Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreat is the work of Dale Lee [Ed.S. LCPC] & Adi Lee [M.A.], a husband and wife counseling team w/a love for Christ and a passion for helping people.

Living With Gods Love

deerListen! My beloved!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
~ Song of Solomon 2(8-10) New International Version

Are you intrigued by the possibility of encountering the glorious love of the Living God in and through the eyes of your spouse?

Are you wishing that your spouse would experience God’s loving touch through you?

What is your desire for intimacy and oneness? Is it incarnate love? It can be. . .

I would like to elaborate a little bit more on last weeks revelation about the Mystery of Marriage and Love that we gleaned from Mike Masons exceptional book “The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle .” In this book, Mike depicts the unfolding mystery of living a loving marriage relationship as follows:

“Marriage is, before it is anything else, an act of contemplation. It is a divine pondering, an exercise in amazement. This is evident from the very start, from the moment a man and a woman first lay eyes on one another and realize they are in love. The whole thing begins with a wondrous looking, a helpless staring, an irresistible compulsion simply to behold. For suddenly there is so much to see! So much is revealed when two people dare to stand in the radiance of one another’s love. And so there is a divine paralysis of adoration: Everything else stops, or at least fades into the background, and love itself takes center stage. Suddenly, for what seems the first time in life, one is presented physically and three-dimensionally with an object that is entirely worthy of one’s wholehearted love and devotion.”

Do you remember that first glance of love and adoration that you experienced when you first laid eyes on your spouse? If you want your marriage to remain strong and vibrant, you need to train yourself not to lose that love and adoration for your spouse. You need to practice it everyday. I know that things come up in life that will try and distract you from the wild and unbridled love and romance that you experienced when your relationship was new and exciting. It is easy to let time and familiarity turn into complacency and you can easily take your relationship for granted if you are not careful. But you need to learn to actively pursue that love and romance everyday. You need to look beyond your spouses faults and shortcomings and recognize them for the beautiful creation and gift from God that they are.

Mr. Masons description of a loving marriage relationship continues like this…

“That is what “falling in love” means. Naturally one cannot believe one’s eyes. That love should come embodied, encased in flesh, walking and talking and loving in return —for that we are never quite prepared. Of course we are  programmed for it, to anticipate and to long for love to enter our lives in this dramatic and personal fashion, but that is not to say we are not bowled over when it actually happens. For we are skeptics by nature, and as much as we may want and even expect miracles to occur, we do not really believe in them. When the miracle of love erupts before our eyes, we cannot help being swept off our feet, dumbfounded, incapacitated for any other action or response except that of love itself: gazing, marveling, contemplating, loving. When this event takes place between a man and a woman, it means that forever afterward these two will be doomed in the situation in which they shall have no business whatsoever in being together at all unless it is first and foremost the business of continuing this same wondrous gazing into one another’s eyes, this helpless contemplation of the mystery of their love. ”

What do you see when you look at your spouse? Are you looking at their faults? Are you looking at their selfish tendencies? Are you looking at the way they get too caught up in their daily tasks and the way they seem to not give you the time and attention that you deserve? Are you looking at the way they seem to nag you about all the things you are not doing right? Or are you looking at them the way that God looks at you? Yes, your spouse has faults. No, they are not perfect and yes, they will disappoint you. But let me ask you. Are you perfect? Do you always do everything right and never sin? Far from it! Yet God looks at you with unconditional love because of what Christ did for us on the cross. Christ makes us look perfect in the eyes of God. Learn to look at your spouse with the same mercy, grace and unconditional forgiveness that God does when He looks at you.

Lets see how Mr. Mason wraps up his advice for how to live a loving marriage relationship…

“…marriage, as simply as it can be defined, is the contemplation of the love of God in and through the form of another human being. It is spellbound fascination with the sheer incarnation of something so purely spiritual.  Without this activity (which is no activity at all, really, but a heavenly stasis, a simple gazing into the depths of love), all the other motions and duties and activities of marriage will be empty. When a marriage loses this, when  it loses the power to stop a couple in their tracks and arrest them into the rest of loving contemplation, when simple love for its own sake no longer holds center stage, then a marriage has lost its heart. To lose this simplest and most obvious thing of all is to lose everything. Marriage is living with glory. It is living with an embodied revelation, with a daily unveiling and unraveling of the mystery of love in such a way that our intense yet shy curiosity about such things is in a constant state of being satisfied, being fed, yet without ever becoming sated. It is living with a mystery that is fully visible, with a flesh-and-blood person who can be touched and held,
questioned and probed and examined and even made love to, to our heart’s content, but who nevertheless proves to be utterly and impenetrably mysterious, infinitely contemplable.”

