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The Best Five Minutes You Will Ever Spend in a Single Day with Your Spouse

Updated on October 26, 2016
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Theresa is married to her high school sweetheart. She loves writing of her family and experiences in life.

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Five Minutes...Really?

I know what you are thinking…what possibly can a married couple do for five minutes a day to guarantee staying married for life? Surely this sounds like some sort of fairytale or a bit delusional, does it not? Sure it does! Well, have a little faith, for I would never steer anyone in the wrong direction intentionally, especially when it comes to such an important issue as staying married for life.

Although, I have been married myself for life to date, I truly would have loved to have realized such a simple, yet life giving act, blesses the marriage immeasurably. Best of all, you can really do it anywhere. Further, it does not cost you one single dime.

Intrigued yet, if so, please continue reading. So what is it that couples can do for five minutes a day to stay married for life? The answer is pray together! It is really no great mystery at all; however, most couples are not engaging in and experiencing the immense benefits of…praying together in marriage.

Yes, praying together as a couple while holding one another’s hands for just five minutes a day, pretty much seals the deal as to having that strong and secure marriage. Just think about it, for when you take your sweetie’s hands and hold them gently and begin to share your most intimate thoughts with each other in prayer and speaking such to God, watch out! By allowing yourself to be this vulnerable in front of your spouse and God, creates a level of intimacy not reached in any other way.


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What Studies Have Shown

There is an old saying; “Couples that pray together, stay together” and this has actually been found to be true.

Recently, in a poll from Gallup, it was revealed that married couples who pray together daily, the divorce rate actually drops to one of 1,153. What an astounding revelation as to just how powerful praying together is as a couple. This research now confirms that married couples who pray together have a divorce rate of less than .01%. Is your marriage not worth spending just five minutes out of your day praying together?


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Why Is Praying Together so Powerful?

Other than creating a level of intimacy like never before, as stated above, praying also allows couples to come together in agreement when thanking God for all blessings and making requests to God for those things you desire or seek as a couple. Sure, one can pray individually for one’s spouse, but there is great power when a couple prays together, as it acts as a lifeline that connects you, your spouse and God all together, which is crucial to a lasting marriage. By keeping God at the center of your marriage you are supporting the covenant made between you and your spouse.

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Reaping Endless Benefits

In reality, there are no negative effects on marriage when it comes to praying together, only positive. What a profound thought! Yes, there is not one single negative aspect to praying together as a couple. For in this world, almost everything one does can either have a positive outcome or a downside.

Of course we all know that good communication is essential to a successful marriage, and one of the real benefits of praying together with your spouse is deeper communication. When we allow our deeper feelings to come to the surface, this reveals parts of you that will create a strong bond.


Developing Mutual Respect and Deeper Trust

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It May Be Difficult at First

Praying together can be hard, even for those who pray all the time, including pastors and their wives. You will be delighted at just how much your marriage will grow when you allow yourself to be honest and open. Most importantly, it creates an atmosphere of mutual respect. When this happens, then that deeper trust is developed by holding each other accountable, especially when you realize you can bring all of your problems and concerns before the Lord together in prayer.





Away with Self-Centeredness

A lot of us have to be reminded at times that it is not about us at all. Once we get that thought out of our heads, the better the marriage. We should never enter into a marriage with the thought ...now what can I get out of this marriage. With such a mentality as this, the marriage is bound to crash and burn rapidly.

This is the very reason why praying for your spouse and asking God to help with your spouse’s needs will actually keep you from being self-centered in only asking for yourself. Continually lifting your marriage in prayer daily helps to keep it as top priority in your mind, as well as keeping your spouse as second priority after God, who is number one. When God is truly at the center of all of your relationships, it has a ripple effect of good in all relationships in your life.


How Marriages Are Changed by Praying Together

  • Strengthening the bonds of marriage
  • Encouraging unity
  • Promoting emotional intimacy
  • Inviting God into your relationship
  • Deepening communication
  • Developing mutual respect and deeper trust
  • Providing accountability to each other
  • Reaffirming your desire to make your spouse second priority (God first)
  • Promoting selflessness

Keeping it Real

Now, I wish that I could say that my husband and I pray together daily, but we do not. We do pray individually of course and I know all too well the power of prayer in my life. However, after hearing of the endless benefits of praying together as a couple this past Sunday in church, my husband and I have talked about taking five whole minutes out of our day praying together. We have been married since a very young age. Although we are still married, oh how I wished that we had the mindset from the start of our marriage to pray together.

