Good lookin' out, Lori!
Hook, line and sinker right here...
"Even if a couple doesn't acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior, even if they're not aware of the creation mandate, they can still partake in the goodness of marriage. Even in a day when women don't need a marriage for the same practical reasons as they once did, social research reinforces the truth that God created marriage for our good. One of the best collections of evidence is The Case for Marriage by Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher. What they and others have discovered is in the natural realm reinforces the timeless wisdom found in Scripture:
Ecclesiastes 9 says, 'Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.'
Waite and Gallagher say, 'The old adage, 'Two can live as cheaply as one' contains more than a grain of truth. Husbands and wives usually only need one set of furniture and appliances, one set of dishes, one lawn mower...This kind of pooling means couples can have the same standard of living for much less money and effort than can an adult living alone.'
Proverbs 18:22 says, 'He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.'
Steve L. Nook says, 'Masculinity is precarious and must be sustained in adulthood. Normative marriage does this. A man develops, sustains, and displays his masculine identity in his marriage. The adult roles that men occupy as husbands are core aspects of their masculinity.'
Matthew 19:6 says, 'So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.'
Waite and Gallagher again: 'The promise of permanence is key to marriage's transformative power. People who expect to be a part of a couple for their entire lives---unless something awful happens---organize their lives differently from people who are less certain their relationship will last. The marriage contract, because it is long-term, encourages husbands and wives to make decisions jointly and to function as part of a team. Each spouse expects to be able to count on the other to be there and to fulfill his and her responsibilities.'
Song of Songs 1:2 says, 'Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth---for your love is more delightful than wine.'
Waite and Gallagher say, 'Married people have both more and better sex than singles do. They not only have sex more often, but they enjoy it more, both physically and emotionally, than do their married counterparts. Only cohabitors have more sex than married couples, but they don't necessarily enjoy it as much. Marriage, it turns out, is not only good for you, it is good for your libido too.'
The goodness of marriage comes when we surrender to the timeless institution that was endowed with meaning and purpose before we were ever born..."---"Believe Marriage Is a Worthwhile and Holy Pursuit", pg.25-26
Funny. God's timing (Acts 1:7-Message). I *just* read an article on the decline of marriage in America. Just because people use it less doesn't mean it's lost its value. *Not by a long shot*. Anyway, you can cop this gem here.