I'd be willing to bet that a handful of y'all thought about the day that you'd marry you husband since you were a little bitty girl. I certainly did. I remember thinking about marriage when I was 4 years old. It's a part of the "American Dream" after all.
As a little back story, I grew up with 4 parents my whole life: my mom, my dad, my stepmom, and my stepdad. This seemed normal to me. Ever since I was old enough to understand 4 parents isn't exactly "typical", I started on my journey to find out "What is Marriage?"
So, around 13 years old (when I began "dating"), I started to form thoughts in my head about what marriage is and what marriage is not. And lucky for me, once my hubby and I got married, we shared the same beliefs. Thank goodness for that.
Maybe you're curious as to what my "findings" were.
Very plainly, marriage is this: a covenant between two people to become one person. Always putting each other first, no matter what trials and tribulations present itself. Such a relationship cannot be broken by any man. My beliefs stem directly from the creator of marriage: God. Below are my favorite verses of all time.
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:6
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Ephesians 5:31
To say I'm against divorce would be a huge understatement. It's just not something I believe in. You can probably imagine that my claws come out when someone demeans the sacredness of my marriage. Oh yes, claws come out. But that's just how much I respect my marriage and my husband.
I just want to leave you with this: if you have a different philosophy about marriage, that's great! Whatever works for your marriage ought to be respected. I just expect the same in return.
I'm linking up with Shay today!