Of course, there are no set rules for praying together with all of the crazy schedules we have going on in this life; however, please do take time to find what works for you as a couple. It can be simple, spontaneous without thinking it out, yet powerful---together.


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Together

It is that togetherness in praying which keeps us mindful and reinforces the fact that we are on the same team with common goals and direction. Our hearts become aligned as couples, which is a natural thing, for one shared hope and outcome.

I can think of nothing more precious than getting a glimpse into my loved one’s heart. Such tender moments together sharing our deepest longings and desires in prayer grows our love.


Please ask yourself how can you fit prayer into your marriage, and what exactly is holding you back?


© Copyright Faith Reaper, September 27, 2014

This song I want to dedicate to all the married couples or those who seek to marry someday or soon...hoping all couples/singles put God first in everything they do. May all the men and women seek to love God more than anything else. They did an awesome job on this song of lifting up one another to God and asking for God to help lead them to love one another.


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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Bea,

      So nice to meet you. Yes, prayer is very important. Oh, that is so wonderful about your marriage being restored by your faith in God! Thank you so much for sharing here. Your comments add much to the topic of this hub.

      That is so precious that you grab your husband's hand while he sleeps and pray for him.

      Thank you so much for reading.

      May God bless you and your husband

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi newenglandsun,

      I'm sorry I missed your comment here from six weeks ago! Thank you for sharing here.

      Praying together is one of the most intimate acts a couple can do together. I do hope you both take time out each day to pray together. It is so powerful.

      Blessings for a long and happy life together.

      Peace

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      Bea Marino 13 months ago from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

      I loved reading this. Prayer is so important!

      My faith in God restored my marriage after a nine month separation.

      My husband isn't the believer I am so praying together isn't an option at this time. But it certainly doesn't stop me from grabbing his hand while he sleeps so I can pray for him. :)

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      newenglandsun 15 months ago

      My girlfriend's first "husband" was a militant atheist (no pun intended--he actually was a soldier). (We're Anglicans right now but we have pondered going over to Catholicism in which her previous marriage would need to be declared null. Though one Catholic friend of mine told me since her husband was not baptized, there may not be need for annulment.)

      I've seen these wonderful wedding rosaries. Much intimacy there I sense.

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, there you are! Strange goings on here of late concerning comments. That is awesome! Yes, the more time in prayer together the better. It is so powerful and intimate at the same time.

      Thank you for reading.

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 15 months ago from southern USA

      Hi newenglandsun, I received a notification that you left a comment on this hub but I don't see your comment?

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      newenglandsun 15 months ago

      My girlfriend and I are going to get right on this--we'll probably spend more than just five minutes a day praying together as we both love the rosary.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Elsie, Wow, congrats on the 55 years of marriage! That is interesting ...and praying together does take some getting used to as it is most intimate and provides great insight into your spouse's heart. It is a powerful thing, so much so that many are fearful of experiencing such great intimacy like never before. If one is a non-believer then it is pointless to pray, for to whom would one pray. Blessings to you and yours

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice article.

      I have been married for 55 years, but I would never have asked my husband to join together and pray, I'm sure if I had we most likely wouldn't be married now, he isn't a believer in pray.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      I am so sorry I missed your insightful comment here from two weeks ago! I must have been out of pocket two weeks ago when you visited my hubs to have missed your lovely comments at that time?

      Oh, dear heart, that is just unimaginable for a spouse to say such and make one choose ...you made the right choice! Wow, about him becoming a preacher. It is funny how God will works things out like that in one's life, especially your ex's life! Thank you for sharing that and I am so happy for you and your marriage now and that you and your husband pray together. It is a most intimate time no doubt and truly keeps one's marriage together.

      Blessings and hugs to you and yours always

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa/Faith, I love this, and as billybuc says "anything that works is worth doing" 32 years my husband and I have been together and I did not realize that is what is keeping us together. This is my second marriage. The first one my ex told me to choose between him and my church, he has been past history for over 40 years. Would you believe he became a preacher after the divorce? Funny how things work out.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha,

      Oh, yes, when and if you do venture down that path again, please do remember this most important and intimate five minutes a day of praying together ... for it makes all the difference in the world; it truly does.

      Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. As far as my marriage, we have been through pretty much everything ...you name it, and we are still together because God had a huge part in us not throwing in the towel many times.

      I believe because we have been through so much together, truly has made our marriage stronger and we are best friends, despite many not so great times and the oh so great times.

      God bless you too.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm no longer married, Faith, but if I ever venture down that path again, I'll keep this wonderful article in mind. You presented it beautifully. God bless you and your husband for staying married all these years.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello VioletteRose,

      Always so nice to see you stopping by to read. It does seems to be hard to remember to do such daily in this busy world, but it truly brings a lot more intimacy into the marriage. I believe it is the key to a forever marriage.

      Blessings

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is great advice, which I really believe helpful. I have to admit we don't do it daily, but it is something that is always there in my mind. Praying together helps to connect each other and will definitely help the marriage. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (Till),

      Wow, thank you for sharing that and what a testimony for sure ... 48 years!!! I should say so ... you are doing something right. We have been married for 36 years this September.

      I, too, truly believe that praying together is the most intimate thing a couple can do together without a doubt. That may be hard to comprehend to most in today's mind as to what in reality is intimacy.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      God bless you and your lovely marriage.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I can't believe I missed this one! Years back my husband and I attended a Marriage Encounter weekend, a wonderful blessing for any marriage. Anyway, at the center of everything we did that weekend was prayer.

      I believe that prayer is the most intimate thing you can do together. After almost 48 years of marriage, we must be doing it right.

      Thank you for sharing your faith and advice.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi John (Jodah),

      So nice to see you on my side of HP Town this day! Oh, yes, it is easy to just get out of the habit of praying together as husband and wife, when life tends to pull us into so many different directions. It truly makes a huge difference (just 5 minute) and you will be surprised at the level of intimacy increasing like never before and from praying! It is so intimate because you are sharing each other's heart and that in and of itself is so very powerful. I truly do hope you and your cherished wife start praying together again and see what happens! How exciting.

      Bless you and yours always

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello anglnwu,

      Thank you for taking time to read here this day! So nice to meet you. Yes, when a couple is equally yoked, that is surely a good thing, but even better when they pray together. There is power in praying together and it can truly help to stay married for life, as there is nothing more intimate than holding your loved one's hand and praying. It brings the marriage to a whole new level of intimacy for sure.

      Bless you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      I am so glad this one is still one of your favorites! LOL, yes, all in just 5 minutes ...

      Who would have thought?

      Hugs and peace always

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very goo advice Faith. My wife and I used to pray together but somehow life got in the way and we got out of the practice. I think we have to look at getting back to doing it again. Thanks for the reminder.

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      anglnwu 2 years ago

      I agree with you - the partners who pray together stay together. It's a privilege when you marry one who shares the same faith as you. Praying is the way to go. Unfortunately, my husband doesn't share the same faith as I but I can only imagine how unifying that will be. Thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Still one of my all time favorite hubs! And 5 minutes!!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Well, thank you so much kind sir! So glad you came back to activity here. I appreciate you reading and leaving most generous comments. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Perhaps because I just came back to activity here, but I had to wonder how everyone else found this before me (or should have)! It is in perfect harmony with your profile and your commitment here. I can add nothing to what has already been entered in this Hub's many comments from persons far more qualified to comment than I am.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi again, Marlene,

      I am so blessed by your visits here this night! I am so glad you do enjoy reading my hubs and have gone back to some of my older posts. Thank you so much for your kind and generous comments. Yes, Scarlett has regained full use of her left arm and does not have to return to the doctor, as she announced this past week! Praise Him! To God be the glory! I updated that hub with a photo of her raising her hands high in the air dancing to a favorite DVD. But now, she is able to stretch her elbow all the way out straight without any trouble at all. God is so good and He heard and healed. I am thankful for so many prayers!

      I am glad you enjoyed this hub here.

      Hugs and love to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, Hope everything s well with you. I've missed you too. You know that I always enjoy reading your wonderful hubs. I'm actually going back and reading your old ones. You have some very nice posts. I'm doing fine, thank you. How's Scarlet? Did she regain mobility of her left arm again? It's good to hear from you. This was a superb hub. Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Marlene (lovedoctor)!

      So awesome for you to stop in to read! I have missed you and pray you are well sweetie. I do hope you start writing again on HP.

