Last night, we hosted the second night of our marriage group. I’m still scratching my head a little bit. It didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped. Here’s a note that I wrote to the group following our meeting.
Good evening everyone! Thanks for coming and being part of the group last night. Here’s where my honest assessment comes in – I should preface this by mentioning that I’ve led small groups for several years. Honestly, last night felt very “flat” to me. I’m not sure if it was my lack of energy, difficult curriculum, a tough subject matter, or just the fact that we’re all still getting to know one another. At any rate, I want to apologize for not helping to make last night’s conversation more engaging. I just want you to know that Leanne and I are committed to molding this thing into something that will be a positive, growing time for all of us. So… we’ll be working diligently between now and next Wednesday to find ways to make this the best possible experience for all of us, and we’ll trust that each of you will come ready and prepared to talk about the saboteurs of our marriages. Deal?
Here’s your homework for next week: Read Chapters 4 & 5 from the book. Do Exercises 9-14 from the workbook.
We look forward to seeing you all next week!
Jon and Leanne
Have you ever experienced anything like this? I’d love to hear your story (it might make me feel a little better).
Until the next post, I’m glad I belong to the God of second chances…
For those of you interested, we had a great first night on Wednesday with our marriage home team. This week we specifically talked about how are expectations coming into our marriages were sometimes unrealistic. We also talked about how important it is to communicate about these expectations with one another, so we can work things out. I know that many of the expectations that I had coming into my marriage have been shattered – and this has not been a bad thing. If you want to keep up with our groups homework assignments in the I Love You More book and workbook by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot, here’s the group assignment for this Wednesday night:
Read chapters 1-3 in the book.
Do exercises 1-8 in the workbook.
Until the next post, what did you expect…?
Tonight is the start of our marriage group based on “I Love You More” by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot. Hopefully, all will go well.
Until the next post…
Over the past few months, Leanne and I have noticed marriages crumbling around us. We are both committed to making our marriage the best it can be; we are also interested in helping others out in making their marriages better. As a result, Leanne and I are starting a marriage group at our home. Here are the details as we are advertising them:
This morning I finished reading Going All the Way by Craig Groeschel. If you recall, I had posted about this book previously. Well, here’s my take on this new book that should be sweeping the nation. The book is obviously written primarily to a single audience. The book offers many valuable tips to help prepare for a marriage that will go the distance. After talking to many people who have entered marriage without a strong foundation, I’m convinced that singles need a resource like this one. Here’s an excerpt from the book to help you get the feel for what I’m talking about:
In the wake of our parenting discussion group, Leanne and I have been approached about considering a marriage group. Whoa! That’s humbling. God has been good to us in our marriage, and I think much of that has to do with the marriages of our parents for which we are so grateful. Having said that, I know that we have also traveled through our own rocky times. Nothing marriage ending thankfully. But certainly challenging.