Preparing for Marriage

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed

Ready to Wed

This weekend, authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love.  

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 2 of 2)

Ready to Wed

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 2 of 2)

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Marriage is Not Self-Sustaining

Most people dream about marriage and living “happily ever after.”  But unlike fairytales, strong and healthy marriages require a lot of hard work! Listen to the full program here.

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 1 of 2)

Ready to Wed

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 1 of 2)

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Dealing With Your Stuff

Your marriage will not survive without commitment.  Dr. Greg Smalley uses the analogy of burning ships to explain how vital this commitment really is ... Listen to the full program here.

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The Company We Keep

Marriages succeed or fail for a lot of reasons.  But, an important factor that’s often overlooked is the company we keep.

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Article

Are You Ready to Wed?

Greg Smalley

An engaged couple sitting on a park bench.

How will I know that I'm ready to wed? Dr. Greg Smalley is often asked this question by engaged couples, so he offers his personal insights on how couples can better understand loving and being loved.

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Ready to Wed

A couple holding coffee cups that say She Said Yes

Congratulations on your engagement! We’ve designed the Ready to Wed experience to help you build a marriage that you’ll love.

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Invest in Your Marriage with Mentors

Erin Smalley

Two couples cooking together.

We can't emphasize enough (both from research and personal experience!) how important it is to have the support and encouragement of a veteran couple to walk alongside you!

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Don’t Marry Who They’ll Become

One of the most common mistakes engaged couples make is marrying who they hope their spouse will become instead of who they already are.

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Dating Wisely

Singles, are you thinking clearly in your dating choices? Lisa Anderson recalls a story in her own dating life. Listen to the full program here.

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Finding Your Lifelong Love

Join Friends of the Family

Pastor Dan Chun and Boundless' Lisa Anderson discuss some of the most important qualities singles should look for in a potential spouse.

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Seeds Into Flowers

If you’re getting married soon, which of these images do you think describes your love for your fiancée?  Is it a beautiful bouquet of flowers?  Or is it more like a packet of seeds?

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Character in Courtship

If you’re single and dating, what are the qualities you should be looking for in a future spouse? Pastor Tommy Nelson says it’s important to know the character of the other person. Listen to the full program here.

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Fall in Love More Every Day

At his nephew’s wedding, Ken Blanchard said something unusual. He told the young couple he hoped their wedding day would be the moment they loved each other the least. That may sound like a curse, but he actually offered them a blessing.

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Series

Dating and Singleness Later in Life

Encouragement, guidance and suggestions to help make your dating life a little easier

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Test-Driving Marriage

If you're not ready to get married, do you really think you're ready to live together?

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Approaching the Wedding Day

What does it take to build a fulfilling, lasting marriage? And, how do you prepare for that quickly approaching wedding day?

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Article

Marriage Preparation Makes a Difference

Pam Woody

Couple holding a wedding ring

Focus on the Family is here to help as you lay the foundation for your new family.

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Series

Why Wait for Sex?

In a sex-saturated culture, waiting till marriage seems outdated and prudish.

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What It Means to Be Intimate

The human desire for intimacy, for love, drives us to do things that we never thought we would.

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Searching for a 'Sole' Mate

Our culture has embraced the absurd notion that there is just one person who can 'complete us.'

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Red Flags in a Relationship

Perhaps you recently met someone who caught your interest, and you're hoping that with time you'll be able to discern if the relationship should move toward marriage.

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