My wife Ashley and I have had the privilege of doing marriage ministry for many years. In our travels and speaking and online ministry, we’re often asked “What’s your all-time favorite marriage advice?” It’s a tough question, because it’s nearly impossible to limit the best advice to one sentence.
To combine, or not to combine? It’s a tough decision for many newly-married couples. Consider these pros and cons, and find out where this couple ended up.
No one wants to marry the wrong person yet somehow so many people do. The key to your dating and engaged months & years is to ask each other some tough questions. The way your partner answers and responds will be very telling and eye-opening.
When we get married, we aren’t just marrying our spouse. That’s because our spouse usually has a family of their own—parents, siblings, grandparents, and cousins. When we get married, we become a part of that family.
Statistically speaking, married people in the U.S. expect their marriage to do a lot for them individually. We believe marriage should meet most of our relational needs. However, this perspective is a huge problem.
Literally speaking, I live with a handyman. So things do get fixed more than they used to. And living with my best friend has been of the most meaningful gifts I’ve known. But there are just some things he can’t, and our marriage can’t, fix.