CENTERVILLE— With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not give your spouse the gift of a stronger marriage?
The Bridge Community of Centerville is giving residents the chance to do just that with their upcoming Love and Respect Marriage Conference, a five-part video conference set for Feb. 10-11 at the Bridge Community. The conference, hosted by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerich, focuses on strengthening marriages through Bible-based marriage advice.
“Years ago as I reflected on God’s clear command (which is not a suggestion that we can take or leave) in Ephesians 5:33, I unearthed what I came to call the ‘Love and Respect Connection,’” said Dr. Eggerich. “In that verse, I am commanded as a husband to love Sarah. Why? I assume because she needs my love. Sarah is commanded as a wife in Ephesians 5:33 to put on respect toward me. Why? I assume because I need to feel respected for who I am apart from my performance.”
The conference will start at 7 p.m. Friday evening with a session titled “Why We React Negatively To Each Other (The Crazy Cycle).” In this session, which will run until 8:30 p.m., the couple uses the principles in Ephesians 5:33 to highlight how not being sensitive to your partner’s needs can start a cycle of fighting that only escalates.
“When I speak to her in unloving ways, appearing harsh, angry, or insensitive, this crushes her spirit and she deflates,” he said. “At that juncture, she defensively reacts in ways that sound disrespectful to me. We jump on the Crazy Cycle and spin.”
The Saturday portion of the conference begins at 9 a.m. with a session titled “How A Husband Best Motivates His Wife (The Energizing Cycle, Part I).” That session will run until 10:30 a.m., and at 10:45 a.m. the companion session – “How A Wife Best Motivates Her Husband (The Energizing Cycle, Part II)” – will start. Both sessions focus on how to create loving and encouraging communication with your spouse.
“The Bible says, ‘The tongue of the wise brings healing’” said Dr. Eggerich, citing Proverbs 12:18. “Loving and respectful words not only have the power to create healthy communication but also to bring healing to the marriage.”
Lunch will be held on-site after the second session, which will end at approximately 12:15 p.m. A session focusing on the practical applications of all three previous sessions will be held from 1-2 p.m., and from 2:15-3:45 p.m. will be “The Ingredient That Motivates Us Beyond Our Marriage (The Reward Cycle).”
This last session talks about how to maintain love and respect for your spouse even when they don’t always do the same in return, giving a couple the chance to stay out of the Crazy Cycle even when one of the participants makes a mistake.
The fee for the conference is $35 per couple, which includes both days as well as a lunch on Saturday. Child care is an extra $10 per child, with a fee cap at $30 even if you have more than three children.
Advance registration is required to participate, and can be done online at thebridgeutah.org/marriage-conference. The Bridge Community is located at 260 E. Pages Lane in Centerville.