Thursday, January 7, 2016

Invest in Your Marriage!


The busyness of modern life can lead us to invest in many things that are not truly significant to our Christian walk.  Some of us are in careers that require a great deal of time not only during the workday, but also in our hours at home.  Those of us who have kids still at home can find ourselves stretched thin very easily by our children’s involvement in even a few regular activities.  Others deal with family or health concerns that chew up much time and attention.
As a result, many times the most significant relationships in our lives suffer.  Sometimes it is our relationships with our children, but most often it is our relationships with our spouses.  The early years of childrearing require so much personal sacrifice that a couple can establish an unspoken agreement that “we’ll reconnect with one another when this season is out of the way.”  It’s not at all uncommon, however, for that “season” to become the normal way of life for them and that couple eventually finds themselves existing with one another rather than being truly intimate companions in every area of life.
Consider a few questions.  When was the last time you sat down with your spouse and had a face-to-face, meaningful conversation?  When was the last time you did something fun – just the two of you?  Do you have any idea what is weighing on your spouse's mind these days?  When was the last time you did something for the specific purpose of strengthening your relationship?
Growth in companionship within marriage doesn’t happen automatically.  In fact, virtually every influence around us will erode our companionship if we are not making conscious strides to overcome them.  We desperately need to strive to continually cultivate a biblical picture of companionship in our marriages.
A great tool to keep this on the front burner is to make every effort to attend marriage events and conferences periodically.  One of our sister churches, Clearcreek Chapel in Springboro, holds an annual marriage and family conference for this very purpose.  We’ve been invited to participate this year and I’d like to encourage all of our folks to attend.
The theme of the conference is “Cultivating Companionship.”  There will be five sessions over the course of Saturday, March 5, 9:00-3:00.  Five pastors from the Southern Ohio area will be speaking on various helpful topics, including the Biblical foundation for companionship, how to cultivate companionship, and how to protect companionship.
The cost of the conference is $20 per person and includes the conference, materials, snacks, and lunch.  The material will be suitable for anyone over 14 years of age.  Childcare will not be provided onsite, so you’ll need to secure your own childcare (think of this as investing in your own marriage and in your children – your children benefit from your healthy marriage!)
Clearcreek Chapel is located at 2738 Pennyroyal Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342.  You can find a more detailed brochure for the conference here.  You can register for the conference at chapelevents.org.
Please consider investing in your marriage in this way.  The conference will be a great benefit to you, your children, and our congregation!

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