Thursday, March 13, 2014

MOPS: Marriage and Connection Points

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 I don't make it to MOPS every time, but when I do I find that I'm blessed by being there. Today's speakers came to talk about Marriage. It is a broad topic, but they focused on building relationships.

I appreciated the focus on Connection Points because it is something I have been thinking about lately. They defined them as Activities that you enjoy doing together that bring you closer together. Not just in a marriage but with other relationships as well.

We have things we like to do together. It is easier on weekends. We make sure we take a date night once per month and then we have stay-home-movie-dates when the kids go to sleep. We like to do things as a family, especially when the weather is nice, but we find things to do in the winter too.

In the interest of intentional living I have been thinking of other ways to connect with the people who matter to me in my life. Before I was married or had children I used to spend a lot more time doing things only I enjoyed. Lately I have set aside some things that exclude the others that I care about. Of course I have held onto some, but I don't seem to care as much about doing things just for myself. I have also learned to enjoy things I never did before because of how much David or the kids enjoy them. When you love someone their enthusiasm can be influential.

Moving towards others is more difficult for introverts because we can be quite happy spending a day at home by ourselves, but that doesn't mean we don't need people in our lives or don't enjoy doing things with others. By thinking of things we can enjoy together, we can grow our relationships.

As a family we like to:

  • Go for drives
  • Watch movies
  • Go hiking
  • Play board games
  • Explore (urban or wilderness)
  • Take pictures (we are not professional by any means but we have fun)
  • Laugh, Play and Be silly
  • Read together
  • Cook together
  • Work on projects together
What does your family like to do together?

This project was from the last MOPS meeting. Tile Coasters