From September 7-9, 2012, over 70 couples descended on the La Quinta Resort in the beautiful southern California desert for The Marriage Resource’s second annual Marriage Getaway. The breathtaking oasis-like setting at La Quinta, along with the spectacular accommodations and service at the resort, set the stage for the success of this intimate marriage retreat.

The weekend was filled with amazing teaching from several experts in the field of Christian marriage. Such outstanding leaders as Dr. Archibald and Kathleen Hart, Dr. Gary Oliver, Dr. Sharon May, and Dr. Terry and Sharon Hargrave were among those who shared from their wealth of knowledge and experience. Add to this impressive list the inspirational messages given by local pastors Mike Reed, Matt Tague and Craig Muster, and it is easy to understand that this was one special weekend.

Among the truths clearly communicated was God’s design for marriage to reflect the loving and sacrificial nature of the Heavenly Father toward his bride, the church. This led to gaining further understanding of the nature of true love—rather than being something we “fall into,” we came to see that love is instead a choice.

Couples learned that God created the covenant of marriage. And God loves covenant. Consequently the enemy of our souls hates it and is working overtime to come against and destroy Christian marriages. Because of this reality, another important purpose of the weekend was to equip couples with the knowledge and tools needed to build or re-build their covenant relationship empowered by the Word of God.

Couples who were facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles or a damaging breech of trust in their marriages discovered that nothing the enemy designed has the power to destroy this beautiful covenant once the healing power of God was applied. Couples who were just coasting in their marriages were inspired to make their covenants more healthy, more loving and more intimate. And couples who found themselves in a good season within their marriage relationships felt supported and encouraged to keep up the good work.

There was something for every couple attending the weekend. In the midst of the wealth of information gained, there was plenty of fun, laughter and free time to spend alone or with others.

Beautiful location, great teaching, wonderful fellowship, and plenty of fun pretty much sums up the weekend. Don’t even think about missing this event next year…your marriage is worth it!