Planning for marriage
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As many brides are putting the finishing details on their dream weddings, two economics professors from Emory University are sounding a caution. In their research, they discovered that people whose weddings cost $20,000 or more were 3.5 times more likely to end up divorced than those who spent $5,000 to $10,000. Coauthor Andrew M. Francis said, “Industry advertising has fueled norms that create the impression that spending large amounts on the wedding is a signal of commitment or is necessary... Read More
4 habits of a happy marriage
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The April snow here in Wisconsin is just about over (we pray!). That means wedding season is just around the corner. A few times each year, I have the honor of standing next to choked-up grooms and blushing brides as they join hands and exchange their vows. And despite all of their differences, they have one thing in common: They want a happy marriage. If you’re in a relationship, I bet you want the same thing. Or if you have... Read More
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One of you is a neat freak, and the other doesn’t worry much about a few socks on the floor here and there. One of you is a saver; one is a spender. One is always on time; the other is much more relaxed about the clock. One of you loves noise and energy and parties, and the other loves quiet time at home. One of you is creative and passionate, which is nice, but also prone to leave a... Read More
Marriage is hard: We're selfish
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Ever hear one of your friends say, “I have to take care of me for a change.” “It’s my time now.” “I need to be looking out for number one.” Unfortunately the people who say these things don’t mean Jesus Christ. They mean themselves. Sinners like you and me do not need to go to grad school or subscribe to webinars on how to be selfish. We are born with software already installed and functioning. Our parents (hopefully!) slowly trained... Read More
Marriage is hard: We’re prideful
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Have you ever seen the sappy Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw movie romance entitled Love Story? MacGraw played a character who was dying, and at her bedside O’Neal, choking and tearful, said he was sorry. MacGraw then unloaded a line that has done a lot of damage to relationships and marriages everywhere: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Apologizing is hard work. Apologizing and changing your behaviors is even harder, and what makes it so hard is pride. Dating and... Read More