By: Ted Harro
What It Means To Shine
You have a really good marriage. While you have challenges like everyone else, you also see that marriage can be very good. So you’ve made a decision. To go for an exceptional marriage. To encourage others to do the same.
We love that. Early in our marriage, we were inspired by something the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2: “Work out your with-God life energetically, reverent and sensitive before God… Then your lives will shine like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” (paraphrased)
That’s our hope for us and for you – to have lives and marriages that serve as sources of light in a dark world. If you’re looking for like-minded couples who want to be real and shine brightly, you’re in the right place.
We’re glad you’re here and look forward to learning with you.
Hi, we’re Ted and Gretchen Harro. We’ve been doing marriage together since 1988. Yes, that’s a long time. We’ve needed a lot of practice because having a healthy marriage is really hard work.
Along the way, we’ve discovered that our life calling is walking with other people who share our desire for a joy-filled, real relationship. Ever since we started coaching engaged couples in our mid-20s (yes, they gave us the 19-year old couples!), we’ve been involved in helping couples work out their relationships with God in the real world. We’re fortunate to have taught and mentored hundreds of couples whose experience range from dating to married veterans with decades more experience than us.
"Heading to the retreat we were a little unsure of what to expect. We were surprised at how quickly we felt at ease, engaged and thoughtfully challenged. It was very helpful to us as individuals and as a couple, and we consider it a highlight of the year."
The retreat will not only transform your marriage, it will also have a profound impact on your relationship with God. The concepts we learned continue to be a daily encouragement to strive for an Even Better marriage. It is SO good in the circle!
It’s the best retreat on the planet!
The retreat gave us the opportunity to connect, identify and work on some areas of our relationship and have time to reflect on what is really important within our marriage. This was all done in a retreat format that we really enjoyed.
Every moment planned - and unplanned - was just right. Just the right amount of teaching, one-on-one discussion, and unstructured time. We have seen truly significant growth in our marriage as a result of this retreat experience.
It’s the marriage retreat for anti-marriage-retreat people. So good for us, so healing in ways we didn’t even know we needed.
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