On Thursday morning, our family is going to be heading down to Burbank. One of my dearest friends, the first young woman that I ever discipled, is getting married this weekend, and I'm so thrilled and honored to be standing up as one of her attendants. As I was thoughtfully choosing a meaningful wedding present for her and inscribing her wedding card, I got to thinking a lot about marriage.
In our day and age, people spend so much time, money, and energy on weddings. Most couples spend their entire engagement simply discussing wedding plans. But, what happens after the cake is cut and the last dance is over and ballroom has cleared...and you come home from the honeymoon? Did you spend any time at all preparing for this--preparing for marriage?
I know that my friend and her fiance have not fallen into this common trap. They have spent their entire courtship preparing for marriage, and they have spent even more effort on this vital preparation during the months of their engagement. With this preparation, their passionate love of the Lord, their sacrificial love for each other, and their constancy in prayer, I'm certain they will really have a leg up on starting out on this incredible journey of life together.
If you are married, how did you prepare for marriage--or did you? What advice would you give to an engaged or courting couple to help them prepare for married life? If you're engaged or courting, what sort of advice would you like to have as you prepare for marriage?
I'll do my own follow-up to this email (hopefully tomorrow if the kiddos cooperate!), but I'd love to hear from my readers first. You always give me such good food for thought, and some of you are much more experienced wives than I, so I'd love to chew on your responses before drafting my own.