Inside my wedding ring is etched “Suzanne – Keep The Dream Alive.” Inside Suzanne’s ring is scribed “Kevin Keeps The Dream Alive.” The “dream” we share is the love we both hold near and dear in our hearts for one another. It represents the commitment we made to “fight the good fight” on that warm spring day in 1985.
So here begs the question. How’s your love commitment holding up with your spouse? It’s been a challenge, hasn’t it? Do things get a little bumpy and difficult to manage — like you’ve been “Inside The Ring” sparring for what is right? Is that fiery spark gone and failing to ignite that passionate flame of deep-seated love between the two of you? Or, is it still strong and steadfast, but you still feel the need to grow that nurturing bond even stronger?
Either way, God’s light has smiled on you once again!
During the first two weekends of June, Bayside Church of Granite Bay, CA will hold a Marriage Retreat at the beautiful Napa Valley Marriott— www.NapaValleyMarriott.com
The featured speakers for this event are the founding, Senior Pastor from Bayside Church, Ray Johnston and his wife Carol. They have been in a committed marriage for 27 years and the loving parents of four grown children ages 20 to 23. Ray and Carol will lead a roster of powerful speakers for this event on both weekends.
Ray is a multiple author, an in-demand, popular speaker throughout the United States regarding various Christian topics, and a longstanding youth and ministry leader. Ray is always heard saying “I’m just one of the pastors around here!” Ray’s an amazing team player. Carol is active in the leadership of Bayside and faithfully supportive of Ray’s ministry. She is a gifted Bible teacher and very diligent in her dedicated discipleship of women among the Bayside community.
Along with Ray and Carol, Bayside Pastor Curt Harlow and his wife Kelly will be lending their 25-years of committed marriage experience and wisdom bound by faith to support this event. Rachel Johnston, the Bayside Director of Women’s ministries and her husband Doug will be rounding out this dynamic group along with Greg Weisman, the Bayside Director of Men’s Ministries and his wife Gloria.
Sonoma Christian Home Magazine would like to extend a warm welcome to our friends from Granite Bay and would like to encourage our local community to come out for this special marriage retreat on June 2-3 and on June 9-10. To learn more please visit Bayside’s website for registration information at: www.BaysideOnline.com/Events. For more information you can also contact the events planner through email at: MarriageRetreat@BaysideOnline.com
So what do you think? You ready to step back “Inside The Ring” to find answers that will keep your commitment strong? We’ll be there! We hope to see you there as well! Don’t hesitate for a second! KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE!!
How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!
Song of Solomon 4:10 (NIV)