Faith

My Road to a Christian Marriage

We now have less than three weeks until our wedding (October 5th here we come), and I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about how we have built the foundation for a Christian marriage together, where we’ve gone wrong, and what we are going to do in the future!

Bible Study

We didn’t do Bible study together for almost two years of our relationship, but we started at the beginning of this year and do it semi-regularly now. We were using one of those ‘read the Bible in a year’ books, but it got to be too much for us to keep up with and I had a preoccupation with staying ‘caught up’, and wasn’t really focusing on what the Word meant so much as making sure I was on track with the year. Our pastor suggested that we do a study of John, so I got a women’s study Bible and we’ve been doing that for the last couple of months. In the future, I’d like to get back in the habit of doing this daily, since it really helps us grow closer as a couple and grow closer to God by reading His Word.

Attending Church on Sundays

We have been attending church together since we were invited to church by our friends on Easter. We fell in love with that church and we are due to become members within the next few weeks. I was going to a Catholic church, but Dan didn’t like the structure of it, and we both preferred the Baptist church we go to now. It is confusing for me because I did recently go through my RCIA classes to become Catholic, but I think being Baptist is more right for me. I don’t really believe that God has only chosen one denomination to be ‘correct’ since a lot of them are so similar anyway. I think what’s more important is to attend church together so that you can grow in God together. This more than anything has helped build our foundation for a Christian marriage.

“Life Groups”

This just started last week for us, but at our church there are a series of Life Groups for people in different stages of life. We are in the young married couples group, which has several of our friends in it as well as some people we are just now getting to know. We study the Bible, specifically what we learned in church that Sunday, and discuss how it relates to our lives. It’s a really good place for fellowship and prayer.

Praying Together

We have a prayer board (this one, I got from Etsy) which has our long-term prayers on it (like praying for a family member’s recovery from illness, or our friends who are having fertility troubles), but it can’t hold everything we are praying for every day. We make a point to pray just before we go to sleep while we are in bed, but I would like to try and pray aloud with each other. I’d also like to start praying before meals, but I think I have to focus on one thing at a time or else I’ll get overwhelmed.

Is there anything else you think we should be doing to keep a Christian marriage as we start the next phase of our lives together?

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