What Couples Are Saying
Prior to this weekend, my marriage felt dead. I felt disconnected from my wife. During this weekend we learned new ways to communicate, constructive ways to deal with and navigate years of anger, hurt and isolation. By Saturday night, I found myself staring into the eyes of my long lost friend, the love of my life, my wife. Through this program God transformed me and restored our marriage!
We had been stuck for a long time. Any conversation was laced with irritation and bitterness. This weekend we were able to “clean out from under the rug”, and reconnect with out all the garbage between us.
I have lacked the tools to express my concerns in an acceptable way to my spouse as far back as I can remember. I don’t feel that way anymore. I have been given very helpful information to help us through the “hard”. Also, the understanding that emotions play a huge role in disagreement and to downplay them is wrong in every way. Thank you so much.
We were lost, hurt, broken after infidelity and anger in our marriage. Cornerstone helped us forgive and empathize with each other. We tore down the walls we had built and we received guidelines and tools to not go back to our selfish, destructive ways.
The intensive gave us a new approach on how to resolve issues without fighting about them. Before the weekend, we couldn’t discuss any issues without a blowup. We have learned how to be on the same team and work together on resolving issues in a calm manner.
I am a skeptic by nature but was hopeful of the process. I found that the real life examples and testimonies were very helpful. Through this program, my love for my wife, and my faith in Christ I know we will be on the right track.
"I had filed for divorce following my husbands multiple affairs. I had grown angry, bitter and extremely hurt. I could never bring myself to sign the divorce papers. After seeking counsel from 6 to 7 pastors, psychologists etc., we heard about this retreat. We received financial assistance from Cornerstone and our church. God is healing us individually, and healing our relationship.”
Heading into the weekend I had little hope. I had shut off my emotions/feelings towards my wife. This of course caused even deeper problems and increase the scope and intensity of our marriage problems. I was focused on myself and my misery. I am amazed at what we were able to accomplish over the last couple of days. Not only do I have hope, but faith and love. God has shone up!
With communication difficulties between my wife and I, this weekend provided the tools, support and capabilities to go “all in” and leave out every excuse that would bring negativity. We have tried counseling in the past, but this experience was 100 times more effective. It provided hope, excitement and enhanced our marriage and life goals.
Our marriage was in crisis and we were headed for divorce. We are now looking forward to a new beginning and healthy communication and more healing together. We laughed and we cried a lot, and we re-committed to our marriage!
My husband and I were in a crisis situation (infidelity). We had considered separation but didn’t really want that since we had invested so many years and effort into our marriage. We were able to reconnect, forgive and re-committed to our marriage.
I became closer to God and will put him first in everything I do. I totally recommend this .program if you are struggling in your marriage or have lost your faith in God.
What Is a Marriage Intensive Weekend?
My wife and I had hardly spoken in months. The projects and counseling helped us get back to a point where we are now communicating again. It helped us face some issues that we had withheld from one another for quite some time. We had the opportunity to talk and grow together again.
Before we came to this weekend we were seriously discussing divorce. I ran across Cornerstone’s website and sent it to my husband, thinking it would be his choice whether we came or not. We agreed this would be our “Hail Mary.” We came feeling that it would give us the tools we needed, or we were done. The weekend gave us far more than just the tools. It has given me an understanding of how important my marriage is. It helped us to heal many issues, hurts and disappointments.
Before the weekend we argued and fought over everything. There were definitely underlying issues that needed to be addressed. We addressed these issues and were able to forgive each other through Christ’s forgiveness. Leaving this retreat, we have a much better understanding of feelings. We now have the tools in our toolbox to fix our issues as they arise. I am truly grateful and will always pray for the success of this ministry.
I got on the plane for the retreat, telling my husband that our marriage was over, and that I had filed for divorce. Saturday night something happened to both of us. The tears flowed during our project, as we admitted our mistakes and asked each other for forgiveness. Christ was with us. We woke up feeling completely different. Our hearts are whole and we are in love all over again.
Prior to the weekend, I had no hope for our marriage because I buried my hurts from the past. I didn’t know what we could do to restore our marriage. We started to work on our attitude and we were open to help when we arrived. God really touched us. I received HOPE and we are off to a new beginning!
