Most of all, we need to trust God to build our romantic relationships. And we need him not only as the architect but as a day-to-day presence in both members’ lives. Great advice comes from Psalm 127:1: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

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10Zen Lee, "When Dating Becomes a Mission," Columbia standard, March 1997.
11Terry Mattingly, "Missionary Cohabitating," Scripps Howard News Service, 2000.

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Camerin Courtney is managing editor of Today's Christian Woman magazine, author of "Table for One," and a columnist for

Todd Hertz is an associate editor for Ignite Your Faith Magazine, formerly Campus Life.  He's a frequent contributor to and