Karl and I just celebrated 18 years of marriage! As someone joked, weâ€™re finally legal now â˜º. Weâ€™ve had heartbreaking times and wonderful times as well, but thanks to good counsel and a foundation in Christ weâ€™ve been able to weather it all together and come out more connected and in love than we started. Some of that good counsel came from Cruâ€™s FamilyLife ministry. One couple we work with here in Indy speaks at many FamilyLife events, so we wanted to share a taste of what God does through them.
Bruce says: â€œJulie and I have been speaking at these FamilyLife â€˜Weekend to Rememberâ€™ events now for nearly 20 years. Every Friday night as conferences begin, we look out at the crowd and realize there are so many untold stories in the faces we see. As the weekend unfolds, prayer requests start getting turned in, couples begin approaching us with questions, and it’s then you begin to crack the surface. You begin to realize the magnitude of human drama represented in the room. There are definitely stories of those who experience pain, brokenness and even hopelessness – but there are also the stories of joy, gratitude, and restoration. What’s amazing to us? God knows every one. And He divinely draws each couple there to accomplish His eternal purposes in their marriages and families.â€
Comments from attendees:
â€œBefore this weekend, I was positive my marriage was over. This conference has breathed Godâ€™s life into it. Our relationship has been renewed. Looking forward to see what God has in store for us. We both have decided to surrender our lives and family to God.â€ â€“ Married 9 years
â€œThis was a great reminder to not take my commission as a husband and father for granted. Anyone can be my replacement at work and even do a better job, but I am the only one that God has put on this earth to be a Father to my children and husband to my wife.â€ â€“ Married 18 years
â€œI had no idea what it meant to be a wife and did not know that I should put my husband before my children. I learned so much and am excited to go home and try out my new tools.â€ â€“ Married 9 years
â€œRescued us from drifting too far into â€œisolationâ€ and bringing us back to the oneness we both so desire and pray for.â€ â€“ Married 13 years
â€œAs a second time attendee, I had my hesitancies that it would be just a replay of learned concepts, but much like the Word of God which is fresh and new each time we study it, there have been new revelations and commitments that I have made to stand in the gap for my marriage and family.â€ â€“ Married 12 years
We hold marriage in such high regard for the sake of our walk with God, our children, and our witness to the world. Itâ€™s worth investing in. As you can see from the comments, itâ€™s not just for marriages that are on the rocks, but for everyone who wants to grow closer to each other and to the Lord. We highly recommend it. If you are interested in learning more, check out www.familylife.com and click on â€œEventsâ€.