I am new to this group and first I want to just praise God for you all. Its so overwhelming to be able to reach out and find support. I thank you in advance for reading this post. I have always believed that Jesus died for me and that my home was in heaven. However I drifted away during my teenage years and got myself into a great deal of trouble. I quit school at 14, had my fist son at 16 and given up on raising him by the time I was 18. I met a man at work whom I started seeing. I was pregnant again about 4 months later. I was far from living my life for Christ at this point. Very much wraped up in myself and the world. But here I am over 7 years later. My life completely changed. I am still with this man, we have a wonderful son. I have a decent relationship with my first son. This man is a wonderful caring father and provider. I have been able to stay home and raise our son since he was born. This man has supported me through some of the hardest times in my life. Our relationship has with stood trials that end most relationships any more. It is actually through him (and his family) that my faith was restored. God never gave up on me. Now I am at a point that I have a terribly hard choice to make. You see after 7 years together and all that we have been though he still wont actually marry me. In our state we are considered common law but does that make it real in Gods eyes? All I want is to be right with God, following his commands. I have read the Bible but I cant put my finger on any scripture that describes exactly what marrige is. Is it man that says we have to have a certificate? Or is it okay that we have made pledges in Gods name to each other? We treat each other as God says to treat your spouse. But is that just a farce. I dont know what to do. I love this man, I love our family. God has blessed us so much. It truely is a miricle that we are even still together and yet here I find myself at a cross roads.... Please some one help me to understand what I should do... I do not want to be unfaithful to God.
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