4 Ways to Enhance the Spiritual Health of Your Marriage
Employ These Steps to Cultivate a Healthier Spiritual Bond with Your Spouse
by Veritas Vita 777
I love being married. That’s because I waited a long time to find the right man that God had planned for me to marry. We were friends first. That helped us build a solid foundation for our marriage. However, like all married couples, we’ve had our share of issues.
A few months ago, my husband and I had a deep conversation about the spiritual health of our marriage. We’re still deeply in love. The physical aspect of our relationship is great even after many years of marriage. We’ve both been cultivating our own spiritual journeys with the Lord.
Yet, we’d been faltering in growing together in the Lord in our marriage.
We talked, prayed about it, and implemented the following steps into our daily routine to cultivate a stronger marriage—spiritually.
1. Memorizing Bible Verses
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding. (Psalm 49:3, NKJV)
I’ve always been good at memorizing Bible verses. My husband hasn’t excelled in this area of his life. So, we started to pick a Bible verse for the week. He wanted me to ask him every day after work if he thought about the verse, meditated on it, and was able to memorize it. This may sound silly for adults to be doing something that many Christians did in Sunday School as a child. However, my husband didn’t grow up doing that.
Memorizing Scriptures together has been beneficial for the spiritual health of our marriage. We’ve grown even closer emotionally as well.
2. Daily Devotional Time
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
We realized that building the spiritual foundation of our marriage is just as important as our individual spiritual lives. We set aside time each night to read the daily devotional together. We both read it separately in the morning – my husband earlier in the morning before work, and me when I get up to start my day a bit later on in the morning.
Rereading the devotional gives us a chance to see something that we might not have seen earlier in the day. This has been such a special blessing in our marriage.
3. Set Prayer Time Together
I love to pray. I have a set prayer time in the morning and evening. Many times, I find myself talking to God throughout the day. My husband wasn’t brought up the same way as I was. We had family devotional and prayer time together. His parents were Christian, but they didn’t cultivate that time with their kids.
I have truly enjoyed the time we’ve started spending together praying as a couple.
4. Cultivating Thankfulness
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thess. 5:16-18, NKJV)
When my husband calls me during his lunch break, I ask him to tell me three things he’s thankful for that day. Then he asks me. If we forget to do that during the lunch hour call, we usually do that when he gets home from work or before we go to sleep. Cultivating a thankful heart is so vital to thriving as a Christian.
It helps to get your focus off of yourself and your problems, and onto God and His majesty and faithfulness.
We’ve Seen a Change
We’ve both experienced a deeper walk with the Lord during this time. Our marriage connection has deepened. My husband has not been depressed anymore. He even enjoys going to church. I was pleasantly surprised that he even wanted to come to the worship night at church this past Sunday. That was a huge answer to prayer since he hasn’t wanted to attend any of those for a long time. God is good!
Memorizing Bible Verses
Daily Devotional Time
Set Prayer Time Together
I encourage you to implement these four steps into your own marriage. If you do, be prepared for God to work miracles in your relationship and life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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