November, 2019
Newsletter from The Marriage Education and Resource Center (MERCY)
We want to thank Ballardsville Baptist Church for partnering with MERCY to bring Jeff and Debby McElroy to our area for the "Love and Laughter" Date Night. One hundred and fifty-six people enjoyed a combination of humor and biblical advice. For example, it was suggested when we are triggered by something our spouse said or did, we should do the following five things:

  • Go to God and vent for 5 minutes
  • Ask God to minister to you, then listen.
  • Thank God for three things for which you are grateful.
  • Based on what the Lord has done for you, what is one thing you can do for the Lord in response to this situation.
  • Then, do it!

Grace and peace,

Penny and David
A New Beginning

This is a counselor-led workshop for couples in crisis.

December 6-8 - Nashville, TN
January 17-19 - Nashville, TN

Note: Marriage Dynamics offers a discount for both active duty and retired military personnel who register for "A New Beginning."

Three Ways to Relieve Stress Before the Holidays Arrive
Well, the holidays are upon us and we thought this might be a good time to share with you some suggestions by Susan Yates that was recently published on Family Life's website.

1) Lower your expectations
2) Simplify your lifestyle
3) Determine what you can delete or postpone.

These are just the highlights. To read more, click here
Upcoming Marriage Events
Choices - For a Successful Marriage
Join Mark and Susan Smithson for their Choices retreat where you will explore how to make choices every day to enhance your marriage. Daily choices for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will give you a partnership that leads you to a truly successful marriage where two become one flesh.

Friday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. -
Sunday, February 2 at 3:00 p.m

Cost: $300 per couple
This fee includes overnight accommodations, five delicious meals, a beautiful peaceful setting and your workbook.

Location: Agape' Wilderness Retreat Center
831 Barebone Road
Bedford, KY 40006

Limited to 10 couples.
Call (502) 255-7676 to register or visit click here for more information
Eastern Caribbean Cruise
8 Nights: February 22 - March 1, 2020

Don and Danna Delafield

Guest Speakers: Don and Danna Delafield, experienced marriage counselors.

The Delafields will lead couples in both thought-provoking and funny sessions as you explore how to make your marriage more meaningful and exciting.

For more information and pricing, click here

Spots are limited and deposit is due by November 20, 2019
November is the month to give thanks so why not take this opportunity to thank your spouse and inspire him/her.

Christian Conversation Baskets are Here

If you are looking to draw closer with your spouse from a spiritual standpoint, we now have Christian Conversation Baskets available for couples.

Questions are written to encourage couples to share their personal thoughts and feelings about their spiritual lives and to grow individually and together in their relationship with the Lord.

They are only $13.99 per basket and a portion of the proceeds from these baskets go to help fund MERCY. In addition to these baskets, we have many more themes such as ones for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Family and Friends, etc.

For more information, or to order click here
New Books at MERCY:

From Pain to Paradise - by Karen Evans - Karen tells the story of how God transformed her life and marriage from brokenness to blessing.

From Anger to Intimacy - by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham. Anger can destroy your marriage but forgiveness will restore it.