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Summer is a season of love and many couples choose this time to say those powerful and magical words “I Do”. There is nothing more exciting than a June or July bride and the cooperative groom who accommodates his bride-to-be with a summer wedding. I remember the first time I married, I too was a July bride.  What a beautiful time of wedding memories. Statistics show that marriages are more successful when the couple attend pre-marital counseling before they say those magical words and enter a new life together as one.

Here are some statistics: 75 percent of all family units are going to need some type of marriage counseling. One out of two marriages will end in divorce. In 50 percent of marriages, a spouse will be unfaithful within the first five years. You don’t have to look for statistics, just ask a few couples you know about their experience of attending pre-marital counseling and how it impacted their union.  Be sure to ask those that are no longer married to add their responses to the mix.

The most important element of marriage is God. Marriage is God’s idea. God created and designed marriage. Genesis 2:24 says “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” This is really the first time the bible talks about marriage. The number one way for a healthy, happy, holy, and lasting marriage is to keep God in the center of the marriage.

Below are just a few benefits of pre-martial counseling before you: get married, tie the knot, get hitched, or jump-the-broom. Counseling is an impactful way to strengthen your marriage relationship.

Face any issues:

Couples who attend premarital counseling have the opportunity to discuss issues that most couples argue about and can often lead to divorce or separation. Marriage counseling can help you address hot issues before they arise and assist you in discovering what the other person believes about the issue so that you may come to an agreement before you walk down the aisle.

The marriage is strengthened:

No marriage will ever be perfect or free of problems, but premarital counseling can help you work through your difficulties and learn to keep your love alive even through adversities. Essentially, with counseling you will learn how to compromise and work with the other person to ensure happiness and longevity. Success in marriage is not automatic, it requires effort.

Preventing divorce:

One of the most important reasons to seek premarital counseling is to prevent divorce. It is shown in studies that couples who attend counseling sessions are 30 percent less likely to entertain the thought than those who do not. This lowers your risk of divorce to around 20 percent, which is why many churches and religious leaders encourage counseling for couples. Counseling will also help ensure an 80 percent success rate, which can give you an advantage over those who decide to go into marriage without the help of premarital counseling.

Ephesian 5:31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

If you are looking for premarital counseling with a guarantee to increase your likelihood for happiness and longevity; HEART Counseling Services can help. Or perhaps you are looking for a wedding officiant, see our Pastoral Page for more information and then book your appointment.