Preparing for Marriage

posted on: Monday, August 12, 2013



JB and I had a fairly quick engagement.  Just under 6 months!  But we still made time for pre-marital counseling before the big day.  We both wholeheartedly suggest it to couples!  It really identified our strengths as a couple, and the things we needed to work on too!  So many questions I had never thought of before suddenly found their way to the surface.  It was so good to talk about them.  Some what if's?, that just had never come up too.  We both look on those Tuesday afternoons in our pastors office fondly even now, three + years later.  There's no substitute for a good leader, in our case a pastor, guiding the two of you through pre-marital counseling BUT these books are a great way to prepare for marriage!
the two loves of my life {photo by jessica lorren}

-The five love languages:  read this book a few years before I got married and loved it!  learning to love your husband or wife in a way they receive it is a game changer.  JB and I both experience love differently, but we both know how to show one another love!
- Financial Peace by Dave Ramsey :  or another finance book where the two of you can lay it all out there.  My husband is a financial advisor and we're both pretty conservative financially.  We have the same priorities when it comes to money (to give back, to raise our family safely and comfortably, to travel).  BUT I don't think we always did.  We made a point to talk about it before we got married, and I think that has made a big difference.
- The power of a praying wife -  Just a great little devotional to help remind you all the ways you can pray for your spouse. 

These books are great ways to prepare as your new role as Wife!  Any books y'all would recommend?


10 love letters:

  1. I agree about marriage counseling! It was actually an extremely enjoyable experience for my husband and me. It was great getting to talk to our minister and really talk about what it means to have God at the center of your marriage.

    (The link to the last book links to the Dave Ramsey book, just FYI. :) )

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    1. Kelsey, It's so funny JB and I were not really looking forward to it at first. But after the first session, we we're hooked! JB always tells his guy friends who are getting married to do it!

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  2. Love that you bring this topic up. Jon and I got engaged after 5 months, but we spent the engagement period reading marriages books and discussing how we felt about the different topics. The Meaning of Marriage by Timony Keller was a great one :)

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    1. Love that y'all took that time to prepare! so important. Will have to check out Keller's book - think I've heard of it!

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  3. Love your recommendations! The first two were recommended to us through our church marriage prep classes as well but very happy to see recommendations from other God-loving couples :)

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    1. Love you Julianne! Can't wait til your wedding!

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  4. Great post - thank you so much for the recommendations, Sarah!

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  5. I'm engaged and getting married next year so I am excited to check these out, especially the devotional. I just read the 5 love languages and actually got my fiancé to read it too - It helped SO much because we definitely show love in very different ways.

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