And they Lived Happily Ever After…
We all want to have that perfect, fulfilling, exciting, storybook marriage. No one on their wedding day thinks as they’re taking their vows that, “I hope our marriage is just tolerable.” We go into marriage with stars in our eyes and we’re goofy head-over-heels in love with one another. We are full of hopes, dreams, and expectations. We go on fabulous honeymoons to start out our lives together and can’t imagine married life being anything but incredible…
Then one day life’s distractions hit us. Hard. For some couples it’s the beginning of a downward spiral for their marriage and they can’t seem to find their way back out to the top without pulling one another back down under them. For some it’s not that the marriage gets bad, it just gets predictable, boring, and unfocused. For others it’s the beginning of becoming married singles; you live in a home together, but live separate lives. Sadly, it is rare to find a couple even 5 or 6 years into a marriage still in “wedded bliss.”
5 years ago this past weekend Jason and I were a happily married couple with a good marriage. We had gone through quite a bit of difficulty in our marriage a few years prior, but were currently in a “good place” when we attended our first Marriage Encounter Weekend in October 2010. We went with the expectation that it would be a time we could focus on us and hopefully learn a few communication tools to bring back to use for the marriage ministry we were involved with at our local church. What we came home with was an entirely different marriage than when we arrived.
Without going into detail (don’t want to give away some of the magic of the weekend) we arrived with a “good marriage” and left with a “POWERFUL marriage” overflowing with more than communication tools, but amazing life changing experiences. One weekend changed our relationship forever.
So, Why should YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE go on a Marriage Encounter weekend? Simple. God loves, encourages, and desires “powerful marriages” that glorify him!
Give your “good” or “not so good” marriage a healthy and romantic weekend alone; away from the kids, pets, parents, neighbors, work, laundry, yard work, errands, etc…to give the time and attention your marriage needs.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter has been voted the BEST MARRIAGE WORKSHOP on About.com several years in a row.
If you are interested in attending a weekend please check out www.WWME.org for upcoming weekends taking place all over the world and available in several different religious denominations.
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