Do you remember Archie and Edith Bunker? From 1971 to 1979 millions tuned in to the hit TV Series “All in the Family” to laugh, grimace and even cry at the exploits of this middle-class, blue-collar family struggling to adjust to the cultural changes of the 70’s, while constantly defining and redefining what it was that seemed to matter most.
The best exchanges on the show were always in the dialogue between Archie and Edith. Archie was harsh, set in his ways, never wrong. Edith was flighty, naïve, always a bit slow on the uptake. One of the best lines came in an episode when the two were arguing over a matter, and the two just couldn’t seem to see eye to eye.
In frustration, Archie blurts out…
As funny as that line is, it’s not a far cry from the kind of frustration many couples experience on a day to day basis when it comes to trying to communicate love with one another.
That is because all of us have grown up, learning particular ways to express and receive love. Put another way, we all have what Gary Chapman refers to as a primary “love language.” And guess what. So do our spouses.
There are 5 primary love languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.
The key to a vibrant, healthy, intimate marriage that goes the distance is discovering not only what your own primary love language is, but more importantly, what your spouse’s is. When both are understood, and spoken regularly, there is great contentment and joy in the marriage, and the very climate of the home is changed for the better.
Beginning tonight, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. Laura and I will begin a four part marriage enrichment study on The Five Love Languages. Here are some answers to a few questions you may have…
- Do we have to purchase the book in order to participate?
No. We definitely recommend purchasing the book for your personal resource. But you do not have to own (or have read) the book, in order to participate. If you wish to purchase the book in hardback, paperback or Kindle, click here.
- Where will the study take place?
We will meet in the gym around tables.
- What time does it begin and end?
The study begins at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude in one hour or less, in order to be free to pick up children who may be in childcare or children’s programming.
- Can I eat my dinner during the session?
Yes. Our dinner line will remain open and serving until 6:30 in order to allow you to arrive late, pick up a plate, and begin the session at 6:30 sharp.
- What if my spouse cannot come with me?
Come anyway. Obviously, the ideal would be for you to participate as a couple. Indeed, many of the exercises will require dialogue with each other during some of the sessions. But the principles of this study are so helpful, that even when one of the two begin to understand and apply them, the relationship begins to improve dramatically.
So take a moment and enjoy this trailer for our study, and we will see you tonight!
Johns Creek Baptist Church
Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages is excellent. It helped me to 24 years of marriage. Highly recommend it.