I occasionally look back – always with fondness – on my engagement period to my husband.
It was a sweet time. One of excited anticipation and wistful daydreams, tempered by lots and lots of work. Between completing my degree, fulfilling the requirements for teacher licensure, student teaching, and planning a wedding – not to mention frequently making the six-hour round trip home from college to visit my beloved – I rarely had a moment to spare.
How I wish that I knew then what I know now: there is one needful thing, and it’s not working harder. It’s not doing more.
But unfortunately, the one needful thing is something that was lacking during that season of my life.
I wish I had prayed more – alone, with my husband-to-be, and even with others who cared about us and would’ve welcomed the opportunity to pray over us and our impending marriage.
If you’re engaged, I hope you’ll often take the opportunity to bathe your relationship in prayer by praying the Scriptures below. Because a wedding isn’t the finish line.
It’s only the beginning of a life devoted to serving your King together, as one.
And while that is a wonderful, beautiful venture, it’s no small feat, dear one.
Perhaps some of you will offer these prayers on behalf of an engaged couple you know and love. Thank you for your investment. Because time spent praying is never wasted time.
Prayers for Engaged Couples
Pray that you and your spouse-to-be would let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, and that the two of you would be firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27). Ask the Lord to grant you even now a vision of the joint ministry He has planned for your marriage.
Acknowledge to the Lord that although your heart makes plans, the LORD establishes your steps (Proverbs 16:9). Ask Him to direct your path and that of your beloved, as you both trust in Him. Yield your will to His in all things.
Confess the truth that unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). Share with God your heart’s desire that He would “build your house,” and be the foundation on which your home is established.
Recount back to God that without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 15:22). Ask the Lord to place the right counselors into your life and the life of your betrothed; that He would give your advisers wisdom; and that He would grant you a teachable spirit.
Praise the Lord for the gift of His divine power which has granted you all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called you to His own glory and excellence! Revel in the His precious and very great promises granted to you, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. Pray that you and your beloved would progress in spiritual maturity during the time of your engagement and in your marriage, making every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:3-8).
Ask that the God of endurance and encouragement would grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5-6).
Dear Heavenly Father, how good You are to give us the gift of anticipation about joyous occasions to come! Thank you for the person You have ordained for me to marry, and for directing our relationship thus far. I pray that you would continue to make your will known to us, in big ways and small, as we pursue your will together. We long to glorify you in our relationship, now and forevermore. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
Engagement is a day when two people are going to get committed to each other. On this special day of life, everyone love to be wished by their friends, family and people closer to them. Engagement is a first step to start a new life with a better half. You must also wish your friends or other people closer to you on their engagement.
There are many ways to wish and congratulate a person on his/her engagement. But the hardest part is of choosing perfect words to wish. We are here to help you out in this regard. We have a perfect collection of engagement wishes and congratulatory messages for engagement. You can copy these quotes and messages to wish anyone. Posting on a social media or texting on mobile phone is not a bad idea but is too mainstream. The best way to wish a couple on their engagement day is to buy and gift for them and write a beautiful quote on a greeting card. Attach the greeting card to a beautiful packing of gift. This will surely be liked by a person you are wishing.
Newly Engaged Couples Quotes
Here is our wonderful collection of engagement wishes:
I congratulate you on your engagement. You two make a beautiful couple together. I pray that this bond lasts forever.
Wishing you all the best and I hope that this be the start of wonderful and long journey ahead.
You both make a beautiful couple together. May God bless you both with beautiful life.
Congratulations to a beautiful couple. May your love bond gets stronger every day!
I congratulate the future bride and groom. You are the most beautiful couple I have ever seen. Lots of best wishes to you.
You have taken first step towards new life. May your new life be filled with all the happiness and joys. May you both live long!
All the best for your new relationship. I wish you both a very happy life ahead.
Finally you both got engaged. Congratulations and all the best. May your relationship last forever.
Congratulations on having each other. It’s good to hear about your engagement. Wishing you both a very happy life and lots of love.
Congratulations to a newely engaged couple. Your love has reached to another level and I wish that it increases every day. I wish you both a very happy future.
Keep loving each other like you do. I am so glad to hear about your engagement. You two make a wonderful couple together. May your love bond gets more deeper.
Congratulations on your engagement. May you get more happiness and joy than your imagination. Best of luck for your life ahead…
Engagement Wishes – Congratulations on Your Engagement
I wish that both of you stay together forever. I wish you both a very happy life together.
May God bless you both on this special occasion of your life. I wish that your life be filled with love and happiness.
A person is lucky when he/she gets engaged with the love of his/her life. And you are so lucky in this regard. Be happy always.
All the best on your engagement. May every best thing happen to you as you started planing for your lives together. You both make a sweet pair, lots of best wishes for you.
To be happy it is very important that you live with the person you love. And you both have a wonderful reason to be happy. So take care of each other and live a wonderful life.
I am so happy to see you together. I pray that this commitment last forever and you both stay with each other in every situation.
