Our Story: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny

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Episode Summary

We have a confession… Our first few years of marriage weren’t great. Veronica was bitter and I was checked out. Church was optional. The Bible was absent. It was a slow fade to a marriage we never wanted.

Few people know this, but the first two years of our marriage were so broken that, without help, it may have eventually ended in divorce. Looking back, the scariest thing was how oblivious everyone was to it. It was like we had an ax in our leg, the blood was pouring onto the floor, and nobody seemed concerned.

In this episode, Veronica and I remind couples that just because something is common, doesn’t mean it’s normal. Let me explain. Divorce is common. Men with wandering eyes are common. Married couples with separate bank accounts are common. Disrespectful wives are common. Disobedient children are common. Loveless marriages are common. But they are not normal.

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A normal marriage is vibrant, committed, and loyal. A normal marriage protects itself from anything that might attack it. A normal marriage is two people who work every day at becoming one. A normal marriage understands that marriage is less about being happy, and more about becoming holy.

In addition, we share our story. How we met, the tales of our dating life, the fireworks and flame throwing of early marriage, our journey toward biblical maturity, and where we stand today.

Worthy Quotes From This Episodes

  • Just because something is common, doesn’t mean it’s normal. The Bible defines what is normal.
  • A normal marriage is filled with two people who love God more than they love each other.
  • “If you believe wrong, you’ll never live strong.” -Matt Jacobson
  • “Your marriage has a 100% chance of success if you do it God’s way and not your own.” -Jimmy Evans

This Episode’s Memory Verse

Each week we encourage our listeners to memorize a certain scripture that will help them better understand God’s design for marriage family. Below is this week’s verse:

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.” -Proverbs 18:22

Each episode, we answer 2-3 questions from our audience. If you have a question you would like us to answer, please email us at support@ultimatemarriage.com.

Lastly, did anything stand out in this show? Do you have any comments, additions or questions? Let us know about them in the comments below.

Written By Dale Partridge
Dale is the co-founder and Editor in Chief at Ultimate Marriage. He is best known as a thought leader on biblical theology, family, and church practice. Currently, Dale is finishing his graduate studies at Western Seminary.
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