I’ve never been one to turn down a good deal, and the discounted price of the Weekend To Remember marriage getaway was the first thing that got my attention. I also liked the idea of getting away with my husband, having time to talk. Having time to dream. And when I looked over the schedule, I was impressed. The topics were ones every couple needed encouragement about.
Finally, the weekend for the getaway came. On the drive to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, I quickly feel asleep. A mom of three kids at the time and a full-time writer, I was running myself ragged. When I woke, I was greeted by my husband’s smile.
He looked over to me as he drove. “I feel that this is a groundhog moment. I feel as if we’re supposed to stick our head out of the busyness of life and take time to look around.”
John’s words weren’t unexpected. Over the previous months he’d mentioned he was feeling God calling him to spend more time with our family and to serve other families. I’d heard him mention things here or there, but with our time away I really took time to listen.
Attending a Weekend to Remember getaway was a refresher course on how to be a good wife. John took away some heart-deep lessons too, and I could see the difference in our marriage. Yet the greatest blessing was just having permission to get away, to leave all the daily stuff behind, and to focus on our marriage. We got more out of that one weekend than I ever expected.
The weekend changed everything. In the next six months, we opened our house to a child through adoption, my husband accepted a job in a family ministry, and we moved to a new state. All these decisions weren’t made that weekend, but that weekend was a turning point.
We were reminded that married life is more about taking care of the daily stuff well. We were reminded that God has good plans for us, for our marriage, and for our family. God did want us to pause and to look around. I’m so glad we took time to do that.
Have you taken time lately to get away with your spouse? Have you taken time to listen to him . . . and to God? Have you taken the time to be encouraged in your marriage?
We think our marriage is strong when we’re handling the daily stuff well, but sometimes God has more for us in mind than we’ve ever expected.