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before marriage

Before Marriage: 5 Things You Don’t Have t...

Before marriage, I thought I was overly prepared for married life. But over the years I’ve found marriage to be unpredictable.
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bridesmaid

Will you be my Bridesmaid?

As I narrow down my list of potential bridesmaids, I realize I need more than someone to plan a wedding shower. I need someone who will help me be the wife I long to be.
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Bad Boys Hollywood Lies

Bad Boys and Hollywood Lies

Instead of looking to Hollywood for the answers about love and dating, find out what Scripture has to say.
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Gentleman Is Never Out of Style

A Gentleman Is Never Out of Style

The cultural confusion about masculinity has left many young guys to either shy away from their masculinity or use it selfishly.
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boundaries in dating

How Far Is Too Far?

When dating, we often miss one very important truth of relational health: Intimacy should never exceed commitment.
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dating questions

Your Dating Questions Answered

Ten questions guys commonly ask and our best answers to these often tricky (and awkward-to-talk-about) situations.
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newlywed

To The Newlywed Wife … From a Decade L...

I wish I could speak to that fresh-faced, 22-year-old newlywed. She needed some of the wisdom that God has deposited in me over the last decade of marriage.
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Save Sex for the Honeymoon

Save Sex for the Honeymoon

There are benefits to abstaining from sex while engaged. Here are five reasons to say “I won’t” until you say “I do.”
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should we cancel the wedding

When to Call It Off Before the Big Day

Marriage is a big deal. It makes sense to work through the hard questions together so you're equipped to keep the lifetime commitment you're about to make.
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man and woman looking in a mirror brushing their teeth

Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together Before...

Here are five reasons I wish my husband and I hadn’t moved in together before saying “I do.”
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What I Wish for Jeff Bezos and Tim Tebow

Despite their differing marriage scenarios, my prayer for both the Bezos and Tebows is the same: a happy ending
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Advice for the new bride

For the New Bride: 4 Things to Remember Afte...

I had no idea what being a wife meant other than we’d live together forever, hopefully have some kids, and file a joint tax return.
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Not All Millennials Wait For the “Righ...

There’s no doubt that marrying my high school sweetheart benefited us for the better.
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Healthy Marriage Expectations

After ‘I Do,’ Now What?

Marriage is a relationship that will transform you, if you let it. Saying “I do” is only the beginning of a lifetime of laughter, frustration, forgiveness, happiness, and deep joy. It’s worth it.
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5 Things No One Told Me About Marriage

Young and Married: Five Things We Learned fr...

There’s a secret that nobody likes to tell dating or engaged couples: Marriage is really hard.
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Dating, marriage, and delighting in God

6 Ways to Make Yourself ‘Marry-able’

In these days it takes an intentional effort to arrive at marriage with optimal spiritual, relational, and emotional health.
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A Marriage Struck by Lightning

When Ryan and Sarah were jolted by forces out of their control, they saw God transform the circumstances into good.
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Save marriage

Afraid of Commitment?

The story of two people who realized that commitment to one another is grounded in surrender to Jesus Christ.
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Wedding and marriage

Are You Preparing for a Wedding or for a Mar...

A wedding is not the completion of engagement but the beginning of a new life.
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Proposal Stories to Remember

When I asked my coworkers about how they got engaged, I discovered some proposals that put a smile on my face.
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Wedding and marriage

Sabrina’s Wedding: Including the Fathe...

The second in a 3 part series.
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Sabrina’s Wedding: The Covenant

October 2003 Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three-part series.  You can read part one here and part two here. Our wedding day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The sun was shining, and the breeze was cool. My first waking moments were serene. “It’s my wedding day,” I thought as I enjoyed […]
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Still Looking for Prince Charming

If you want a truly "happily ever after" ending, you need to look for love the wise way
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Stopping the Cycle Entering Marriage as a Ch...

So you’re getting married! Congratulations! According to the latest research, if you are under the age of 30, there is a 58% chance that you are entering your marriage as a child of divorce. Do you fall into this category? If you’re wondering what on earth that has to do with the fact that you […]
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Engagement

Surviving ‘Engagement Season’ as a Singl...

If you’re anything like me, you dread the feelings this season brings.
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The Enemy of Your Marriage

The Enemy of Your Marriage

It doesn’t take long for fear to replace trust, for intimacy to be broken. Just look at what happened in the first marriage.
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Dating, marriage, and delighting in God

Wondering If God Will Give Me a Husband

I have come to see that I must think about my singleness in terms of a space for growth toward Christlikeness.
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Wedding and marriage

The Big Fat Cheap Wedding

Many couples today view the wedding as a celebration of what they’ve attained rather than a commitment to spending their lives together.
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Wedding and marriage

What Makes an Unforgettable Wedding?

Why is God so often absent from our ceremonies, except as a token prayer or Scripture reading?
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Would She Choose Her Husband … or Her Fath...

An unexpected trial in the early years of one marriage.
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Is It Okay to ‘Go Ahead and Shack Up&...

A recent study suggests that cohabiting couples do not face a greater risk of divorce after they marry. But the whole picture is a bit more complicated.
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The Humpty Dumpty Syndrome

Our modern notion of "falling in love" is based on feelings. And following your feelings can get you hurt.
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Making Those Early-Marriage Adjustments

Couples quickly learn that adjustments are inevitable and necessary in the first years of marriage.
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5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Husband

5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a Ne...

Whether you’re six months or 60 years into your marriage, God can and will continue to teach you about how to become the man He wants you to be.
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5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a New Wife

5 Lessons I’ve Already Learned as a Ne...

Here are some practical things I discovered during my first six months of marriage.
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12 Tests of Love

Understanding the difference between love and infatuation.
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Expectations for your marriage

25 Great Expectations for Your Marriage

Most couples face common challenges in marriage. If you don't discuss and resolve the differences between you and your spouse, you're headed for rough marital waters.
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Hiding Naked: When Sex Replaces Commitment

For many, sex has become a hiding place–a behavior that presents the appearance of intimacy, but is really striving for self-protection.
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You Have a Special Power in the Life of Your...

