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Short and Simple – Prayers

One of the things that I want every couple to do is also one of the hardest things for couples to consistently do: pray together. Many couples make a good start but lose their momentum. One of the reasons I hear most often is that the business of life gets in the way. For many of us that reason is not valid today. Many of us have more time together now than we probably ever have. What a great time to begin and keep the habit of praying together daily. 

Here is your template: First, keep it simple. Second, keep it short. This certainly may change over time if you want it to, but for now keep it short. Third, decide together what you will pray for. Fourth, pray. It can be out loud. It can be silent. You can kneel, lay down, stand up – I think God just wants to hear from you. Now that you have your template, agree on a time every day to pray together. If you do it every day for 30 days, you will see God show up and hopefully make praying together a marriage long-term habit.

Today’s One Thing:

Today, begin praying together as a couple every day!

DON’T JUST SURVIVE! – Your Marriage Was Meant To Thrive!

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Pain and Hope
A wise person once said, “Pain is real, but so is hope.”

The Bible says faith, hope and love will last forever. When we hold onto hope, we maintain an eternal perspective. Hope is a gateway, where on one side we stand with open hearts; and on the other is God, waiting to reveal himself. Our hope is Christ, and He is real. When life knocks you down, Jesus stands you back up and walks alongside you. He lights your path. He gives you something to move toward. His blessing and guidance are not something the rich can purchase, rather anyone who longs for communion with the Lord can only attain it by seeking Him. There is provision and abundance in God’s house; it is satisfying to the soul. In his house there is enough for all. And all are welcome.

Pray: Lord, teach me to find true riches in you. Only your goodness can satisfy my soul. I want to walk alongside you, casting all my fears and worries, because I trust that you care for me. Amen.

Our Daily Bread

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life . . . . No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord……..John 10:17–18

The ambulance door was about to close—with me on the inside. Outside, my son was on the phone to my wife. From my concussed fog, I called his name. As he recalls the moment, I slowly said, “Tell your mom I love her very much.”

Apparently I thought this might be goodbye, and I wanted those to be my parting words. In the moment, that’s what mattered most to me.As Jesus endured His darkest moment, He didn’t merely tell us He loved us; He showed it in specific ways. He showed it to the mocking soldiers who had just nailed Him to a cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). He gave hope to a criminal crucified with Him: “Today you will be with me in paradise” (v. 43). Nearing the end, He looked at His mother. “Here is your son,” He said to her, and to His close friend John He said, “Here is your mother” (John 19:26-27). Then, as His life slipped from Him, Jesus’s last act of love was to trust His Father: “Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

Jesus purposefully chose the cross in order to show His obedience to His Father—and the depth of His love for us. To the very end, He showed us His relentless love……..By Tim Gustafson

REFLECT & PRAY: Every word of Jesus was spoken in love.

Credit: Our Daily Bread