I've made reference to this briefly before, but want to tell you a little more about it.
Scott and I have been married almost 40 years. We have had our good years, bad years, and now seems to be the best of all. We have learned a lot over the years.
We have had marriage ministry on our hearts and minds for some time. As a matter of fact, we feel that no matter how well, (or poorly) things seem to be going for you and your spouse, there is always more to learn and apply. If you aren't growing, in both your relationship with your spouse, and the Lord, you become stagnant. Marriage is a full time commitment, and it takes a lot of work.
We read a little book a couple of years ago, "Men are like Waffles, Women are like Spaghetti" by Bill and Pam Ferrel. That book gave us a better understanding of how men's and women's brains work, and it helped us learn to communicate better. We have the video series now, and will have a small group in our home, and later teach the series at our church.
In light of all this, we have been reviewing it all, and discovering, again, a lot of good material to put into practice. (we read it all before, but sometimes need a reminder of the little things that make such a big difference in a relationship).
In preparing we are also realizing what a huge responsibility we are taking on. It is not just getting ready for meetings, but realizing how much thought and prayer needs to go into this. Realizing the need for prayer support from others and more time on our knees together. Knowing that we are offering ourselves up, not as an example of a perfect marriage, or a couple who knows everything and has it all together, but of real and honest people, who are willing to share their hearts. We have been through a lot together, and grown through it, and want to continue to grow.
We know that as we trust the Lord to do this, He will be exalted. We also know that Satan would love for this whole thing to fall apart. I'm sure a battle is in store for all of us.
So, to any of you who feel lead to pray or be involved, please let us know.
Looking forward to partnering together in God's work,
Barb and Scott