On Sunday night our Couple’s group finished the Transformed study by Rick Warren and decided that we will do the Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas study next. All in all, I would say that the Transformed study went pretty well for our group. We had some great discussions (especially about mental and financial health). As our group has grown closer over the past 3 months, the sharing has really opened up and I look forward to our fall marriage study. The group has been such a blessing in my life and it is my hope that all the members at my church are led to join a small group as well. It can truly be life-altering.
Of course, like most things in life, you get out what you put in so it likely led to much more growth for some than others. Because of the extra weekly sermons by Rick as well as daily devotionals, it was certainly much more intensive than some of the other studies that I’ve done in the past. That said, I think I grew more out of this study than most others as well. I’ve picked up some habits that I hope will be life-long changes. For example, I’d like to continue committing to taking at least 10 minutes outside everyday to de-stress and take in the beauty of the world (mental health). I’d like to continue trying to have an attitude of gratitude for my emotional health. I really should start a gratitude journal, but so far I just take my thanks for various things to God in prayer every morning. Finally, I sort of let the weekly verse memorizing fall by the wayside the last few months. But just this weekend, I found a great app called Remember Me that has verse flashcards and various memorization techniques. I put in 28 verses that I need to memorize so we’ll see how that goes.
We had one couple drop out of our group and another that is unavailable this Fall so we are moving forward with 5 couples to start Sacred Marriage in a few weeks. It should be interesting 🙂