Mason, Mike (2010-11-03). The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle (p. 42). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

The Mystery of Marriage

Couple in loveThe Bible says without a vision the people perish. Whenever we conduct a Christian marriage retreat we endeavor to help couples understand the vision God has for their marriage. Biblical understanding many times begins in the book of Genesis. Adam’s name in Hebrew is translated ‘man’. God declared, “It is not good that man should be alone” Gen. 2:18.

Some of the questions that we often discus in order to help couples find the answers to their own difficult questions in marriage include…

  • How did Adam’s original encounter with Eve give us a glimpse into the divine meaning of marriage?
  • What is the supernatural dynamic inherent in marriage?
  • Am I desiring to know what my marriage means to God. Am I willing to conform it to that image?

One of the best books on the subject in my opinion is “The Mystery of Marriage” by Mike Mason. In his book, Mike epitomizes the original Genesis encounter as follows:

“We may presume that we cannot know, as Adam did, what it is like to see another human being for the very first time, let alone a person of the opposite sex. Yet in a sense we can, for it is something of this very same primal and unimaginable wonderment that has been preserved and enshrined for us, even today, in the simple and lowly state of holy matrimony.

In marriage a man is given the opportunity of seeing one woman, one person, as he has never seen any other woman or person before. Marriage not only affords as deep a glimpse into the heart and soul of another being as we shall ever have, but it cannot survive without deliberately striving to preserve the spontaneity and freshness of this insight. And how we long for such freshness! There is a giddy taste of it in the experience of falling in love, but only a loving marriage provides the long, deep, steady draught of it that, perhaps without even knowing it, we crave. For secretly we long to perpetuate that one astounding moment in the Garden of Eden. We long to stand in awe of one another, just as Adam and Eve must have done when they first locked gazes. We long for our whole body to tingle with the thrill of knowing that this one fascinating being, this being of a different gender, has been created especially for us and given to us unreservedly for our help, comfort, and joy.

Men and women ache for the heart with which to know this reality, and for the eyes with which to see one another (and therefore themselves) as the astounding miracles that they are. This is what marriage is about. This is the one central experience it seeks to capture, to explore, and to exploit to the fullest. The encounter between the first man and the first woman is the archetypal stuff out of which marriage has been built. Marriage is made of this encounter as the body is made of flesh, and it is the work of marriage continually to return to this encounter, to recapture it afresh and to feed upon it.

Most marriages are invaded sooner or later by the suspicion that the partners may really have very little in common beyond the simple fact that they are both human beings and that they happen to love each other (or at least thought they did at one time). It can be a very great shock for a couple to discover how quickly romantic love is exhausted, how little they really know or understand one another, how deeply estranged it is possible to become from the person you thought you were closest to. Even a taste of such estrangement can be enough to fill a couple with fear and to plunge them into permanent grief over having made such a “poor choice” of partner: Why couldn’t they have chosen someone with whom they had more natural affinity? And yet it is this fundamental apartness, this same sense of nothing else in common but human flesh itself and the primal attraction between man and woman, that is the very strength of a marriage, and the experience to which the relationship must constantly return for nourishment. For it is right here that the mystery of love can best be discerned and known. This is the soil in which love thrives, a rich, black, mysterious loam of total darkness in which nothing else will grow. How else can true love be truly known except when it is separated from everything that is like it, from all forms of natural attraction?

A marriage lives, paradoxically, upon those almost impossible times when it is perfectly clear to the two partners that nothing else but pure sacrificial love can hold them together. Of course, it is almost always the case that the couple has much more in common than they may suppose. But marriage seems to specialize, at times, in radically de-emphasizing the similarities between the partners and wildly exaggerating the points of difference (especially at the superficial level of personality or temperament). But this is so that a couple may come to know one another at the deepest level, at the only level that really matters: bone of bone, flesh of flesh. It is so that the wondrous surprise of the original encounter in the Garden of Eden may take place all over again. It is so that a couple may be reduced to sheer amazement that they are together at all, and that they may know that what has brought them together and what keeps them together is something entirely outside of themselves, something not natural but supernatural, something they themselves cannot control or produce at will. It is so that they may come to know God, the One who is supremely Other, but to whom, nevertheless, all people are profoundly related and bound in love. For the Lord too, in an unfathomable and supernatural manner revealed in the Incarnation, is bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh, even to the point of going down with us into the grave.”

