What was the last negative statistic you heard about marriage? Most of us can quickly cite sources that point to the fact that half of all marriages end in divorce. Adultery runs rampant, prompted by dissatisfaction with the spouse we promised to love and cherish for a lifetime. It’s easier than ever to turn away from our spouse, our marriage, and our promise.

When I first got married, I told myself that I would never allow these things to influence my own relationship. I would spend hours talking endlessly with my spouse about our hopes and dreams, avoid situations that could put me in jeopardy, and be open about how I was feeling in the relationship. Over time, things started to get harder and harder though.

I found myself staring in the mirror, wondering if it would really be that hard to leave it all behind and start over with someone new. Could a new life really be that hard to reach?

And yet, I knew that there was more work to be done in this relationship right now. I was determined to do better and to avoid making my own marriage into one of the statistics that I had grown to dread. Something needed to change drastically in order to make my marriage seem vital, healthy, and whole once again.

We needed to relearn how to talk with one another and truly communicate what we were thinking. Conversations that had once been easy during the early days of our marriage had suddenly become clunky and awkward. Someone needed to give us the tools that we needed to prevent our issues from leading to the untimely demise of our marriage.

We needed help, and we needed it quickly.

The Weekend to Remember marriage getaway met us right where we were and promised to give us all of the tools we needed to nurture our marriage relationship. The very idea that just one long weekend could help us avoid becoming a statistic sounded like it was too good to be true, but it was a complete godsend.

During just two-and-a-half days, we learned about God’s blueprint for our marriage and how we were designed to work with each other. Professionals and experienced couples who had been right where we were taught us how to communicate more openly with each other. Of course, it helped to have a little one-on-one time with just the two of us in between sessions when we really got to practice these skills.

Weekend to Remember was our ticket away from a loveless marriage that was just going through the motions. Instead of becoming another negative statistic, we are determined to be one of the couples that ultimately make their marriage work successfully and happily. If you and your spouse are afraid that you might be on your way to becoming another statistic, consider taking a break from your daily life to spend some time with your spouse at this amazing conference.

Most couples move from a 4 to an 8 in terms of their satisfaction within their marriage. And that’s a statistic I like!

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