A Weekend to Remember
A handful of years back Lauren and I had the
delight of attending A Weekend to Remember, the Family Life
Marriage Conference held here in Monterey each November. And
it was a treat for a number of reasons.
One, at the time, it was rare for the two of us to have an
opportunity to get away…just the two of us. So, when
we checked into the spacious room at the Monterey Hyatt for
two nights, ate all our meals out – no cooking and no
clean up – well, that was a rare treat indeed. Already
the beginnings for a great mini-vacation.
And then we began attending the conference sessions (resisting
the temptation to just spend the weekend playing, after all,
I’d told our Elders that we’d be attending the
retreat). The speakers were excellent. The principles presented
were solidly from God’s Word and they were skillfully
applied with great illustrations and applications from the
stories of other couples’ lives. And it didn’t
hurt either that our speakers used good humor to lead us through
more than one difficult topic that could threaten to sabotage
even the best of marriages.
Communication, conflict resolution, money management, sexual
intimacy, and parenting were just a few of the topic areas
that we explored through our times together. And though Lauren
and I enjoy a lot of strength in our marriage, it’s surprising
how much room there always is for growing deeper and stronger.
There’s nothing like a couple of solid days to do nothing
but focus on a marriage relationship. God’s Spirit clearly
used the time to refresh our commitment to being more intentional
in protecting and growing our marriage oneness.
Would we go again? You bet! Our marriage will always benefit
from a fresh infusion of encouragement and fun. And that’s
what the Weekend to Remember is all about. Remarkably, SBCCV
now has three paid scholarship slots that are just waiting
for couples to claim them. Maybe you’d like to go and
get a couple who are your friends to go with you…here’s
your opportunity and the encouragement to do it.
The dates for the conference are November 21-23. Our SBCCV
couple to contact for registration or questions is Matt and
Dana Suess at 624-3595. And you can register online at http://www.familylife.com/WEEKEND.
Our discount code is “BetterEveryYear.”
God’s heart is always for stronger marriages. When a
marriage is good we have opportunities to catch glimpses of
God’s committed love for us through that relationship.
And strong marriages build strong families and strong churches.
If you are interested in the conference or even considering
the possibility of attending, why not give Matt and Dana a
call. I’m sure they’d love to hear from you to
answer any questions you may have or to help you get signed
And one more plug for opportunities to strengthen your marriage…Matt
and Dana are starting a new Wednesday evening series on Marriage
Oneness beginning November 5th. Lauren and I plan on being
a part of that and we’d love for you to join us. Let’s
keep growing in this vital area, an area always ripe for refreshment
in the days in which we live.
Yours for encouraging our marriages,