Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples

Preparing Your Heart for Marriage: Devotions for Engaged Couples

by Gary L. Thomas


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The wedding is planned, but are you spiritually prepared for your wedding day? Trusted relationship author Gary Thomas coaches engaged couples on how to grow closer to the Lord in the days leading up to the wedding as a means of preparing them for all the days after the wedding.

Engagement is bursting with promise, hope, joy, and anticipation of all kinds. It can also be one of the busiest times your life. For some, planning a wedding, with all the decisions involved, can feel less like the onset of marriage and more like a long to-do list. Amidst the busyness, this devotional is designed to help you think through the spiritual priorities and challenges that lie ahead in order to grow an outstanding marriage filled with love, grace, and God's blessing.

This lovely book provides encouraging entries that will help you deal with common issues such as:

  • What real intimacy means
  • How to celebrate your differences
  • Remembering to laugh together

With a special section on the marriage vows and meditations for the bride and groom, Preparing Your Heart for Marriage will help you grow in your relationship as a couple as you become closer to God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345961
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 309,311
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of 19 books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith. He has a master’s degree from Regent College, where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in 49 states and 10 different countries. He has appeared numerous times on various national radio and television programs, including CBN, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.

Table of Contents

Congratulations! 1

Part 1 God's Plan for Marriage

1 Celebrating the Joys of Marriage 7

2 God's Invention 15

3 You're Going on a Journey 21

4 A New Dimension 27

5 Make My Dreams Come True 33

6 The Most Important Things 37

7 Stop with the Secrets 43

8 The Enthusiasm Factory 51

9 Pleasure Is Your Friend 59

10 The Work of Marriage 65

11 Intoxicated with Passion 69

12 The Very Best Gift 75

13 Don't Believe the Lies 81

14 Marriage Is a Team Sport 87

15 The Guilt of "Tempting Another Soul" 93

16 Prime Examples 99

Part 2 Preparing for Your Vows

17 The Gift You Are About to Receive 107

18 The Journey from "Me" to "We" 111

19 Love Servants 117

20 Mutual Care 123

21 The Highest Place 127

22 Broken Bodies 133

23 Radically Connected 139

24 Turtledove Love 143

Part 3 The Wedding Vows

25 Own Your Choice 151

28 One Flesh 157

27 Wondrous Marriage 165

28 More Than Conquerors 169

29 Money, Money, Money 175

30 Hungry Again 181

A Wedding Day Meditation for Her 187

A Wedding Day Meditation for Him 191

Notes 194

Acknowledgments 197

About Gary Thomas 198

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