We had grown apart and the wall between us was significant. I was unsure it was something we could overcome. The weekend helped us reconnect and communicate in a way that we haven’t in a very long time, maybe ever. We know that no challenge is too great for God to overcome and we saw it happen in our relationship. Our marriage is renewed! We interacted in ways that we haven’t for years.
We were able to let go of things that we have been holding on to for years. We left with the tools to keep our marriage in a healthy place, with God at the center of it!
I was still very uncertain before this weekend whether or not I wanted to stay in our marriage. The weekend showed me that my husband and I still love each other very much. I believe the amends we made to each other; the forgiveness extended, will be the gateway to healing our marriage. I have a willingness and hope that I did not have before.
This retreat has allowed my wife and to recommit our marriage efforts daily, and it has renewed our faith in Christ’s ability to heal and forgive through His mercy and grace. Before our retreat we were separated and not sure when we would rejoin as husband and wife in our home. Now, I will be moving back into our house soon. This was an affirmation of Christ’s power to forgive, heal and rebuild after being so broken!!!
We really needed to reconnect. This weekend was more than a reconnect. It helped me realize that I had been doing a lot of harm with my words, and with what I was not doing. I thought I knew my husband well-boy did I need help. I feel like we both received the tools, advice and guidance needed to commit our marriage to God
Our marriage was stale and we were not talking. I really did not want to go to the weekend. But after the Marriage Renewal Weekend, I am able to reconnect with my wife again. We can now understand each other’s feelings for the first time. We fell back in love with each other this weekend. Everyone should attend this retreat.
This retreat showed my husband and I that forgiveness is possible. The retreat was a blessing for us. We now have the tools to connect and communicate with each other. Before the weekend I was bitter, resentful and full of unforgiveness. Now I am free… Free to forgive and love my husband the way God intended for me to love him. This weekend was a miracle for us.
Prior to the retreat weekend, we had walls built, there was no hope for our marriage, both of us were deeply wounded and very angry. The weekend gave us a safe environment to share our feelings, be validated, be forgiven and open our hearts to healing and change.
We were distant and had lots of dividing hurts. We were both considering divorce but this program helped us to forgive and heal and learn to appreciate each other again. I love that this program is God-based. It took God’s love and his forgiveness to heal our marriage through this weekend. We would not have been able to do it by ourselves.
Before it was heading downward – I prayed every day that it would get better, during the weekend we almost left twice… I am so glad I stayed – The lessons were real life, faith based examples of how to improve tools were discussed and demonstrated. I wish everyone could attend this session.
Our marriage was at the beginning of the end, and it seemed easier to just find someone else who we connected more naturally with. Now I believe for the first time in many years that my wife actually does love me and we have hope. This weekend taught me that with the right attitude and skills. It is possible to heal issues in our marriage.
This retreat saved our marriage. Christ is always in control but this weekend gave us the tools to continue. We were at the end of our rope. We both recommitted our marriage to Christ and each other. We are both a bit nervous to go home and put it into action. We will make it – Thank you and we will now add this ministry to our daily prayer list.
My marriage was headed for divorce with no hope of reconciliation. This weekend allowed for some much needed healing to occur in my marriage which gives me hope for the future. It also gave me the tools to reconcile. It also gave us insight into our feelings and how to serve one another through Christ.
Forty-eight hours prior to the retreat we had separated and were making the choice to move on. I prayed, looked on the internet, called Sue to get more information, reached to my husband about it and registered. Now we are at the end of the retreat and have made a commitment to each other and to Christ to work, build and persevere to stay together.
Our marriage was helped and healed through the power of Jesus Christ. There was infidelity. I was able to forgive my spouse and commit to restoring trust in my marriage. We are trusting God for the full restoration of our covenant marriage.
Our relationship was amazingly changed this weekend. It was exactly what we needed, and even more. We knew we needed healing, but we didn’t know how to make it happen. We tried several things but they only helped a little and we desperately needed more healing. We thank God for the opportunity to attend this retreat…
We were on the road to a possible divorce. It was a marriage that was complacent, unloving and uncaring. We had been unable unable to work out issues, and we had definitely lost that “loving feeling”. Growing up in church, with a strong faith in God, I never thought I needed marriage counseling. This was the best weekend for us. Thank you for being our life lines; we can start a new beginning
Before the weekend, things were very on edge in our home and our relationship. We actually had a pending divorce. We had begged each other to seek professional help in our marriage… Although we had committed to reconciling, we didn’t really know how to work through our problems. The weekend was more helpful than I ever thought possible, and definitely saved our marriage.
