Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On Love & Marriage

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?

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