December 03, 2021
top trending topics
📆 Is your fiancé dragging their feet on picking a wedding date? Here’s what you can do to pin down the day for your nuptials.
💍 A solid foundation for newlyweds can help couples handle whatever comes their way.
💪 Everyone wants to build a strong marriage, right? Learn the top 10 strengths and problems to help you start!
🏠 Real talk, is there even a point to getting married if you’re already living together?
🚩 Worried that your fiancé may be watching porn? Watch out for these red flags.
tips & tricks for growth
looking for pre-marital education?
You’ve been together long enough to know you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Your soon-to-be spouse knows everything there is to know about you. The good and the bad, happy and sad… basically, you’re madly in love. Nothing is going to change that, right?
Regardless of if you’ve been dating for FOREVER, or if you’re already living together, or if you think you know all there is to know about each other — marriage changes things. In amazing ways aaaaand not-so-amazing ways.
Maybe you already expect this but your fiancé doesn’t want to do premarital counseling and it’s causing tension during an already stressful time. Or maybe you feel like your relationship is totally good and you would really just love a discount on your marriage license because every penny counts, amiright? Well, we’ve got you covered.
Our online course, Preparing For Marriage, will help you build an unbreakable marriage right from the start! (And get you a big discount on your marriage license!)*
how to communicate better with your future spouse
Communication in marriage isn’t some tricky thing that some people have, and some don’t. It’s a skill that you, me, and everyone else can practice and improve. Use these skills to transform the communication with your future spouse…
1. Practice the art of listening well
Listening well means seeking to understand. It’s putting yourself in your spouse’s shoes. Seek to understand their point of view. And know that just because it’s not the same as yours doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.
2. Ask lots of questions
The ultimate goal of healthy communication in marriage is to connect. Be curious for the sake of knowing your husband or wife better and how you can strengthen your relationship.
3. Go deeper in your communication
Explore and appreciate the complexities of each other. Instead of having only shallow, transactional convos, start intentionally discussing feelings, opinions, shortcomings, goals, hopes, needs, past experiences, and future dreams.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Caroline Henry, wife to her husband of 2.5 years, Will, new momma to a little girl, and the Content Manager here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
🎅 Santa’s Bag App– The easiest way to keep all your gift lists straight!
💛 Virtual Date Night | Let’s Laugh, Love– My husband and I led this virtual date night last year, but it’s not too late to join in on the fun! Get your laughter rolling with this free at-home date night.
💍 Ring Cleaning Solution– Keep that ring sparkling clean through all the holiday pictures!
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