Mason, Mike (2010-11-03). The Mystery of Marriage 20th Anniversary Edition: Meditations on the Miracle (p. 37). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Learn more about how to put the magic back in your marriage by attending a Christian marriage retreat more details can be found here

The God Kind Of Love

heartBy the time most people arrive at the point where they feel it’s time to attend a Christian marriage retreat, they are often times already in a state of war with their spouse. That is to say, they have reached a point where they feel like their spouse has become “the enemy.” They find themselves arguing all the time, disagreeing on most everything, and finding it hard even to love their spouse.

It is sad that people allow their relationships to reach this point before they decide to take action. But, positive action taken late is better than never taking any positive steps at all to repair your marriage. So let’s take a look at what it takes to get a marriage back on track, even if it is at, or near the point of no return.

In a Marriage, Battles Are Never Won…

In a marriage battles are never won, there is no such thing as a single victor. The only way that a battle can end successfully in a marriage, is if it ends with a truce, a peace treaty and a reconciliation.

Arriving at a peaceful conclusion might seem like a difficult or impossible feat to you right now if you are in the middle of a difficult battle with your spouse. But a truce is the beginning of a healthy reconciliation, and a truce can only come about if one person is willing to swallow their pride, accept responsibility for their part in the disagreement and take action to initiate that truce.

Love With Agape Love…

In the heat of the battle taking this bold step towards peace and reconciliation might seem as if you are giving up and giving in, but nothing could be farther from the truth. The Bible makes it clear in Matthew 5:44 when Jesus tells his followers that they are not just love those who love them, but that they are also to love even their enemies.

The kind of love that Jesus is talking about here is called agape love. The term “Agape Love” is a Greek term which refers to the covenant love of God for humans, as well as the human reciprocal love for God. Practicing agape love doesn’t always mean that you have warm fuzzy feelings. Agape love is not the love given because someone has done something nice for you and you naturally want to reciprocate. It is not a love based on attraction, desire, or even sympathy. Agape love is a love given in mercy, it is a love given through grace. It is an act of benevolence. Agape love requires a mindset that is willing to forgive wrongs that have been committed against you, and leave all vengeance and retribution to God.

Agape love requires us to not return evil for evil, hate for hate and insult for insult. But rather when someone offends us, we respond with blessings, forgiveness and love.

This does not mean that we give up all our rights in a relationship. It doesn’t mean that we never allow our voice and our opinion to be heard. And it does not mean that we need to become a push-over.

Practicing agape love simply means we continue to engage as the giver, and continue to reach out in love over and over again even if we receive little in return.

Before you think that practicing such a love is impossible, remember that God loved us even while we were yet sinners, and he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us, even when we hated him.

That is agape love. That is the God kind of love. And that is how we are to love everyone… even our enemies.

To learn more about how you can restore true love, friendship and intimacy in your marriage, visit our main website at http://www.ChristianMarriageRetreats.net or call us at 406-253-6427

The Laws Of A Happy Marriage

Marriage just like every other area of our lives has certain laws which must be recognized and adhered to in order for it to work and be successful. Why is it that we recognize the existence of these infallible laws in other areas of our lives, and we never question their dominance or try to fight against them. However in our marriages we spend so much of our time trying to deny the existence of the laws of a happy marriage relationship, and we are constantly fighting to have our own way. We somehow assume that in marriage we can rise above the basic laws which are necessary for a happy marriage to exist. We try and reinvent a scenario in which our own selfish goals and desires can be glorified, and we try to deny the existence of the basic laws which are required for a happy marriage to exist.

Laws That Lead To Success

Marriage is not much different than all the other areas of our lives where certain laws are required for success.

Let me ask you a question. If you were put in charge of the aerospace engineering department at NASA, and it was your responsibility to oversee a mission which was going to send multiple people into space to work on the International Space Station, how would you handle that job and that responsibility? We all know that a successful aeronautics program is governed by a set of very specific laws and principles which must be practiced and followed in a very specific manner in order for our mission to be successful.

We know by studying aerodynamics that there are certain laws in physics which must be adhered to in order for our spaceflight to be a success. In order to get an object like our plane or space shuttle to create movement and energy and transform it into a force which can defy gravity and fly into space and back again safely, requires our adherence to the laws of aerodynamics.

Applying The Laws Of Aerodynamics

F16 Fighter JetFirst of all we understand the law of Drag, which states that objects which push a lot of air such as an open parachute, create a lot of drag or resistance which is a direct contradiction to what we are trying to achieve. In order to get our airplane to fly we want to reduce the drag is much as possible, so that our airplane moves quickly and effortlessly through the air with very little resistance. Secondly we understand that we must overcome the law of gravity if we want to fly. Gravity is a very powerful force. In fact it is actually a law too, which prevented man from being able to fly for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the laws of Thrust and Lift were better understood that we were able to figure out how to overcome the law of gravity and create machines which have the power to defy gravity and create flight.

