But upon marriage, the spouse should be given that primary place of leadership and care, under God’s authority.Talk about healthy boundaries before you marry, don’t dismiss it as “no big deal.” You may find out later how big a deal it was.

Any lie is meant to hide, deceive, or manipulate truth.

There is no room for dishonesty in a healthy, loving relationship.

We all have sin issues that we deal with on a daily basis.

We’ve all made mistakes that we often wish we could do-over.

We all need the grace and freedom that only Christ Himself can offer. And we can trust He will give guidance, and help us see some red flags to be aware of along the way. The Unbeliever – Be careful not to settle for less than what God would want for the spiritual health and care of your marriage.

But our marriages are healthier when we recognize red flags in our dating relationships, instead of choosing not to see problems at all. Marriage can be tough enough at times, add to that the pressure of opposing spiritual views, and you may be in big trouble when the normal stressors of life occur. The Abuser – Many times “abusers” are assumed to be men, but women struggle with this same trap too, and the man in her life may feel like it’s difficult to talk about the problem or find help. Marriage must be built on deep love and respect, and abuse of any type has no place there. The Controller, Manipulator – This person’s subtle, dangerous behavior can indicate big trouble ahead.She might check up on you frequently, keep close tabs, or falsely accuse you of cheating on her.The one driven by control needs will have continual issues with whether she can “trust you.” Often, under her grasp, you may start to feel like you can hardly breathe. It’s supposed to be, that’s how you’re held tightly. The Angry, Contentious Woman – If your partner can’t control her temper before you’re married, she most certainly won’t after you’re married. No matter what our personality type, it still doesn’t give us room to plow over anyone in our pathway with cruel words and rants.Nothing wrong with having close, healthy relationships with our parents throughout life, until you allow it to consume your decision making or control your marriage.Parents are meant to offer protection to children, even adult children.There’s a battle over marriages today, and the enemy would love nothing more than to destroy yours before it’s hardly even begun, or to entice you into a harmful one. Today's role for a Christian woman takes many forms working together - mom, sister, wife, home maker, career women, and more.