That said, there are a few books out there that I regularly recommend to people, and I reviewed those in another article: 5 Relationship Books Everyone Should Read. The fact is that a marriage isn’t going to work unless both people are in it for each other and no one else. I’m with you, Erin. And why are marriages so happy? On the other hand, if you can take an honest look at your relationship and say that none of these terrible reasons to get married apply to your situation, then great. Don’t discount parenthood because people around you seem to be frazzled. Rebecca (Gregoire) Lindenbach–youth & college speaking. Great sex just takes work–and that’s part of how marriage makes us more Christlike, too! It adds years to your life. I am constantly telling married people who tell me this that yes it’s hard but you get to work out those hard problems with someone. If you’d like to check out some online courses I’ve put together, if you’d like to get special subscribers-only articles and responses from me, and if you’re interested in hearing me answer reader questions like I’m Anne fucking Landers and talk a bit more about my own experiences, my business ventures, and what I eat for breakfast on Sundays, well, then there actually is more. Do your career aspirations and/or lifestyles mesh well with one another? And if those same people have hyper patriarchy mindsets, the relationship most definitely will be toxic. There are many parts of the body of Christ, but all are used to honor Christ and point people to salvation. And not only are most people happy; most people, when asked “what is your greatest source of happiness?”, answer “my marriage.”. He was crucified upside down because he stated that he was not worthy to died in the same manner as his Lord. Like you said – if it’s just a relationship based on feelings, then the relationship is constantly at stake. Or all your friends are married now and you want to show them you’re not just the third or fifth or eleventh wheel all the time. This is a question I’m truly struggling w/ as I wonder what to teach my children, especially my daughter. We’ve spoken at parenting conferences. You’re valuing others’ opinions of you more than you’re valuing your own opinion of yourself. You should be marrying someone who’s not just an ideal romantic partner for you, they’re also your friend. . That doesn’t mean it doesn’t take work. I know old people marry all the time but feel I have been cheated out of everything that makes marriage happy. The scholars who reject Junia as an apostle are those who need to support their own theology from the Bible rather than letting the Bible create their theology. Actually, there is significant disagreement among biblical scholars in regards to Junia. Comments above 400 words in length will be let through at the moderator's discretion. Thank you for your response. Sure, it makes you more vulnerable. One or both of you will wind up miserable and resenting each other. Aw, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little contrariness now and then. There are a lot of good reasons to get married. The opposite is true. Well, married, Christian women have better sex than single women–or even married women who aren’t believers. We are at 6 years of being miserable now (out of 12.5 years of marriage) so I guess we fall into the 20%. Reasons to marry me: I love making people laugh. 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How scary! Just like we believe the lie that all marriages are miserable, we often believe the lie, too, that parenthood makes you chronically tired, miserable, and heartbroken. Me and my boyfriend are almost there, I know God put him in my life for a reason, I am however battling outside influences causing the process to be hard on both of us. I really am. He Doesn’t Run Away During the Hard Times. Here are some tell-tale signs that he is not interested in marrying you. I really enjoyed the video you used in #5, it really got me thinking about what to prioritize in a committed relationship – I believe you really made the point clear. During these times, if your man stays by your side and doesn’t run away, this is a good sign that he will want to be by your side on your wedding day. Oh, I’m so glad, Cherish! Because such horrible behaviors have become normalized. A study suggests that 23% of bachelors go a year without having sex, whereas only 1% of people in wed-lock go dry for a whole year. Despite what our reader may see around her, despite what our news media says, despite the startling number of celebrity divorces–most marriages are quietly happy. Sex is meant to be intimate physically, as well as emotionally. Marriage actually does change us. I know! After all, it seems like a catch-22: you need to be happy by yourself before you can make someone else happy, but you’re not happy because you don’t have someone to make you happy. We may not start out great, but as we get to know each other better and become more vulnerable with each other, sex gets much better. That sounds like my kind of challenge: showing people that marriage IS worth it! I just don’t see why it’s a big deal and why Eric wants to argue about it when it’s established church history. Learn about healthy and toxic behaviors in relationships. When you’re married to someone, you’re not just responsible for yourself. Reader Question: My Husband Doesn’t Think our Sex Life is Good Enough, Wifey Wednesday: How an Argument Revealed More about Me than My Husband, The Best To Love, Honor and Vacuum Podcasts of 2020. Argh. Believe what you know is true. There are also a lot of absolutely terrible reasons to get married. But if you ask parents what their greatest source of joy is, they’ll tell you it’s their family. Everything is great. I longed so badly for a husband when I was single and admit I did have those false expectations that marriage would fulfill things that really only God can fill. Addictive gaming is there, or drunkenness, etc. I just don’t understand the urge to believe that Peter didn’t have a wife with him. I couldn’t hide my pride. I received this question from a young reader: You’ve probably read that millennials really don’t feel the need to marry. I’ve been thinking about