Make It Last Forever: Steve And Nikki Carpenter

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MN: What are some of the ways that couples can incorporate God in their marriages on a daily basis?

We like to do a quick devotional together in the morning. We also pray at night together, and, of course, go to church together.

MN: What has marriage taught you about yourself?

Marriage has taught me that I’m selfish and extremely spoiled. Seriously, thank God my husband doesn’t mind spoiling me, because my parents already set the pace. However, it has also taught me that I’m ride or die. We may argue at times, but I wish somebody would mess with my husband.

MN: What is one piece of advice you would offer your newlywed self?

I would tell my newlywed self to trust God throughout the journey. It seemed like everything went wrong one month after us jumping the broom. Our cars went out, and money was tight. My husband knew God was setting us up for a major blessing, and he was right. Things have significantly turned around. We will have more trials to endure, but I’m ready to trust God with him.

MN: What are some of the unrealistic ideas you had about marriage?

I thought marriage would cure everything. It doesn’t. I still deal with the pain of my parents divorcing when I was 7. Especially around the holidays, when we have to decide which family we’re going to spend time with. Marriage makes things better, but it doesn’t cure everything.

MN: What’s the worst advice you’ve received about marriage?

Someone told me that marriage wasn’t to make you happy, but holy. I understand what they meant, but my marriage makes me extremely happy.

MN: Tell us about your new books, When God Said Yes and The 30 Day Man Fast?

After getting engaged, it finally clicked, God had a plan for me all along. I couldn’t manipulate it, even though I tried. God’s timing was going to be God’s timing. I wanted to share the many lessons I learned with single women everywhere. From that passion, When God Said Yes was birthed. The 30 Day Man Fast is actually something God had me do, two months before meeting my husband. I blogged about it on; women emailed me from all over the world asking what did I do. I decided to create a 30-day devotional to share my experience.

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