When I was a kid, my grandmother had a big, heavy book she would read from at naptime and bedtime. It became a part of the routine to get active kids to lie down and rest. It is weird that I still remember that after all these years. I am sure there is research on why our favorite childhood memories stick with us forever.
At any rate, the stories in this book were the classic tales like The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the three bears. This weekend at Journey, we launch a new summer series, The Vow. Summer is often the time of year when many weddings happen or get planned. I felt it appropriate to take a look at what the Bible has to say about relationships and forever promises that are made.
This weekend at Journey, we consider the PRIORITY of making promises that will last through seasons of change. This is the starting place of every healthy relationship; including our relationship with God. It is vital to understand and clarify what we are really promising; both to our spouse and to God.
How we relate to God each day will directly influence how things are going in our marriage to our spouse.
I posted an article on my Facebook page today, you might find helpful. It is titled, “The Goldilocks Principle of Marriage.” The author uses this classic fairy tale to suggest what all of us are looking for in a marriage relationship is, “Not too cold. Not too hot. But just right.”
If you are reading this article right now, chances are pretty good you have some unpleasant history already with dating, divorce, and marriage relationships. Not all relationships are “just right.” Even the best ones that begin with lots of hope can easily lose traction over time.
This series is not meant to make anyone feel uncomfortable if things are feeling “too cold” or “too hot” right now for you. I say this all the time and I really mean this: “We are in this together.” Connie just reminded me that early in our marriage we began to attend and host annual couples retreats, making certain everything was lining up the best possible for both of us.
I want to approach this series with everyone at Journey as a helpful check up in every relationship; how we relate to God and people every day. This is not just a marriage experience that leaves us feeling defeated if we’re not married or never married happily. Remember, we’re in this together.
Happy, healthy, lifelong relationships are not just fairy tales. With God, anything is possible. I hope you’ll block out your calendar and make time for this four-week series that can help us all grow into a better version of ourselves.
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