“The strength of our nation lies in the homes of its people.” Abraham Lincoln
Ephesians 5:31-32 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
God designed marriage to display the Gospel in our family and to the World from the beginning! To our neighbors. To our Co-Workers. To conform us to his image. As we conform to HIs plan in the strength of Christ.
Our church takes serious the process of walking with couples in preparation for marriage. Our pastors use resources such as PREPARE ENRICH in combination with wisdom from the scriptures to help couples prepare for this covenant relationship. The premarital counseling process is generally spread over a period of about 6 Months. During this preparation time couples will be challenged with a view of God's plan for marriage and with practical skills to thrive in this covenant relationship.
Looking for ways to strengthen your marriage before it starts?
Try these tips to help you prepare for life after the wedding day. (Thanks to First Things First, firstthings.org for these great tips)
First, attend a premarital education class or premarital counseling. Eighty-nine percent of married couples who attended premarital education BEFORE marriage found it to be helpful down the road. Worthwhile classes will teach you communication skills and conflict management tools, along with addressing appropriate expectations.
Find a mentor couple. Seek out an older, more experienced, happily married couple to provide wisdom and support to you as you begin your adventure together.
Start thinking "We" instead of "Me." Marriage is a partnership. It will serve you well to remember you are on the same team. Make time to pursue activities together and explore common interests.
Talk about your expectations for marriage. What are your goals for your marriage? How will you decide who does what around the house? Who will manage the money? Discuss your goals to help ensure a successful marriage. Unrealistic and unmet expectations often lead to resentment.
Be committed. Since commitment is a choice, believing in the permanence of your marriage will actually help your relationship over the long haul.
Talk about money. Save yourselves a lot of future headaches by discussing your spending habits and spending plans and goals. Always spend less than you make, save a little for a rainy day and try to avoid debt.
Talk about children. Will you have children? If so, how many children would you like to have? When would you like to have kids? Will both of you work or will one of you stay home? If you alrea
How will work/friends/family/social activities affect your marriage? Also, discuss boundaries for your marriage.