The Natural Process

It's not easy to maintain an intimate long-term marriage. The natural order of things will carry you away from one another, not bring you together.

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

The mighty Mississippi is a beautiful river, but it has a mind of its own. If it had it's own way it would take a shorter and steeper route to the Gulf of Mexico.

Near Baton Rouge the government is fighting a tremendous battle to keep this powerful river on course. It's costing billions of dollars and thousands of manhours, and if the battle is lost, the results will be catastrophic for cities and farms on the downward side, and life in the entire region will change.

In some ways, the battle to save the family is like that. Without considerable effort and expenditure of resources, the banks will overflow and the landscape will be ruined. How will you beat the odds in this day of divorce courts and custody battles.

A marriage that lasts a lifetime is not beyond your reach. But there is no time to lose. Reinforce the river banks. Brace up the bulwarks. Bring in the dredges and deepen the bed. Keep the powerful currents in their proper channels. Only that measure of determination will preserve the love with which you began. And there is very little else in life that competes with the significance of that priority. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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