A Chord of Three




Where True Love Begins

~Carla McDougal~


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up… Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 ––Ecclesiastes 4:9,12

Over thirty years of marriage? No way! Where did the years go? Reflecting ignites a humble heart. God’s work in and through our marriage is evident.

Our love journey started in our teen years. By the hand of God, I moved to Abilene, TX my senior year and attended Wylie High School. Fred and I met in a class called “Home and Family Living.” I should have realized…a-chord-of-three-whre-true-love-begins_558x284…Fred’s “family man” potential. Because, at the end of the year he was awarded the “Who’s Who in Home and Family Living Award.” Halfway through the year, he finally asked me if I wanted to go with him to the Merl Haggard concert. Of course, I said, “Yes.” Throughout the evening, this thought continued pouring in––There something is different about this guy. Not only was he cute, in modern terms hot, but also his sense of humor captivated my heart. I love to laugh and he owned the key to unlocking this door. Almost immediately, a spark burst into a flame.

Time moved forward, and I followed Fred to Aggieland––Texas A&M University. We married the summer before our senior year in college. We saved just enough money to make it through the year… Or so we thought. In fact, our humorous stories of “making it” are foundational for strengthening our marriage.

Life seemed to move so fast. From our dating years, to our wedding, graduating from college, Fred’s job, raising our four children, and now over thirty years later––Jesus continues to be our strength. He is our rock through the wonderful times and the tough times. Honestly, when I think of our marriage, a cord of three strands comes to mind––Fredme, and the third strand, which encompasses of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All in One!

Oh, intertwine your marriage with the third strand. This cord is the strength needed when the world, the enemy, and the things of the flesh are working to pull it apart. It is exciting to know God is the one holding the marriage together.  


Try this experiment––Take one strand of thread and hold it with both hands. Pull as hard as you can. What happens? It quickly breaks. Now, twist two strands of thread together and pull. What happens? Again, it’s easily broken. For the ultimate challenge––twist three strands of thread together and give a big pull. What happens? Why does that third strand make a difference?


Ask God to be the third strand in any relationship. Praise Him for giving strength, direction, and power in your life. Live sold out for Him as you work together and stand in the gap for others.

carlamcdougal Award-winning author and speaker, Carla McDougal founded Reflective Life Ministries in 2008. Her true passion is her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It humbles her to realize His love, grace, and mercy go beyond her understanding. She truly believes laughter is medicine from the Lord that breaks down walls and removes the masks in our lives. As a result, God has taken her around the world to encourage others to live every day for Him. Her latest book, My Prayer Chair, won multiple awards in 2013 and is now available in Spanish. Carla and her husband, Fred, live in the Houston, TX area and have three sons, one daughter, and two daughters-in-“love.” She smiles to think of the experiences God has allowed in her life to teach and remind her “He is in control.”

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