You have most likely attended a woman’s retreat or a men’s retreat in your lifetime. Have you and your spouse considered a personal marriage retreat for the purpose of evaluating the past year and then praying about vision for the forthcoming year? My wife and I have been doing this for many years and find it to be one of the most helpful annual connections we do together. It gets us on the same page. We communicate thoroughly. We take a hard look at what was and evaluate where we are. We keep the excitement factor up by looking ahead toward the future. In the next several weeks, we desire to share with you our process of how we do this.
I book a hotel room for 24 hours. Yes, we get away from the normal setting because it’s conducive to what we desire to accomplish without the typical interruptions. We check in as early as we can and begin to settle into evaluating our year after we dedicate our time to the Lord in prayer. The first thing we do is to connect through prayer. (We will look at other areas of this time in the coming weeks.)
Praying together as a couple is a key to this time.
Start by giving thanks for God’s provision and protection from this past year.
Pray about this time together concerning this retreat, specifically that you will hear the voice of your heavenly Father.
Pray over your marriage, your family, your employment, your finances; pray about everything and anything.
Give God praise for the positive and the not so positive. Praise is a key factor to keep our heart attitude correct and open to this time.
Assess your prayer lives together as a couple and as a family. Are we connecting sufficiently through the discipline of prayer as a couple?