The Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2019 and 2020
By Kim Forrest
Check out our list of dates in 2019 and 2020 that you MIGHT want to avoid for your own wedding day.
Many couples choose to avoid holding their weddings on holidays, because of concern that guests won’t be able to attend due to longstanding travel plans or family events. Holiday weekends can also be more expensive for you, because vendors may be extra busy with other non-wedding events (think florists on Mother’s Day or caterers on Thanksgiving), as well as for your guests, who might have trouble booking affordable accommodations and flights. You also may want to steer clear of major sporting events or other big national or local events and traditionally “unlucky” days, like Friday the 13th. But really, your wedding date is your choiceif you don’t think hosting your wedding on a particular holiday will affect the planning too much (and there aren’t any religious exclusions), then go for it!
Check out our list of wedding dates to (potentially) avoid in 2018 and 2019.
New Year’s Day: Tuesday, January 1, 2019; Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21, 2019; Monday, January 20, 2020
Super Bowl Sunday: Sunday, February 3, 2019 (especially in Atlanta, Ga.); Sunday, February 2, 2020 (especially in Miami, Fla.)
Valentine’s Day: Thursday, February 14, 2019; Friday, February 14, 2020
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 18, 2019; Monday, February 17, 2020
Academy Awards: Sunday, February 24, 2019; Sunday, February 9, 2020 (especially in Los Angeles)
April Fool’s Day: Monday, April 1, 2019; Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Final Four: Saturday, April 6 and Monday, April 8, 2019 (especially in Minneapolis, Minn.); Saturday, April 4 and Monday April 6, 2020 (especially in Atlanta, Ga.)
Palm Sunday: Sunday April 14, 2019; Sunday, April 5, 2020
Passover: Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27, 2019; Wednesday, April 8 through Thursday, April 16, 2020
Easter: Sunday, April 21, 2019; Sunday, April 12, 2020
Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 12, 2019; Sunday, May 10, 2020
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019; Monday, May 25, 2020
Friday the 13th: Friday, September 13, 2019; Friday, December 13, 2019; Friday, March 13, 2020; Friday, November 13, 2020
Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16, 2019; Sunday, June 21, 2020
Fourth of July: Thursday, July 4, 2019; Saturday, July 4, 2020
Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2019; Monday, September 7, 2020
Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 1, 2019; Friday September 18 through Sunday, September 20, 2020
Yom Kippur: Tuesday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 9, 2019; Sunday, September 27 through Monday, September 28, 2020
Columbus Day: Monday, October 14, 2019; Monday, October 12, 2020
Halloween: Thursday, October 31, 2019; Saturday, October 31, 2020
Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2019; Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28, 2019; Thursday, November 26, 2020
Christmas: Wednesday, December 25, 2019; Friday, December 25, 2020
Kwanzaa: Thursday, December 26, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020; Saturday, December 26, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021
New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December 31, 2019; Thursday, December 31, 2020
How To Build Lasting Love In Your Marriage
By Ngozi Nwoke
Do you desire to have lasting love in your marriage? This is surely the wish of many Christian couples, however many of their relationships are either struggling or collapsing. This is not God's desire for any of His children. This article aims at enlightening you on how to build lasting love in your marriage.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail... - I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV).
Marriage is a spiritual institution and so should not be entered into or followed in the flesh, you need the help of God. Marriage is more than mere "I DO" though it's part of the beginning. It is the bonding of a woman and a man spirit, soul and body. That's why if you have sex, which is of marriage, with a harlot you become one with her and reap the consequences of it, the wrath of God.
For one to have lasting love in marriage you must know LOVE Himself. God is love (I John 4:8)! How much you know Him determines how lasting your love for your spouse will be. Your love for God determines how much you will love your spouse. I'm not talking about Eros (Love of the body or sexual desire) or Philia (Brotherly love), though you need them in marriage. I am talking about Agape love if lasting love is what you desire to have in your marriage. You need to love your spouse with the love of God. It will always pass the test of time. Others may fail but not Agape love.
God's kind of love
The scriptures in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 give a description of what God's love is. This is how to love your spouse, no conditions attached. That was how Jesus loved us that while we were yet sinners He died for us. God expects us to love our spouses like Jesus loves us. You are to love him or her, not because he or she loves you but essentially because you love God and you want to please Him. Otherwise, if you ever think that your spouse doesn't love you again, you may quit loving him.
In marriage, it's not about what you can get from your spouse or what he or she can give you; it is about what you can give him or her. Marriage is about what you can contribute into his or her life. God thought about marriage and instituted it because He felt something was missing in Adam and He made a helpmeet for Him. So, in marriage you are to supply whatever may be lacking in your spouse. You are not to get him or her to supply what is lacking in you; that shouldn't be your focus. For you to have lasting love, you need to mind your own part of responsibility and believe God to help your spouse do his or her own part.
The truth is that if you are depending on your spouse to make you happy you will be in trouble. He or she doesn't have the capacity to do that. Your happiness and joy lie in God. If He fulfills it through your husband or wife, that's great. But you must choose to solely depend on God for everything in your marriage. Choose to please God all the time and you will always please your spouse, and he or she will reciprocate same to you. Jesus, desiring to please God, the Father, always was a blessing to the people.
Furthermore, you can't love and not give. You may give without loving, but there is no way you will love and not give: your time, energy, and resources. Giving is living. God showed what it means to love by giving His only Son and there is nothing else He won't give you. Therefore, learn to give your best and all to your spouse.
In conclusion, do you desire to have a lasting love in marriage, then first know God (who is Love) and obey His instructions, choose to please your spouse, putting him or her first before you and make giving a lifestyle in your relationship and you will be building a lasting love in your relationship.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, speaker, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus: What You Need to Know About Christ". She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today.