Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Risking a Broken Heart

The principle of “guarding your heart” is often discussed as one of the cornerstones of Christian dating, and for good reason. Restraining emotions and focusing on compatibility is very important, especially during the early stages of a relationship.

However, as a relationship progresses, it is natural and appropriate for emotional intimacy to deepen. This process — often called falling in love — can be among the most emotionally intoxicating experiences of a person’s life. It can also be very scary...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Writing Has It's Limits

Written communication has been around for a while — at the very least, for the past five millennia. While writing certainly has come a long way since the first person put paint-covered finger to cave wall, the written word still has its limits.

Whenever you speak with someone, you do more than just listen to their words. You observe their facial expressions and body language. You take notice of vocal tone and inflection. And you put all of this together to find the speaker’s intended message.

This process is much more difficult when you are given only words on a screen...

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Friday, September 9, 2011

How To Buy an Engagement Ring

Christian Dating Tip #26

On Wednesday we looked at the history of the engagement ring and how the diamond industry may have affected our buying decisions in today’s culture. With that background, I’d like to offer some advice to guys on how to choose the perfect ring.

Honor God — An engagement ring is a pledge of good faith, demonstrating a man’s commitment to marry a woman. It is also a public declaration that two lives are about to be joined before God. Instead of obsessing about what your girlfriend would like most, choose a ring that will bring glory to God, keeping in mind the biblical principle of modesty (1 Timothy 2:9)...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Engagement Rings: Sacred Tradition or Advertising Ploy?

I had very little idea what I would say when I began this article. Several Marry Well members asked me about the topic, and at first I was daunted at the task. Being a woman, I’ve spent very little time thinking about the selection and purchase of engagement rings. But one thing led to another, and after reading several articles and spending a lot of time in thought, I decided to take a stab at this somewhat sensitive topic.

The practice of giving engagement rings dates back to the ancient Romans. Originally these were made of iron, bronze, or sometimes gold. From these rather humble beginnings, the engagement ring tradition has grown increasingly more elaborate. In the Middle Ages, engagement rings began to include gems. Diamonds made their first appearance on the scene in 1477 when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave a diamond engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy. The seemingly traditional diamond solitaire didn’t appear until the end of the 19thcentury. Even so, diamonds didn’t take over the market until the 1940s, after a De Beer’s advertising campaign. The saying “a diamond is forever” hasn’t been around forever either. It was coined in the 1950s...

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