This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a marriage retreat that my hubby and his pastor/buddy planned. It was entitled: Reconnect.
We arrived Friday afternoon and checked into the Music Road Hotel and Conference Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Our accommodations were beautiful, and the staff was friendly and helpful.
At seven we met in our conference room with 16 couples present in all. Our speakers were Randy and Jeanne Davis. They began what they called RED weekend.
The first session focused on the R in RED - remember. We were encouraged to recall what had attracted us to our spouses. Randy was quick to admit that his wife's legs made his list three out of five times. Also, we thought back to the wedding day. We then recited some re-commitment vows and had punch and wedding cake.
Our next session on Saturday focused on E - expectations and enjoy. Thinking back on expectations we brought into our marriages, we focused on the expectations we should have for one another. We also discussed how to enjoy one another, and the importance of laughing.
The session for D was discussing dreams. Randy brought up the verse in Scripture that says: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." This is true of marriage too. We have to have a vision - a dream for where we're headed.
On Saturday evening the couples had the opportunity to have a "date night."
Sunday morning we ended our weekend with worship in song and word. Randy spoke on Jesus' first miracle at a wedding turning water into wine.
That is just a very short run-down, but I did experience a reconnect with my hubby. It was great to get away from the busyness that is our life and focus on one another for a change.
I would encourage couples to take time to reconnect with one another. As was mentioned this weekend, when we entered our marriages, we didn't enter into a contract but into a God-ordained covenant. God would have our marriages be a little slice of Heaven on earth, but this doesn't happen without some effort on our part and joint-reliance on God.
To quote Jeanne: This IS my happily ever after!
What might God do in your marriage if the two of you rededicated yourselves to Him and His plan? I don't know about you, but I think I'd like to try it and see.
To hubby: Love you, Babe - you're still my prince!