Top 3 Reasons to Read a Devotional as a Couple
In 2018, Jonathan (my husband) and I decided to read a daily devotional. It was a goal we strived to achieve and well....life happened and we got distracted by changes in our lives. Needless to say, we didn't keep up with the devotional. Terrible, I know.
Fast forward to 2019 -> we have have decided to start the devotional again. This time we decided to be more purposeful with reading the devotional and read it every night before bed. Our devotional targets the 5 Love Languages while incorporating marriage topics based on the Bible. I didn't even know about the 5 Love Languages until we went to premarital counseling. Jonathan and I are complete opposites when it comes to how we receive love. Knowing that critical piece of information has changed the way I communicate with him and how I express my love.
We are currently reading The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional by Gary Chapman. I highly recommend reading it even if you and your spouse don't read it together. The book has short daily devotionals to help strengthen your marriage and your walk with Christ as a couple. It also includes a short prayer at the end about the topic for that day.
My Top 3 Reasons For Reading a Devotional
1. It invites Jesus into your marriage. Matthew 18:20 sums it up perfectly! "Where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them". Why wouldn't we want God with us? Why wouldn't we invite him into our marriage? We want Jesus in our life desperately! Marriage is hard! You have to work at it everyday. We read our daily devotional to invite Him into our marriage through the great times and even through the rough patches. We tend to seek Him most when our marriages hit a dark place but inviting him in before that builds a solid foundation.
2. Conversation starter. Devotionals (specifically the one we are reading) dives into topics that we probably would rarely discuss. It brings about a discussion with your spouse that not only strengthens your bond, it deepens your understanding on how much God blesses marriages. Devotionals also bring about a different perspective. Sometimes, a fresh perspective. We can be so set in our ways as an individual and forget that there are other ways to view a topic within marriage.
3. Strengthens Prayer. This may sound strange but praying out loud is hard for me. I like my inner most thoughts and petitions to God to be private. I remember this one time at The 429 (the old Hope City Church), the pastor asked everyone to hold hands and pray with 5 people around them. Everyone in the circle prayed to themselves and this one guy just prayed out loud over all of us and his prayer was so eloquent and powerful. I remember thinking, "Wow, I wish I could pray like him". Comparison is the thief of joy...I'll tell you that much! Why would I want to pray like someone else? My prayers are just as powerful. Reading a devotional WITH my husband has forced me to pray out loud. It has forced me to get out of my own head and just praise him without fear. Jonathan has also encouraged me and now we are both strengthening our prayer life not only with each other but on our own.
2019 is teaching me to be purposeful in EVERYTHING I do. I pray that you all already have a devotional but if you don't, I encourage you to read one.
Jesus lives, ya'll!