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Tips on Preparing for Marriage

There are lots of things you can do today to make you truly ready for your future marriage. With or without a serious relationship, it matters not. The earlier you start working on yourself, the better.

Here are five steps to get you started:

Look into your habits.

Do you have habits that you think might annoy or hurt your future spouse? For example, do you never put the toothpaste cap back on, or do you have a tendency to shop too much? If you’re not sure which habits you may have to change, ask your closest family members or friends to help you. But let them be candid enough and don’t make them feel guilty. Enhance your conflict resolution methods. Take advantage of your single years in terms of defining your conflict resolution style and adjusting it where necessary. Think of the last two or three conflicts you’ve encountered. How did you respond to them? Were there things you think you should have done differently?

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Everybody has imperfections, including you, so learn to take yourself less seriously. Start with those small mistakes, like misplacing your car keys or mispronouncing certain words. Rather than be angry, laugh at the situation and get on with your day. Embracing yourself for your all that you are can be so liberating.

Look for opportunities to serve.

The strongest marriages are those made up of individuals who are ready to sacrifice for each other. In your single years, you can cultivate a sense of servanthood. Find opportunities that let you be of service to your church and community. This could mean volunteering to babysit for single mom, driving an elderly neighbor to a friend’s house, or participating in your church’s outreach programs. If you make servanthood a constant part of your live today, it will come more naturally for you in marriage.

Take stock of your friends.

Lastly, it’s important that you have a support system that helps you become a good better half to your future spouse. With a simple friendship inventory, you will know if you have such people in your life. Begin by asking yourself a few questions. One, do they value marriage? Two, do they treat people of the opposite gender with respect? Three, are they brave enough to correct you when you’re wrong? Maybe they don’t know how they’re coming across. If you ask them to encourage you in specific areas of your life, they may be happy to oblige. Keep in mind that it’s not a mistake to choose your friends. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to surround yourself with people who will help you become a better person.

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