That’s why cohabiting before marriage isn’t a trial marriage at all. It is nothing like a marriage, for it lacks the one thing that makes a marriage a marriage. And the testimony of both the Bible and human history is that the kind of relationship between a man and woman to be had in cohabitation is contrary to how we were created to live. We are so made that our lives as men and women together most flourish, and the society we live in most flourishes, when men and women live in exclusive, committed life-long relationships of loyal love, recognized publicly through the covenant of marriage. 3
Please pray for my family. My husband needs a stable full time job. Ee have four children and haven’t been able to survive on one income. I need an income as well to make ends meet and would like to br able to do so from home because it’s a lot to ask for somebody to watch all of our kids. Pray that when I return to college that I see it through and earn my degree. Pray for me during family court that God will reveal the TRUTH in the case that my children’s father has not been the father he claims to be and that he accepts Jesus as his savior and sees the errors of his ways so that he doesn’t encourage the children to lie. Pray for my father to find a better job with better hours. And I pray that my family who have not accepted Jesus yet, do. Lastly pray that God guides me into a particular career. I have been trying to become a nurse but somehow it keeps falling through and I need guidance as I am unsure of what to do. In Jesus name!! Amen!
When I returned to my motel later that night/early morning to request a wake-up call, I had completely forgotten that I was wearing makeup at all, though the clerk behind the counter’s look of mild mortification probably should have been a giveaway. I washed the makeup off that night in a ritual of cleansing and purification, but a little black makeup remained on my cheeks, giving me the look of a fake hobo with a painted-on beard. I felt more than a little silly wearing clown makeup. But I also felt a little more like family. In the five years since I first entered the Gathering, I went from being a gawker and rubbernecker to the kind of guy gawkers and rubberneckers steal pictures of because they look so weird and wrong.