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Summary: Are you Romantic? - Having a love affair with excitement & adventure in your marriage

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- Love Affair, one of the 1939 Best Picture nominees & Best Actress

- Starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer

- At a premarital counseling the minister asks how long they have know each other

- 9 out of ten the groom will answer, ’2 or 3 years, ’ while the bride will say, ’3 or 4 years. ’

- In other words, she has had her eye on him, and he has been a dead duck for a year before he knew anything about it.”

Romantic Poem – “Slippery Ice”

Slippery Ice — Very Thin

Pretty girl — Tumbled in

Gave a shriek – Then she sank

Boy on hand — Heard her shout

Jumped right in — Pulled her out

Now he’s her’s — Very nice

But she had to break the ice

- How Do You Stay in Love?

- Romance

- Almost half (46%) of all paperbacks sold in the US are romance novels

- A Romance is a love affair.(Merriam-Webster)

Bible has much about Romance

- Stories

- Books (Ruth, S of S, Hosea

- Ch. - 1 Cor. 13

Love Is: 1 Cor. 13

v. 1-3 - Indispensable

v. 4-7 - Invaluable

v. 8-10 - Infallible

v. 11-13 - Immortal

- Are you Romantic? - Having a love affair with excitement & adventure

- That’s what I want to have an affair with Alice that is exciting & fun

- (Setting up a treasure hunt for Alice)

Why Romance (Love Affair)

1. Romance Strengthens Your Relationship

- Brings you closer together

- Builds memories

- Creates communication

2. Romance Enriches Life

- Life was meant to be live to the fullest

- Investing time for romance will give a fuller, broader, richer life

3. Romance Gives You Something to Look Forward to

- Like the Friday Night date

- Planning is half the fun

- Doing it is enjoying the fun

- Remembering is reliving the fun

4. Romance Creates Positive Memories

- We live in a negative world

- We counter that by building memories that are good

- Pocono Mountains was planed in secret as we planned Kim’s wedding

- If yiou don’t plan & dream you will never have a memory

5. Romance Models Marriage For Your Children

- One of the best ways we can express love to our children is by showing them that you love each other

- Brings security & hope to their lives

Back to 1 Cor. 13

Redo

v. 1-3 - Indispensable

v. 4-7 - Invaluable

v. 8-10 - Infallible

v. 11-13 - Immortal

Acronym - L-O-V-E

L - Laughter - Reflects the heart

v. 1-3 - Indispensable

Proverbs 17:22

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 15:13, 17:22

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

O - Other Centered

v. 4-7 - Invaluable

- Putting the other ahead of yourself even though you don’t like it or feel like it

V - Value

v. 8-10 - Infallible

- Your spouse is your gift from god

- Treat them royally

- As a Queen or King

- Don’t wait for tragedies to remember

- See them as if you are seeing & touching for the first time

E - Encouragement

v. 11-13 - Immortal

- Use “I love you” , “I’m sorry”. “Please forgive me”

- Don’t let the little things go by unnoticed

- Alice flower cards & candy wrapper noes saved

- “50 creative dating ideas”

- Marriage takes work

- Your marriage is worth celebrating

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