The Marriage Perspective: Face2Face with Our Enemies

This week we examined Jesus’ command to love our enemies. That’s hard to do but that doesn’t really apply to marriage does it? Surely our spouse is not our enemy. Well…let’s examine that. We personalize the hurts and the arguments as though he/she intended to hurt us. We view our spouse as part of our daily grind instead of our helper through the daily grind. We take note of who “won” that argument–obviously inferring that one of us lost. We far too often take a “me against you” attitude. Hmmm–that’s starting to sound like the description of an enemy.

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Silvina Erwin
Face to Face with A Prostitute Who Loves Jesus

This week Gary spoke about a tension that might be growing as we dive into building relationships with those outside the circle of our Christian friends and family. Talk together about the tension you may be feeling surrounding Jesus shaped hospitality as Gary has described it. How has this tension shown up in your life? How is it affecting you as a couple? How can you encourage each other and ease this tension? How have you/can you begin to demonstrate this hospitality in your family?

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Silvina Erwin
The Marriage Perspective: Face2Face with a Woman Caught in Adultery

Gary has asked us a question weekly throughout this series: “Does our way of life reflect Jesus’ way of life…do we welcome the stranger with compelling love and courageous hospitality?” Allow us to change the words slightly to bring a different perspective. Does our marriage reflect Jesus’ way of life…do we live with and relate to our spouse with compelling love and courageous hospitality?

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Silvina Erwin
The Marriage Perspective: Face2Face with a Widow at Nain

The story this week involves heartbreaking compassion moving Jesus to act. Tell each other what really breaks your heart. Have you seen something in the news or heard a story that moved your heart? Has your broken heart moved you to either a spontaneous act of compassion or caused you to rearrange your life to answer that call to compassion? For us, it is heartbreaking to see the state of marriage today. That’s why we are so passionate about helping marriages thrive. 

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Silvina Erwin
The Marriage Perspective: Face2Face with Bartimaeus

Jesus asked Bartimaeus a simple question, “What do you want me to do for you?” 

So answer the question–what do you want Him to do for your marriage? What would your desires include? Devoted love? Deeper intimacy? Better communication? Resolved conflict? 

Seriously, what do you want for your marriage? 

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Silvina Erwin
Valentine's Day

No pressure but Valentine’s Day is almost here! 

Valentine’s Day is a chance to express your love to your spouse. But it also brings stress and a flood of expectations with it. The whole thing can feel like a Hallmark holiday designed to make you spend money to create the ideal romantic evening which generally sets a couple up for disaster. 

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Silvina Erwin