Thrust is the forward movement of our plane created by the jet engines or the propellers. But thrust in itself is not enough to make our airplane fly, we also must understand and apply the laws of Lift in order to get our airplane off the ground. Lift occurs when the air below the airplane wing is pushing up harder than the air above it is pushing down. It is this difference in pressure which enables our airplane to fly. Our airplane wings are shaped in such a way that air moves more quickly over the top of the wing than it does beneath the wing, which results in an upward push…or lift.

The point I’m trying to make here is that in order for our flight to be successful, we must adhere to and live in accordance with each of these laws of aerodynamics. In fact, it is absolutely crucial that we have all of these laws working together harmoniously if we want to achieve our goal and accomplish flight.

The Laws Of Success In Marriage

The same is true with marriage. There are certain laws which must be adhered to. There are certain laws which we must live by if we want our marriages to be successful and happy. The laws of marriage are things like love, patience, kindness, sincerity, trust, communication, being attentive to your partner’s needs and desires. Why do we think that we can ignore these laws of love and marriage and still manage to maintain a happy and fruitful relationship?

Our marriage is much like the spacecraft mentioned above. Each of the laws of marriage have got to work together harmoniously just like the laws of aerodynamics, if we want to achieve success. If any of these laws are violated then you and your spouse run the risk of going into a tailspin and crashing in a spectacular fashion.

Struggles Are Not An Excuse To Quit or Give Up!

married coupleNow let’s revert back to our aerospace scenario for just a moment. If something went wrong with our aircraft prior to our mission launch what would we do? Would we throw our hands in the air and say, “See I new it, this thing just isn’t working.” Would we be so quick to give up and call the whole mission off? Of course not. We would get back to work! We would remedy the problem, and we would continue marching forward towards our goal. Failure would never be an option with our space mission, so why would we ever consider it to be an option in our marriages?

When things go wrong in your marriage, and I guarantee you that they will. It is not a time to give up and quit your mission. It is simply a time to get back to work. It is a time to reevaluate where you went off course. It is time to recognize which of the laws of marriage you have not been living in accordance with. It is simply a warning signal that you need to right your course.

Your marriage is the biggest and most important mission you will ever embark on in this life. Treat it with the respect that it deserves. Check yourself and make sure that you are living in accordance with the laws of marriage. If you are not then evaluate your behavior to determine which of the laws you are not living up to, and make the necessary adjustments in order to get back on track and begin loving your spouse the way that you promised that you would when you first gave your vows.

Recognize that there are certain laws that govern how we must pursue a healthy marriage and relationship. And just like a flight into space, if we want our marriage to be a success, we must learn to live in accordance with those laws.

Learn how to apply the laws of a happy relationship to your marriage by attending one of our Christian marriage retreats.  You can learn more at http://www.ChristianMarriageRetreats.net

Commit To Love, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It…The Emotions Will Follow.

joined together in christian marriageIt is easy to love your spouse when everything is going good in your marriage. When the romance is alive and things are going well. When your spouse and you are getting along great and the lines of communication are active and amicable. It is easy to commit to love and affection in those times. But we all know that those magical moments only make up a small percentage of a real marriage. Every married couple will be quick to let you know that there are also times, many times, when you feel as though your spouse is just to preoccupied with their job, or the kids to give you the love and attention that you need and crave from your relationship. There will be times when you feel yourself wanting to scream out to the world…”What About ME!!!” Times when you feel like you have been abandoned inside your own marriage. What do you do during these times, when you certainly are not “feeling” love. When you find yourself becoming calloused and angry because you feel like you are being neglected and ignored in your marriage.

I am going to be completely honest with you here. You will face these moments in your marriage. Every married person does at some point. I am not saying that it is right, or okay that your spouse may at times “forget” to treat you with the love and respect that you deserve in your relationship. It is not right that we allow our jobs, our children, our passions and our pastimes to creep into and overshadow our relationships with our spouses at times. But it does happen. And when it does, you need to know how to handle the situation. So what do you do? How do you effectively handle the situation in a fashion that will lead to a more healthy and positive marriage in the long term?

Well, for starters, you must remember to always take your difficult and trying circumstances before the Lord in prayer. After all it is only God who can give us the stamina and the grace we need to get through any of the difficult situations in our lives. But beyond that, the most effective practical thing you can do to get through these difficult moments is to make a choice.

