Living a Word-Life!

Some would say that you can’t put an age on Love.  Is that true?  Can two people be in-love at a young age?  Should two people get married if they are 25 years old or under?  Is there anything in the bible that would teach a certain age for marriage?

What would you say about this?  Reply with your thoughts…

Stephen B.


Comments on: "Should You Be a Certain Age to Get Married???" (2)

  1. cynthia563 said:

    When a young person becomes truly saved and develops an intimate relationship with God, I think God is the one who should help young people to decide on what is love and when they truly love another person. I think hormones are often mistaken for love for young people. Based on I Corinthians 7:35-37, biblically, I would say young people should be allowed to marry at ages of accountability in God’s eyesight to keep from sinning. As a parent, I would not want my child marrying before the age of 25. Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety. I would encourage my daughter to go through some type of counselling before marrying. When a couple does not want to complete counseling, my question is what are you afraid of finding out about the person you are so in love with. Pastor Vernon in Cleveland, Ohio seems to have a good set of instructions wanting to be married by him. I have not heard of any others to rival his No wed no bed.

  2. State-by-State Marriage “Age of Consent” Laws

    The age of consent is 18. With parental consent, males under the age of 18 can marry and females at age 16 can marry and younger parties may receive a license by reason of pregnancy or the birth of a child. Common law marriage is not recognized.
    I would like to add to the discussion for the couples anticipating marriage (Biblical Financial Literacy – —Calculating Outgoing Funds). Hopefully, practicing while single would help tremendously.
    Use the best records you have to determine the most accurate figures possible. If you keep written records, use them. Some information could be obtained from receipts. Another way—possibly the most accurate way—to determine your outgo over a twelve-month period, is to take all the checks written in that period and divide them up into separate piles—all electric bills in one pile, all telephone bills in another, etc. When all checks for the 12-month period are divided, total each pile and divide by 12 to get your average per month. Record the monthly average in your log.
    1. Tithes and Offerings (monetary gifts and donations to churches and religious organizations, whether given by check or cash). All charitable contributions should be listed under Miscellaneous category of Gifts. Convert your weekly church contributions to a monthly amount (For example, $50/week x 52 divided 12 months/year = $216.50
    2. Taxes – The total amount in the Tax category should include all amounts paid out in the past 12 month period. (An easy way to determine this information is to obtain the withholding taxes from your most recent W-2 forms or your income tax return and add to that amount any other amounts that may have been paid directly to the Internal Revenue Service in that same calendar year. Then, divide the total paid by 12 to get your monthly average. After completing your total gross income, subtract category totals 1 and 2 from the total gross income and record the balance as Net Spendable Income.
    3. Housing – If you are renting, cross out the word “mortgage”. If you are buying, cross out the word “rent”. If you have more than 1 mortgage list the 2nd mortgage under “other.” If your mortgage payment includes “principle and interest, list your insurance and real estate taxes in the spaces provided (remember to include: special tax assessments and flood insurance if applicable). Add up your past `12 electric bills and divide by `1 to get your average electric expense per month; do the same for gas, water, trash removal, and telephone. Your average monthly maintenance includes such items for the house as painting, electric and plumbing repairs, carpet cleaning, bug spraying, lawn care, fertilizer, etc. The Other category includes home improvements and purchases of furniture, appliances, and the like. If furniture and appliances are financed, they should be included under Debts (Category 7), not housing.
    4. Food – Purchases made at the grocery store, including nonfood items and pet food. Include purchases from fruit stands and convenience stores and ready-to-eat foods that are brought home to eat. DO NOT include eating out or food purchased for lunch at work or school. You should include under Miscellaneous, Category 13. Eating out for entertainments goes under Entertainment and Recreation, Category 8.
    5. Transportation – Payments for 2 cars, add another space and list them separately. If you changed cars during the year, add up the total amount paid on each car and divide the annual total by 12 to obtain the average monthly payment. List the total spent monthly for gas for all cars under Gas. Compute the total spent for insurance on all cars for the year and divide by 12 months to obtain the average monthly insurance expense. Convert the annual license tax expense to a monthly figure. Auto Maintenance and Repair should include such things as grease, oil changes, tires, batteries, and tune-ups. The Replacement item is to be used only if you replaced or purchased a vehicle in the year for which you are recording this information (the past 12 month calendar year). Use amount of cash you paid out, NOT the sale price of the car, and divide by 12 to get the monthly average.
