For the first time at Awesome Marriage we will have two areas of focus this month! We begin July focusing on “Preparing for Marriage.” This is my theory. If a couple truly prepares well for marriage, the chances of the marriage going the distance are really good.
The goal of Awesome Marriage from day one was to help eliminate divorce, and that starts with preparing well. If you are engaged or getting close to taking that step, I urge you to get good, solid premarital counseling. Not the kind of counseling that just gives you a stamp of approval to move forward into marriage, but rather counseling that will challenge you to look deep into your relationship.
It’s counseling that can make or break the relationship. That may sound scary to you, but nothing is as scary as not preparing and some time into your marriage, getting a divorce. If you decide to marry, it will give you great confidence as you move forward. Sure there will be things to face and to work through, but you will know how to face together whatever life throws your way and how to work through it.
As I was looking forward to this month’s focus, I was reading through the first weeks of blogs that I wrote as we launched Awesome Marriage (then it was called I Want An Awesome Marriage) back in November of 2010. Here is part of a blog from that week:
“I Want An Awesome Marriage” is one month old. Thanks to each of you, we have grown to over 15,000 during this time. I want to celebrate that with you but at the same time let you know that we have not even begun! Our goal is to eliminate the divorce rate - that means zero. I know that is an awesome goal but I believe as a community we can do it. Think about this - a world without divorce. I really do not think we can fully comprehend what that would mean. It is not on most of our radar screens. But I do know that many of the problems our world faces today would cease to exist if we had a world full of healthy, thriving marriages.
That was our focus then and is still our focus today as we reach thousands upon thousands of people globally every month. That dream of a “zero” divorce rate starts here with every couple preparing well!
Here are some of our resources to help you prepare:
- Dr. Kim’s Online Course: http://awesomemarriage.com/premarital-counseling/
- Dr. Kim’s Preparing for an Awesome Marriage Student Workbook (accompanies Online course) https://www.createspace.com/3745527
- Dr. Kim’s Preparing for an Awesome Marriage Book https://www.createspace.com/3854664
- SYMBIS Assessment with Dr. Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)