The Life in Motion Relationships Inventory (LIMRI) data shows that dating, engaged, or married couples older than thirty-three years of age score higher in shared values but lower in friendship. In comparison, younger couples score lower in shared values. The reasons for these patterns include parenting responsibilities, careers, and waiting longer to become engaged or married. Couples often identify activities when talking about friendship, such as taking walks or hikes, visiting museums, traveling, or enjoying specialty coffee. Still, it only takes a small set back to change the frequency of these experiences or events. For instance, one of them may develop a chronic back or knee issue, and hiking and walking are out, or a job loss might keep them from traveling or going to a coffee shop due to the strain on their finances.
The Friendship/Leisure LIMRI uses nine statements like we have a growing friendship and family responsibilities keep us from spending time together. The report gives a side by side comparison of the man’s and woman’s self-views about friendship/leisure and their views of each other’s opinions of friendship/leisure. The report validates areas of engagement as Agreement or Improvement Needed.
The report also includes:
- Strength worksheets that help couples to celebrate their agreement (strengths).
- Improvement needed worksheets that guide couples to enrich their friendship/leisure from becoming stagnant or neglected.
- All worksheets use Scriptures, Principles, Discussion Questions, and Practical Applications.
- Growth Plans are devotionals that help couples begin their journey of enrichment.