Be fruitful. God’s command in Genesis 1:28 is most often understood as referring to procreation, but filling the earth with people is only part of the meaning. The Hebrew word for fruitful means more than just sexual reproduction; it refers to being fruitful in either a literal or a figurative sense. Fruitfulness can be qualitative in nature as well as quantitative. Mankind has never had a problem being procreative—a current global population of over six billion is proof of that—but we do have a problem with being fruitful in the other ways God desires. Essentially, being fruitful means releasing our potential. Fruit is an end product. An apple tree may provide cool shade and be beautiful to look at, but until it produces apples it has not fulfilled its ultimate purpose. Apples contain the seeds of future apple trees and, therefore, future apples. However, apples also have something else to offer: a sweet and nourishing food to satisfy human physical hunger. In this sense, fruit has a greater purpose than simply reproducing; fruit exists to bless the world. Every person is born with a seed of greatness. God never tells us to go find seed; it is already within us. Inside each of us is the seed potential for a full forest—a bumper crop of fruit with which to bless the world. We each were endowed at birth with a unique gift, something we were born to do or become that no one else can achieve the way we can. God’s purpose is that we bear abundant fruit and release the blessings of our gift and potential to the world.
     ― Myles Munroe,
  
    
      The Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

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Be fruitful. God’s command in Genesis 1:28 is most often understood as referring to procreation, but filling the...
You'll find that marriage is a good short cut to the truth. No, not quite that. A way of doubling back to the truth. Another thing you'll find is that the years of illusion aren't those of adolescence, as the grown-ups try to tell us; they're the ones immediately after it, say the middle twenties, the false maturity if you like, when you first get thoroughly embroiled in things and lose your head. Your age, by the way, Jim. That's when you first realize that sex is important to other people besides yourself. A discovery like that can't help knocking you off balance for a time.
     ― Kingsley Amis,
  
    
      Lucky Jim

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You'll find that marriage is a good short cut to the truth. No, not quite that. A way...
Abruptly, Elliot startles us all by standing and pulling his chair back so it scrapes across the tile floor. All eyes turn to him. He gazes down at Kate for one moment and then drops to one knee beside her. Oh. My. God.He reaches for her hand, and silence settles like a blanket over the entire restaurant as everyone stops eating, stops talking, stops walking, and stares. "My beautiful Kate, I love you. Your grace, your beauty, and your fiery spirit have no equal, and you have captured my heart. Spend your life with me. Marry me."Holy shit!
     ― E.L. James,
  
    
      Fifty Shades Freed

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Abruptly, Elliot startles us all by standing and pulling his chair back so it scrapes across the tile...
That compromise means you don’t always have to be the strong one, Gideon. You can do the heavy lifting on occasion, and you can let Eva do it sometimes. Marriage isn’t about whether you’re strong enough as an individual. It’s about how strong you are together and the luxury of taking turns carrying the load.
     ― Sylvia Day,
  
    
      Captivated by You

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That compromise means you don’t always have to be the strong one, Gideon. You can do the heavy...
He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it. The secret of a happy marriage was not to go looking for it.
     ― Liane Moriarty,
  
    
      Nine Perfect Strangers

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He could find hatred in his heart for her, too, if he went looking for it. The secret...
Because I had to sell it and lost a shit-ton of money the moment I realized you were going to be my neighbor if I stayed in my current place. Real talk, Rosie, you are all I ever wanted. Even when you wanted me to be with your sister. She was a comforting candle. You were the dazzling sun. I’d lived in the dark—for your selfish ass. And if you think I’m going to settle for something, you’re dead wrong. I am taking everything. We will have kids, Rose LeBlanc. We will have a wedding. And we will have joy and vacations and days where we just fuck and days where we just fight and days where we just live. Because this is life, Baby LeBlanc, and I love the fuck out of you, so I’m going to give you the best one there is. Got it?
     ― L.J. Shen,
  
    
      Ruckus

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Because I had to sell it and lost a shit-ton of money the moment I realized you were...
In this moment I resolve to kiss my husband with an open mouth forever. I want to freeze him the way I see him in this instant: dark eyebrows, sexy, sleepy hair and sleepy eyes. But we can't freeze the way that we see the people we love, as much as we would wish. I know that I will kiss my husband with a closed mouth again, at some point. I know that I will even kiss him with a closed heart. I pray for our love. I pray that even if I kiss my husband with a closed heart, my heart opens again to him. When I desire my husband. I am grateful to desire my husband. What can we hope for in a marriage but to keep seeing things anew? With the people we love, it is so easy to stop seeing them at all.
     ― Melissa Broder,
  
    
      So Sad Today: Personal Essays

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In this moment I resolve to kiss my husband with an open mouth forever. I want to freeze...
Submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having our own way all the time.
     ― Myles Munroe,
  
    
      The Purpose and Power of Love & Marriage

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Submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having...
It is hundreds of tiny threads of memories, which sew people together through the years. Despite, their mental separation they stay woven into that tapestry out of habit, emotion, obsession or fear.
     ― Shannon L. Alder

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It is hundreds of tiny threads of memories, which sew people together through the years. Despite, their mental...
I thought of Walter again. Six or twelve, he sometimes said when he was depressed, which wasn’t all the time but often enough that I recognized a blue mood when it was settling in. That’s your fate as a black man. Carried by six or judged by twelve.
     ― Tayari Jones,
  
    
      An American Marriage

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I thought of Walter again. Six or twelve, he sometimes said when he was depressed, which wasn’t all...