Joe and I have been so blessed to be part of an amazing marriage ministry called Re|Engage. We were so excited to be a part of this ministry since we have always had a passion for supporting couples in their marriages. But as we went through the lessons and chapters ourselves, we realized how much more we had to learn. It was like, whoa, yeah— there are definitely some areas we still need to work on!!! But best of all we were given great tools for strengthening our weak areas. Fortunately Joe and I were both willing to grow and have both taken ownership for the areas where we fail.
One of the key principles Re|Engage is based on is drawing a circle around yourself and working on everyone in that circle! Even though it is done as a couple, it is first a personal discipleship program where you let God work on you, first! Learning how the Gospel applies to our marriage. I can submit myself to Christ’s work in my life, and take the steps to change in the areas I need to. Trying to change my husband? Not always the best idea. Working on changing me? Much more doable.
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Matthew 7:3
If you’re looking for a way to strengthen your marriage according to the principles in God’s Word, then check out ReEngage! It’s a small group curriculum that’s offered at host churches. What makes it amazing is not just the lessons- it’s the weekly time with your spouse, where you have an opportunity to ask some great questions – you learn about your spouse and even more about yourself! The last element is doing all of this in community with other couples in your small group. Talking to people face to face and realizing that none of us are alone is such an encouragement!
Joe and I are currently leading a group so a lot of what we write and share here is the stuff we’re learning, or re-learning, as we go through the book again. And even better we’re seeing the areas where we’re growing and that’s always a good thing! God is so good!