Love alone is not enough
Love alone is not enough to make a marriage thrive, says marriage counselor Theresa Wiafe-Asante of the International Central Gospel Church.
Though love is a crucial requirement for relationships, she said, wisdom is required to make marriages work.
Mrs Wiafe-Asante was speaking at the marriage seminar of this year's Joy FM's Beauty and Bridal Fair currently ongoing at the Accra International Conference Centre on the theme: Can We Still Find God Fearing Partners in the Church.
She explained that just as a seed, love grows and dies in marriage depending on how the partners nurture and rekindle it over the period of the marriage.
She urged those who aspire to marry to look for partners in the church because there still exists good Christians in the house of God.
The counselor emphasized that finding a partner required much effort.
Not every woman can give birth
Dr Appiah Gyekye, a Medical Officer at the Holy Trinity Hospital in Accra revealed that though all women can be mothers not all women can bear children.
He said some medical conditions can make it impossible for some women to give birth, stressing the need for medical screening before marriage.
Childlessness being a difficult situation to contend with however, he stated that should not deprive couples the joy in marriage.
Dr Gyekye explained that couples who cannot have their own children can still become parents if they consider adoption as an option.
He also touched on some behavioral partners that people should pay attention to when looking for life partners. Smoking and alcoholism on the part of a husband for instance poses risks not only for a woman but her children, including those unborn.
Other conditions to look out for include: blood group, health problems as well as mental conditions like depression etc.
But he maintained that with true love, all these situations which are likely to threaten the lifespan of marriages can be overcome. “How strong is your love?” He quizzed, saying that one needs a partner with great love to be there despite challenging medical situations.