A person you love is your weekness. But if you are together you are strongest. So be with each other and live a happy life.
I congratulate a great and most beautiful couple I have ever seen. May you always love and stay in the hearts of each other…
You both are now commited to each other. This means that you are going to spend your life together. I wish you all the happiness in life. May your love bond gets deeper and stronger and may you be safe from every evil. Lots of love for a beautiful couple!
So happy to hear the great news of your engagement. May this be the sign of a great life ahead. I wish you a happy life together.
Funny Engagement Quotes
I am very happy because my friends got engaged. Wishing you all the best in your life and may you get eternal love and peaceful life together. God bless you!
So happy for you that you are engaged. May God lighten up your life by adding love in your hearts.
May your love for each other never ends. Congratulation on your engagement.
May your love give you never ending blessing and romance. Be with each other always and take care of each other like no one can. Be happy and live a lovely and beautiful life.
Continue to love each other and being there for one another in need. May you have a wonderful live together. So happy that you got engaged.
Congratulations to the most beautiful couple. I am really very happy for you. May your love bond stays like this forever.
This is such a great news. So happy to hear about your engagement. I am sure that you will make a beautiful family. Waiting for your wedding…
You have taken a first step to your new life. Hope this new life brings lots of joys in your life. Congratulations on your engagement!
When you two gaze at each other, I see true love in your eyes. May this love never ends and increases every day. Have a wonderful life ahead.
May your every step takes you both closer to each other and may God’s grace guide you both to the right path. May you both live a happy life.
May you get all the success, joys and happiness with your life partner. So happy for your engagement.
I wish that your engagement be the begining of an everlasting series of love, happiness and success. May you both stay commited to each other and may your love bond grows every day.
Engagement Wishes for Brother And Sister
I am wishing you all the best from my heart. May your couple be ideal for everyone. Have a great life!
Congratulations! You can gift the best thing to each other now, the endless love God has gifted you on your engagement. May you stay like this forever. Have a happy life together!
You are now free to go and make a wonderful life together. Congratulations on your engagement!
You make a beautiful couple. Stay commited to each other and love each other. Have a happy life!
You both truly deserve each other. It is so good to see you both together. May your love for each other grows each and every day.
I see true love in your eyes when you look at each other. May this bond of love stays like this forever and may your beautiful couple see all the happiness. God bless you!
I wish you all the best for your life ahead. You have taking a step towards your new life with your better half.
You both are made for each other. So happy that you got engaged, you make the best couple together.
I am sending you all the best wishes and love to a wonderful and newely engaged couple. May this adventure brings you lots of happiness and perfectness in your life. Have a blessed life ahead.
For a lovely couple like yours who have no match, I wish a very happy engagement. May this day be the beginning of good happenings in your life.
May your life together be filled with joys, happiness and wonderful adventures. Wishing you both a very happy life and may your couple be ideal for everyone. Happy engagement!
I pray to God to fill up your life with all the happiness. Happy engagement to Mr and Ms. Perfect.
So happy for you that you are together. May this bond of love gets stronger every day and may you be together forever. Happy engagement!
May God bless your beautiful couple with love and bliss. Wish you a very happy engagement and a perfect life ahead.
I pray for your happy life together. May you stay in love like this forever. Have a wonderful life filled with happiness all the way. Congratulations on your engagement.
I am very happy that you two got engaged. You both are so lucky to have each other. May you have a perfect life with each other. Congratulations on your engagement.
May your love bond stays stronger for the rest of your lives. Have a good life.
Happy engagement to the best couple I have ever seen. So happy that you are together.
May you both stay united for all the years to come. Wish you all the best for your lives.
Finally my best friends got engaged. You two make the best couple and I believe that you will create a beautiful family. May God bless you with the best life.
Your love is wonderful and I hope and wish that it grows every day. Happy engagement to both of you.
Best wishes to a newely engaged couple. May your life together be filled with all the happiness. I pray for your perfect life. God bless you both.
Your love is beautiful and pure and I wish all the best for you. Have a fantastic life with your better half.
A couple like you deserve to be happy. Congratulations on your engagement and my best wishes are with you. Have a great love life with each other.
Happy engagement to both of you. Make your life better by loving each other.
Happy engagement to two love birds. You two make such a lovely and beautiful couple together.
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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
The Bible tells us that two are better than one. We know God’s Word to be true, but if we are human and honest, we will often admit that marriage is hard. It doesn’t always seem like two really are better than one, does it?
Making our marriage stronger takes intentionality, and I believe, prayer. When we are intentionally humbling ourselves and praying for our spouse, our heart grows more soft and pliable. God is able to work in my heart as well as in my spouse.
But should we pray? What if marriage is so hard we can hardly utter words of hope? This is where praying God’s Word comes into play. Learning to pray God’s Word has been something God has used in my life when I was desperate and without words. Praying God’s Word gives me the words when I have none, but also gives me the confidence to pray because I know I am praying in alignment with His Will if I’m praying His very words. Praying God’s Word is for the weak and broken, like me. Praying God’s Word is for all of us!