      I had a full weekend with the girls up all weekend, so I have been off-line until now. I was so thrilled to see your comment here when I signed into HP!

      Yes, praying is so very powerful in and of itself, but when a couple pray together, even for just five minutes a day, it opens up the floodgates of heaven to rain down nothing but God's spirit to do a mighty work in the marriage or even in a serious relationship.

      (((Hugs))),

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, Excellent hub and helpful tips on how to stay married for life. Prayer is very powerful indeed so it does make sense that couples who pray together stay together and these statistics do confirm that the rates are lower. You could also tell that the level of intimacy is strong between the couples in the photos that you used. Hugs & love. God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      So nice to see you stopping by to read here this night! Yes, I believe that is a true statement without a doubt. Yes, saying grace before eating is always good. Here, that really intimate and powerful praying together as a couple, adds so much benefits to the marriage that one would never dream of unless one just starts praying together at least five minutes a day.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I like that, "The family that prays together, stays together." We always had a prayer to ask a blessing before our family meals.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sue,

      So wonderful to see you stopping by to read here. Yes, prayer together as a couple is so very powerful indeed! I pray all couples begin to do such, if they are not already, and then are blessed beyond measure.

      Thank you so much for the votes up.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      I believe in the power of prayer. For couples who pray together, I can see how it would strengthen their love for God and each other.

      Voted up and beautiful

      Blessings

      Sue

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, Sparklea,

      It is always such a blessing to see you stopping by to read here! Thank you so much for the kind and generous comments. Yes, my husband says the same to me, as I am leaving out of the door to work, that he will pray for my safety and return home safe. It means a lot to know one's spouse is praying for you indeed!

      My husband is a bit shy too, but we are trying to get the five minutes in each day praying together as it is so powerful, and still continue to pray throughout the day otherwise.

      Yes, it is so important that husbands and wives pray for each other throughout each day and before bed too, whether or not together ... the bottom line, prayer is powerful and it speaks volumes of love when we do pray for our spouses each day and all day.

      God bless you too sweet friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Blessings and hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Faith, voted up, useful and awesome! What a wonderful sincere hub -with a phenomenal suggestion for couples to pray together. I SO believe in the power of prayer, I cannot begin to describe the multiple answers to prayers from God, not to mention the unexpected miracles and coincidences throughout.

      Dave and I do not pray together...he is so very shy and private... But, There is not a day that goes by when I don't say to him before leaving for work, "drive safe, have a good day, I will pray for you all day." And I do. I also know he prays for me privately. Especially if I'm going through a circumstance, or when ill. We pray for each other. I hope some day we CAN pray together. We have, in church, held hands in prayer.

      All this being said, this hub is a remarkable encouragement to your many readers, and I know they will be blessed, as I was. I would like to add the suggestion that husbands and wives pray for each other throughout every day and at bedtime too.

      God bless, and thanks again for this wonderful suggestion of inspiration.

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Audrey! I am so touched and humbled by your kind and generous comments here.

      Bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I am always floored by peoples' faith--in a good way--it is riveting to feel faith pour from someone--and it pours from you--it is a gift to all those around you really--so thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome CrisSp!

      (((Hugs)))

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Absolutely Faith! Add right on! It'll be my pleasure and thank you!

      *hugs*

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear CrisSp,

      Oh, I am honored that you would do such! I like the sound of that : ) You just go right ahead and may I add your hub here too?

      Hugs and love to you and your juicy love of your life : )

      Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Faith, came back to re-read this and to let you know, I took the liberty of putting your link to my revised hub "marriage-25 years and still juicy". I sure hope that is okay for you but let me know, otherwise.

      Love from the sky~

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear DanaTeresa,

      So glad to see you here reading this day. Aw, now, we just cannot have you not feeling special anymore sweetie!!! Even if you are single and in a relationship, you can always take the initiative to sit down with your sweetie and just hold hands and start to pray for him right there, and I just know he will melt like butter in your loving hands. Things will begin to change right then when he hears you praying to our loving God in Heaven, lifting your sweetie and your relationship up to Him.

      It may be difficult initially, for doing such is so very intimate, more intimate than you would imagine it to be for sure. However, once you open up your heart before your sweetie and God, as I stated in my hub ...watch out!!!

      I appreciate your kind comments here and so thrilled you feel inspired to give it a try, for what does one have to lose ... nothing at all, but to gain much. I am glad it makes sense to you do give it a whirl.

