So this weekend was awesome. For those of you that don't know or read Jill's blog... we went on a Marriag
e retreat this weekend with our Church's (North
Metro) Newlyweds group that Jill and I are involved in to Gatlinburg, TN. We had such a great time together.. and it was really nice not having cell phones, computers, etc.. Which is pretty crazy for me to say:
We went over a series called iMarriage, by Andy Stanley, and integrated it slightly with themes from the book 'Love & Respect'. iMarriage is all about controlling the "big / Capital I's that individuals can bring to a marriage"... basically, saying to keep putting yourself-first under control, and mainly be concerned with the needs and desires of your spouses above your own; and then relating that to biblical themes. It was really and eye opening series, with the first portion talking about "Expectations" vs. "Desires".. and how many times your desires will creep to expecations without you even knowing it; then your significant other is 'obligated' to simply maintain the status-quo on these expecations to simply 'break-even'... and in a relationship like that there's no real room for growth (spirtually, emotional and affectionatly as a couple).
This really was an eye opening concept (Desires vs. Expectations).. because items do tend to slowly creep from one category to the other. The seri
es also covered getting more deeply connected with your spouse as well as the role that we play (bibically) in the relationship.. we, as spouses, are supposed to convey to our significant other the same type of unselfish reverence and grace that Christ conveyed to us...and that by being reverent, respectful and loving to our husband/wife, we are therefore doing God's will and glorifying him.
Man that was a mouthfull.
It was a really great and eye opening series; and I'm so thankful that we were able to be involved in it.
The other really great thing was just hanging out with other people at the Cabin and in Gatlinburg. We watched the SEC Championship with everyone (well, we were cooking dinner) on a big projector... made dinner for everyone (Lasagna was awesome! Everyone loved everything Jill made)... had some really great discussions(The guys breakout session lasted longer than the girls!).. lost track of time and Stayed up till 3am talking, walked around Downtown Gatlinburg and took pictures of Mullets... lots of fun stuff.
I also found the most awesome Spice ever..... Paula Deen's Butt Massage.
Jill probably gave a better account of it, head over to her blog and check it out =)