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A Bridge Over Troubled Water

  • He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD. Prov. 18:22 ESV

    One morning I was praying in my room, my mind aimlessly drifting from one thing to another. I saw a picture of my wife and I walking together on the beach. Then it occurred to me that her birthday was coming up soon. Then I thought, You should take her away for the weekend.

    Later at the office, I checked my email and the first one was from a beach resort who offered an oceanfront room with a jacuzzi for $49.95 a night. Though very busy, I gave in and asked her if she would like to go away for the weekend. She was delighted. We had a wonderful weekend together.

    At another time, my wife was praying and the Lord directed her to do something special for me, much the same way. When a couple places God at the center of their life, the Lord will be the mediator in the relationship. He will tell you things that add spice and provide a way for you to do it.

    The Lord loves you both, wants your marriage to work, and will give you these subtle hints along the way. Do not ignore them. They could easily be the bridge over troubled water.

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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Just Awesome ! If marriages of today, put God first, then there spouse, what an impact that would have on our world. Our children would glean from that relationship and we would create a great next generation. If your marriage is dull, boaring, or just plain in trouble, then you need to seek God with all of your heart, HE will honer your request and fill the need. It takes commitment something that is lacking in todays day. 
April 6, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin Thank you, Pastor! I so needed a message like this today. Thank You, Father God, for pouring this message into Pastor Todd and for him faithfully sharing it with us.
April 6, 2015
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Yvonne  Tompkins
Yvonne Tompkins  My husband and I been married for 6year we do have a lil ups and down but some kind of way we work it out I know God has everything in control.
April 6, 2015
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Jessie Spriggs
Jessie Spriggs Father God patiently waiting on my husband . Use me. Thanks for an awesome message  Pastor Todd.
April 6, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Sadly, I am divorced, but my ex husband rents from me and he lives in my basement! It's rather strange, but it works for us!
April 6, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey I'm divorced! I am very open to being married...as a Christian....God has firmly told me not to go looking...He'll bring him to me. Not ecstatic about this due to impatience!! But I wouldn't know a good man if I fell over him...lol. So leaving it to the ultimate match maker ;-)
April 6, 2015
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter I have been divorced for nearly 28 years. I don't want to married again because I am divorced and I don't want to cause someone else to sin by marrying me.  Is it wrong to feel this way? It is also hard to forget what my ex did to cause me to want to divorce him. But I'm happy because I have the Lord in my life. I don't think I need a man to fulfill me. God does that for me. 
April 6, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Agreed
April 6, 2015
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley Amen
April 6, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome Amen thank you Lord you are so mighty Hallelujah
April 6, 2015
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango You have every right to your feelings, Marilyn. Marriage is a choice, not a requirement.
April 6, 2015
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Reinhard Blefgen
Reinhard Blefgen Amen 
April 6, 2015
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Kathy Harris
Kathy Harris Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ, this is amazing word that our brother has shared with us. And yet a lot of sisters and brothers refuse to do this thinking there way is better when in reality its only giving the enemy a opening into your life and your family. When all we have to do as I brother shared with us earlier.We parish for a leak of knowledge . When all we have to do is go to the book of life.I strongly believe in this but unfortunately the people that I have allowed in my life said that they did too, but they refuse to. I am not passing judgement on any one, I just felt that we were not on the same page. No matter what age you are its never ever to late. If you are allow to open your eyes then it's not to late. Life is to precious and a blessing to have so give your self away to our Lord and Savior because he do know whats best for you. Have a very blessed and awesome day in the Lord.I love you all and there is nothing you can do about it.....
April 6, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo Good Morning, Blessed be the Lord I put God the center of it all.  Though it is hard when only one person in the relationship works on it and the other one doesn't.  I still confide in my Lord....
April 6, 2015
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Joe Andrews
