Earlier this year, we set a goal to attend one marriage conference or retreat each year. In 7 1/2 years of marriage we’ve read a few marriage books, listened to a lot of marriage podcasts and have heard a couple sermon series on marriage but had never attended a marriage conference.
We got a chance to attend our first one this past weekend and it was such a blessing! Today I want to share 5 nuggets from my notes to hopefully accomplish two things:
- to encourage you in your marriage – these truths apply to every stage and situation in marriage
- to motivate you to seek out and attend a conference with your husband!
The dysfunction found in our churches (and I would add, in the rest of society) originates in and reflects the dysfunction found in our homes. (I have talked about this topic here, too!)
What God expects from us, He gives us in Jesus.
We should strive to be gospel husbands and wives. If I apply Romans 5:8 to my marriage and treat my husband the way the gospel treats me, I must forgive him before he even realizes he’s wronged me. I must give him the benefit of the doubt even after he’s failed me.
There are no “off days” in marriage. I have to work hard every day.
My personal holiness is the best gift I can give to my husband.
Marriage retreats and conferences can be expensive, and I think that’s one of the main things that’s kept us away from them. We were grateful to find one locally that was extremely affordable – and it showed us the value of investing in these times!
Until you’re able to get one of these on your calendar, here’s something you can do for your marriage today that will make a huge difference (at least it has for me!). Start reading a chapter of Proverbs every day. The wisdom in that book has transformed my life and continues to stop me in my tracks when I’m tempted to be a contentious wife!
Have you been to a really helpful marriage retreat or conference? I would love to hear about it!