A Note From Ashley – Covenant Newsletter, January 2018

Whether¬†you’re engaged, have been married for ten days, or ten years, you should join us at this year’s marriage retreat. Why? I’m so glad you asked. Read in on just a few¬†conversations I’ve had with people in the last four months about marriage:

  • we are a year in and are feeling really grateful for our marriage;
  • we think counseling, even during the healthy times, is really great for our marriage;
  • we just don’t do well with conversations about marriage;
  • hey, we really appreciate you asking, our marriage is going well;
  • we don’t handle conflict well;
  • we thought for the first 19 years of our marriage that we were doing marriage the best of anyone we knew, and then I had an affair this summer.

And then there was the conversation I had with a friend who, via text, told me she and her husband had just gotten a divorce and I had no.idea.they.were.even.struggling. Marriage is one of the best and most challenging covenants anyone could commit to. If you think you and your spouse can do marriage alone, I would graciously and humbly submit to you that, well, you’re very wrong. And anyway, it’s way more fun to have people you love and trust cheering for you in the stands, and to be those people for others’ marriages as well.

We are so excited to welcome James and Ashley Wilson to Nashville as this year’s marriage retreat facilitators. James and Ashley have been leading marriage retreats for the past four years around the country, and we can’t wait for them to join us. We hope you will, too. Friday evening, February 2, and Saturday morning, February 3, promise to be a time filled with friends new and old, laughter, sweet conversation, and words that move us deeper into relationship with one another– as spouses and as friends. Invite another couple you know and join us. If last year’s retreat was an indication, we promise you won’t regret this one.

See you at church and around town,


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