After years of marriage, I knew there had to be more to a God-honoring marriage than what we had. I took a drastic steps to attend this weekend marriage renewal. The leaders did not put heavy, unattainable things on the table for us to do… Just practical, biblical exercises. Our marriage is rejuvenated and our best days are ahead!
We’ve been in therapy for three years and I was losing all hope. The retreat helped us discover the real issues that we were dealing with in our marriage. I agreed to come hoping for a miracle or I would simply give him divorce papers. We experienced restoration and we now have hope.
I was desperate for a miracle! How bad did we need a miracle? We drove 3 days for it – 2500 miles to receive it. I am so grateful to God and to Cornerstone for a renewal in our marriage. Derek & Missy were outstanding; Jeff & Sue demonstrated Godly love and mentorship. Everyone was real. They gave us a real. They gave us real tools that they use and in their own marriages. You have a couple who are real advocates in Washington state. My wife and I are on the right track; thank you for your obedience to applying the Word of God. All Christians (and those who are not) need to attend this!
The weekend gave us some new tools… It gave us a safe atmosphere to express our concerns and hurts. If we did not make headway on our marriage it was agreed that after this weekend we would divorce. I feel that we have hope and a future for our marriage now.
Our marriage was full of pain that we had caused each other. We both brought a lot of baggage into the marriage. The retreat gave us a safe environment to really forgive each other. The weekend provided us a platform for creating a healthy and happy future, using God’s principles.
We had not included God in our marriage in a long time. This weekend showed us a lot of what we need to do, and number one is putting God back into our marriage. This weekend was more than I ever would have expected. Thank you.
I came in here with thoughts and feelings of defeat, that my marriage was over, but I was wrong. I learned to let go and accept God into my life. I also learned not to be afraid anymore, and that god loves me.
We have been living as roommates for a very long time. There have been no lines of communication or connection in our marriage. This weekend is the first time we have been able to talk about any of our real issues. As a result of this retreat, we are able to make God the center of our marriage again. Thank you, Cornerstone Marriage and Family Ministries.
This retreat helped both my wife and I face our issues that have caused our marriage to be rough. This weekend brought my wife and I closer then we have ever been. I should have came to this retreat a long time ago, I resisted due to my own fears. I am not afraid anymore due to the tools and what I picked up from this retreat. Thank you for A New Beginning and to a wonderful and hopeful marriage.
For the first time I felt like my husband could actually share his feelings with me. The retreat weekend gave him a way to share like never before. In the past, he would just stare, or walk away. It was a big relief to know how he actually felt. We now have a way to talk with each other, even when it’s about difficult subjects.
Our marriage was miraculously healed with the tools provided at this retreat. We were able to get all of our feelings out in a healthy way. The weekend made it possible for us to forgive each other, and heal our hurts. It was life changing for us. What we got will impact our children into the coming years and generations.
Before this weekend my marriage was full of anger, resentment and little hope. The projects on confession and forgiveness allowed me to bring our pain to the table and discuss our issues like adults who respected one another. I am leaving believing I have the tools to continue to grow my relationship with my husband. We have up-rooted our seeds and planted them in fertile soil so that good fruit will be produced.
We almost didn’t make it this weekend. Praise god we did! For me this weekend has helped me to forgive my husband. I’ve realized and recognized and confessed my complete lack of respect for my husband. I have committed to respecting him. And the tools you have provided for us to conflict are priceless! Thank you for what you do!
My marriage was without hope to be repaired. I told my husband I will go but I don’t promise you anything, they don’t have a magic eraser to make me forget about what happened, but God has done a wonderful thing. I was able to forgive & with God’s help eventually my heart will stop hurting.
We were headed toward a possible divorce, after a major crisis of infidelity. This gave us the tools for healing, hope and restoration in our marriage.
It helped me discover how to connect with my wife at an emotional level. It also showed me that I can’t fix me and my marriage in my own and that I need Christ to help. Our marriage was renewed after this weekend.