      I will keep you and your sweetie in my prayers while you put this simple, yet powerful, act into practice each day for just five minutes... or whenever you have the opportunity ...it can be spontaneous, really no rules apply here.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ohhh, I am so happy to see you dearest Mekenzie!

      I sure have missed you and your writing here on HP, and I am glad you are back. I will have to see what is new on your side of HP Town!

      Wow, thank you for sharing that sweet story about your husband peeking in wonder as to whom was praying in such a manner as if speaking to a best friend ... and you were indeed, and that is exactly how prayer should be...like we are talking to our best friend ever. I know the sweet Lord is my One and true best friend I will ever have and I can rest assured He knows me and He loves me. I appreciate you sharing here as it adds a great deal to the subject matter of this hub here.

      I love that saying about God being the glue ...how true! You are so blessed to have found such a Godly man right from the start and build that strong foundation in marriage ...and here you are today together. Sweet!

      Thank you so much as to the Hubbie award. I am so stunned as there are so many who are so much more deserving, such as yourself. I am blessed and humbled, for I know it was fellow hubbers who voted, and so I feel much love. It is almost like the People's Choice Awards. As I stated in another comment, I pray that I have never been too preachy in my writing, but write with a message of love and hope. I do not consider myself as "religious" but I sure do love the Lord, for He is the reason I even began writing here on HP to share of my true life experiences to glorify Him and Him alone and not myself!

      You are still sweet as ever. I appreciate the vote up and more

      God bless you and yours. In His Love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear moonlake,

      Thank you so much! I am so shocked and humbled at the same time as far as the Hubbie. I do not think of myself as "religious" per so, but I surely do love the Lord and I love to write of my true life experience where He has done a mighty work in me, healing me, answering prayers, healing others, loving me, despite of myself and I have been a witness to many miracles through prayer. He is so good and I just truly love Him. That is the very reason I started to write here on HP is to convey a message of love and hope in this dark world and to tell of ... due to His love is how I became the woman I am today because of Him. I pray that I am never too preachy, for I just truly want to show love to others and show that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow.

      Congratulations to you on your 51 years! Awesome! We just celebrated our 35th anniversary on September 16th. Yes, we did not pray together either, but did and do pray all the time separately; however, we are putting in the five minutes a day together now and it is so very powerful. I do wish that early on in our marriage we had done so.

      I appreciate the vote up and share!

      God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dana Strang 3 years ago from Ohio

      This is a beautiful article, and well written. It makes sense. Sharing something as special as a moment of prayer each day gives you an opportunity to connect in a way that day to day life does not... I am not married, though I have been with my boyfriend for four years. My biggest problem in the relationship is that I don't get enough personal attention or time alone with him to fill my needs. I don't feel "special" anymore. I don't pray, but this has inspired me to find something we can commit to that will keep us connected....

      Thanks for a great article.

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Hello my dear Faith, This topic is something that will help and encourage all couples to evaluate their hearts and their connection to each other and to God.

      My husband was first attracted to me when he heard (and then peeked) me pray in a college aged group. He said my prayer was so real and different, like I was having an intimate conversation with Jesus sitting right there. He says he had to peak because he just had to know who was praying.

      God has been our foundation from the very start - I like to say - God is the Glue - that brings me back to you! (my Gary) ;)

      Congratulations on your Hubbie Award - couldn't go to a sweeter or more loving heart for God and others.

      Voted Up +++

      Mekenzie

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Congratulations for Most Religious Hubber. Praying together is a good idea it's not something we did. I pray he prays but not together. I guess we just never thought of it. We celebrated 51 years on Sunday.

      Voted up and shared your hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Vinaya,

      Thank you so much. When I started writing here on HP, it was for the only purpose of sharing a message of love and hope and of my true life experiences where the Lord has done powerful things, such as healing me of breast cancer. I hope I never have come across as too preachy, but just speaking forth and writing in love.

      Thank you for always showing me your support and always being so helpful. You are a true gem here on HubPages.

      Have a great evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear teaches,

      Always so great when you stop by to read! Yes, prayer is so very powerful, as I have known many times in my life and when two pray together in one accord, it is more powerful than ever and effective!

