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Texas Marriage Education by Johanna Hicks

Happy Independence Day – God Bless America!

This time of year is always a meaningful reminder of how our country began, the brave men and women who fought for the freedoms we have, and the basis upon which our country was built.  The Lord has blessed  our country in so many ways, even when we have turned our backs on Him.  My prayer is that our country will be healed and our hearts will be changed.  Enjoy spending your time with family and friends, be safe in your travels, and remember those who are, at this very moment, serving our country abroad, putting their lives on the line for our country.

Twogether in Texas Marriage Education

If you are one of my avid readers, you have seen me put in writing  that at the very heart of strong communities are strong families.  Strong families are the result of strong marriages.  Marriage is not something to be taken lightly.  It seems as though many couples try it out to see if it works.  If it doesn’t, no big deal – they will just get a divorce.  That’s not the attitude to have!  Marriage is a commitment.  There are plenty of couples who have intimate relations outside of marriage.  There are also plenty of couples who have children out of wedlock.  So what makes marriage different?  It starts with a vow to love and to cherish, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death parts the two.

“Twogether in Texas” is a wonderful marriage education workshop focusing on five key areas to build a strong marriage.  The state of Texas recognizes the importance of this workshop, and will waive a $60 portion of the marriage license for couples who complete the workshop.  The best news is that the workshop is offered right in your own community!  Here are the details for the upcoming workshop:

  • “Twogether in Texas” marriage education workshop
  • When:  Saturday, August 22
  • Time:  8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 1200-B W. Houston, Sulphur Springs
  • Topics covered: marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals & dreams
  • Engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license
  • Refreshments will be provided, and perhaps lunch, too!
  • Call 903-885-3443 to sign up.

There is no charge for the workshop and I don’t get paid overtime for leading this workshop on a Saturday.  That’s how important this workshop is to me!  I have a passion for strong marriages, because research shows that many children who live in single-parent households are living in poverty.  The breakdown of a family starts with a breakdown in the marriage.  Remember also, that strong marriages lead to strong families, which lead to strong communities.

There are many, many solid single-parent households who, by no choice of their own, have been thrust into single parenthood.  Many are doing a wonderful job of raising their children to be trust-worthy, law-abiding, responsible individuals, and that is due largely in part to those single parents having good role-models in their own parents.  Hats off to you!

Closing Thought

“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes.  That’s the day we truly grow up.”  – John C. Maxwell

Author: Staff Reporter

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