Make a choice to love. Make a choice to stand by your commitment, the commitment that you made when you stood at the alter and said “I DO…Till death do us part.” That is not a promise that is made lightly. It is a promise that is meant to serve you and your spouse in those times when the going gets rough. It is a promise to stay committed to love even when you don’t feel like it. Love is easy to do when everyone is happy, and everything is good. Commitment is second nature when things are going good. It is when you don’t feel like loving that you must love all the stronger. It is when you don’t feel like your own needs are being met and when your feelings are hurt that you must commit to loving and serving your spouse all the more.

Love is not a emotion, it is an action. Commitment is not a reaction, it is a promise.

Scripture clearly demonstrates Gods example of this love for us in Romans 5 verse 8 where it says…

“But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.”

Did God wait for the people of this earth to show Him love and meet His needs before He came down and laid down His own life as a sacrifice for our sins and condemnation? No He did not. He actively chose to love us in spite of our sins and selfishness and failures. He made a commitment to love us and serve us and die for us, even as we were cursing Him, and spitting in His face, and making fun of Him and turning our back on Him in hatred and shame.

The King James version puts it this way… ” God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The word ‘commendeth’ here means ” to show, prove, establish, or exhibit” … “to bring together or fuse together as one.” So even as we were hating and mocking God, He CHOSE to love us and commit to us His blood and His life, that we might be saved and set free.

And because He first loved us, we…(those of us who are walking the true Christian life)… came to realize that love and in that realization, we understand that we owe Christ our everything, and we in turn give all of our love and affection back to Him.

This is the design and the example that God has set forth for us to follow in our marriages and in our lives. It is God’s plan for your marriage that you CHOOSE to love and make a PROMISE of commitment, regardless of what your feelings may suggest. Remember, love is not about feelings, it is about a promise that you made. As we chose to love our spouse, the feelings and emotions will follow.

You can learn more ways to love your spouse even when you don’t feel like it, and pick up tips and strategies for dealing with hurt and anxiety in your marriage by visiting www.ChristianMarriageRetreats.net.

Choosing The Right Counselor For Your Christian Marriage Retreat

There are a lot of things that you must consider when it comes time to seeking out the best Christian marriage retreat. For example, consider some of the following questions:

christian marriage1) Do my counselors agree with what the Bible teaches about marriage?

  • Marriage is a committed partnership between a man and a woman.
  • Marriage is a mystical union of a man and woman. Passionate love is a spiritual union created and ordained by God. This mystical union of oneness is reflected in counseling that strives toward spiritual, physical, and emotional oneness.
  • Marriage is a cooperative effort between equal partners. One sex was not created superior to the other.
  • Marriage was designed by God intended to be received as a gift.
  • Marriage is intended to enrich our lives through emotional vulnerability and openness. Even as Adam & Eve were not aware of their nakedness marriage allows a relationship of growing openness through physical, emotional and spiritual intimacy.
  • Marriage requires submission of both partners to God. Each spouse honors and follows the Christ-centered example of humility and obedience to God. This kind of mutual submission in an atmosphere of love increases respect and harmony.
  • Oneness in marriage means caring for your spouse as you care for yourself. Helping your spouse to be all that God created them to be.
  • The creation story says God plans that husband and wife shall become one. For this to truly take place divine help will be necessary. Two people become one as each defers to God and trusts in Him to empower their love for each other.

2) Are the counselors sincerely vested in your success as a couple? Your most cherished relationship deserves a marriage retreat that has a pro-marriage stance.

3) Are the counselors well trained and licensed to be doing this type of work?

4) Are they an experienced and capable counseling team? Do they understand the patterns of marital discord to discern and render intervention quickly and effectively? What experience do they have assisting conflicted couples in the midst of discord?

5) Do they guide their counseling and advice on sound Biblical principles?

6) Do they have a good track record of success helping married couples to overcome their struggles and rejuvenate their marriage?

7) Are they a husband-wife counseling team that offer a personalized couple-to-couple retreat that is individualized for your needs?

8) Do they know how to bring you into God’s presence? Changing our heart toward our spouse begins with honoring our spiritual relationship to God.

These are all important questions to answer. So how does one go about choosing the right counselors to trust your marriage recovery plan to?