Joe Andrews I once read that if God can resurrect Jesus from the dead then He could resurrect one's marriage
April 6, 2015
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Conchita Bowman
Conchita Bowman Love the message!  When our son remarried the minister told them if they keep God first in their marriage it would all work out.  
April 6, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd If you are happy and fulfilled being single then clearly this is the best choice for you.  I went through a divorce myself and had firmly decided that I would never, ever marry again. Then I met Sylvia, actually fell in love for the first time in my life and she turned my world upside down. I can honestly say that there is nothing like having the right one, and there is nothing like having the wrong one.
April 6, 2015
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Beatrice "Raye" Huth
Beatrice "Raye" Huth A beautiful message; thank you for the reminder.
April 6, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Yes it is... It takes three to make a marriage work. The Holy Spirit, your Spouse, and You. If one is missing from the relationship, it is very difficult to make it work. Most problems start because of the Me, Myself and I focus in one of the partners.
April 6, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady An unequally yoked marriage is a derailed train wreck. I have had to learn when to speak and when to be silent. I have learned to pray and give our differences to God, my mediator. To say it has been a rough road is calling a hurricane a small storm. Yet by his Grace we are still married after 34 yrs! I am praying that Jim will become a believer. I know God says if we believe in Jesus, we and our whole household will be saved. This I claim for Jim. I  will not be moved. He is willing to stay married to me and therefore I will give up.
April 6, 2015
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Daisy Lugardo
Daisy Lugardo That is so true.  and lord knows i try and very hard and when i am going to give up the lord sends a message and i just keep working at it.  but always a one way street.  I pray and tell myself the lord will turn him around.   I ask the lord for his guidance and open his heart to his will.  
April 6, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Therefor I will not give up! 
April 6, 2015
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Marilyn DeJongh
Marilyn DeJongh I needed to that message this morning.  I know I can't give up and must trust God to help me through.   Thank you for reminding me He's in charge. 
April 6, 2015
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Yvette Cantrell
Yvette Cantrell AMEN!!! I am not married, but if God sees fit, He'll send my help- soulmate. I'll Definitely keep This on the shelf of my mind for Such a time as needed. May God Continue to Bless you and first lady, Sylvia, ALWAYS. AMEN 
April 6, 2015
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Sylvia Froese
Sylvia Froese I hope I get to meet someone special one day and get a second chance at marriage so I can have Christ stay at the centre of my marriage forever this time around. I tried last year with a 2nd romantic relationship online and it ended up in terrible disaster that was almost worse than my marriage. For  now, I am just focusing on my kids and career to provide for them. I will wait on God to bring the special person to me and not look so hard. When the time is right, the Lord will show me what to do. 
April 6, 2015
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Steve  Card
Steve Card Thank you for that Great message. I have been truly Blessed with my wife. I met my wife 1973, While we were on our first date I asked this cute l Lady to marry me and she said yes and with in one week we were married.    1980 on a Friday night my bosses daughter witnessed  to me. I Feared for my life and with in 2 hours I was saved in our home. 5 minutes later my lovely wife was saved.     Jesus is the center of our life. Jesus is the One that made & makes our marriage strong. 2007, My wife & I started a Bible Ministry & 2011 we started a Music Ministry. We write our own songs for God's Glory. We have songs on youtubesteveandnovacard/ and Godtube/stevecard. The Bibles and music is free.
April 6, 2015
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker Many years ago, I was in a horrible marriage. I went to therapy and after 13 yrs. of trying to make it work (I felt I was the only one trying) I made an appt. to speak to Father Amy of our local church.  After he listened to me for over an hour, he asked me one question ~ "What are You getting from this marriage"? Nothing, I replied.  He looked me straight in the eyes, and said - "You have your answer". I realized then what I needed to do.  Divorce wasn't what I wanted, but it was what I needed.  The abuse, for me & my two children needed to stop. Sometimes you need to burn those bridges that you never plan on going over again.  My water under the bridge we have built ~ is running very calm.
April 6, 2015
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J D  Williams
J D Williams I HOPE TO FIND THAT GOOD THING THAT GOD HAS FOR ME FOR I KNOW THAT MAN WAS NOT MEANT TO BE ALONE....
April 6, 2015
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Ruth Martin
