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    A God Beginning
    By: Rebecca Barlow Jordan

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1 NIV

    Most of us remember how we met our spouse, the experiences and events that furthered our relationship, and the early days of our marriage. And most can say that in the beginning, it was good.

    But then life happened: job issues, the arrival of children, unexpected changes, maybe illness or a death in our family. Stress began to stretch our limits, and we forgot about our beginnings. We entered survival mode, and in some marriages, that means an unconscious rut and moving apart that focuses not on the beginning, but on a premature ending—terminating the relationship.

    During our years of ministry my husband and I have tried to help many couples whose marriages have fallen into that same pattern. And while we showed them practical and helpful steps they could take to renew their relationships, no matter how long they'd been married, there is a principle we have discovered and emphasized from our own experience that rises to the top. It deals with that phrase, "in the beginning," and must be the glue that holds marriages together.

    I love those first words of the Bible in Genesis 1: "In the beginning, God." The world, life, and everything that exists had a divine beginning. God created it. And each phase of His creation brought the same words: "God saw that it was good." He also created man and woman to live in a beautiful marriage relationship together (Genesis 1:27; 2:18-24). That too, God saw as good.

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