Howdy from Arkansas and thanks for taking a minute or two to check out our February 2021 Monthly Update. We love sharing with you and we also are very thankful for your prayers for us!

Know we are all past Christmas but wanted to share this picture of the two of us next to our Christmas tree. Thanks for all the family updates many of you sent us around Christmas. It's fun to see some pictures of y'all and hear what God has been doing in your lives over the last year.

We hope your 2021 has gotten off to a good start. We are expectant of our Great God and Savior working in miraculous ways in 2021!!
Can Anyone Really Love Like Jesus?

February 7-14 is National Marriage Week, and we want to be part of encouraging and challenging every married couple. The challenge is NOT to do something just on Valentine's Day, although we hope you will celebrate together somehow. The challenge is contained in the words from Les and Leslie Parrot below. Please take a moment or two to read it and then ask God to help you more and more consistently to sacrificially and joyfully love your spouse, all throughout the year!!

“Observe how Christ loved us. Love like that.” – Ephesians 5:2

Loving like Jesus is the best way to live. When we love like Him, we can step outside ourselves and clearly see our loved ones and their needs. We can shed layers of selfishness, resentment, anxiety, pettiness, and entitlement. Most of all, we can rise above our human imperfections and step into transcendent love.

Jesus’ model of love challenges us to stop settling for anything less than “the most excellent way.” If you want to love like Jesus, read on.

When it comes to love, Jesus raised the bar astronomically. He teaches us to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and walk the extra mile. To our human minds, that sounds completely outrageous–but that’s the point. If we want to love like Jesus, we have to open our hearts and our minds. We need to be able to fully utilize our emotion, reason, thoughts, and feelings. We can’t bring perfect love into our imperfect lives without this kind of complete vulnerability.

Why? Because opening your heart allows love to change your mind. When Jesus touches your heart, your mind can follow suit and be completely transformed. Allowing your heart into the conversation will revolutionize your thinking. We believe that’s what Paul meant when he said, “You’ll be changed from the inside out” (Romans 12:1 MSG).

If you’re in search of reasonable love, you’ll miss out on a love that’s extraordinary–on the opportunity to find a love you didn’t realize you had.

Jesus’ ideal model of love can rub off on our imperfect lives. Why? Because loving like Him is more attainable than we realize.

Jesus’ example and teachings show us at least five ways we can love more like Him. While it’s not an exhaustive list by any means, these practices can provide us with an actionable starting point to apply to our imperfect, human lives.

To love like Jesus, we must:

  • Be mindful. We need to connect more deeply with our lives and the people in them, rather than living a detached, disconnected existence.
  • Be approachable. It’s important for people to feel safe approaching us; in other words, we must become less exclusive in our interactions with others and more welcoming to those who seek us out.
  • Be full of grace. We must be willing to relate to others in a less judgmental way.
  • Be bold. We have to shed our fears, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV).
  • Be self-giving. We need to become less self-absorbed and more invested in those around us.

Over and over, Jesus demonstrated these qualities to show us that they’re not unattainable ideals. Instead, they’re a doable way to get an earthly handle on a heavenly ideal.

It’s a common misperception that loving like Jesus means that you must become a doormat, a weak wimp, or a spoilsport. Some people believe that loving like Jesus means we have to deny ourselves everything, miss out on all the fun, and smother our joy. But that’s not true. According to research, having the ability to practice love in our daily relationships–marriage, friends, family, and otherwise–is actually the defining mark of human happiness. When we give of ourselves and do good for others, we use higher-level brain functions that trigger neurochemical reactions in our brains. The result? A cascade of positive emotions.

APPLICATION SECTION: (Added by Glen and Shawn)
  1. In all honesty, do you truly believe that God has given you the power as a husband or wife to love like Jesus? Why or why not?
  2. Of the 5 actionable ways to love like Jesus listed above, what is one that you can begin asking God to put into practice in your marriage even today?
  3. Take time together as a couple to read John 13:1-20, 31-35 and Galatians 5:13-17. After discussing those passages, take a minute or two to pray together as you ask God to help you begin more and more consistently loving your spouse like Jesus.

Post by Les and Leslie Parrot -- "SYMBIS - How to Love Like Jesus - Aug 2018"


For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:13-14

A Great Way to Share: Going Farther Website

We are always looking for ways to introduce people to Jesus and also to help folks grow once they become a Christ-follower. We are all called to go deeper in our relationship with God and helping others do the same! Well, we want to take a moment to share a great site called Going Farther. Check it out! Everything from answering common questions to Bible Studies to Life Issues. There is even a way to try and connect to a local church in your area. Go to:

Resources to Help You or a Friend

We want to share some resources that we think will be helpful for you or a friend. These will mostly be on the topics of marriage, relationships, and your personal relationship with God. Check out the two we are sharing this month and please send us feedback, positive or negative. We'd love to hear from you. Just click the Contact Button at the bottom of this page!

Resource #1: Since we are focused on helping young married couples, check out the link below for a great post from Focus on the Family on relationships with in-laws and how to leave and cleave from parents. There is also a section at the bottom that speaks to parents of married adult children.

Resource #2: As we are in February, with Valentine's Day, we wanted to share a post to help you in caring for and appreciating your spouse. Click on the link below to read a great short post from Hans Molegraaf.

Update and Re-Sharing the Ministry's New Mailing Address

We had shared a few months ago about our home office in the Woodlands, TX moving to a new space to accommodate additional space for more counselors. We are thrilled to tell you that space is working very well. Shawn and I were able to see and experience it when we were there in September for training and we love it!!

But with that change comes an address change for any donations you mail, or any correspondence going to our home office. Please be sure to send any donations or mail any correspondence to:

Marriage Revolution
25511 Budde Road - Suite 902
Spring, TX 77380


OUR TEAM: Please pray for our Marriage Revolution Team in Houston, Dallas, and Little Rock - that God would be working deeply in our lives, marriages, and families. And that the overflow of that deep work would be life-transforming ministry to others. 

OUR NATION: As we shared last month, please continue praying for God to revive His Church in this country and around the world. It must start with us! We know the only lasting solution to all the issues we are facing is each person hearing and responding to the Gospel, and then wholeheartedly following Christ. We are praying for deep brokenness in all of us as the Body of Christ. And the first result of that brokenness would be crying out to Him in deep prayers of repentance and faith.

SPIRIT-LED, CHRIST-CENTERED COUNSELING: The DNA of our ministry and each of our staff is to give Christ-centered and Spirit-led counsel to every couple and individual coming. Please pray that each counselor would truly be dependent on the Spirit in each session. And pray that everything we do and say would continually point to Christ, our Savior!

OUR FAMILY IN 2021: We celebrated our son, Caleb's, 21st birthday last month, and are celebrating our Sarah's 23rd this month! Thankful for the joy of being parents and the privilege to pray for all three of our kids to wholeheartedly follow Him!

FIRST LOVE AND COMMUNITY: That we would never lose our "first love" for Jesus Christ and the pursuit of a deeply abiding relationship with Him. And after that, we would continue to make it a priority to be deeply connected to Christ-centered community in and outside of our local church. 

Solberg Family Website Links
Marriage Revolution Website Links