Monday, August 10, 2009

God Changes Marriages

Saturday night we had an Intimate Encounters Reunion at our friends' Tim and Kristy's house. This past spring, we co taught a marriage Sunday School class using the curriculum, Intimate Encounters. Intimate Encounters is a workbook written by David Ferguson. Landon and I, personally, went through this material, then sat through a class with it being taught, and then, in the spring, co-taught the 16 week class. We also led a discussion group each Sunday. Our discussion group became very close friends during the class - which is not a surprise since you may not know what each other does for a living, but yet you know things about each other's marriages that no one else probably knows. It was a fantastic experience for us, and we have been so thankful to share what God has done in our own marriage...and see it help couples not feel like failures and have HOPE that the Father can turn ANYTHING around! Our discussion group from spring has stayed pretty close throughout the summer and wanted to get together for a "reunion" this past Saturday night. We had a great time. I love those people!!! First, we had a fantastic dinner - chicken, pulled pork, potato casserole, yummy corn that has cream cheese in it! (uh, sorry, Michelle, I can't remember what it's called), and we brought cookies and cream for dessert. After dinner, Tim and Kristy wanted to have a check in time. I am amazed at Tim and Kristy - and boy, I love them. I'm so thankful God brought them into our life...and, I feel that way about the other couples too. I'm so thankful to know Michelle and Greg, and even though I knew who Michelle was from praise team at's such a privilege to know them more and really call them friends. Sorry...droning on. Anyway, after we caught up and shared together, we played a GAME - oh yeah, we played Taboo. The boys won by 1 point...yuck. Below are a few pictures - they're not that great, but I put them up anyway.

Here's Kelli buzzing that buzzer in Eric's ear:
Alright, so here's the Intimate Encounters update. We just started our new class last week - now we are the lead teachers, and James Eubanks is our co teacher. We are teaching at 8am, so it's EARLY! Everyone thought we'd have a pretty small crowd in our class since it's early, plus we're starting a new 8am service that we thought would draw people away. Guess what? We had 39 (an odd number because James is teaching and Carol doesn't come til their 9:30 class). 39 people!!!! God is crazy awesome - can you believe that many couples wanted to come work on their marriage in a tough, with homework 14 week intensive marriage class?????? Satan better get back, because Christian couples are fighting for their marriages. We already know of 6 couples who will be there next week who just couldn't make it the first week...I'll keep you updated, but I continue to be amazed at what God does with us - pray we'll be faithful to what we've been called to do and real with the class and keep our own marriage top priority as we try to teach what a real marriage is about.
And, this doesn't have anything to do with that, but will you pray for Landon? He's been really having a tough few days, and I'm worried about him. Several, and I mean several, things have come up - and after going so long with no options, it's just a little overwhelming to have numerous things going on at once right now. Pray the Father will make His will CLEAR to Landon - and pray the two of us will be united in what He wants...uh, and pray I'll be kind to Landon and patient. PLEASE. Thanks for lifting us up. We're so excited about our new class.

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