Marriage consists of two very broken people coming together to do life. In other words, it’s hard work! It is challenging to juggle work, house responsibilities, children and anything else that comes your way as well as keeping the fire alive within your marriage. In order for a marriage to remain fresh and connected it may need some help. You see no relationship truly comes with a full guarantee because two broken people cannot ever bring complete fulfillment to their spouse. However when the third strand, God, wraps Himself around the couple, a marriage can withstand greater strain without crumbling or tearing apart. A strong foundation of biblical principals can strengthen a marriage, which offers support even in the harshest of storms. The key is being intentional.
One of the best ways a couple can stoke the fire or tighten the strand is by setting aside time with one another to talk, pray, and connect on a deep, spiritual level. One way to implement these practices in your marriage is by going through a couple’s devotional together.
Maybe you and your spouse have never gone through a devotional together and you are curious about how a couple’s devotional can benefit a marriage. Doesn’t just dating more suffice? As wonderful as dating your spouse can be, doing soul work together can truly make a more lasting impact. Here are a few benefits:
- God is kept at the Center
It may sound simple but it’s not always easy, because as we all know, it takes intentionality to cultivate a deep relationship with God. However the fact of the matter is that if you are seeking to keep God at the center of all that you do, and your spouse is doing the same, it’s only natural for it to flow into your marriage. The wonderful thing about a couple’s devotional is that you have an opportunity to grow in the Lord, keep Him the central focus, alongside your spouse.
- Become Closer as a Couple
The fantastic perks of walking through a devotional together are that it requires set aside and focused time. You can’t help but becoming closer as a couple because you are both engaging in something as one. The depth that a devotional can bring to a couple doesn’t even begin to compare to a dinner and a movie date night. It’s worth it!
- Gives Opportunity to pray together
It is through prayer that we can battle against the tactics of the enemy but so often we push it to the backburner leaving us a bit more weak and vulnerable. The enemy works hard at making prayer awkward so that we won’t do it. However one advantage to doing a devotional together is that it offers an opportunity to pray with and for one another. Praying together helps build not only a greater bond between you and God but also with your spouse, it will cultivate a deeper closeness and trust between you both. When you are not sure what to pray about, simply pray using the topic that was discussed as your guide.
Now that we’ve discussed the wonderful benefits that come with a couple’s devotional. Here are a couple tips you might want to heed to.
- Decide together how often you want to commit to doing the devotional, whether you choose to do it daily, weekly or even twice a week.
- Choose a time that will be uninterrupted, whether you are morning people or night owls you may want it to be a time the kids are in bed.
- Make this time a priority, no matter what day you choose. Setting this time aside will not only benefit your marriage but will make a lasting impact on your heart. Connecting and quality time is absolutely worth it.
- Don’t feel guilty or pressured to complete a devotional in the given time a book asks for, if it takes you a little longer than 30 days or even 52 weeks, its ok. The important part is that you are actively and consciously making it a priority.
With all that said, let’s get to some devotionals you and your spouse may like to try.
Night Light: A Devotional for Couples
By James and Shirley Dobson
No matter what stage of marriage you may be in, whether you just said, “I do” or you are embarking upon 50 years, a regular quiet time with your spouse is necessary. Every marriage needs to take time to renew love and intimacy with one another and with the Lord. Night Light is the perfect devotional to do exactly that. This devotional offers the reader the personal, practical and biblical insights that have kept the Dobson’s marriage going strong for forty years. This devotional just may be the answer to help enrich your marriage.
The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples
By Stephen and Alex Kendrick
This devotional will remind you that love is a choice, a daily choice. This book offers an opportunity to love well. With 52-weekly dares, this one-year devotional will help you deepen and enrich your relationship with God and your spouse through the scriptural principles of The Love Dare, daily reading, prayer and an action step. Is this a love journey you are willing to take?
Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for Couples
By Gary Thomas
Could there be more to marriage than just a sacred covenant with your spouse? Marriage is a relationship designed by God to know Him, trust Him, and love Him more fully and deeply. This devotional will show you how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage in such a way that will deepen your bond with Him and your spouse.
A Little Time for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions
By Broadstreet Publishing Group LLC
Quality time is essential in maintaining a healthy and strong marriage. This devotional offers just that, an opportunity to spend time together with God. You will dive into fresh insights on scripture, relationships, thought-provoking questions and prayer. This devotional will help you intentionally engage with God and your spouse.
Moments Together for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions for Drawing Near to God and One Another
By Dennis and Barbara Rainey
Your life may be busy and you may not feel like you have a lot of time to set aside. This devotional can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. In this short period of time you can grow closer to God and to each other. Win-Win!
A couple’s devotional just might be the resource your marriage needs to freshen, deepen and strengthen your love for one another and for the heart of God. The moments you set aside will ALWAYS be WORTH IT!