Table Talk: Marriage, New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! This month many people embark on the journey of trying to keep New Year’s Resolutions. For many it only last a few weeks while others are very successful. This month’s posts will be about things to do in the New Year that will make your life healthier, keep you motivated and remind you to focus on your family.
            One of the most important things that I continue to work hard on is my marriage. Pre-kids it was easier to find those moments…date nights, overnight getaways, talk time, surprises and devotion time.  Once kids entered our life, we noticed that we needed to be more purposeful in finding those moments. Just like most things, if you want something to be successful you need to work at it, putting all your effort toward it. 
One of the things that my husband and I talked about was making sure we found those moments more this year and to start off we are attending a marriage retreat in a few weeks.  We are setting aside a weekend to be together, be encouraged and challenged in our marriage. It was important for us so we found sitters and made it work.
I would like to encourage you to find that time whether it is a marriage retreat or date night or just merely a day trip to spend with your spouse to continue to build into your marriage.  We need to invest as much time into our spouses as we do into our Facebook account, games, golf, gym, shopping, or whatever it is that takes you away from finding that time. By no means am I implying that these activities are bad, but at times each one of them can be put first before time spent with your spouse and family. (Of course, I speak to myself as I write this entry!)
The Lord calls us to love one another and in doing that it also means taking care of what God has entrusted to us.  Making marriage important and effective is a great New Years resolution!

I Corinthians 13: 4:-9
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres8 Love never fails.

If you want to start off the year with a marriage-centered resolution, I would encourage you to find ways to make it happen. If you are looking for a retreat this month, Cornerstone Christian Church in Wyckoff, NJ is hosting: The Art of Marriage presented by Family Life.
1/20/2012 — 1/21/2012

Doors open 6:45 PM Friday evening. 
Doors open 8:30 AM Saturday for coffee and light breakfast. Light lunch to be served on Saturday. Pastor Fred and Debbie Provencher will facilitate 
this event. The cost is $59 per couple which includes bagels/muffins, beverages and lunch, workbooks for husband and wife, and the conference itself. It also includes ongoing access to "The Art of Marriage" videos and resources after the event.
Childcare will not be offered, however, we can assist you with finding childcare for the event.
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Just go onto the website below and look on the right side to read more and register!

If you are not in the local New Jersey area you can click on the website below to locate a Family Life retreat in your area.