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5 Good Habits to Start as Newlyweds

Everyone has marriage advice for newlyweds, and for a good reason. Newlyweds are (understandably) caught up in the bliss of their union and, because of that, may be unprepared for any choppy seas that lie ahead.For this reason, it’s wise for newlyweds to peer over their rose-colored glasses every now and then and take advice from longtime spouses who have learned how to navigate life’s inevitable challenges and keep their marriage afloat.Here are five marriage-fortifying habits that newlyweds can put into practice from the start.Photo credit: © Unsplash/David Thomaz

3 Things You Should Really Know Before Getting Engaged

As a relationship becomes more serious, conversations deepen. At least they should. Sometimes we shy away from asking tough questions in order to preserve a relationship or avoid conflict. But you are still laying the groundwork for your relationship, so now is the time to get everything out on the table.

3 Signs You Need to Call Off Your Engagement

The proposal, the ring, the magical moment of saying yes. Becoming engaged is one of the most unforgettable moments in a couple's life. All of the excitement building to the wedding day, all the fun of sharing your journey with family and friends.Your next level commitment is almost a permanent covenant, but then the unthinkable happens. It's hard to imagine how two people who have made a public declaration of their love somehow arrive at a crossroad that demands consideration if their love is meant for marriage. The thought seems so far-fetched, yet this is the reality many have painfully confronted.Choosing a mate to spend the rest of your life with is the most important decision you will make in this life, next to accepting Jesus' gift of salvation. Some may question how a relationship could progress to the point of engagement only for it to be called off.Actually, there are a plethora of reasons that warrant this decision. Marriage is a covenant relationship that should be entered soberly, prayerfully, and confidently because both parties are in agreement with God and each other.In Amos 3:3 (KJV), Scripture tells us, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" If you and your prospective marital partner are out of sync with God and/or each other, it will be extremely challenging to walk together in agreement. In this context, calling off your engagement might actually be the most mature and godly choice you can make for yourselves and each other to honor God.If you are experiencing internal conflict over your decision to become engaged and continue pursuing marriage, here are three signs you might need to call off your engagement.
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15 Signs You Need to Call Off Your Engagement

Falling in love is one of the greatest feelings in the world. You’ve found this person who you connect with, you have a lot in common, and have a lot of fun together. Weeks turn to months and then years, and you still love spending time together. Then he pops the question, and you are happier than you have ever been - until you’re not.Many, many years ago, I was engaged and wound up calling off my engagement. I was young and in college and met this great guy. He had a troubled past and lived in a group home, which made things hard for him. However, we got along and enjoyed spending time together. We were together for a year, and then he asked me to marry him. Of course, I said “yes.”To be honest, looking back, I think I knew it wasn’t a good idea, but I didn’t trust my gut. It turns out my intuition was right. Three months later, he confessed he cheated on me, with a guy no less. I remember storming out of the apartment he lived in with his friend and going home. Everything continued to disintegrate from there. I won’t go into details, but I didn’t handle the situation well. The last thing I did was drop off a garbage bag full of everything he ever gave me and left it at the bottom of his front steps. Then I cut off all contact, pawned the ring he gave me, and never looked back.Now that I am much, much older, I realize there were many things I missed while in the dating phase. Here are some signs that you need to call off your engagement.
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5 Things to Do While You're Engaged

Once you're engaged, it's time to plan the wedding. But in between deciding on a florist and hiring a caterer, there are some other important, more soul-focused things you should add to your pre-wedding to-do list.Let's take a look at five things you should do while you're engaged:Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/PeopleImages

11 Ways to Manage Stress While Planning Your Wedding

Wedding planning is stressful. Take a deep breath, try not to stress, and remember that God is with you in the planning stages, on your wedding day, and through your life in marital bliss. When you meet your spouse at the altar on your wedding day, it will all be worth it.

7 Prayers for a Bride on Her Wedding Day

As the bride takes in the fanfare, glitz, excitement, and anxiety on her big day, what can those close to her do to help her sail through the day and, better still, to fortify her marriage? We are glad you asked - you can pray for her.

5 Signs You Need to Call Off Your Engagement

God wants two people who are dedicated to each other, themselves, and God. Anything else cause disillusionment—and ultimately—heartbreak—if they disagree. If you encounter any of the above issues in your relationship, breaking off the engagement before it's too late is best.

6 Great Tips for Brides to Have Less Wedding Planning Stress

If you feel yourself getting stressed, do what your schedule—and budget—will allow to relieve it. Stress wreaks havoc physically, mentally, and emotionally if gone unchecked. If you feel stressed for a long period, it may only cause health problems that interfere with your special day.

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