DEAL WITH THEM NOW! - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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Recently I talked with a sister who told me of her engagement and wedding moves. She was so excited and I was particularly excited because her excitement just simply rubbed off on me. But I had to ask her what they have been talking about and her response got me thinking.

Dating or courtship is a very important time in a relationship. It is a time to make sure you want to go all the way. It is the time to plan for and make the important decisions about your would be marriage.

It is not just the time to hold hands, have romantic dates, look in each other’s eyes,
get the goose bumps, and say sweet little things to each other. These are all part of it I must admit, but planning, I mean real planning, has to happen at this time.

If you have the blue print of what you want your marriage to look like before you get married, then when you do, you just flow with it. You kind of just start running with the plan. It makes it easier in marriage to have an already prepared plan. 
There’s a popular quote in my circle that says “Good Preparation Precedes Good Outcome.”
I want to share some of the things I believe intending couples, or even people who are just dating should ask themselves and talk about before they proceed in their relationships.

Your Faith
What/Whom do you believe in? If you do not have common grounds on this then you will have serious issues because there are so many things you are not going to be Seeing Eye to Eye on. 

You may be able to carry on, even for what seems like a long while but loads of misunderstandings, quarrels, sorrow, pain, and heartaches will persist. That will be an unequal yoking and stormy ride.
Your Core Values Of And In Life

Principles you live by like: Integrity, sincerity, Love, purity, gentleness, humility and more. These and how you would handle life’s issues and the people in your lives or people you meet must be discussed and agreed upon in this season of your relationship. 

How will you relate with in-laws, relatives, and friends. If you don’t agree on these values then it will be difficult for both of you to really work and walk well together.

Your Passion And Vision

One of the things that helped me make certain my husband was and still is “The One” was that He was and is still passionate about the things I am passionate about. Our visions for our lives had a meeting point, a connection. If you do not have these connections and both of you carry on in different parts there might come a time when you discover that you going in too many different directions from each other and this might breed or put a distance between both of you.
What vision do you have as regards children, how many do you want and how do you want to raise them?
These must be thought and talked about extensively, so that there is a marriage of your visions and passions.

Your Finances

This is a core area that you MUST discuss and agree upon. Are both of you going to work outside the home or will someone (In most cases it is the lady) stay home to manage the home front and raise the children?
How will you handle financial support for your parents and relations if you plan to?

How will you handle your finances, are you going to operate joint accounts? If each person will manage their finances separately, then who takes care of what? Who will handle the financial books or budgets of the family, one person is most times better than the other in managing finances.

My husband does better than me even though I studied finance, so I let him do all those figure works. Money and money related matters are largely guilty or has a hand in the troubles, separation and divorce of most couples today. So it will be wisdom for you to have a financial agreement and plan before you even venture in.

Your Emotions

Emotions when not properly managed can be very destructive. Discuss your emotions and how to handle them. Share your emotional weaknesses and discuss on ways to work on and improve on them.
You must also tell each other the truth, if you notice an area of emotional weakness in each other. And make sure he/she knows and agrees to work on it. Talking about these things and agreeing on them helps a great deal in any relationship.

If you really desire to have a successful marriage, then do not “play” during courtship or when you are dating.  Deal with all the issues you need to or they might deal with your relationship in future. Be open with each other on these things, hiding anything or acting like it doesn’t matter will boomerang later.

Two Cannot Work Together If They Don’t Agree.

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Ugochi
    Posted at 12:21h, 06 May

    Thanks a lot Jamie, I appreciate your stopping by.

    Hi Emily, thanks for the visit, I’ll check it out.

    Ok, CJ I’ll check it out, thanks!

    Yes Pepper,It is important for couples to be on the same page.

  • The Pepperrific Life
    Posted at 06:59h, 06 May

    I’d like to think that I’ve learned from the mistakes I made in my previous marriage. I’m in a relationship right now, and we could consider the points you raised in your post. All the things you pointed out make a whole lot of sense. It’s really important for couples to be on the same page.

  • Emily Meyers
    Posted at 22:25h, 05 May

    Hey I found you via the aloha hop and am your newest follower!! Maybe you would be willing to follow each other? Also Today is the last day to enter my modcloth giveaway!! Come check it out!

    THanks so much:)

  • C.J.
    Posted at 23:02h, 05 May

    So true! Sounds like you would be a great marriage counselor! Found you on the Aloha Blog Hop. Would love a follow back at Feel free to enter the contests! 🙂

  • Rocks
    Posted at 17:35h, 05 May

    That is so true! I’m sure this post will be of help to me when I get to speak to about “getting married” someday 🙂 God bless you!!

  • Jamie
    Posted at 21:15h, 05 May

    Great post! I love the wisdom you shared. All of it is so valuable to build a rock solid foundation for a marriage commitment. Beautifully and wisely written!

  • Ugochi
    Posted at 19:27h, 05 May

    Thanks for the follow Teresa! I appreciate your visit.

  • Ugochi
    Posted at 19:25h, 05 May

    Thanks Friendy! I always get blessed by your comments. Thanks for the love. I know you’ll make the perfect choice.

    Happy Mothers’ day to you too, I believe you’ve got over flowing love to share with your children when they come.

    God’s grace and speed!

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:15h, 05 May

    AMEN girlie!!! Having differences in faith causes huge problems down the road. Better to not be unequally yoked!! Great tips for single ladies (like me) to remember when thinking about dating again! Great blog as always! 🙂

    Have a wonderful, blessed weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

  • kelekia1
    Posted at 18:29h, 05 May

    Love the blog!!! Saw you on the Hop. Please follow me back!!!

  • Ugochi
    Posted at 17:55h, 05 May

    Amen Rocks! I am so grateful to God you find this helpful!
    God’s grace and peace!