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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Weekend to Remember

This past weekend, my husband and I attended the Family Life Weekend to Remember marriage conference in Orlando.

It was the best thing we have done as a couple!

This October will mark 18 years of marriage and 20 years of togetherness. Whew! I can't believe it! First of all, I never imagined myself being this old and secondly, I can't believe we've been married this long.

You see, when I went into marriage my thought was that if it didn't work out, then I'd just get a divorce. No big deal. Like returning a sweater that just doesn't fit quite right and doesn't make me as happy as I thought it would.

Looking back, I can see how far I've come. Now, my lifetime goal is to not only remain married, but to really find joy every step of the way. I want to leave a legacy to my girls of what a beautiful marriage looks like. Most everything I do revolves around this life goal that I have.

This is a list of top 3 things that have helped me remain married:

1) Believing that Christ is real and understanding what salvation, grace and forgiveness really are. Having a husband that also believes and understands these things.
2) Books, radio, movies, MOPS, Church, Christian organizations, and other people that support marriage.
3) Great friends and family that will discuss things from their hearts.

Do you have a support system in place to help you with your marriage? I highly recommend that you do because it will help you on those inevitable days that life being married just seems too hard and possibly not worth the effort.

I want to encourage each of you to do all that you can to safeguard your marriage NOW. Hard times will come and the decisions you make today will determine the decisions you make in the future.

Here's a link to Family Life. If you are married and want to do something awesome for yourself and spouse, go to one of their upcoming conferences. You'll be so happy that you did!

http://familylife.com

6 comments:

Rachel said...

Great topic Maria--it's so hard with young children to keep a marriage thriving at times, or so it feels, but it IS the most important thing we can do for our kids! Thanks for the link!

Pam said...

Hey Maria - great post. Thanks for sharing. I have been really sad this week about Jon & Kate Gosselin's divorce. This is very timely.

Karly said...

Me too Pam! I am bummed about the Gosselin's. A high profile Christian couple that we all can relate to, and now they are throwing in the towel. It totally stinks. I want them to fight for it...for those kids, those eight kids. Ugh!!

Maria, the weekend sounded awesome! I hope to be able to go to one with my hubby some day soon. Thanks for the great reminder!

fawnda said...

I am with Karly and Pam on the Jon and Kate thing! I watch on Monday and I was so made every time they said they were splitting because it was "best for the kids!" What is BEST FOR THE KIDS is for them to work it out and stay together! I am not surprise that their marriage was under attack after she wrote that book! I just wish they were looking to their faith more instead of being so selfish!

Maria--great post and a good reminder that a good marriage is important for our kids! And a good marriage takes work! It does just happen!

Lindsay said...

I've wanted to go to that confrence before I am glad you enjoyed it.

My parents just celebrated their 39 wedding anniversary this past weekend. My Grandparents are on year 66. I have an amazing family history of long marriages (no divorce on either side of my family). I also have a wonderful support system. We just celebrated 9 years of marriage, and this September we will have been together for 14 years. It's hard sometimes, but so GREAT most of the time.

Thanks!

Maria said...

Lindsay, what a great legacy you have in your family! How wonderful.