      Wow, congrats on the 42nd anniversary next spring. We just celebrated our 35th last month on September 16th.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Congratulations for Most Religious Hubber award.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Faith, you have my vote on this one. If it wasn't for prayer, we would not be celebrating our 42nd anniversary next spring. Wonderful encouragement and thoughts on this truthful fact. Blessings and love.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eddy,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read! Yes, to many more indeed sweet friend. Oh, I am so humbled by your generous comment here.

      Lots of love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read as always and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here. You have set a high standard with your hubs Faith and not once have you disappointed. Lots of love from Wales and here's wishing you a great day.

      Eddy,

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Spy,

      So glad to see you here reading! Have been missing your writing, but I am glad to see you back here once again.

      Yes, I wished we had known to do this from the start of our marriage, for we would have developed that deeper trust right from the start and reap the other many benefits of praying together as a couple. Praying without doubting is powerful alone when one is right with God, but when two or more are gathered in His name, then it is powerful beyond one can even imagine to not only include the relationship with one's spouse, but in all other relationships, when God is the center of one's life.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      IAmForbidden 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Such great and useful advice. though im not yet married but these are great start to let yourself be aware how to nurture marriage

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, I have been changing it out every now and then as October is breast cancer awareness month. I will change it back to my real self again. Thank you for noticing and thank you for the most generous compliment! You are too kind indeed. You missed my parody of a hub I did...speaking of models ...hehehe, felt a bit over exposed, so I had to retire that hub : )

      Aloha and many hugs,

      Guess I will change it back now : )

      Faith Reaper

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Aw, Faith, you changed your profile avatar! : ) I love the design and color, but I miss the photogenic model of faith.

      Anyway, either you're on West Coast time, or you're up late! In any event, I just wanted to weigh in with another helping of my two cents' worth. : )

      Aloha and hugs back,

      ~Joe

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Joe,

      Always so wonderful to see your smiling face pop in read! Thank you for sharing and leaving such great comments as always to add much to the subject of this hub. Yes, we all can come up with excuses ... and that is exactly what they are, just excuses. I am so glad you and your wife already pray.

      The best compliment/comment one can receive, especially for a woman, is to be respected. So, thank you too!

      Hugs and Aloha,

      Faith Reaper

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      My wife and I engage in intercessory prayer and say grace at meals, at home or elsewhere, so this idea of doing this together every day is the next rung for us. Admittedly, this man of the house needs to step up to the plate and be a good leader. In my response to your poll above, I used being too busy as an excuse...and what's hopeful is that, yes, I immediately recognized it as just that...an excuse. Thanks for sharing, Faith Reaper, and for your forthrightness. I respect you all the more! Aloha and mahalo!

      ~Joe

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving such insightful comments which add much to the subject of this hub here. I am glad you formed your own opinion without reading the comments. Yes, we all do stumble and fall and when we call upon the Lord, He hears and renews our strength and then we are able to soar on wings like eagles. I do hope many got the message here. I appreciate your generous comments.

      I am glad you like the song too.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 3 years ago

      Hi there my friend,

      You really did great on this topic. Didn't read the comments so I wouldn't get influenced on my final say. Our brain was set to do better by praying. I keep it real as well. I pray on my own terms to the big guy up there. There so much intelligence in creation... that we should be thankful for being the center of our Lord's attention. Humans are not perfect at all. We are like little toddlers that stumble and fall... stand up and go. Fall again, and learn on the go. Marriages last better for the spiritual bonding consecrated from the very beginning of our own existence. I guess a lot of people got the message from this wonderful hub.

      Great song from John Waller as well!

      Joseph

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Debbie,

      So good to see you here this day! Well, thank you very much dear friend and thank Marlene too. I am glad she is reading and she is welcome to comment. I do hope she will be able to write here on HP again. Yes, such a simple act, yet so very powerful, especially when a couple does it together. I do hope that couples will begin to pray together, for it is never too late and the benefits are lasting and like no other...talk about greater intimacy...then pray together promotes that like no other act. What does anyone have to lose, not a thing, but to gain much!

      God bless you too.

      Love you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow Faith.. Marlene told me how awesome this hub is.. THIS DESERVES AN AWARD.... most awesome.. love you girlfriend... what is sad that people don't pray.. if couples pray together.. their marriage would be so awesome.. people don't believe it though. so sad.. God Bless you .. love you..

      Debbie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello healthumunsta,

      So nice to meet you! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such generous comments. I appreciate you sharing that with me. It means a lot.

