It has always been important to me to find a partner who shared my faith a values. We talked in depth about what we believed and how we believed. The more we discussed, the more we discovered we shared a lot of the same beliefs and values. While I don't believe you have to have identical beliefs, as faith is a very personal journey, I do think a couple should share a core set of beliefs.
One of the most important things to me was to put God first. To turn to Him in all things. God is the ultimate parent and teacher. Turning to God's word and Christ's teachings, allows us to be guided into building a stronger marriage.
In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus says, "haven't you read,… that at thru beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one sedate."
The Creator, God, made man and woman to become one. When you get married, you are no longer two, but one flesh. One unit in the eyes of God. And together you make decisions for your family, as one, united together. Therefore, as one, you should turn to God for guidance.
Later, in 1 Corinthians 11:3, we are told, "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God." To me, this is letting us know that, even though the husband is the head of the house, ultimately God should be the center point.
Husbands and wives need to work together, make decisions together, and be a united force. We should follow Christ's teachings, and keep God as the center of the relationship.