This week Americans celebrate National Marriage Week, a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture. Here are nine things you should know about marriage in America:
"I don't think anyone should be shocked or disappointed by interracial marriages," writes hip-hop artist Trip Lee, who is also a pastoral assistant. "But I still want to address why I married outside my race."
I am not an overly romantic person, and that's good, because my husband isn't the type, either. And that's okay with us. If he was to sit down, at candlelight, look into my eyes, and recite poetry, we'd both end up laughing. We love candlelight, but we have never been what I would call romance lovers.
Thanks to sweeping new research on American mobility, we can have this predictable debate again. Conservatives can highlight the strong correlation in the research between two-parent families and upward mobility — stronger than for variables like racial segregation and economic inequality. And liberals can dismiss marriage promotion as a chimerical goal, and double down on redistribution. Or both sides could be a bit more honest about the roots of marriage’s decline.
Instead of rolling your eyes, huffing and puffing, throwing out gut kicking comments about how he has it easy, doesn’t understand, is lazy, a jerk, whatever comes to your beautiful stressed out brain… BREATHE. Look away from your day and see the man that won your heart. Let your husband love you.
Have you ever stepped back to wonder what is it with our marriage obsession? It’s a conversation that stirs our hope and touches our hearts in a deep way. It’s a topic that unites people from many different cultures, beliefs and perspectives. But why is it that we’re so quick to jump into the conversation about marriage—even though the realities of marriage seem to be cracking and fading all around us?
I have been thinking recently about some of the foremost foes of Christian marriage and, really, the foremost foes I see creeping up to assault my own marriage. Here are 6 deadly enemies of marriage, and Christian marriage in particular.
It was with some interest that I read this morning’s news that a judge ruled yesterday that Utah’s robust anti-polygamy law is unconstitutional. Will the mainstream LDS Church laud the decision? No way. If anything, I would expect the LDS Church to distance itself publicly from the ruling, reminding the world once again that we Mormons are not polygamists, have not been for well over a century, etc.
Far beyond planning the particulars of a wedding day, the time of engagement is a really sacred time. It’s a chance to get to the bottom of who you are and reflect on the person you want to become. It’s an opportunity to connect with and continue getting to know the heart of the precious partner God has placed in your life. As you reflect on some of the most important aspects of planning a marriage, here are some must-have conversations before you walk down the aisle.
Most people who contemplate marriage wrestle with the question of whether they’re ready. How much do you wait and seriously consider the weight of the decision to get married? When should you hold back and work on yourself for a while? Is any hesitation you feel about marriage a result of wanting to make sure you’ll be a healthy spouse? Or is it just selfishness and unwillingness to take responsibility? Is it both? At what point do you stop over-thinking things, determine you’re making a good decision and make a jump?