      Have a blessed day,

      Faith Reaper

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      healthmunsta 3 years ago

      Wow, what a positive message you're spreading here! This was an awesome heart-warming read, and I'm bookmarking it so I can return from time to time to re-read! Thank you so much, you are touching lives without even knowing it.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello DeBorrah K. Ogans,

      So nice to meet you! I am glad you found this to be a breath of fresh air as well as encouraging. I do pray it helps some, if not many! Praying together in one accord is so very powerful as a couple and has lasting benefits as to building that great foundation for a lifetime of marriage.

      Peace and Blessings to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 3 years ago

      Faith Reaper! Marvelous & insightful! This was a breath of fresh air! So glad to read your words of wisdom encouraging couples to build and maintain a good strong healthy fulfilling marriage! Great suggestions and advice.

      As you well stated:"Of course we all know that good communication is essential to a successful marriage, and one of the real benefits of praying together with your spouse is deeper communication. When we allow our deeper feelings to come to the surface, this reveals parts of you that will create a strong bond." AMEN!

      Thank You for sharing, Great Job! Peace & Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Sunny River DIY,

      So glad for your visit here this night! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such generous comments. Yes, it is certainly one of the most important things a couple can do together to strengthen one's marriage for a lifetime!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Sunny River DIY 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality.

      A fantastic and insightful hub! I loved reading this and I completely agree! Praying is one of the most important things you can do together as a couple. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Vinaya,

      Thank you so much for coming back and sharing that with me. Yes, it is indeed good for one's mental health.

      Aw, now, you have touched my heart in a profound manner with such a lovely comment. I am humbled. You have such a kind heart, and you inspire me all the time. Your comment means a lot to me and I thank you for taking the time to share that with me.

      You are much appreciated. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Faith,

      I want to add one more thing. I believe prayer and devotion to God keep our mind sane. I'm spiritually motivated person and I believe faith is therapeutic.

      Not only your writings but also your screen name gives inspires me to become a better person.

      Thank you very much.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Love you too dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      So glad for your visit and, yes, it is already saved : ) You too sweetie.

      Hugs and love to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very interesting hub Faith :) God bless you always and save your soul above all things.

      Love yah

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear friend, PS!

      I am so happy to see you precious heart. I am always thinking of you and yours and praying, please know. Yes, it is most important to be equally yoked to the one we marry. Thank you for sharing your comments, which do add to the subject of this hub here.

      God bless you and I am sending Angels back to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear janshares,

      I am so glad you stopped here too! Yes, please do find a way for at least five minutes out of the day, as there can only be positive results. I appreciate the votes up.

      Thank you for such generous comments here this day.

      God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Rayne,

      Thank you for a second visit here. It is the same picture as when first published. You may be thinking of my other hub you had also just read a bit ago. I am so happy you have your perfect wedding planned. I pray that you and the one you marry one day do have a lifetime of happiness together and pray each day together too.

      Blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Word55,

      Thank you for your visit here and kind words. I am so glad you are looking forward to such, and I hope you will be mindful to put this into practice right from the start for a lifetime of happiness. I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Genna,

      Always such a blessing when you stop by to read and leave such beautiful and insightful comments. Even in your commenting, your gift of creative writing shines through.

      You are beautiful and I am always blessed when I read your creative writing.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome dear CrisSp!!! Thank you for confirming that the five minutes (more or less) works for you and your 25 years of marriage, and here's to another 25 and then some ...for a lifetime a bliss!!! I appreciate you sharing here in your commenting and adding much to the subject of this hub.

      I appreciate the vote up and all, pinning and sharing ... and so glad you loved the images.

      God bless you and yours ... our beautiful love from the sky,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kathleen,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and, yes, maybe so. I do hope all will give it a try to see what happens, only positive I am sure, when God is the center of one's life.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      So great to see you stopping by here. Exactly, only positive can result from doing such.

      Have a great day up on Boomer Lake!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      : ) Shanmarie

      Hugs and love always, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith

      You are so right. It is truly a gift...to each other to pray with one another. The power and strength that is drawn through this time can work out the differences that can arise between two who are married (or in any other relationship as well.)

      My ex did not subscribe to the whole church thing or praying or any of that...that in part was a parting of our ways.

      Finding someone who shares that belief and knowing it before marriage is key. I did not do that.

