For the longest time, I put me first and not my partner.
If you could go back to your first month or first year of dating, would advice would you give yourself? I found myself in my early-mid 20's and I only thought about myself.
His eyes shot back up and looked directly at us as he simply said, "Forgive quickly." I had enough self-awareness on that day to know this would not come easily to me.
If there were ever a place where I would feel justified to harbor bitterness and keep a tab on the ways I had been wronged, it would be within marriage. It requires a level of vulnerability that opens the door for deep hurt; and letting go of those wounds was going to require more change than I would like to submit to.
), and occasionally even children – things tend to be very hectic under those humble student roofs.
And although there is no one-size-fits-all advice, there are some “dating universals” that can help any marriage-minded single looking to find, build and deepen a relationship into an enduring marriage: 1. Know your strengths and weaknesses; know what you have to offer as a spouse.
Commit to Dating Make no mistake about it, you need to invest yourself in dating; treat your search for a marriage partner the same way you would your search for a job or dream home. Know your time-frames – when would you like to be married?
A gifted pastor and teacher, he was the only person we could imagine officiating our wedding.
During the final preparations for the ceremony, we sat across a table from him in a small restaurant to discuss the details: who was responsible for what, when would everyone arrive, which verses had we chosen to use and who would be reading them…