people together. If it isn't true, you made me believe it. Thanks.
C D Swanson 04/20/12
What a lovely and powerful testimony! A riveting account and spot on for the topic.

Well written. God Bless~
Graham Insley04/21/12
A powerful and wonderful testimony. God bless you both as you continue to tie the knot.

Well written.
Janice Quimby04/22/12
I thought it was special how you took a testimony regarding your own marriage and tied it into the challenge topic of the week. Great job.
Pam Ford Davis 04/25/12
It's always a blessing to hear of life long marriage commitments. You revealed both the troubles and success of many years together. Breaking up your article into paragraphs would make it easier for your readers. Keep sharing your heart...

Wing His Words!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/12
Congratulations for placing 10th in level one! (Check the messages boards about 10 hours after the official winners are announced to see the top 12 rankings in your level)