    6. Insurance – The Insurance category includes Health, Life, and Disability Insurance, but NOT home or automobile insurance. Include any premiums that are deducted from your paycheck. Include Medicare premiums that re deducted from your Social Security check in this category. Also include any health-care premiums that may be deducted from your Pension check.
    7. Debts – Includes all monthly payments you paid in the 12-month period to meet debts, such as credit cards, personal loans, medical debts, installment loans, and so on. DO NOT include home mortgages and automobile payments. If you pay your credit card balance in full each month when received, it is not included in this category but should be included in the category appropriate for the items purchased. If you buy gasoline for your automobile with your credit card and not pay the balance in full every month, the amount paid should be listed under the Automobile category for gas. Never list any one expenditure under 2 categories. Every dollar that comes in can only go out 1 time.
    8. Entertainment and Recreation – Dining Out item is for entertainment ONLY and does NOT include eating out while at work or school. This category also includes trips and vacations as separate items. Trips include all trips other than vacation. The type of expenses to include n both Trips and vacations are such things as travel, lodging, food, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. Babysitting does NOT include child care while a parent works. Child care while a parent works should be listed under Miscellaneous Other as a write-in. Activities include such things as movies, concerts, club dues, attendance or participation in sports events, and hobby expense. The Other item should be used as a write-in for recreational vehicles, sports equipment, boats, video rentals, and so on.
    9. Clothing – List your clothing expense for the year and divide by 12 to get your monthly average. ONLY include the clothing paid for in cash or charged on a credit card that was paid in full when the first bill for that item was received. All clothing bought on credit that was paid for on the credit installment plan should be listed under DEBTS, Category 7. Shoes and clothing accessories should be included in this category.
    10. Savings – The amount you saved in the past year divided by 12 is your average amount saved monthly. The amount should include the interest or dividend earned. Do NOT include any money you withdrew it during the past `1 months.
    11. Investments – Savings are usually short-term undesignated funds saved; investments are long-term designated funds, such as IRAs, Pensions, Profit Sharing, Mutual Funds, Annuities, Stocks, Bonds, and Real Estate.
    12. Medical Expenses – Include ONLY those medical expenses that you paid out in the past 12 that were NOT reimbursed by Medicare or Your Health Insurance Provider. DO NOT include your premium for Medical Insurance, as it was included under Insurance, Category 6. Include doctor and dentist bills, eye care and glasses, prescription medicine, hospital bills, ambulance, X-rays, and Laboratory work. DO NOT include Nonprescription medicine in this category. List it where you bought it—for example, grocery store or drugstore.
    13. Miscellaneous – Includes expenses that do not fit anywhere else. List all drugstore purchases EXCEPT prescription medicine, which should be listed in Category 12. Drugstore Items should be all drugstore-type products and all drugstore-type stores. If you sometimes buy food at a drugstore, just leave it under Drugstore. If you buy cosmetics or other drugstore-type items from direct sales companies, you should include them under Drugstore Items.
    a. Allowances for children and lunches at school for children or at work for parents should be included.
    b. Subscriptions for newspapers, magazines, record clubs, and book clubs should be included.
    c. Gifts, including gifts for birthdays, weddings, Christmas and other holidays, cards, stamps and gifts to charitable organizations SHOULD BE included.
    d. Education includes courses for adults or children in private schools and colleges, and it includes all expenses including tuition, books, fees, transportation, and uniforms.
    e. Pocket money is the money you put in your pocket at the beginning of the week and is gone at the end of the week. It is spent on miscellaneous items, such as snacks, drinks, mints, parking meters, bridge tolls, and other items not in any other category. Estimate a weekly amount; then convert it to monthly.
    f. Pet Store purchases and Veterinarian charges should be included. If your pet food was purchased at the grocery store or drugstore, just leave it in that Category.
    g. The Other Category includes any item NOT included elsewhere that you are listing separately as a write-in. Such items may include child care while a parent works, child support paid out, alimony paid, attorney’s fees, accounting fees, bank service charges, union dues, loans to others, and so on.
    Calculating Final Totals – Add the totals of Categories 3 through 13 and place the total as TOTAL EXPENSES. Then bring the same total to Line B, the LESS EXPENSE Line, and Subtract it from Line A, the NET SPENDABLE INCOME. The answer should be placed on Line C, the DIFFERENCE Line. If the answer is a negative answer—the expenses were greater than the net spendable income—place a minus sign (-) in front of the answer.

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