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What Do I Bring to the Table?
Becoming the ‘right person’
Preparation for the Blessing
Examine, Adjust, Repair Your Self-Portrait
Third Realm of Heart
Second Realm Of Heart
First Realm of Heart
Are you capable of building the marriage of your dreams?
Self-Reflection Self-Awareness Life Goals
Write down three adjectives that best describe your character
The most important preparation is internal: 1.Motivation 2.Maturity 3.Capacity to Love 4.Faith
What is your motivation to be Blessed?
You want someone to love you
You think you should
You want to be happy
How many people are scared about the whole thing?
Marriage is our spiritual path
Most spiritual growth happens in and thru’ relationships Maturity is measured in our ability to love
integrity and conscience
self-discipline and self-control
managing your feelings
How do you handle…… disappointment? loneliness? rejection? stress? anger?
How do you deal with challenge?
How do you deal with boredom?
What tools do I use to maintain my spiritual and emotional health?
What do you do when someone hurts your feelings? Or disagrees with you?
How are you at forgiving?
awareness of others
How are you at sacrifice?
Those who resisted temptation were reaching their goals socially competent, embraced challenges, coped well with frustration, confident, trustworthy dependable
We have baggage
misconceptions about marriage
All our needs will get met, always
Bad habits get replaced by good habits as soon as you get married
bring them with you
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
“The strongest characteristic of a marriageable person is the habit of happiness.” Dr. M. Landis -
Can I be happy even when things don’t go my way? Do I usually count my blessings or do I count what’s missing? Do I often compare my situation to others?
We decide how happy or unhappy we will be
What kind of person are you ?
Attitude of Gratitude
Happy couples share exaggerated views of their spouses
Maturity is really about being able to take responsibility
Responsible Attitude: Committed to growing my heart and maturing my character to its full potential
Next Stage… Committed to helping my future partner become the best they can be
3. Capacity for Love
assume the best
listen for the heart
look for the gold
Can you stick to something or to someone thru’ thick and thin?
basic sense of core beliefs
What nourishes and inspires me?
What do I know is true?
life of faith
Rely on God
compulsion for completeness is at the core of each of us
We hope our partners will complete our deep need for significance
Not even the most loving and Godly spouse can always fulfill our deepest needs for love and significance
need to rely on God
develop a personal relationship with God
pay attention to your actions and reactions
go beyond your comfort zone
work on important relationships
Marriage requires flexibility, acceptance and humor
life is crazy
people always change
“No matter how good your partner is, you will not find his or her value unless you have within you the quality to do so.” - True Father
What am I bringing to the table?
always more to learn
Growing to Greatness.
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