With the divorce rate being at 50% in the US, it's a bit discouraging for young couples starting their new lives together with all the hope in the world that it will last forever. Even with the great examples I have in my family of successful lifelong marriages, I had some eye-opening conversations with 4 friends in the last couple months... 2 are getting divorced, and the other 2 called off their engagements.
Obviously I'm doing everything I can to be a good friend to everyone, and be there for them if they need support. But to be perfectly honest, it's a bit scary to have these conversations while I'm planning our wedding. Sometimes I think, if they couldn't make it, what makes me so special? So I guess this is where "the rubber meets the road" so to speak...when we say "I do" and promise to keep God in the center of our marriage, I'm praying that He will give us the strength to hold on during the tough times. And when even that doesn't seem to be enough, we've gotta trust that God will keep our support network close to us to push us forward when we've run out of energy. We can't do this alone. As my parents have always said about raising kids AND sustaining a healthy marriage, "It takes a village..." Andrea