And even if your marriage is strong and you don’t need help finding words to pray, the verses listed below can help give you new ideas for how to pray for your marriage.
10 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage
1. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Lord, make us strong for you.)
2. Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Lord, may our homes be built on your wisdom.)
3. Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” (Lord, may our delight be in you, may we meditate on your law day and night. When we do so, our marriage and our family will be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither.)
4. Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Lord, create in both of us a pure heart, seeking you first in all things.)
5. Song of Solomon 4:10 “How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume more than any spice!” (May we delight in our love for one another.)
6. Isaiah 62:5 “As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” (May we rejoice over one another and in turn, rest in the knowledge that you, God, rejoice over us as your children.)
7. 1 Corinthians 14:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.“ (Lord, give us your kind of love for our spouse and for our families. Grow us in patience, kindness, honor, service, and may we never keep a record of wrongs. May our love never fail because it is your love in us.)
8. Ephesians 5:21-33 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” (Lord, may we joyfully submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. May we love like Jesus.)
9. Philippians 2:3-7 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Lord, help us to not do anything out of selfish ambition. Give us humble hearts toward one another, not looking to our own interests, but to the interests of our spouse. Give us the mind of Christ.)
10. Colossians 1:13-14 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Lord, may we never forget that you rescued us from the dominion of darkness. May we show that same forgiveness to our spouse!)
Candace Crabtree is just a broken mama thankful for grace and new mercies every morning. She and her husband live in East Tennessee where they homeschool their 3 kids. Candace also enjoys teaching piano, coffee, good books and blogging at His Mercy Is New. On her blog she shares encouragement for weary women from God’s Word along with resources for learning to pray the Scriptures.
Publication date: February 17, 2016
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Here are some tips of what a marriage might entail. With some sound suggestions and some spiritual preparation, couples reading this planner should be ready for what is to come in the next 12 months of their relationship.
- Don’t try to change each other. The wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you would not want to ruin it by remembering how you became Bridezilla and how you made your groom think twice and get cold feet because of your actions. Remember why and how you fell in love with each other.
- I often times forget this, but it is SO important: He/She cannot read your mind. If you want or expect something to be done, just simply ask.
- Communication. Do not hint, because that really doesn’t mean you said it and it just causes greater confusion. Overall, be vocal and communicate your feelings and talk things out. Communication sets the tone of how you will be towards each other, not only for the wedding, but for the rest of your lives.
- Never say negative things about your fiancé (e) in front of other people, or publicly make fun of your fiancé (e). It’s hurtful and dishonouring. Keep the teasing private. Stress heightens the tension and you never know if your words hurt much more than you had intended.
- Absence makes the heart grow -less- fond. Don’t be away from each other too much. The engagement period is an extremely important phase and if you don’t work together through all the big and small issues, you will find it more stressful in the end. You will attach to the people you’re around more. You need to invest into the relationship, if you want it to last till the end.
- To best prepare for marriage, it’s important to seek some kind of pre-marriage advice. A pre-marriage retreat is a fantastic way for a couple to spend time together and learn about each other. Under the guidance of a nature retreat or crazy sport experience, engaged couples can explore their respective partner’s views in all aspects of life.
- Don’t forget to have fun with each other. The stress can get to your head and cause a lot of tension to build up. Simple remember to lighten up, smear some whip cream on his face when picking out the wedding cake, or buy her a nice bouquet of flowers after picking out the arrangements and who knows, perhaps he/she might just fall even harder for you than before!
- Set priorities. If there’s something more fatal than procrastination when it comes to wedding planning, it would be not knowing when to get things done. Make sure both of you sit down and set timelines for each other, expectations of whose doing what & when it will be done, the rest will just fall into place. Leaving an open ended gap for –œone of you– to take initiative is usually a great way to start a big fight. Try and get rid of that.
- Think of the engagement phase as the first date. You want to impress them. You don’t want to be late. You want to do the right things and say the right words. You want to learn more about them. You want to have fun with each other. You don’t want to give yourself away and show all sides of you just yet. And most importantly, you want to see them again. The first date recipe to a lifetime marriage. Ta da!
- Remember what’s most important. Weddings are never just about the two of you, the honeymoon is! That being said, take into consideration that you will need to learn how to work and cooperate with family members, the annoying cousins, or his/her ignorant best friend. For what it’s worth, at least you can look back and say that you had made the best of –œthose– moments in your life with him/her.
Last but not least, some topics that might be of concern and are usually discussed during marriage preparation are usually in regards to: personality differences, sexual expectations, and most of all, money. Finances have made and broken families and life time partners, all because there was no established mutual agreement to begin with. That or setting unrealistic standards for each other, resulting in constant disappointment and distrust. Make sure to seek professional advice or personal expertise early on in the engagement to prevent these issues to become of severity in your relationship.
Overall, engaged couples are just like any other relationships. It takes time and commitment to nurture something fruitful and to keep each other wanting more to be in the presence of each other.