How I Stayed Married for 17 Years - Guest Post by Regina Yvette Hall |

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21 March 2014
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I continue to praise God for the wonderful people he places in my life, especially the women.  I have had instances of cattiness, drama and shadiness, but not often.  One of the first people I met when I moved to Texas was my friend Regina.  She lived a couple of houses down from me and we instantly clicked.  She offered to walk my daughter to the bus, keep her after school and to make me dinner! All in the first day I met her.  Regina is a woman after my own heart that says EXACTLY what she thinks about everything!  I love it.  Her Facebook post about her marriage struck a chord with me and I asked if I could republish it.  Thanks GIGI!

I keep getting the question of how did I stay married for 17 years; Here is my answer. And no it will not be stay in church or go to church, because the church people are getting divorced faster than anybody else…so that aint it. My answer is know who you are. When you know who you are, you are a happy person. You are not secretly jealous or envious of others. You do not hate on the accomplishments of others, because you are doing your own thing and have your own life. You do not look for others to make you happy, nor do you seek the approval of others. You will never need your degrees, money, marriage, clothing, religion, church, pastor etc. to define who you are. You let God, not MAN tell you who you are. Then you believe it 100% and walk in it. You seek the approval of the Almighty God alone. When you know who you are AND WHOSE YOU ARE, you do not tolerate foolishness or foolish people. You have to have a mate who thinks the same way; then you become compliments to each other, not competitors or frenemies. That is how you get married, not out of instruction, neediness, boredom, or lust. Nobody can complete you. You must be whole 100% first, or you will forever be unhappy.

Regina Yvette Hall

Do you agree?  What has helped you stay married? We would love to hear from you!

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Megan, a native of Kansas City, Kansas is an empty nest parent of three adult children Ayanna, Jonathan and Isiah. Megan is a Christian and active in ministry at her church Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Arlington, TX. She is currently a Doctoral student working toward a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. Her personal interests include independent film, music and marriage enrichment. Megan is the co-founder of the Minority Behavioral Health Provider Networking Group along with colleague Cynthia Thompson.

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