this recently, I’ve been married almost 2 years, my husband and I are very different, I’ve been walking thru an extremely difficult pregnancy due to a rare condition that I could have died multiple times from, my in laws are often hateful and very hypocritical, they love stirring up strife, and I would say there is a lot of emotional abuse in their family (and they live 5 minutes away), every time we have to be together I just ache for there to be love and kindness where there is ugliness and bitter words (and I just try to stay out of everyone’s mess and keep some kind of peace), my husband and I had such a rough start to our marriage, we had opposite drives and on top of his low drive he was always taught by his mom that sex was a necessary evil, a debase thing and I’ll stop there. But you’re also a team, working towards the same goals. You don’t have to respond. Tears trickled down my face as we drove to church and when he asked why I was crying, I truly did not know how to express my feelings with words. The presence of children does not weaken your ability to have a strong marriage, it strengthens it. Also, thank you for stressing the joy of motherhood/parenthood! And I’ve said a prayer for your pregnancy, too. Please send links to these early church records. Interesting history. It never has been. #10. Throw in some male-headship/Patriarchy (or whatever the next wave of anti-Feminists want to call themselves), and you have a truly toxic situation. In the book The Case for Marriage, Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher lay out all the research on marriage, and show that it has tremendous benefits. This doesn’t seem to be the case w/ 23 or 33 year old men. The verse “two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor” is very true to our everyday life. Believe in all that you want to, but statistics do not lie. I have so much joy because I am married–and because I am a mom. Are you afraid of being left alone in times like this? One Thing Most Couples Get Wrong about Date Night. If they would do it again–if they keep having kids–there must be something profound that is worth all that work. Totally agree–we’re all part of His plan. So don’t believe everything out culture tells us. Most of these horrible reasons to get married will probably seem obvious and maybe even a little ridiculous. Men want to marry women they get along with. Because they can: Men used to marry to have sex and a family. Thank you for this. There’s something about commitment that changes everything. Thanks once again. If instead, you feel like the other person is always interfering with your independence, then you either have a mismatch in values (see above) or you have some avoidant tendencies you need to deal with (see my article on attachment styles). Life is easier with another person alongside you. On the contrary! Of course, you recognize and respect one another’s autonomy. (I’m alone–not just single–due to Crohn’s Disease. But that’s just a guess, but one based on the understanding that to a certain generation of professing believer (and frankly, non-believing gentlemen), looking at porn was considered beneath oneself, and is avoided. I find such overwhelming joy in my 2 little ones and as a stay at home mother their company throughout the day is a true gift from God. On the contrary–there are very good reasons to get married, and I think marriage is wonderful (when we do it right!). It doesn’t mean that you are unholy or that you haven’t let Jesus fill your heart the way he should. I’ve also written a lot about relationships—what makes them good and what makes them bad, why they thrive and why they die, and what you can do to start having better ones. Thanks Sheila, your article was what I really needed to hear. A good friendship involves accepting one another unconditionally, flaws and all. I know that there are lots of toxic ones, and the toxic ones are often very large. In his book, “Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others,” author John Molloy says that women will discover the proven facts and figures that will help them find and marry Mr. Why is it so hard to believe that women were present in ministry with their husbands? Put your email in the form to receive my 29-page ebook on healthy relationships. You don’t get a gold star and extra warm cookies on the plane just because you’re married. Fewer men want to get married. A fact of any long-term relationship is that romance dwindles, sexual desire comes and goes, and life just happens sometimes. And the result? When you’re single you don’t really have anyone to call you have to take care of it and it can be very tiring. They might annoy you in some ways and piss you off in others, but at the end of the day, you still want to be there for them and you want them to be there for you. Maybe I am contrary and it was a Freudian slip! When God created us, He created us for community. But as you get older and health problems come, and you own a home, and your parents start to get older–you realize how much being part of a team is easier than trying to do it all yourself. Yes, I think a passionate marriage is possible even after the children years. You live longer. We Can’t Rebuild Without Knocking Down First. While married life is not always sunshine and butterflies, a majority of married couples have lower levels of stress hormones than most cohabiting couples or single individuals show. That doesn’t mean it starts out great. In the book The Case for Marriage, Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher lay out all the research on marriage, and show that it has tremendous benefits. Except for his commitment phobia. Mina, I do think you raise a great point. There are many reasons why some women don’t want to get married, and they range from wanting to focus on other things to simply just not wanting to be … So it’s best to have someone you can count on in other ways when these things do occur. And the bigger the issue, the harder it will be to ignore it for long. Sure it takes a ton of your time. Years ago, I thought of myself as someone who would probably never get married. But that doesn’t mean that only single people can do ministry! After working with dozens