2017 CCCM Couples Retreat
After nineteen years, Estella and I have finally attended a couples retreat.
It was our first ever retreat and what a blessing it was.
We arrived on Friday, 10 Feb 2017 around 5:30pm. Although there was a lot of traffic, the drive from San Bernardino wasn't bad. Some areas were slow, but the traffic flowed pretty smooth.
|Couples Retreat Itinerary|
We met another couple at dinner, which was great. The fellowship was great also. After dinner, we went to the first session of the retreat. There we received an introduction then went into worship. During the worship, a wave of peace came over me. I told Estella that I felt like when I had first become born again. I know it was the Holy Spirit providing that peace.
|Friday Evening at the Coffee Shop|
|Estella and I at the Chapel (Saturday)|
After their message, there was a question and answer panel and that's where the transparency started. Brian and Cheryl shared about their daughter who basically became their prodigal daughter for a season and later came back. They shared details of what they went through. Many couples in the crowd were encouraged by this.
In the afternoon, we had a couple of other speakers. I can't remember the pastor's name but he was the second speaker of the afternoon. His message on Ephesians five and his testimony caught Estella and I by surprise.
He shared that he had been in ministry for (I think) about twenty years and how it had become, for lack of better words, his first love. His wife being second. He also shared about his wife telling him that she could no longer live that way and if things didn't change she was going to leave. (The story wasn't cut and dry like that. There was a lot of detail that led to that decision.) And, that was only about a year ago.
Estella and I were touched by that as we are both in ministry. I got a little worried and asked Estella if she has ever felt that way toward me. What a relief when she said no. After asking her the same question about twenty more times that evening and a couple more times the next day, I resolved in my heart that she really meant no. Estella and I have never put our marriage secondary to anything, but we still, that night, took action to strengthen our commitment to one another. The Lord first, our marriage second then everything else.
This was a good wake up call for both of us not to fall into busy-ness therefore neglecting one another. Thank you Jesus for this!
|Brian and Cheryl Broderson|
|On Break: Stopped to take a Picture|
|Estella, Ruben and Joseph (Warrior Generation)|
|Fireplace near the Chow Hall|