Love and Respect Marriage Conference – Part 1

Where is your marriage at? The pits? A step away from separation? Doing fine? Doing great? Over-the-top-fantastic?

In a counseling course Steve and I took last year, the instructor encouraged every married couple to attend marriage enrichment conferences on a regular basis—every year if possible. That challenged Steve and me because we so cherish occasional opportunities to get away alone together. We didn’t know if we wanted to share that time with sitting in sessions in a conference, but we began considering it.

We knew there was always something we could learn that would make our marriage even better. We also are on the lookout for resources for those who come to us with marriage problems, and there was also the possibility that if we went to a marriage retreat or conference it would be an encouragement for our married children to do the same.

I had a friend who read Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, and she told me how much she liked it (that’s Titus2’s affiliate link to Amazon, see our disclosure policy here). We had that book in our house, so I started to read it. I thought it was great, and then Steve and I started reading it together at night.

My friend later told me she had looked into a live marriage conference by Dr. Eggerichs, but they were too far away from her. Since I had liked the book, I decided to check in to the conferences too. Sure enough, in Denver, just 8 hours away, was a live conference the middle of February.

Steve and I gift each other with a night away for Mother’s and Father’s Day so we decided to make this trip our 2017 gifts. 

We drove to Denver Thursday afternoon, February 16th, attended the conference Friday evening and Saturday morning and drove home on Sunday. That gave us 16 hours of talking time while we drove, the conference itself, plus time before and after it to enjoy being together away from home.

In another post, I will give a report on the conference itself.

Trusting in Jesus,

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be
to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”
Ephesians 5:24-25

6 thoughts on “Love and Respect Marriage Conference – Part 1”

  1. I read that book a couple of years ago. I thought it was great and very insightful to how men and women differ and how they can better understand what their spouse’s needs are and how to meet them with delight. Would love to attend a live conference. I wonder if he ever comes to southeast. My husband and I also have wondered about whether we want to be in a large group at a conference or just spend time alone with each other and watch a marriage dvd from Dr. S.M. Davis and then discuss that. I have a good friend who said she has gone to a few different marriage retreats with her husband and was so disappointed at how little time she and her husband actually got to spend together. It was allot of getting to know other couples and socializing with them. I am not against fellowshipping with other believers but at the same point, this friend’s marriage has been suffering for years. My husband and I really feel that a marriage retreat/conference really ought to allow not only time for the preaching/speaking but also time for the two to discuss what has been presented and seek ways to better their relationships. I look forward to hearing how the rest of the conference went.

  2. What a sweet encouragement to set aside special time to build up our marriages. I’ve often had the thought, we have dental and doctor “checkups” because our health is important to us and if there is a problem we want to catch it early- it makes sense that we would do the same for something so important as our marriage.

  3. Lovely. Phil and I did a marriage retreat, as a tool, to help us deal with cancer and better support each other through the cancer/chemo life. It was wonderful and we learned a lot of tools to make our marriage stronger, and had a lot of alone time together to discuss what we had learned in each session and how it applied and how to apply it to our lives.

    Finding time to spend alone was not difficult for us as the kids were all adults, and not in need of our supervision or care. Able to perfectly function on their own. We did plan a getaway week during every chemo break Phil had during his 10.5 year battle with cancer, which was very important to us personally and our marriage. I’m somewhat surprised, with your having all adult children that you don’t get away more often than twice a year.

    Blessings, Mari

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