MARRIAGE: HOLY OR HAPPY?

What if the greatest joy was in discovering that marriage was designed to make us holy, not happy?

Have you ever reached a crisis point in your marriage; hopelessly wondering if restoration was even possible or worth it?  Perhaps you’ve asked yourself – what happened?

Two people came together in the name of love, making a covenant before God and family, only to now be spending more time in conflict than close connection. Unfortunately, this is more of a commonality in marriages today than ever. So where can you go when you feel like you’re at odds with your spouse?

When you believe that hope has been lost? Back to foundation of why God brought you together, that’s where! I believe that God brings people together with the intention for both to be stretched and to grow into the individuals that He desires them to become. I also believe that he uses the conflict areas in our marriage as a mirror to show us ‘growth opportunities’.

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A Covenant To Have and to Hold

A Covenant To Have and to Hold

Time, effort, and meticulous planning go into the wedding and what about the marriage? Maybe you’re cynical about marriage because of the failed marriages you see around you. Maybe your own marriage has deflated and your hope of ever having a fulfilling marriage relationship has disappeared.

The Keys for Living will help you come to appreciate marriage as the purposeful covenant relationship God intends for it to be. Learn how to find your identity in Christ—not in your mate, discuss tangible ways to improve your marriage, and discover how male and female differences bring balance to the marriage relationship.

What Is God’s Pattern for Marriage?

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”  Genesis 2:24-25

What Are God’s Purposes for Marriage?

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The Vows We Make Before The Marriage Vows

A Vow Is A promise or oath.  These vows may seem very similar to the vows that you exchanged on your wedding day. “I, take thee, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge thee my faith [or] pledge myself to you.”

There is a lot of rich content in the typical Christian Marriage Vows including implied sacrifices that may stretch the average human to the brink of questioning what they have gotten themselves into. It can seem that we commit to these vows without really acknowledging how they actually play out during the course of marriage. This is very reminiscent of the vows that we made during our growing up years.

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CONSIDERING MARRIAGE

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Building Marriages To Last

 

Building Marriages To Last

Journey Toward Building a Marriage that Lasts! Building Marriages To Last is an interactive teaching that is designed to share solid marriage principles. Bryan and Stephanie Vignery teach from over 15 years of experience and are a dynamic, biblically-based, spirit-filled couple. We believe that you will find the Building Marriage to Last curriculum will empower and equip you and your spouse to foster a deeper connection in Christ. We invite you to jump in and enjoy the journey!

The Intentional Marriage is a generational voice that reflects the Biblical truth about marriage in the midst of a culture of lies. Building Marriages to Last online course is one of the ways The Intentional Marriage is spreading the word and impacting marriages!

 

Bryan & Stephanie Vignery
Founders of The Intentional Marriage

Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Stephanie is a NASM Certified Lifestyle Accountability Coach.
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The Search for Who I Am?

There is one question that I believe at some level each one of us is attempting to answer with all of the things that we do in our life. This question shows up in our workplace, in our parenting, in our friendships, and in our marriages! The question is, “who am I?!”

The lack of identity is an epidemic of our culture today! I believe that a high percentage of people are aimlessly walking into situations, relationships, events and careers without having any understanding or idea of who they are. All of this creates devastation in peoples lives on a daily basis.

This is all a part of the enemy’s plan! The enemy is known as the father of lies in the Bible, so he loves nothing more than to lie to us. And also to get us to lie to ourselves! If he can get us to lie to ourselves and believe the lies that he tells us ultimately he knows that we will get off track with our life that God has intended for us.

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Marriage, Motherhood, and Mentorship: My 3Ms

Marriage, Motherhood, and Mentorship: My 3Ms

By Shari Rigby

In the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie OVERCOMER, I play Amy Harrison, wife and partner to Coach John Harrison (played by Alex Kendrick). Amy is a boy mom to two spirited young men and a mentor to Hannah, one of her high-school students and a cross-country runner coached by John.

I love how this film mimics real life. It makes it relatable to audiences of all ages and allows you to see yourself on the screen. When I read the script, I was able to see myself in my character. We had so much in common: I am a mother of two boys, a wife and partner to my husband Matt (who loves to coach soccer), and a mentor to young women.

Oh, and I'm also an actress, writer, producer, and director. As you can see, my time is limited, but my calling is specific. As I tackle motherhood, marriage, and mentoring, my calling is to glorify Jesus. Period. No matter what my job title is.

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