Friends of ours love to tell the story of how they got married just two weeks after they met and actually survived to tell about it. By God’s grace, they’ve stayed married over 50 years, but my friend says, “I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. It was a nightmare, with plenty of fireworks the first months.” Obviously, a two-week courtship will not start anyone on the path to a great marriage. What will?
As my husband and I celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we remember the motto we have for our marriage: “No return policy.” It started out as a joke during our engagement, but repeating it often engraved it into our minds. It reminds us that even when we have problems, we want to honor the lifelong commitment we made to each other. However, we want to do more than just stick it out with gritted teeth. We want to have a great marriage.
My lovestruck friend married someone he barely knew without much time to prepare, but if you are reading this article, you have the opportunity to consider what you can do now to set yourself up for a better marriage in the future. These principles will help:
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