This past weekend we were planning to swing by an alumni picnic for our N-Weds community group. "N-Weds" (newly and nearly weds) is a two-year class/community group we participated in at North Metro Church from 2006-2008.
|Bowling with some N-Weds friends, 2007|
We didn’t end up making it to the picnic (boo!), but N-Weds holds such a special place in our hearts! It was fun to be reminded of the memories we made with special people and the lessons we studied as we started our marriage journey.
|With Greg & Barbara at our N-Weds Graduation Luau- May 2008|
I haven’t blogged much about my “wifey hat" anyway, so in the spirit of N-Weds, here are a couple of thoughts on Love & Marriage.
One of the first concepts we studied in our N-Weds curriculum was God’s purpose for marriage (*from Marriage: A Solid Start).
God established marriage to…
- Mirror God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:24)
- Mutually complete one another (Genesis 2:18)
- Model Christ’s relationship with the church (Ephesians 5:22-23)
- Multiply a Godly heritage (Gen. 1:28, Deut. 6:1-9, Psalm 78:1-8, Prov. 22:6)
- Manage God’s creation (Gen 1:28)
Our project following the lesson was to write out our own marriage purpose statement:
The purpose of our marriage is to glorify God as we live a unified life, seeking to sacrificially meet one another’s needs, to nurture one another’s gifts, and to model godly lives and values in our home.
Maybe I can convince Matt to pull out the ole N-Weds notebook! I am sure we could benefit from going back through the lessons. And then perhaps “On Love & Marriage” posts will make a regular appearance on here. If I had to choose one theme we took away from our time learning with N-Weds, it would be purposefulness in marriage. We talked often about how easy it is to slip into “parallel living.” And in this busy season of life, we could definitely use a reminder to be intentional about God’s purpose for our marriage. How about you?