9 Signs You're in a Long-Term Relationship

9 Signs You're in a Long-Term Relationship

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Many college students are in relationships; some are even engaged, or married! Adults have always told us not to count on being with your significant other forever; we have our whole lives ahead of us so we shouldn’t have to feel like we're tied down. Though all this is true, some of us are lucky enough to have been with the same person for years! I’m one of those people. I’ve only had a few boyfriends throughout my young life. My boyfriend and I have been happily dating for over 3 years! Definitely long enough to be considered a long-term relationship. When you’ve been with someone for so long, you want to share it with the world. Sometimes your relationship can seem a little bit too comfortable and relaxed. Between the two of you, there are always some things that other people don't understand. Here are a few of those things that only people in long-term relationships would understand.

1. You bicker like an old couple.

My boyfriend and I are always arguing and nagging each other about the littlest things. There are some things that we just can’t let go.

2. You’re not afraid of bodily functions.

The best part of being in a long-term relationship is that farting and burping is completely normal to do around each other. At this point in the relationship, you are in it for the long run so nothing will scare each other away that easily.

3. You know embarrassing stories about each other.

Heck, your significant other was probably there experiencing them with you! Yes, it’s been that long! We know each other's pasts and we have been there together through most of it.

4. There’s complete honesty.

You are not afraid of upsetting each other. You’ve been through worse. You pretty much know each other’s limits, and there’s no filter between you. Your relationship takes honesty to a whole new level.

5. Appearance doesn’t matter anymore.

For the ladies, once you’re with your boyfriend long-term, you could care less about looking your best for him. At this point you’re not trying to impress him anymore. In fact, you don’t even care about (GASP) shaving your legs!

6. You share everything (especially food).

This happens all the time, especially for drinks. Instead of ordering a drink for each of you, you just order one and share. This saves money and you always get the same thing anyway, so why bother? You guys have been together so long that you also know exactly what the other wants to order at pretty much every restaurant. Everything he has is basically mine.

7. You know what the other is thinking/feeling without ever having to say anything.

When you see something strange going on, you both look at each other and know the other is thinking the same thing. You don’t need to ask each other what they though about a movie or a trip, because you were already thinking the same thing.

8. Silence isn't weird.

When people first get into a new relationship, silence is weird, and there constantly needs to be talking or something going on. When you're together a long time, doing nothing is completely normal. Silence is nice!

9. You can’t imagine a life without them.

When you’re with someone for so long, you can’t image what it would be like without him or her in the future. As far back as you can remember, you two have both always been there for each other and even though you may have quirks, you wouldn't have it any other way.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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