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What Is Marriage?

Everything that leads up to your wedding day is very romantic: planning a big reception, a beautiful dress, and of course, your Prince Charming.

Deeper into marriage, though, life can seem less romantic. Less exciting. Less interesting.

Taking care of your home and organizing your life after the wedding might even make you wonder if you did the right thing.

Wonder why it is so much less than you had hoped for.

You need to trust me on this one. Marriage is in no way less. It’s so, so much more.

Marriage isn’t always rainbows and butterflies but it beautifully deepens the bond you’ve created with your soulmate.

Marriage is letting go of the expectations of what you thought marriage should be and realizing that it is way more than you could ever dream.

Marriage is cuddling up on the sofa and realizing there’s no one else in the whole wide world you’d rather be with.

Marriage is being able to imagine a future together, whatever it may bring.

Feeling ready to deal with anything that comes your way because knowing you get to do it with your soulmate makes you fearless.

Marriage is learning that one fight doesn’t mean the end. A fight is just one of the ways you grow better and stronger together.

It is saying something intentionally hurtful and regretting it the moment it leaves your mouth, hoping they will forgive you.

Marriage means having someone to support you even when you are at your worst. It means having someone to laugh at your silliest jokes.

It means always being around. Forever. For better or for worse. It means he has your back and you have his, even when you screw things up.

In marriage you share everything.

Your home, your bed, your secrets, and your most intimate thoughts – the ones you thought you could never share with anyone.

Marriage is feeling secure, loved, and taken care of and making sure the other person feels that exact same way because of what you do for them.

Marriage is spending a huge portion of the night uncovered but refusing to get separate duvets anyway because you want him as close to you as possible for as long as possible.

It is singing and dancing to the same tune – one that only you two can hear.

Marriage is wanting to prove that you’re right so badly but choosing not to because it’s less important than creating a healthy atmosphere between you and your partner.

It means having a best friend who can read any face you make and know just what you’re up to simply by the way you look at them.

Marriage is showing each other that you care in your own unique way.

It doesn’t have to be roses, chocolates, and gifts.

It can be a home-cooked meal, a fixed sink, or calling in the middle of the day to check on your loved one.

Marriage is rarely grand gestures.

More often than not, it’s a messy web of short moments, memories, and beautiful things you say and do to each other.

Marriage is realizing that beauty, perfection, and social approval have nothing on your little community.

It is making a secret pact that guarantees it will always be the two of you against the world.

Marriage is disagreeing over many things but always being certain about one: making sure you never, ever give up on each other and your love.

It means enjoying each other’s differences and loving your partner for their flaws, not despite them.

Marriage is falling in love over and over again, each time with the same person but in a different way.

It is not only loving each other, but also liking and respecting each other as people. It means working together towards the same goal.

Marriage isn’t a necessity in life but it is an amazing luxury, bringing the promise of friendship, love, and support forever.

It is not something you simply get. It takes hard work.

Marriage is something you do – learning to love and care for your partner each day of your life.

Marriage does indeed begin when you marry the one you love, but it is built by loving the one you marry.

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Thank God For…

We all have days when we take a deep gaze into the sky and ask, “God, why is this happening to me?”

Why is life so unfair? Haven’t I deserved better?

This happens through all stages of our life but somehow the aches of the heart tend to hurt differently.

The pain that comes with a broken heart is its own kind of sharp.

We can’t wrap our mind around why our feelings and efforts and investing our soul weren’t enough to make things work.

We can’t understand why someone we gave our best to treated us like crap, played with our love and betrayed everything we once had.

But God understands and He has a plan for us.

A plan that’s better than everything that we could ever imagine.

So no matter how hard it is for you now and how broken your heart is, trust in God’s plan; trust in His reasons.

That rough patch, that ugly relationship that had a bad break-up, are just tough trials, lessons you had to learn even though you didn’t want to.

They were there to show you what love is not.

They were there to teach you to approach love differently when it finds you next time.

You are heartbroken because you deserve someone better.

God knows it and with time, you will know it too.

As you continue your life’s journey, you will see what you want from life and love.

You will realize you deserve someone better and when the time is right, God will send you a man you deserve.

You just need to have patience and trust His will.

Never doubt God’s infinite mercy, even though He gave you this temptation.

Don’t immediately forget about all the good things in your life and don’t focus only on the bad.

Don’t feel hopeless because no matter how many times you prayed for relief, nothing got better.

Many people think that they are being punished for some past transgressions and that God wants to teach them a lesson through that suffering.

You may feel anger and bitterness. You are a good human being, so why is something bad happening to you?

It’s a natural and common question asked by many people when they’re faced with sudden trouble.

We are always thanking God for the good times in our lives but we forget to thank Him when hard times come.

He is the one who sends us both good and bad days and those bad days are here for some purpose.

You just have to find out their purpose.

Do you know what the greatest emotion of all is? It’s gratitude.

And despite all circumstances, you always have to be grateful.

Always be aware of all the things God gave you and always show your gratitude for them.

He had his reason why He gave you those moments and you have to find the right way to respond to those temptations.

God is our strength and the key to our salvation is in His hands.

Never stop thanking Him and praying for His mercy.

Those days won’t last forever. They will pass sooner than you think.

However, it’s important how you’ll behave.

You have a choice to make; whether you will be grateful to God for sending you those bad days to remind you of the good things in your life, or if you’ll be bitter and angry.

If you are overwhelmed by everything that is happening, you feel like your world is crumbling down, then there is only one right thing to do.

Show your gratefulness to God and He will show you the path out of your worries.

Thank God for bad days as because of them you will be able to understand real happiness.

You’ll be able to appreciate what’s really important in life.

Thank Him for putting you through some hard times because you’ll cherish every moment of your life.

You’ll cherish your family more. You’ll be able to cherish everything in your life.

Thank Him for making you realize how wonderful life can be and how ungrateful we can be.

Thank Him for giving you a lesson. The bad days really do help us grow and give us something to learn from.

Our life is designed with ups and downs.

Thank Him for helping you to embrace even those bad days.

There is no point in fighting it. Be aware of the fact that you are not alone.

We all have bad days and we are all learning to cope with them.

Thank Him for teaching you that there’s a lot of good to balance out the bad.

You are surrounded by countless good things; God gave you so many blessings that it’s impossible not to see them.

Thank Him for giving you an opportunity to see and learn new things.

Whenever something bad happens to you, try to see something positive in it; that’s the only way you’ll have the strength to cope with the bad days.

Thank Him for making you a stronger person.

Those bad experiences shape you to be better.

They make you tough. Nietzsche said ‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger’.

That should be your life slogan.

Thank Him for making you believe in yourself. You didn’t quit and that is the most important thing.

You didn’t lose hope. Those bad experiences made you doubt yourself but you were stronger than that.

You found a way to make things better.

The bad days are the time to fight, they are here to remind us that we should be grateful to God.

To prove to ourselves that we are capable of fighting them. To believe that everything happens for a reason.

The bad days are a time to become a better person, to understand that only God can help us and to be patient in order to overcome those bad experiences.

Changes can’t happen overnight. After all, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

Always remember, God won’t give you more than you can handle.

And after every storm, He will send the sun to come out and shine on you again.