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Discussion in 'Christian Advice' started by Fivesenses, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. LoricaLady

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    Yes, I think that as an adult you need to set some boundaries with your parents and kindly and gently tell them to not interfere. It seems to me that if they get away with it now, they will surely try more of the same with any marriage.

    As for the boy friend, he needs to tell you where he stands on marriage and not be so vague. Since you are putting in time with him he owes that to you. Transparency here will help with transparency if you marry.
     
  2. Zatek

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    I would question his interest in you, and yours in him, if you've been dating for 1.5 years. There's no reason to be dating longer than 6 months, unless you just have no idea what you're doing, in which case you shouldn't really be dating in the first place.


    After dating for 6 months that's who the person is. There's nothing else you need to learn to decide whether or not you want to marry them. They're not going to magically become a more fun or attractive person than they are now. It doesn't mean you know everything about them of course, but it means you know things about them like their view on life, moral beliefs, religious beliefs, life goals, commitment to personal growth, how they treat people, etc, etc.


    Marriage is about more than just kids, it's about accomplishing life goals together. Dating for 6 months, a year, 2 years, or more, just sets yourself up for sexual temptation, complacency, etc. If you just date forever you never get around to accomplishing any life goals together because you aren't even sure if you're going to be together.


    Think about. After what 1.5 years, how has he not yet decided if you're the right woman for him? What does he think he needs to know about you that he doesn't already? If he doesn't know for sure he wants to marry you after 1.5 years, then he will never know, and you're only hurting yourself by waiting around letting your life tick away waiting for him to decide.


    I know it's tough, or at least if you love him it will be tough, but I would suggest you could him one chance and move on. Tell him (if it's true) that you know that you want to spend the rest of your life with him, and that you have known for a while now. Tell him that if he doesn't feel the same then you with him the best of luck with the rest of his life, then give him a hug goodbye.


    Honestly though, I wouldn't even ask him, I'd just end it and find a guy who isn't confused on whether or not he wants to be with you. I know it's hard to end a relationship, but whatever the reason, he just doesn't want to marry you and if you try to make him choose he might choose you because he's afraid not to, not because he really wants to be with you, and you could set yourself up for an unhappy marriage and eventually divorce. And if you end up having kids before the divorce you'll be a single mother trying to date and that is a nightmare. Good single guys just won't date women with kids because there's plenty of good single women who don't have kids and didn't screw up their lives by marrying the wrong guy.

    I know that if I wanted to marry a woman I'd ask her no later than 6 months. It's a man's job to know want he wants and go for it. I know many couples who got engaged after 2 months, though 2 months can be a too soon for a lot of women, but 18 months is not too soon for anyone. If someone can't decide after 18 months, you really need to end it and move on, it's just not working out unfortunately.
     
  3. GUANO

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    $$$$$$$$$ <-------------- the answer.
     
  4. NothingIsImpossible

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    Frist, don't worry about the child bearing age thing. Its not true. Most say "By 30" but ignore that. Heck Sarah had a child at what we would call "elderly" part of her life. Don't let anyone peer pressure either of you into anything. Your adults, adults who old enough to decide on what you want and when. You need to be totally ready for marriage. Though even then you will still not be ready only because its not something you can understand until married of course.

    As for your bf, hes smart to pray about it and make sure the timing is right. Now granted if he wants to wait like 6 years or something, then theres a problem. Shouldn't take that long to get married. Its good to see you are not wanting him to give into peer pressure. I'd nicely tell your parents you love their support but they need to lay back a bit and not pressure the issue. Because if hes marries you out of pressure and hes not really ready. It could ruin the relationship. Or it may make him start to get anxious and angry with your the people who are pressuring him. Which would cause bigger issues later on. I do realize women are much more in a hurry to marry for many reasons. But hold back for now. Or if you want to know ask him nicely what he thinks about getting married soon. Unless you already have asked him. In that case give him time to figure things out.

    It sounds like hes waiting for the right term going by some responses you gave to others. Which is a good thing. Marriage is not only like a big decision like buying a car or buying a house, its probably the one and only biggest decision. I also realize the "Hurry up and wait!" advice probably can be annoying as you REALLY want to marry. But more people rush into marriage then those who wait and often it ends very badly.

    Do you feel maybe your parents are a bit pressuring to because you live at home? I know some parents like to force the birds out of the nest ASAP. Granted I don't know your parents.

    Sex wise its great you two have held back 1.5 years as it is. And trust me its WAY more worth it to continue to wait. Trust me those urges will pay off even more once married. The honeymoon phase of marriage is wonderful.

    Its frustrating that your parents would even say you can date anyone and they may not give their blessing to you if you don't marry soon. To be blunt, its none of their business and not their call on what you, as an adult, do and don't do when it comes to your love life. If the point comes where they give up on him because they wanted a date then I'd tell them you do not need their permission or blessing to get married. I mean its a great thing to get of course because it feels good. But sometimes you have to go against your parents feelings.

    And it looks likes the inbetween pressure is taking a toll on you. If they pressure you enough you may get angry and bitter at him and ruin good relationships (or he may do it to you). They need to back off the subject with you. You could tell them "If you love me you will stop pressuring both of us because you are going to ruin things!". Or in even easier words, what is more important to you, your BF or your parents need for a wedding date?

    I did answer you on the future living space thing. After reading this I'd now say if both parents are pressuring and can be like this then probably best to not move in with either set of parents because then they will be pressuring you about having a baby, what to buy, what to say, what to do...etc. Parents are loving but they also forget their children who are adults have free will to do what they wish. They sometimes forget to turn parent mode off.
     
  5. JCFantasy23

    JCFantasy23 In a Kingdom by the Sea Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team

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    I'd never marry someone I dated less than a year personally - you always see another side of people in a relationship a year later, at least from my experience. 1 1/2 years isn't that long, especially since you're only in your twenties. Nothing wrong with being sure and not rushing everything. You have plenty of time to have children.
     
  6. Dave-W

    Dave-W Our six grandchildren Supporter

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    Different situation, but I proposed during the first 5 minutes of our first date. She said YES; and last month we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
     
  7. JCFantasy23

    JCFantasy23 In a Kingdom by the Sea Staff Member Administrator Supporter CF Senior Ambassador Angels Team

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    That's definitely sweet and special. I'm happy for you guys - congrats on the anniversary :)
     
  8. Dave-W

    Dave-W Our six grandchildren Supporter

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    Thanks!
     
  9. faroukfarouk

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    Family and national cultures can differ considerably. A Biblical framework ought to be able to work in not just one culture.
     
  10. faroukfarouk

    faroukfarouk Fading curmudgeon

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    Yes, culture can be a very influential factor; some issues are right or wrong, but others are more geared to cultural expectations.
     
  11. Dave-W

    Dave-W Our six grandchildren Supporter

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    Yes. This.
     
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