Marriage is a big deal to me. I have always taken relationships seriously and desired to have a relationship that is everything God meant it to be. How can I expect to have such a relationship though if I assume that everything will fall into place once I meet my man...that I will suddenly know how to do and say the right things? Having a God-honouring relationship starts with two people putting God first and allowing Him to mold them into who they were designed to be. There will be continual growth throughout the marriage, but I'd much rather already be in a stage of positive growth before even meeting my husband.
One area in particular that I am learning to grow in right now is communication. I am finding ways that I can stand up for myself so that I am honouring God, myself, and the other person. I hate conflict and tend to try to avoid it at all costs. I'll refuse to be honest about things that hurt or frustrate me because I don't want the other person to be hurt or to think less of me in their hurt. Yet, these habits only produce the negative fruit of resentment, fear, and unhealthy relationships. I can only imagine how destructive my fear of confrontation would be in a marriage if I never did anything about it!
As I learn to grow in areas that are hard for me, God is stripping away the ugliness inside me and revealing the beauty He has placed there. I am gaining victory over strongholds of fear, doubt, insecurity, selfishness, etc. Who wants to bring those negative qualities into a marriage? I'm not saying those issues will never affect me again, but I would rather start working through them now, before I have another person who is directly affected by my choices. I firmly believe that my marriage will be stronger as I focus on becoming all that God has called me to be...now!