We all need the support of friends, family, and mentors. But there’s nothing like the love and encouragement of your spouse.
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Establishing the New Normal in Your Marriage

Each of you brings a different background and a different set of expectations into your marriage. Here's how to establish the 'new normal.'
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How to Make a Marriage

There is a false and harmful notion that a good relationship is something you find, when in fact it is something you make.
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Leaving Your Parents: The Balancing Act

Leaving Your Parents Is a Balancing Act

During the first years of marriage (and sometimes for years afterward), it’s not easy to leave your parents while also honoring them.
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Married to Daddy’s Little Girl

Ten ideas for dealing with a wife who won’t “leave and cleave.”
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After Three Years of Living Together, She Wa...

How Lance and Jess Miller learned about God's plan for marriage.
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Wedding and marriage

The Ring Makes All the Difference

Marriage builds a relationship like no other. Don't settle for less.
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Thoughts on the Royal Wedding

My prayers are with the royal couple as they face the challenge of living out the words of commitment, encouragement, and exhortation they heard during their wedding.
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Preparing for marriage

Single Men, It’s Time to Step Up

It takes a man to be an initiator.
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Q&A: Sharing Common Interests With Your Spouse

Q&A: Sharing Common Interests With Your...

Without a common foundation, the years of old age become the death years instead of the glow years.
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Rising Above Our Differences

Early in marriage it's important to look for something beautiful rather than focusing negatively on differences.
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The Leap List

An automobile commercial provides an interesting reflection of the way many people view marriage today.
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A Hand to Hold When I Grow Old

A couple married 55 years shares some of the best marriage advice my husband and I ever received.
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Building a Relationship That Outlasts Your P...

Your love can mature and sweeten during the coming seasons of your marriage.
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Finally Doing Marriage God's Way

Finally Doing Marriage God’s Way

We now have the tools to make our marriage work, and we’re sharing them with others.
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Honeymoon

Honeymoon Horror Stories

Readers share their honeymoon woes with us.
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Equipping Couples for Lifelong Love

Bill and Geri Masuzzo are committed to helping engaged couples learn how to be married.
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Father of the Bride

In my mind Bethany is still that little girl who was born with a dimple on her right cheek–just like mine.
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Father of the Bride Part II

The heart of a wedding is really a simple ceremony in which a man and woman pledge their lives to each other.
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Father of the Bride The Final Chapter

Little else occupied my mind in the weeks leading up to my youngest daughter's wedding
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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Marri...

Even after all the preparation Merry and I had for marriage, there are some important things that we did not fully understand.
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God’s Way Is Always the Best Way

Confronting cohabitation in my church.
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Preparing Couples for Marriage and for Life

Whatever you say about the state of marriage today, one thing is sure: Most people get married at some point in their lives. I’ve found that the period before the wedding is a key time for the church to connect with these couples. Think about it: They usually need a pastor to perform the ceremony, and they want to […]
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The Soul Mate Fantasy

A soul mate isn't someone you discover; it's someone you intentionally and prayerfully become.
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The Wedding of Rebecca Jean Joy SusieQ Raine...

Notes from the day my daughter, Rebecca, married Jake Mutz
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Evaluating Your Spiritual Relationship Befor...

Your spiritual compatibility will influence the quality of your future marriage more than any other factor.
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How Can I Help My Daughter Marry Well?

There are some non-negotiables that our daughters must look for in a prospective husband.
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Wedding and marriage

Ashley and Michael’s Covenant

I saw God's plan for marriage first hand as I walked my daughter down the aisle.
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Combating Cohabitation With a Free Wedding

Weddings today are being seen more as a social affair than as a public declaration of the lifelong union of one man and one woman.
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A Drive-Thru Wedding

Is there really much difference between the weddings in Las Vegas chapels and those that occur every week in many churches across America?
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Wedding and marriage

More Than a Wedding

A wedding is not the completion of engagement but the beginning of a new life.
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Preparing Your Children for Marriage

We spend weeks training our dogs how to sit and heel, yet, when it comes to marriage, we leave our children to fend for themselves.
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Are You Fearful About Becoming a Parent?

It’s important to learn God’s view on children.
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Agreeing on Lifestyle Choices

Three powerful influences work together to drive many married couples over the financial cliff.
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How to leave your parents after marriage

Respectfully Leaving Your Parents

When you marry, it's important to step away from depending on your parents for your livelihood and emotional support and depend on each other instead.
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Sabrina’s Wedding: The Calling

Much to my surprise, I realized God was calling me to be faithful, not single.
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The Cohabitation Complication

The key to making marriage work—and what sets it apart from cohabitation—is commitment.
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Choosing a spouse

Choosing a Life Partner

The biggest decision you'll make outside of choosing to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
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Equally Yoked–God’s Perfect Plan

Though obedience to God can be difficult, it’s always worth it.
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Dating

Finding Your Million Dollar Mate

Most people never take the time to approach dating, let alone the quest for a mate, with such care and purpose.
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Looking for Mr. Right

What should you look for in a future spouse?
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6 Character Traits to Look for in a Potentia...

When you are searching for the person who will join you in building a lifelong marriage, what really matters is character.
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Dating

Did I Need to Stop Dating?

Sometimes a ‘season of singleness’ helps you grow in your most important relationship … if you do it right.
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Memorable Proposal Stories From Our Readers

Marriage Memo readers respond with their creative proposals.
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Our Honeymoon Nightmare

Love, joy, and crickets.
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