Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Preparing Our Hearts for Marriage

In just over 8 months Brandon and I will commit to each other to love, honor, and cherish one another until death.

We take the vows we will make very seriously.

Although we won't begin pre-marital counseling for another couple of months, we have tried to prepare ourselves for our future marriage as much as possible. For us, that has meant spending the last few months reading through pre-marital books and devotions together, talking about everything under the sun (i.e. money, children, careers, home-life, church-life, etc.), and seeking the advice and direction of more mature, godly couples who have marriages that we admire (i.e. good communication skills, solid faith, respect).

One of my favorite things that we have increased is the amount that we pray for each other. During the period of time we were dating, we would end every visit by praying together. That became a really special time for us - but we both felt that we wanted to increase the time we spent specifically praying for each other. Not only did we individually make a conscientious attempt to spend more time in prayer for our future spouse and our time together, but we also end each night praying together on the phone. (Sidenote - I highly recommend the Power of a Praying Wife. It came recommended to me by several women I respect and I have really enjoyed it so far and it has been a great tool in directing me as to how I should be praying for Brandon).

The wedding planning can be so exciting - but we don't want to allow ourselves to get caught up in that too much. After all, the end of our wedding day will just be the beginning of our life together as husband and wife - and that is something we want to put a lot of effort into making it the best it can possibly be!

1 comment:

  1. You made so many good points! I feel like in this day in age everything just focuses on the wedding and making it YOUR day. While weddings are awesome, shouldn't the couple really be doing exactly what you and Brandon are doing by putting your faith and the Lord first? You guys are such great role models! :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK