Yep, life gets busy, the kids need our attention and one-on-one quality time with our spouse takes the hit. Unintentionally, we find we have neglected the one who means the most to us. One of the best things we can do for our kids is to put our spouse first, cultivating that relationship and making sure it is healthy and strong. Date nights are chances to communicate with your spouse, connect emotionally and hopefully have fun together. If you don't already incorporate date nights into the rhythm of your relationship, consider telling your spouse that you miss dating them.
For some fun, inexpensive date ideas around Portland check out these resources:
28 Mostly Inexpensive Date Ideas Around Portland
10 Only-in-Portland Dates
2017 Portland Cheap Eats
Best Hiking Trails Near Portland
Date Night Challenge
Couples all over the Portland Metro Area are taking part in the Date Night Challenge for the month of August. It's simple, 4 Dates in 4 Weeks. Go discover the long term benefits your relationship can experience by dating weekly. If you need more ideas for fun dates in the area, check out this Date Night PDX page: http://www.datenightpdx.org/date-night-resources/.
Date Night Comedy Tour
Kick off or make one of your Date Night Challenge dates be the Date Night Comedy Tour! This side-splitting comedy event is assembled with couples in mind. Hear comedians Jeff Cunningham, Jeff and Stacy Kemp and Jason Earls and laugh about marriage, children and life. Tickets are $30 per couple.
The purpose of marriage mentoring is to lovingly invest and cultivate relational health and fulfillment in life-long marriages by walking alongside couples at Greater Portland Bible Church and the wider Portland Community. Marriage mentoring provides support for couples who are seriously dating or engaged, marriages that need renewal and marriages experiencing difficult challenges. Marriage Mentors are couples in stable and strong marriages who want to help other couples have healthy marriages. Mentors are not licensed counselors but have all received marriage mentor training. The mentoring process is designed for weekly 90-minute sessions for 6-8 weeks but may continue up to 10-12 weeks for marriages that are experiencing difficult challenges.
To begin the process of being matched with a Marriage Mentor couple or for more information, please contact Joyce Wachsmuth – .
Marriage Assessement Tools
Below are resources you can use to assess the health of your marriage.
The Love Dare Test – A free online assessment from the Kendrick Brothers
The Marriage Quiz – A free online assessment from Dr. Nathan Cobb
Do You Truly Know Your Partner? – A free online assessment from the Gottman Institute
Life With Kids Gathering
Join us Sunday mornings with others that are in the season of parenthood! Come for connection, renewal and laughter. Our focus is relationships; to Jesus, our families, and each other. Each week is different! You can expect a welcoming atmosphere with light discussion and a sprinkling of guest speakers. Parents of babies, kids and teens this is the place for you! Facilitators, Ian and Jessica Heimbegner are parents of four children aged 6-14. Meet in the Mt. Adams room upstairs. Starts April 23 at 9:15am. Hope to see you there!
Marriage Workshops at GPBC
Once a year a workshop or conference is planned to encourage all marriages in the GPBC community and the community at large. Please check back for information about the next marriage event.
HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are powerful resources designed to get families talking and experiencing God together! HomeFront Monthly provides opportunities for families to come together and experience storytelling, God’s Word, new family traditions, fun games, recipes, family blessings, prayer, and more. HomeFront Weekly is designed to equip parents and help families be in God’s Word together. HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are available in all children’s departments for free. You can download the HomeFront Weekly here. You can purchase a copy of the current Monthly HomeFront at homefrontmag.com. The Tru HomeFront App is available for free download now in iTunes and the Google Play store!
“At its core, Spiritual Parenting is not merely a book on ‘how to parent.’ It’s far more than that. It is a book about how to view your role as a spiritually minded parent. Essentially, it asks the question, ‘What is my end goal in raising each of the children God has entrusted to me, and then how will I parent them with that end in mind?’ With this perspective, I can take my focus off a series of day-to-day events and set it on the bigger picture of passing on my faith. I parent in a way that does not simply spend my hours but also allows me to invest my days toward eternity,” writes the author of this curriculum, Dr. Michelle Anthony.
Find the book on Amazon. The video series is available for free on RightNowMedia. If you are interested in attending a spiritual parenting class at church or what to start one with your small group please email Sally Bland.