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What Makes Engagement So Hard | Boundless Blog. Long Engagement vs. Short Engagement | Boundless Blog. 5 Signs You’re Ready for Marriage | Boundless Blog. Biblical Dating: Tips for Engagement | Boundless. Congratulations! You're engaged! Now what? PART 7: From 'Hi' to 'I Do' in a Year » Let's talk first (and briefly) about the decision whether to marry a particular person.

Here's a quick review: First, look at the purpose that God has for your life (generally to "bring glory to God and enjoy Him forever"; more specifically how you see that playing out in your ministry and circumstances). What do you think your ministry will be, or what is it now as the Lord has placed you? Next, look more closely at Ephesians 5:22-33. Also, what do others (those that both of you have been seeking counsel from, under whose authority the relationship has taken place, Christian friends or family) think of the relationship?

Finally, is there an affection for this person in my heart and mind based on the way God has defined biblical manhood and womanhood? Off You Go OK, congratulations, you're engaged. What Do We Do Now? Here are some other things to think about. Prepare for Marriage Prepare for the Wedding. Is it a bad idea to get married while in college? | Boundless. Question I am 20 years old and am dating another junior who attends my university. I started a very public courtship in my freshman year (two years ago) that was encouraged by my church and pastor as well as our young adult church group and many of our older married friends. Our parents like our relationship and have been very open and honest, critiquing when they find areas in need of improvement. We have not fallen into sexual sin, and we are regularly held accountable by our pastor as well as both of our parents. Many people have commented that we are truly a blessing to each other, and our relationship has allowed us to contribute more greatly to our church and small groups.

We have had many DTRs and discussions of the future along the way, and we decided we wanted to get married, but both of us agreed we should get married the summer after graduation. Should we continue dating for the next two years while we wait for our marriage date to roll around? Answer Consider: Recognizing Spiritual Leadership in the Little Things. Spiritual intimacy in marriage can be a confusing and painful issue for many couples. As a matter of fact, I recently asked the couples in my small-group gathering to describe their shared spiritual relationship. Sadly, even though these couples represented veteran marriages, the couples either said they weren't as close as they wanted to be, or they simply weren't spiritually close at all.

This was true for my wife, Erin, and me early in our marriage. When we first got married, I'm sure Erin thought she was marrying a pastor-like man and we'd have an amazing shared spiritual relationship together. After all, I was in seminary. Apparently Erin is not the only woman to live with disappointments regarding dreams of a spiritually intimate marriage.

My problem turned out to be that I had some misperceptions of what it meant to be a spiritual leader. As a young boy, I remember many mornings when I'd find my dad reading his Bible or on his knees praying. My pain revealed The truth revealed. When to Settle. When Steve and I started dating, one of my close friends said she was worried that we'd end up getting married. What in the world? I thought. We've only been dating a few days. Marriage? And so what if we do? What would be so bad about that? "I just don't want to see you settle," she said. At the time, Steve was still planning to use his degree to go back to his small hometown to be the principal of his dad's church-sponsored school. "You've got so much ambition," she said. Not Wanting to Settle My friend was a believer in the notion that to marry a man without certain traits or ambitions would be settling.

And so we find ourselves in the midst of a massive shift in marriage trends: women waiting longer than ever to marry, all the while holding out for their soul mate -- "the one. " Have you ever known a man that you've thought about dating, but in the end, ruled him out because to do otherwise would be settling? A New Standard And marriage to such a man could hardly be called settling. Green Means Go | Boundless.

If red flags are signs that a relationship should end, what are the signs that it should steam ahead? My inbox overflows with questions about dating relationships that cry out for caution. These women want help to move their romances forward — in fact, to speed ahead to marriage — where it is clear they should not. I advise them to end their relationships. Hidden in those disastrous dating scenarios are three overarching categories of risk that apply broadly. Repeatedly leading each other to sin; Not being free to marry; and Unwillingness to take on the responsibilities of marriage. Having spent so much time in that and other columns answering questions from readers in troubled relationships, it’s no wonder I’m always on the look out for red flags.

As I wrote about red flags, I thought about couples who seemed to be racing ahead, even though their struggles warned of major trouble. 1. Believers must marry other believers. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Should You Get Engaged? | Boundless. Before you pop the question, you might want to ask yourself these five questions. Thirty-two years ago I asked the question before the question. Recently my two sons did the same. Every year 2.3 million couples ask the same question.

Though the question can be asked in as little as four words — "Should I get engaged? " — the potential impact is huge. That's why if you're currently considering asking or answering the "Would you marry me? " When I faced the question before the question, I wasn't completely sure if I was ready for engagement. Jim's answer to my "Should I get engaged? " Shortly after that, I did pop the question. Unlike others who also popped the question, but have lived to regret it. Some years ago Ann Landers reported the results of an informal poll she took among her readers. Would You Marry You? A dating or engagement relationship, or ultimately a marriage, is only as healthy as the individuals in it.

Healthy marriages are built on healthy individuals. Are You All Dated Out? Pre-Engagement Counseling. Focus on the Family recommends that couples who are dating seriously seek counseling before they get engaged. In other words, we think it's a good idea to place more stress on pre-engagement counseling than on pre-marital counseling. Why do we say this? Because we've found that couples who are already engaged are far less inclined to take an in-depth, honest look at their relationship.

In many cases they've already purchased the ring, reserved the church and reception hall, sent out the invitations, and hired a photographer. Then there's the social stigma of breaking off an engagement once it's been announced. For all these reasons, engaged couples may have a tendency to ignore one another's character flaws and overlook potential rough spots in the road ahead. How to avoid this scenario? The counseling process should include a personality test such as the PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital Inventory.

Clearly, you'll need to invest a certain amount of time and money in the process. Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 1 of 2) Jim: Let me say to both of you, welcome back to the microphone. Greg: It's always good to be here. Thank you. Erin Smalley: Yep, thanks for havin' us. Jim: It is great to see what you're doing. Greg: Yeah. Jim: --and Focus on the Family has taken that over now. Let me read through some of the stats, 'cause I'm encouraged by this. Greg: It's amazing. Jim: Greg and Erin, let's take a look at the stat we just used, the 93 percent want a happy marriage. John: Hm. Jim: So, it's interesting. Greg: Well, I love how you even said that. Jim: Yeah. Greg: --that's the first relationship He formed.

Jim: You know, I was talking to a theologian just the other day and he said something to me that really grabbed my attention. Erin: And I think, too, Satan knows the power of a marriage. Jim: Let's talk about how we get there. Greg: No, there's no biblical evidence to support that God is a matchmaker. Jim: Now some people are going, oh, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Greg: I think the problem is this. Jim: Yeah. Planning for "The Day" of for a lifetime? | Ready To Wed™ Rethinking Male Spiritual Leadership | Boundless Blog. Should I only marry a man more spiritually mature than me? | Boundless. Question Is it important for the husband to be the spiritual leader in a marriage, and if yes, does this mean that a Christian woman can only consider marrying a man who is more spiritually mature than she?

As if it isn't already hard enough to find a suitable Christian man, this expectation that the man is more spiritually mature than the woman just makes the pool of marriable men even less. And this would naturally exclude all men who have recently become Christians (if the woman has been a Christian for many years and has matured in her faith during these many years). There are many cases where the woman, too, can encourage her partner in his faith, and because of her faith he may be encouraged in his faith and to spend more time reading God's Word or praying. Would you consider this an instance of the woman leading the man spiritually if he is learning such good things from her? Answer This is a good question that comes up a lot. In Ephesians 5, Paul instructs us as follows: