Beyond Saying I Do
The Importance of Marriage
A couple’s wedding day is an exciting and significant day in their lives. It is a day that people frequently think about long before it arrives. In fact, it is not uncommon for many to dream of what this day will be like from a very young age.
Couples are faced with so many decisions when planning their wedding – from determining when and where the event will take place, to the wedding theme and colors, to the type of food to be served and the flavor of the wedding cake. These are just a few of the details couples have to decide on, and this does not include the obvious things, such as what the bride and groom will wear. As we see, there are a lot of details that couples contend with when it comes to designing their perfect wedding.
While a great deal of attention is focused on the wedding day itself, couples often struggle to find the time to focus on those aspects of their upcoming marriage, such as developing healthy modes of communication, maintaining intimacy, and fostering a spiritual foundation for the family; all of which will impact the couple beyond the day they each say, “I do.” In fact, relational elements will determine the quality and longevity of the marriage far more so than the grandeur of the wedding day event itself.
Why is marriage so important to us? In order to answer that question, let us first look at what the research says on marriage.
According to a 2009 study from the Census Bureau, between 20 and 25% of first marriages end in divorce. Divorce not only impacts the couple, but it has significant, and often lifelong emotional and relational consequences for their children. This does not include the negative impact a marital split has on family members, friends, and the couple’s social sphere.
The crumbling of the family structure is at the root of many of the problems that we witness in society today. At the very core of the family is the marital union. Thus, it would behoove us to protect and strengthen marriage.
Marriage is not a human invention, but rather a covenant union that God has created.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. – Matthew 19:6
We are called to protect and preserve this covenant union that God divinely established.
Biblical Premarital Counseling
While your wedding day is a significant day in your life, Beyond Saying I Do is invested in seeing your marriage be healthy and joyful from your wedding day and beyond.
To equip you for a marriage that will last a life time, BSID has developed a Biblical premarital counseling curriculum. This helps couples establish a Biblical foundation that their marriage can be built upon. BSID’s curriculum assists couples develop a greater understanding and appreciation for their mate’s unique character and personality. Other issues addressed in the BSID curriculum include essential communication and conflict resolution skills, intimacy, family planning, and parenting related issues, as well as financial planning.
If you would like to partner with us to strengthen and transform your marriage, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org