There are common mistakes we make before marriage that have consequences to our future happiness. Ignorance is not bliss and it’s very important to get the foundation right.
A building is only as strong as its foundation. So it stands to reason that a marriage that is built on shaky ground will soon start to show cracks. A right foundation sets the pace for a successful home. By wisdom is a house built and by understanding it is established (Prov. 24:3-4)
Starting off on the right foundation can make the difference to your future marriage. Success in marriage starts before a couple enters into engagement. When preparation meets opportunity it’s a good formula for success.
For a lasting marriage, this means being grounded first and foremost in a life lived for Christ. Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it: unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchman wakes, but in vain (Ps 127:1)
So lets talk about the common mistakes women make before marriage.
Say No To Co-Habitation
Don’t move in with a man you are not married to – ever heard the expression of “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?”
Don’t let a man move in with you – A man who wants to marry you should at least be able to lease an apartment when he is ready for marriage. Stop trying to be the man, let the man be the man. This may come back to haunt you later on.
How can anyone love you if you don’t love yourself ? Until you love yourself first you will continue to attract the wrong kind. Loving yourself is more than a quick makeover; it is an ongoing transformation from within.
Invest In Thyself
Even if you plan on being a SAHM, it is wisdom to have a career, a skill, a trade, something to fall back on. Life can be challenging and you may find the roles reverse later on and you may have to support your family.
The Pregnancy Trap
Having a child out-of-wedlock doesn’t guarantee that he will marry you. You can’t force a man to love you and he will eventually abandon you and the baby. While it may work initially it wont last and secretly he will despise you.
Sex Before Marriage
No sex before marriage. Dare to be different and let him wait. Don’t give it all away too soon. Even more so for those that are divorced and single parents. It is God’s desire that sex should be practiced only in marriage. A man who loves God will wait and honor you.
Meet The In-laws
Get to know your in-laws before you marry. You will be amazed by the information you may pick up by meeting them beforehand, which may help with your final decision.
With families living in different continents, this can be difficult. Make the trip if you can or spend sometime on the phone with them. Skype anyone?
Medical History Disclosure
If you have any medical history that needed to be shared, do it before you say I do. It may just be the key to choosing the right person that will be able to weather the storm of life with you.
Are You Financially Yoked?
Make sure you are financially compatible. You may love each other, but are you marrying a spender or a saver?
Getting a blood test is essential especially for those of African descent. Sickle Cell is a big issue that cannot be ignored. Get tested for STDs before you say “I do”. You don’t know where your partner has been. Most times they are not even aware that they have anything themselves.
Meet The Friends
Let your friends meet who you are dating before you get too serious. Your friends know you better and can serve as the voice of truth when you are infatuated. You will be amazed what your friends can pick up on in just one sitting with him.