Europe and Marriage

Lots of folks stop us at the grocery store or church or on the street to share their thoughts about our book My Heart Got Married And I Didn’t Know It. Several people have mentioned the statistics that show marriage is on the decline in the U.S. and have pointed out that marriage rates in Europe have declined even more. ┬áThere is a term in Europe that describes relationships as “life stage partnerships” and the underlying assumption is that relationships don’t last forever, marriage is unnecessary and romantic relationships last for a season. Hmmmmm……what does this mean for our understanding of heart marriage? We maintain that when couples embrace marriage like behaviors – sex, cohabitation, monogamy- especially early in the relationship, they become deeply bound even if the relationship is troubled and will have difficulty and heart ache when they try to break up.

So, whether you live in Europe or the states, live with intention and don’t rush your romances!!

Lora & Barbara