Remember, you are looking for someone who is equally strong in their counseling knowledge and their faith in the word of God. Just because a person claims to be a Christian counselor, does not necessarily mean that it is true, or that they have the type, level, and strength of faith that you are looking for and need in your marriage right now. Find out if your counselor incorporates prayer and scripture into their counseling practice. Does he know how to take you into the presence of God. These topics might not seem like a big deal, at first, but they are really important if you are honestly searching for a counselor who will guide you according to sound biblical principles in your marriage. If you want to get the most from your couples retreat and experience a real positive change in your life together with your spouse in your marriage, then it is important that you choose a Christian retreat where these questions are answered in a manner that empowers you to flourish successfully as a couple.

Power and Compassion Christian Counseling centers on the Holy Bible, and allows God’s Word to be incorporated as a foundational cornerstone that every marriage can build upon.

Dale and Adi are faith-filled believers who promote a faith-filled counseling atmosphere where the miraculous becomes possible. Dale and Adi Lee are both licensed counseling practitioners in the state of Montana. They have had the opportunity to help restore the marriages of couples in their retreat center for the past seven years, and together they bring a combined experience of  over 40 years of counseling to their Christian Marriage Retreats. Their advanced graduate degrees and years of experience afford you the opportunity to restore your marriage without trial and error approaches. Over 90% of the couples attending the marriage retreat leave with a restored marriage along with communication and conflict resolution tools necessary to maintain their relationship.

Power & Compassion Counseling offers a unique team approach which provides a personalized, one-on-one approach to counseling. As a married counseling team Dale and Adi naturally promote gender-balanced validation of your needs whether male or female. Together, Dale and Adi relate to both you and your spouse in a very deep and profound way, ensuring that both of your voices get heard, ensuring that your hopes and aspirations are not only accomplished but superseded during your marriage retreat.

Power & Compassion Counseling is exclusively focused on your needs during your weekend retreat. You do not have to compete with other couples. The intensive format means time is on your side. You and your spouse are not limited to one hour weekly counseling sessions. The counseling sessions are open-ended, typically 2 to 3 hours per session. Timing for the counseling sessions are governed by your needs and the requirement of emotional closure and allowing your voice to be fully heard. The intensive format of Power & Compassion counseling allows you to compress the equivalent of five and one half months of one hour weekly sessions into a systematic counseling intervention that leverages maximum gains.

Please feel free to give Dale and Adi a call at (406)-253-6427 to talk with them about the unique benefits and services that they can provide. Ask them what they can do to help restore your marriage relationship.

The Joy of Marriage…



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Four Advantages That Set Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreats Apart From The Crowd.

Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreats is the dedicated ministry of Dale and Adi Lee, a married couple counseling team based out of Kalispell, Montana.  Dale and Adi bring years of experience in counseling and couples therapy, along with a sound biblical approach to marital healing which is founded on their love and faith in Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

Power & Compassion Counseling and Christian Marriage Retreats is the realization of a lifelong dream of Dale and Adi to provide healing and restoration to hurting couples and to see marriages transformed through the healing power of sound counseling and Christ-centered principles.  Below are a few of the highlights which set Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreats apart from the other marriage retreat options that are out there.

Clinical Counseling With A Faith-Based Foundation

One of the powerful aspects of Power & Compassion’s counseling services and   Christian Marriage Retreats is that they bring together the power of the today’s latest proven clinical counseling and therapy practices as well as Godly foundational principles based on solid biblical doctrine.   Dale & Adi Lee are both certified counselors who are highly educated in providing the latest clinical methods for counseling, relationship therapies and communication techniques.    Dale & Adi  bring a wealth of knowledge and education to your counseling sessions.  You can rest assured that you are in good and capable hands with a counseling team that has the knowledge and experience to help you and your spouse work through even the most difficult situations with love and understanding.  But what is even more assuring is that the therapy and counseling advice that you receive at a Power & Compassion marriage retreat will be rooted in the unfailing Word of God!  Dale and Adi take special care to make certain that all of the advice that they provide and all of the therapy that they minister is based on scriptural doctrine and solid principles of faith.

A Personalized One-On-One Approach to Counseling

Because Dale and Adi are a husband-wife counseling team, they have the unique ability to relate with and provide insightful perspective to both you and your spouse.  At a Power & Compassion marriage retreat you will benefit from a couple-to-couple approach to counseling where you will receive a balanced gender perspective allowing each of your voices to be heard and understood.

Every marriage retreat that is conducted by Power & Compassion is a focused, and highly-personalized encounter limited to just you and your spouse and your counselors – no one else.  Dale and Adi believe that the process of dealing with and working through marital problems and relationship struggles is a very  personal matter.  As such, it should be dealt with in an atmosphere of safety, comfort, and privacy where you will be able to open up to each other in new and unexpected ways.