of couples on this issue, I’ve put together two checklists below that summarize everything. Just out of curiosity, why is it so important to you that Peter’s wife not be given the credit due her, too? —James, 45 Hi there. The Whole Story–Talking to Your Teens About Puberty. Just click the pretty, pretty button below to get started. But that doesn’t mean that all churches are like that. In fact, I think marriage is far more powerful because it takes work. The book The Case for Marriage explains all of this really well and how they factored out some things to really see what marriage does! So, 80% of those interviewed were happily married, but how many of them were older marrieds? Here’s a list of some of the most popular ones and some of my favorites as well. What I mean is that not only are fights inevitable in even the happiest marriage, they can actually be a good thing for the relationship if they are fought in a healthy way. Like a bigger, better job, a marriage means more responsibilities, but it … Because wait, there actually is more. At the same time, I see some church groups idolizing marriage. But that also means there’s an opportunity for you both to a) figure out what each other’s needs are and b) learn how to get your needs met and meet the needs of the other person. And here’s the neat thing: the more spiritually and emotionally close we feel, the more the physical kicks in and the more sex feels great. And there is! We’ve led a youth group. I truly Cherish my husband! A healthy relationship is a relationship with healthy arguments. It doesn’t mean that every marriage will be wonderful. You have someone who understands your pain. If I can see myself having kids with a woman, she's the one I want to marry." But why? Learn to take a joke…even if its personal #12. Not because I spent my youth sleeping around. His final response to me was something to the extent of, “Whatever, I don’t even care anymore,” leaving me crushed. But getting closer to God and your spouse in the process is a priceless gift! Committing to someone by getting married amplifies all facets of your relationship. In fact, it feels damn good! In fact, that’s how great sex works! A lot of these things aren’t sexy to think about, but again, any issues you have now in your relationship will be magnified in your marriage. They are only with you such a short time too before they are off on their own. As someone who struggles with mental health issues I sometimes wonder if I will ever marry. The wedding itself gives friends and family an excuse to even for a day truly celebrate our relationship and life together." Sometimes very hard work. I’ve never heard that before. When we are dating, we put our best foot forward and work to cover up our wounds. That’s right–80% of couples rate their marriages as happy. Did they survey single people and married people and compare the results or did they survey single individuals and then survey the same individuals after they marry? Eusebius mentioned it in his history of the church in the fourth century. These struggles seem to be a big reason it’s difficult to form relationships. He is afraid of commitment. And many men have won the battle. Do you mean once they became disciples they effectively dumped their spouses permanently? “Is he making me happy? The Junia/Junias debacle is a huge blot on biblical translations and scholarship, and it all started because of the fear of losing patriarchy. Your kids do better on every scale. I had relented to a life of unhealthy solitude, thinking that somehow it made me more pious. I think this is one of the most powerful statements on marriage in any movie, from Shall We Dance (the really good stuff starts at 34 seconds): Certainly some people can turn off their sex drives, sublimate their sexual energy into service for God’s kingdom, and live a fulfilling single life. Oh well. You’re healthier. As a single 29 year old women I long to be married and many married people I meet tell me to stay single, to not rush in to finding a mate because marriage is so difficult and there are so many problems. I’m just sort of thinking out loud, so to speak. I have always been positive about the prospect of marriage but today, I noticed that my mindset on marriage was not my usual. I just don’t know that it’s realistic no matter how much everyone wants it to be. You have a lower chance of heart attacks and strokes. He has mentioned there acts in the Bible, letting their names be known for generations. No, Because Marriage Is an Option in the Bible and Not a Command. But if your relationship doesn’t have these things already, let’s just say that it’s going to be pretty hard to make a marriage work in the long run. If God calls you to that–sure! Or to wear a fancy dress. . It's about two people falling in love and wanting to build a life together. So why would any man want to get married to someone that is not happy? Or is there friction when it comes to big life decisions? That said I have never heard or read anywhere that St. Peter’s wife was crucified with him. Tired of church people heartlessly making that assumption.). Out of fear that no one else will want to marry you. I dated a lot, slept around, and always had an exit strategy. People are also wealthier after they marry, and it’s not just that wealthy people marry. Generally, men want things to be stable before making that decision. Then find someone who is excited to be with you because you kick so much ass already. The possible reasons why he doesn’t want to marry you are endless, and honestly, they don’t even matter. Sure it’s expensive. Alright, so you’ve determined that you’re not thinking about getting married for the wrong reasons, but you’re not out of the woods yet, my friend. That means that, when you do get upset and argue with each other, you try to get to the root of the issue itself and you don’t attack the other person for who they are. That’s great. It seems to me that the early church was simply in love with Christ and wanted to see the world changed, and so they just focused on getting the job done. What do you think? It hurts me so much to know that he thinks marriage will all be bad. 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