After 20 years of being a couple, and being through many obstacles that are both typical AND difficult to overcome in relationships, we knew we needed help. I truly believe God saw that we were ready and put us on a path. We were given the opportunity to go through a program called Re|Engage at our church, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, here in The Woodlands, Texas. The link to the church and the newest semester with Re|Engage being held there is here:
The story of Us is one I am now so proud of. We had spent so many years committed but not necessarily happy in our relationship with each other. And as children came in, jobs changed and life got “busy” we used that as a bit of a distraction from dealing with what really matters…how we love each other…because in the end, that is both where we began and how we will end. We deserved to love each other, and ourselves, the way God loves us, and through this program, we were able to learn how to do just that. Kent did not grow up with faith in his life, so this was a pivotal moment for him. After we were finished up, he looked at me and said, “You know, most people will live to be around 80 years old. I turn 40 this year….I spent the first half of my life thinking God wasn’t in it, and I am so looking forward to spending the second half knowing He is there.” That makes TWO of us who got to witness His work in motion.
Even though I spent my whole life knowing God, I got to learn so much more about Him, His word, and how to live my life in a way that honors Him. It’s amazing how the Bible can have the answers for any questions you have in your life.
We are grateful every day that we had this opportunity, that our Lead Pastor for the Harvest Worship Service we attend, felt called to bring this program into our church. It is originally out of Watermark Church in Dallas, Texas and is doing amazingly well for the married community there, and the same success is happening for us in our community as well. If you are the slightest bit intrigued by what this program could offer you, I encourage you to reach out to our church at the link above, or even YOUR local church…because as Rachel Platten says in Fight Song, “I might only have one match; but I can make an explosion.” What I have learned after going through this and then sharing our story, is that there are MANY couples out there who expressed a need for something like this. Let God’s love into your life, and you will see how He had intended us to live.
Re|Engage was able to show me the way to being the wife I had always hoped I would be, to the husband I had always wanted…here’s to many more years together growing our love and in our relationship with Christ.