A Beautiful And Relaxing Environment, Conducive To Romance, Healing And Restoration

Power and Compassion Christian Marriage Retreats are held at a private cabin tucked away in a quiet meadow at the foot of Glacier National Park in northwest Montana.  Part of the healing power of a marriage retreat comes from the rejuvenation that you experience from simply stepping out of your everyday environment for a little while and turning your entire focus toward your spouse, your own internal issues and your relationship with your creator. Nowhere is your connection to your creator more apparent than in this “heaven on earth” destination that has come to be known as “Gods Country.”  A big piece of the puzzle when it comes to restoring intimacy to a relationship is creating those ‘magical’ moments that stand out as special memories and harbors of romance that you carry with you and reflect back upon for years to come.  You couldn’t ask for a better place to create such memories than this private getaway in northwest Montana.  This private cabin retreat will become your own personal oasis shared only by you and your spouse during your retreat.  Your counselors will come and meet you at the private cabin retreat for the daily counseling sessions, but after the sessions are completed each day, the cabin retreat becomes your private home-away from home where you and your spouse can enjoy quiet and romantic evenings together relaxing by the cozy fireplace, or watching the sunset in Montana’s legendary ‘big sky!”

An Interactive, Fast-Track Method Geared Toward Conflict Resolution and Restoring Emotional Intimacy

Dale and Adi have adapted their many years of counseling experience into a very powerful, fast-track counseling intensive that will allow you to experience more than five-and-a-half months of transformational counseling in just a few short days, through an in-depth synergistic approach to martial healing. Through Power and Compassion’s intensive marriage retreats, you will learn many practical skills,  strategies and techniques for overcoming conflicts in your relationship, and to reestablish emotional intimacy and heart-felt communication.  You will come to understand each other in ways you never imagined possible and you will become aware of new relationship dynamics that will empower you to utilize both your strengths and your weaknesses in dealing with marital issues as you move forward in your relationship together.

Power and Compassion Christian marriage counseling is the realization of a dream for Dale and Adi Lee, and their love and their passion shines bright in the way that they conduct each of their private/personalized marriage retreats.  Join the dozens of other happy couples whose marriages have been restored and renewed through the healing power of these life-changing encounters.  Learn more about Power and Compassion’s marriage retreats by visiting the informational website at http://www.ChristianMarriageRetreats.net or call 1-406-253-6427

Marriage Retreats: An opportunity for restoration and renewal…

Marriage can be the source of abundant blessings and ultimate joy in life, but it can also bring much pain and stress into the life of a couple that has lost its way.  When a marriage  becomes unbalanced in this way, one of the best things for your relationship is to get away from your normal surroundings to spend some quality one-on-one time with your spouse in a new environment where you can receive some professional help.

Get away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on rebuilding your emotional, physical, and spiritual connection.  Seek help and guidance from licensed professional counselors with the knowledge and perspective to help you and your spouse move past the difficulties that you are struggling with.  Your decision can make all the difference in a rocky marriage or unfulfilled relationship.  A Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreat could be just the miracle that you are looking for. One of the best ways to experience this miracle in your life is to attend a marriage retreat.

Marriage retreats can have a profound impact on not only your relationship, but on your own mental and physical health as well. In the same way that premarital counseling can play such a vital role in preparing a young couple for their new life together in matrimony, a marriage retreat can play a crucial role in helping a struggling couple who has been together in a relationship for some time to get their marriage back on track and to restore love and intimacy back into their lives.

Perhaps your marriage has fallen into a period where the romance has taken a backseat to the hardships of everyday life, or worse yet, the trust in your relationship has been compromised through unfaithfulness. These are serious situations that will eat away at a marriage like a cancer. It is important that you recognize them and the danger they present, and take preemptive measures to right your course and get back on track. Whatever kind of difficult situation that you find yourself in, seeking counseling and relationship healing from a Christian marriage retreat could be just what is needed to get your marriage back on the right path.

At a Power & Compassion Christian Marriage Retreats you will receive…

Intensive One-on-One Counseling

Often times marriage retreats, do a great job of fostering an environment of love and discovery, but they fall short when it comes to counselors who are licensed and experienced in the art of marital and relationship healing. In-depth counseling is prerequisite to healing and restoring a broken or bruised marriage.

Dale & Adi Lee are a married couple and licensed counseling team who started Power & Compassion Counseling with the goal of restoring one couple at a time.

Dale and Adi take a personalized one-on-one approach to counseling, and your can be certain that when you attend their marriage retreat you will receive exceptional counseling, and the personalized attention and care that you deserve.

