Quarterly Update

2nd Quarter 2019

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What's Been Happening?
WOW! Can you believe we are half way through 2019? We have been so thankful for the opportunities to assist couples build a stronger and more INTENTIONAL foundation for their future marriages.

During the months of March and April, we hosted our "Love: INSANITY vs INSIGHT" series at Houston Baptist University for singles This series was truly a joy to present to the young adults in attendance. We are very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to kicking off another series soon.

Our monthly BootCamps have given us the privilege to meet more excited engaged couples. We love educating couples BEFORE they get married. We believe that marriage is no different than any other area of life...education and intentionality will produce the BEST results! Remember, Hosea 4:6 states, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." It is our passion and goal to present God's design of marriage to couples.

We also love the working with our SYMBIS couples, one-on-one. During these meetings, we get to know couples on a more personal level, and learn the inner-workings of their relationships. Without fail, there are ALWAYS areas we address that they were not aware of or had chosen to avoid. It is wonderful to help them acknowledge these areas "head-on" so they can "move-on."

As the heat of the summer continues to raise, so does the heat of our passion to reach couples and singles BEFORE they say, "I Do." We appreciate your prayers as we continue in our work reaching these desiring to build stronger foundations for their future marriages!
Our Words Matter

A while back we saw an experiment one of our friends did with her teenagers. This experiment was with rice and words. Yep, you read it right...RICE and WORDS! Although we respect and trust what she said thoroughly, we wanted to try it ourselves. And, we did!
We cooked one cup of rice, divided it into two 1/2 cups of rice. We placed each 1/2 cup of rice in two small identical glass container with airtight lids (small mason jars). We then placed a label on one lid with POSITIVE WORDS and another label on the other jar with NEGATIVE WORDS (see image above). We placed the jars in two separate rooms of our home so they were far removed from each other.

As CRAZY as it may sound, we SPOKE "POSITIVE and NEGATIVE WORDS" to the jars of rice for two straight weeks. Every day one of us would speak to the jars of rice. What we witnessed was nothing short of astonishing.

Our experiment started on January 22, 2019. Prior to the end of the two weeks, the rice which heard only "NEGATIVE WORDS" was changing its color from white to a light orange/brown color. The rice hearing the "POSITIVE WORDS" remained white as snow! It was very interesting to observe the differences..
As we write this article, it is now June 20, 2019 (almost 5 months to the day) and the two jars of rice remain DIFFERENT in coloring. Although we have stopped speaking to the rice jars, the affects of "NEGATIVE and POSITIVE WORDS" remains distinctly different.

Look at the pictures yourself and you decide if there is indeed a difference. Better yet, we encourage each of you to try this experiment yourself. This is a tremendous teaching tool for children and adults alike. Just imagine...if our words affect rice in this manner, what affect are our words having on another's heart?

On January 22, 2019, the rice on the left had POSITIVE WORDS spoken to it daily for 2 full weeks, and the rice on the right had NEGATIVE WORDS spoken to it daily for 2 full weeks.
NEVER underestimate the POWER of YOUR WORDS! God SPOKE the world into existence and there was MUCH POWER in those WORDS! We are created in His image and there is POWER in our WORDS!
Proverbs 18:21 states "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
We all need to be mindful of what POWER we are putting out when we open our mouths. Are we creating LIFE or are we creating DEATH? All right the challenge is on...cook that rice and start speaking! We want to hear your experience and see your photos.
Pre-Marriage Bootcamp
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Education is your "best friend" especially when it pertains to marriage. We educate ourselves in every other area of life, so please don't neglect marriage! 
Join us for a full day of interactive pre-marriage BootCamp. We will uncover enemies that all our relationships stumble upon at some point or another.
Learn More About Event
"No Plan B"
for these BootCamp Couples!

Celebration Corner - Newlyweds

We are so excited to CELEBRATE and CONGRATULATE these wonderful couples. Each couple attended one of our Pre-Marriage BootCamp meetings and/or completed the SYMBIS assessment. They were INTENTIONAL in their start and we pray blessings over each of them as they continue "Two Becoming ONE!"  We would like to ask if you feel led by the Lord, please select a couple or more than one couple and commit to praying for their marriages to develop into all that God designed their marriage to be.

NO PLAN B!!!  

Jake and Tierney 
March 9, 2019
Justin and Rachel 
May 4, 2019
Joe and Kim 
May 3, 2019
Andrew and Crysta 
March 9, 2019
Lemichael and Marlena 
June 5, 2017
Paulo and Priscilla 
April 19, 2019
Jason and Lauren Finberg
February 7, 2019
Larry and Ashley Hutto, Jr.
December 1, 2018
Are you interested in investing in your marriage relationship?  If so, we would strongly suggest you check out "The Marriage Builder" by Dr. Larry Crabb.
This book is an amazing journey for married couples to walk together, regardless if you are a newlywed or a well seasoned married couple. Dr. Crabb includes a discussion guide in the back of the book that will engage couples with deep communication.

Marriage is such a beautiful gift from God and we all must be intentional about caring for our gift. 
Healthy & Tasty Recipes
Almond Butter Chocolate Bars
Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies
Mediterranean Fresh Salad
Easy Pesto

Fun Date Ideas

Date Night Box
Volunteer - Houston Food Bank
• Couples Dance Lessons

Date Nights are a MUST for couples! Get creative and step out of your comfort zone and try new things. This quarter we suggest you look at Date Night Box and give it a try. Volunteer at Houston Food Bank or another charity that could use some help. There is nothing better than serving others together! Okay men get ready to really step out of your comfort zone and go to a couple's dance class! Get a handle on how to take a confident lead out on the dance floor. Remember, date nights do not always need to be costly. A very inexpensive date night could be pulling out all those old photos and going down memory lane while you relive some wonderful memories :-)

Be INTENTIONAL and ATTEND Marriage Enrichment Opportunities or Plan a Marriage Builder Vacation

Join Emerson Eggerichs, author of "Love and Respect," and others at


Spark 2019 – A Marriage Conference - August 23-24

Family Life hosts: "Love Like You Mean It Cruise"
Valentine's Cruise - February 9 - 16, 2020


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We greatly appreciate all donation and prayer support! Blessings to each of you!
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