What Is a Couples Retreat?
Couples’ retreats are a great opportunity to learn about yourself and your partner on a much deeper and vulnerable level, improve your relationship and an overall sense of emotional connection with each other, and enjoy yourselves away from everyday stresses. Which means no kids, no thinking about what to cook for dinner, just you, your spouse and other couples.
Before we dive deeper into the couples retreats, let’s make a few things clear. Firstly, a lot of people think that couples retreats are only for those who are having difficulties in their marriage. This is far from the truth. This is for all marriages. Have you ever been asked by your church or friends to attend a marriage retreat? If you’ve contemplated attending a marriage retreat you usually fall in one of three categories:
Yes! This is a chance to get away with my spouse and be kid-free!
- My marriage is fine, and I don’t need any help..
- No way! I’m not letting people I barely know tell me how my marriage should operate.
Here are 3 reasons why you should attend a CMAN marriage retreat this year
To enhance intimacy and communication between couples
Over time, the stress of the world can wear down our marriages and drive us apart. CMAN Marriage retreats offer christian counselling and allows couples to go back to the start and rekindle that fire that they once held for their spouses. They are encouraged to open up to each other, to desire to know one another the way that God knows us.
To learn from other Godly relationships
Every marriage can learn something new. Whether you’ve been married for many decades or just a few days, why? Because we’re imperfect, and no matter how good we think our marriages are, there is always room for improvement.
The great thing about the Christian community is that we can learn from one another. Consider Proverbs 27:17: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
We each have different experiences to share, different lessons that we have learned, and different mistakes that we can warn others against. Marriage retreats are the perfect opportunity both to give advice and to receive advice from fellow believers.
To learn how to glorify God with your marriage
Every marriage is meant to glorify God. anything else is deception. If you’re not basing your marriage on Christ, then your marriage is being defined wrongly.
Marriage is, essentially, a picture of God’s love for His people – Christ as the groom and the Church as His bride. So we are meant to reflect that beautiful picture of love and unity in our own relationships with our spouses.
It is very easy to forget the purpose of marriage and begin to see marriage as something simply meant to fulfill us. While God does intend for marriage to bring us fulfillment and joy, He desires even more that it brings us closer to Him.
Marriage retreats are meant to unify and point us back to God’s will for our marriages and rediscover Him as our foundation. And when we fix our eyes on Him, everything else in our lives will fall into place.