Quality Time With your Spouse

In addition to the healing and helpful advice that you will receive from the counseling sessions at Power & Compassion retreats, you will also benefit from spending quality time with your spouse enjoying the peaceful and all-natural healing power of Montana’s Glacier Country. Power & Compassion’s marriage retreats are conducted at a private cabin retreat located just minutes from the western gateway to Glacier National Park. The amazing beauty and peaceful tranquility of this part of the country has a healing power all on its own. You and your spouse will have a lot of time in between counseling sessions to relax and enjoy the beauty and power of this remarkable rocky mountain retreat. A quality, romantic Montana getaway with your spouse could be just what is needed in your relationship right now. We combine two experienced licensed counselors with a personalized one-on-one approach.  Counseling is guided by Biblical principles.  Add to this the peaceful, romantic beauty of Montana’s Glacier Country, and you have a winning combination that cannot be matched.

Call Power & Compassion at 406-253-6427 to learn more, or visit www.ChristianMarriageRetreats.net

Receive Marital Healing Through A Christian Marriage Retreat

Whoever said maintaining a marriage is easy was either a newly-wed, blinded by love… lying… or delusional. If maintaining a marriage was easy there would not be statistic that show more than 850,000 divorces occurring every year in the United States of America alone. The truth is, maintaining a marriage is definitely not easy. It is one of the biggest and toughest challenges that you will ever face in your lifetime. But when you do commit to loving your spouse “for better of for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part”… you begin a marvelous journey that will certainly result in some difficult times and take you through some rough valleys, but it will also bring you some of the most rewarding, fulfilling, loving and inspiring ‘mountain top’ experiences that you will ever have in life.

Some times when you are passing through the rough valleys, it can be hard to remember what the mountain top experiences were like. It is when you find yourself in those spots that attending a Christian marriage retreat with your spouse can really help put things in perspective and give you a boost back up that can make all the difference in your relationship and your marriage.

Proverbs chapter 19, verse 14 states that, “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.” These words hold very true. It is a difficult task for a man to find a great supportive wife. That being said, it is also a woman’s burden to find a man who will help her become the person God wants her to be. It is a delicate balance of man and woman finding exactly the right personal fit for them, but the Word of God also says in Matthew 19, “what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Once a covenant bond of marriage has been made between you and your spouse before God, it is your responsibility to hold true to that marriage bond, and love your spouse even as Christ loved the church and gave His life for us. The thought of maintaining that marriage bond can seem difficult or impossible at times, when it seems like the love and romance in your marriage has died, and you find yourself arguing most of the time, but this is not a point when you should give up. It is simply a point when you must seek a new approach. That is exactly where Christian marriage retreats come in.

A Christian marriage retreat at first may seem like it is holding you to too high of a standard, but it is the process of working towards that standard, set forth by God, that will help to correct your path and bring you and your spouse back together in love and harmony once again. It is the process of learning and understanding the tools of love and communication that you need to meet that standard which will help you to grow and build upon the original foundation of your marriage and fall in love with your spouse and with God all over again. The truth is Christian marriage retreats are highly effective…they surely work, and the reason they work are because they are grounded in the infallible Word of God which never changes and is the ultimate truth in life.

Christian marriage retreats have become more and more popular among married couples today. There are many things working to destroy our marriages today, and if a married couple is going to be strong and fight to keep their marriage alive and strong, then they are going to have to get serious about doing what is necessary to maintain that love and respect in their marriage. Making God the nucleus of your marital relationship is by far the best thing you could ever do to ensure its success.

A Christian marriage retreat at Power & Compassion’s facilities in northwest Montana will get a husband and a wife away from their common surroundings for a couple of days and allow them to focus entirely on their relationship with each other and with their creator God. This Christian marriage retreat will cover and address all of the common problems that a marriage faces as well as the unique problems that exist in your own personal circumstance and situation.

Your counselors will focus in on most intimate roots of the problem, and provide you with the tools and the knowledge to work through those problems and overcome them together as a couple. Anything and everything from simple personal unaddressed issues, anger management and conflict resolution. Even weighty issues such as affair prevention and recovery can be addressed and eradicated through attending a marriage retreat No problem is too great that it can not be worked through and overcome with love and understanding at one of our intensive marriage retreats.

As one of the most famous verses in the Bible about love goes…”Love one another as I have Loved you.” John 15:12

Love of a husband to a wife and a wife to a husband is vital; even as a Christ-centered marriage is strong. Let Power & Compassion’s Christian marriage retreats guide you through the marriage you have always wanted.