Ruth Martin Have you ever heard the song "The Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts? That song is a pretty good description of my Husband and I before we met. At least 4 times in the adult years before we met we actually lived within miles of each other. I was in the Army at one point, he was in the Marine Corp at the same time. I caused one of his best friends to meet one of my best friends on line. They hooked up and she moved to Minnesota. His friend, Jim, told him that I would be a good email/phone pal since he was a truck driver. . .The Lord took over at that point and we have been married for 14 years. now. All in His perfect timing.
April 6, 2015
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kylie dempsey
kylie dempsey What a wonderful love story!
April 6, 2015
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Kesha Hixon
Kesha Hixon Amen!!  Thank you father for this reminder.  
April 6, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Wishing a long and blessed life together for you two, dear Pastor Dion and Sylvia Ma'm!
April 6, 2015
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello Truth......I had this,I miss this. For 21 and a half years with my beautiful wife I was blessed to be married that long with her,even though we started out wrong living together for about 1 and a 1/2 years.I've asked God to forgive us of that and I believe He blessed our marriage. And,like some one else commented,no it wasn't all a fairy tale or hell on earth either.SUCH IS LIFE! It was like a roller coaster ride,good days and bad days.Down to earth conversations or periods of resentment and silence. It was only with the Lord's help did we both ever see the error of our ways and reconcile. It was by the Lord's inspiration I strongly believe;that my wife organized  one last family vacation for us and our sons together before she took ill.God knew we needed that last quality time together.
April 6, 2015
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter I am thinking of Matthew 5:32. My ex cheated and I divorced him.  I don't want to cause another man to sin because of this. Am I interpretting this wrong?
April 7, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!
April 7, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Yes, you are missing the " except for sexual immorality" part :  “ But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality...  ” (Matthew 5:32 NKJV). He cheated on you, and that is sexual immorality. That means that you are free from that relationship and did not sin by leaving it. You will not be causing another to sin if you remarry.   :)
April 7, 2015
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Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson Amen! Needed this. Thank you and God Bless you and your wife.
April 7, 2015
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter Ok thank you for explaining that.  If the Good Lord thinks that I should have a husband, then I'm sure he will provide one.
April 8, 2015
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love this....it is so good to hear God blessing a marriage!
April 8, 2015
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Annette Mowery
Annette Mowery When I was younger I met my first husband.  We were both non believers at the thought of religion.  After a year of being married for the first time my husband strayed, ultimately ending the marriage in divorce.  We lost contact with each other for many years then one day I went into a convenience store and ran into my ex-mother-in-law.  I went to her home as we shared stories of how our lives had been after the divorce and in walked my ex-husband. I had become a Christian again and God seemed to lead me back to his family for many reasons. As time went by Rick  and I began talking again and before long we were remarried to each other.  When thinking and talking to others it came to be that this is what God had planned for me and Rick but we had to work on our lives seperately before we were able to work on llife together.  I love the fact that we are now both Christians and that God has made us both stronger in our relationship and in our faith and love for Him.  Thank you for all you have blessed me with Lord and in Your name I will forever praise you. Amen.
April 8, 2015
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Renee Tait
Renee Tait Amen!  My first marriage was unequally yoked.  I hope to have a second chance.
April 9, 2015
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Fred Abeysundera
Fred Abeysundera Love is thinking of the other as much as you think of yourself, giving without expecting something in return and respecting the other as an individual and the partner you have pledged to love all your life before God.
April 11, 2015
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Wendy Blake
Wendy Blake My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years and right now going through some difficult times.  Please keep us in prayers that we can work through these little issues and move forward for many years to come.  He is a non-believer but never discourages me from anything to do with church, reading bible and so forth; he just doesn't do those things and will go with me on ocassion if I ask so please keep him in prayers as well (Keith) that he will one day see all God has to offer him.
April 15, 2015