God sets the example
Rhonda and Bevin Walinga practice holy habits to keep their marriage strong and on solid footing. They worship together regularly at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., and also engage in Bible study and Christian education. They close each day praying together and praying for each other, out loud.
"That makes us much more inclined to pray for the other person and to thank God for the blessings of your spouse," Rhonda said.
"It's a good time to get reconnected," Bevin added.
She works for an Internet marketing company. He is involved in building maintenance. Yet, they find time to serve on the St. Andrew Marriage Care Committee, which offers Bible studies for couples, counseling, support groups, programs and fellowship.
They nurture their faith through a team approach to most everything they do in the church, including ushering, serving communion and leading United Methodist Marriage Encounter weekends. They serve on the national board for Marriage Encounter.
"Marriage Encounter has made our faith stronger, made our relationship with the church stronger, as well as our relationship with each other," Rhonda said.
"So many couples put their kids first, and their marriage relationship and the church come second or third. Oh and then you have work in there," Bevin said. It becomes more and more difficult to stay focused on God and God's plan for life partnerships.
Keep God at the center of your marriage is the best advice the couple, married 23 years, has for newlyweds.
"God is about unconditional love, grace and forgiveness. God has set the example," Rhonda said.
Jane Dennis, freelance writer, Little Rock, Ark.
|Rhonda and Bevin Walinga enjoy living and biking in tandem.|
| Courtesy Rhonda Walinga|