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Keeping Passion in Your Marriage - Newsletter





Passion doesn’t let us settle. Understanding our identity, embracing our calling and practicing good rhythms are foundational themes that will help us not just settle for what IS in our marriage, but instead to work towards what could be. Gabe and Rebekah Lyons are authors and ministry leaders who have been married for 25 years and are raising four children. They share openly about their own marriage and encourage each of ours.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Let's go play with the kids at Lollipops indoor playground located inside the West Oaks Mall. They do require socks so don't forget to bring socks for you and your children. You can wear your own or they have some available for $2 each.


Parents are free, children are $12 for 2 hours of play.


We can't wait to have some fun together here!


The easiest way to find lollipops inside the mall is to park in the middle where the main entrance is on the right side of the mall walking in you should see the merry go round, food court, AMC theaters,etc. once you walk to the middle of the mall pass all of that. Take a left and walk down and you should see it on your left about 5 stores down.

RSVP


FBCWG EVENTS

AWANA - August 16, 2023 - May 15, 2024

Join us on Wednesdays for AWANA at our Downtown Campus from 6-7:30pm.

Your kids will not want to miss AWANA! AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” based off of 2 Timothy 2:15. AWANA is for ages 3 yrs (as of 09/01) – 5th grade. AWANA is a discipleship curriculum that helps children memorize Scripture on their reading levels. In addition, we enjoy games and bi-monthly theme nights.

Cubbies: 3yrs (as of 09/01) – 5yrs Sparks: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade T&T: 3rd Grade – 5th Grade

Contact Stephanie Cline for more information. Click here to register

Night of Worship - Feb. 21 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Family Picnic - Feb. 25 11:30am-4:00pm

VBS registration is OPEN!

VBS for Moms!


 

EXTRA INFO

Thank you for your desire to be a part of MOPS/MOMSNext Winter Garden (Soon to be TheMomCo)! Here at MOPS, we gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together.


This is the year to make some moves. Say “Yes.”


Register HERE.


Please refer to our Google Sheet for your POD assignments and food rotation schedule. When it is your turn to provide food, please put what you will be bringing or if you will be chipping in money to help contribute. If for some reason you cannot make it to the meeting, please drop off your food to someone else in your POD.

See schedule HERE.


Qualities we’re looking for:


  • Able to connect, encourage and check in with other moms to see if they need support or prayer

  • Able to create, organize, and promote events through facebook

  • able to organize, gather materials, and explain craft ideas to a group

  • Able to analyze, understand, and manage a budget

  • Able to help prepare and create material for meetups with Canva (presentation, print outs, newsletters, etc.)

  • Able to talk in front of groups


If you have one or more of these qualities and are interested in joining leadership, please fill out this form and talk with someone on the leadership team


 

KEEPING PASSION IN YOUR MARRIAGE - CONNECTION QUESTIONS (Video here)

  • Is there some past hurt or identity issue that you pull into conflicts you have with your spouse?

  • What are the things that you feel called to do? The things that feel natural and life-giving to you?

  • Discuss these four rhythms: rest, restore, connect, create. Share which one you feel comfortable with and the one you would like to improve upon.

  • How will you build fun into your marriage rhythm this week?

  • Based on what you learned today, what changes would you like to make this week? How can our group support you in that?

 

DEVOTIONAL

Foxes and Fences

Andrea Fortenberry, Executive Leadership Coachandreafortenberry.comblog.mops.org/foxes-and-fences


“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” – Song of Songs 2:15 NIV


Have you ever had a fox pop up in your marriage? You’re sitting on the couch with your husband and suddenly, a fox appears out of nowhere!


Okay, you’ve probably never had an actual fox run into your house, but if you’ve been married for any length of time, you have metaphorically. Things seem to be going along just fine and suddenly, there’s an unexpected marital problem.


While we can’t prevent all future marital issues (wouldn’t that be nice?), we can set up healthy boundaries and practices within the marriage vineyard to keep out as many little foxes as we can.


Boundaries might seem unnecessary in a marriage because we already love and trust each other. But when we examine the purpose of boundaries, to keep something protected and safe, we see how healthy fences and habits protect and strengthen a marriage.


Here are a few to consider:


Don’t joke about the D-word: Joking about divorce or threatening it out of frustration will diminish trust, fuels the fear of abandonment, and creates an environment where one person is usually walking on eggshells.


Know each other’s passwords to all devices and accounts: Knowing you each have access to what the other is doing creates accountability and trust.


How to interact with the opposite sex: Anticipate friendship, work and ministry scenarios, and a process for how to communicate via text or phone.


Physical intimacy: Determine the max number of days you’ll go without having sex. The longer you go without time physically, the more temptation can set in for both partners. Life changes like a new baby or travel may require you to adjust your boundary for a season, and that’s okay when you’ve communicated about it.


Setting up fences takes some work and communication but imagine how much more beautiful your vineyard will be because of it.


Questions:

  1. What little foxes are threatening your marriage vineyard in this season?

  2. What healthy boundaries or practices can you put into place to encourage your marriage to bloom?







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