This weekend we had the awesome opportunity to attend The Great Marriage Experience in North Richland Hills. It was basically a conference with great speakers and entertainers. I can see how some people could be cynical about an event such as this. But, with so many changes in life right now, including a young daughter and our upcoming 7 year wedding anniversary, we decided to jump on the bandwagon and try to learn something. We are so glad we did!
First of all, everyone was HILARIOUS. We were seriously cracking up half of the time. Loved it. Dennis Swanberg served as emcee, and you could not help but laugh at this guy’s jokes. Charles Billingsly, the musician, was extraordinarily talented, but also hilarious.
Second, we really learned a lot of useful information. Since we took notes, I decided to post some of them below.
Here is what the speakers, Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg, had to say:
- The #1 indicator of divorce is your ability or inability to resolve conflict. Each of us needs to allow ourselves to be teachable.
- Guard your marriage. Try not to argue or complain. Above all, don’t let your children see you argue or complain.
- Be one in spirit and purpose.
- You can’t live on autopilot. You must be intentional about everything. We don’t live in the same world in which our grandparents lived. There is more noise. There are more distractions and temptations.
- Resist selfishness and serve selflessly. Persevere.
- Take pride out of the house and adopt humility.
- Wives need to feel encouraged and validated by their husbands.
- When a man is experiencing stress or a crisis, wives need to show up, respect, affirm, and reassure him.
- Always put the relationship over the issue at hand. The relationship is non-negotiable.
Anyway, it was a great event. They mentioned that most people spend more time preparing to get their drivers’ permit than they prepare for their marriage. That really puts things into perspective…