Pre-Marriage

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Before You Say “I Do”
Perhaps you’ve met The One, and you’re already plotting the perfect wedding. But before you get preoccupied with picking out the flowers or saying “yes” to the dress, hit the pause button for a second. Consider this: While creating a memorable wedding day is incredibly exciting (and, let’s face it, stressful!), creating the basis for a marriage that thrives after the ceremony’s over and the party’s packed up is even more crucial.

You can start now, before you take those vows. Perhaps meet with a marriage mentor who can guide you in setting the proper foundation for a marriage that stands the test of time and the gale-force strength of trials. Don’t skip premarital counseling that can uncover all those unrealistic expectations and the messy baggage you both haul into your relationship – and provide wise words on how you can work through potential issues before they mushroom into major concerns.

Perhaps you’re still waiting for Mr. or Miss Right, currently living with someone, recovering from a bad breakup, or gunshy about re-entering the dating world after a failed first marriage. Whether you’re dating or waiting, you can make positive changes within yourself now that will set the stage for a successful  marriage later. Maybe it’s adjusting your “list” of what’s really desirable in a potential mate, setting sexual and emotional boundaries to safeguard your heart, or learning to dispell the many myths our culture perpetuates about sex, romance, and true love. No matter what the current state of your love life, the following articles can help.

Isn’t It About Time You Got Married?

They think what’s missing is the joy of a relationship and marriage. Ironically, what’s really missing is joy in general — joy of life, joy of singleness.

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Singles: Talk it Less, Watch it More

There is much power in not playing your cards too soon.

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Fooled by Fantasy

Why does our sex-saturated society set us up for failure?…

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Pre-Mature Trust

Some singles carry a baggage problem called premature trust…

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The Elephant in the Bedroom

Cohabitation, Remarriage, and What’s Best for Your Relationship.

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Is This ‘The One’?

Trying to decide if the person you’re dating is God’s best choice of a mate for you but the answer isn’t clear?

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9 Stupid Lies Women Tell Themselves About Men

By telling ourselves the truth, we have every chance to find the very best man that God wants to give us.

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Get Creative! 8 “Experts” Share Their Secrets on Managing Marital Conflict

A few seasoned married couples share some of their creative (and sometimes humorous) solutions for resolving conflict that have helped make their marriages work.

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Talk it Out Before You Say, “I Do”

You’re thinking about spending the rest of your life with that special person. But do you really know them as well as you think?

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Dating: Wait or Date, Page 1

How Do I Find God’s Best?

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