A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the chance to attend the Love Always Marriage Conference at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. We’ve been married 26 years, and it’s been a long time since we’ve had a chance to get away–just the two of us. We tagged along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and had a great double-date weekend enjoying great speakers, great worship, and authentic food.
Sitting in the large room, looking around at all the couples in attendance, I kept thinking about how we were all at different stages in our lives. Some were single with the hopes of one day finding their person, some were engaged and eagerly anticipating their wedding day, and others had probably spent close to a half-century together. Everyone’s love story is different. It got me thinking about all the romance books I’ve read over the years, and how many books could be written from the different tales of people sitting in that church.
I watched young couples laugh together as they played a game of air hockey, and I watched older couples walk hand in hand, taking in the sights around them. We played a few rounds of Pacman and Guitar Hero, which brought back many memories of nights spent playing that game with our kids in the living room before bed. The entire conference emphasized the importance of having fun together! (video games, card games, board games, dance parties, crafting together, photo booths, pampering stations)
We returned from the conference revived and renewed, and I’m thankful to have spent the time away with my husband. It was a good reminder of God’s design for marriage–how we’re made to live in His image and reflect Christ even through our relationship with our spouse.
This conference also renewed my sense of why I write, specifically inspirational stories. Honestly, I haven’t written much in the past few months. Life has taken over, and the busyness of the day-to-day leaves little room for creativity when I’m exhausted at the end of the day. Sometimes I’ve felt like I wanted to take a break, but God gave me a nudge and reminded me that real life is my inspiration. My husband also encouraged me to keep writing, so I was eager to jump back into my current WIP when we returned home, and I even started a new book!
Whether it’s real-life romance or a story that you’ve read, tell me something encouraging you’ve experienced recently.