      Blessings to you, dear Friend.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Faith Reaper, for this blessing that comes in the form of an article. This subject stays on my mind and I need to make a way to make it happen regularly. Very spiritually informative and well-written. Voted up and beautiful. So glad I stopped by to read it. God bless you for impacting the mood and atmosphere of marriage.

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Once again love this hub and especially the pictures.

      The first one is my favorite. Did you by chance just add that one after the fact.

      Waiting for my perfect wedding that is already planned

      blessings

      Laurie

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Faith, I'm looking forward to such marital bliss after I find her. Excellent job. Voted way up!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Praying together can be a moment shared in silence, but joined forever by the heart. Beautiful, Faith. :-)

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Faith! What a fantastic hub! I love your energy and I appreciate your effort in showing us the statistics of fluctuating divorce rate just like how our electric meter goes in between throughout the changing of the season.

      Just like you, I've been married since a very young age and for 25 years now, still getting stronger and you know why. You've just revealed the secret here...5 minutes- more or less for us. :)

      Voting up and all, pinning and sharing.

      Love from the sky~

      P.S. Love all the images. Beautiful!

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a beautiful hub and look at all these comments. You have really met a need, Faith. Blessings.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It sure sounds like there is something to such a deep bond. Let's face, it it sure cannot hurt.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Aw, missed you, too!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deergha,

      I have missed your poetry! However, it is good to see you here reading. Thank you so much for reading and leaving such kind comments. I do appreciate the vote up across and share.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hello Dear Faith,

      This hub is as special as you are actually. Its simply awesome for a healthy and happy married life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful insight here. Take care ......votes all way up and shared across

      deergha

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      So wonderful to see you here this day! I have missed you and pray you and your family are well this day. I have been thinking of you sweetie.

      Yes, me too. My husband and I have always prayed together at meals and such and even together every now and then when there is a crisis, but we are now trying to do such each day for at least five minutes.

      I do hope that you and your husband or loved one do try to pray together each day, just you two together, as it is so very powerful, as to all discussed here. You can take the initiative to start it, and it is hard at first for obvious reasons, but once started, it gets easier and your relationship together gets stronger and trust is built and all the rest. As stated here, only positive things can come out of doing such together.

      Hugs and love to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Oh, Fauth Reaper - how true your words! Though I cannot speak from personal experience, I wish with all my heart I could. I know couples that practice this daily. How blessed they are.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet sister, Syke,

      I just love you too and I always love it when you stop by to read and leave such insightful comments here to not only glorify our Lord God, but to add much to the subject of his hub! You're the best!

      I do know of the power of prayer in my life and hope that many others do as well, just as you know of it. It is so vital for future generations, as you say, whole families reap the benefits from generation to generation. The divorce rate is so high, but it does not have to be when we place God at the center of our lives, all relationships benefit no doubt.

      I do pray that He will continue to use me here, if that is His will, but I will listen to Him and do what it is He would have me to do, whether continue here or elsewhere out in the world as His hands and feet.

      Keep on letting your light so shine before men so that He may be glorified too dear sister Skye. I appreciate the vote and share.

      God bless you and yours. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Reaper. Sweet sister. You are so precious. I love how you have so reminded all of us to stay connected through prayer. No matter what may be it is so vital to a marriage to pray together. If the kiddos see and hear of your prayers the whole family reap Gods benefits through eternity!

      You have done a wonderful works here for our blessed Lord. Amen and Amen. Prayer opens the windows of heaven. Jesus our counselor, advocate, Almighty God, King of Kings, guide teacher can and is in the business of healing and mending. He builds us up and edifies us. He wants marriage to last but without him in center it can be like dry bones!

      In these most difficult days may we all be touched with Gods word, Child of God. This is voted and shared. God is using you and your light does so shine Faith Reaper. You keep em coming dear friend and sister. I just love you. Skye

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Martie,

      So great to see you here this day. Yes, it is a sad reality far too often indeed. Thank you for sharing sweet lady. I appreciate you.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA to South Africa,

      Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      This was my dream, as it was the custom of my parents, but sadly I got myself a husband with a different point of view. And yes, this is one of the main reasons, or maybe the main reason, why he became my ex :(

      Great advice, Faith Reaper :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Michele,

      Thank you so much sweet friend for the lovely comments. I am humbled.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless you too,

      Faith Reaper