Read & Reflect
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in [being vitally united to] the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
How does this scripture apply to your marriage? Reflect on this when you and your spouse come together for prayer.
Lord, what kind of 'fruit' is our marriage producing? Is it the fruit of faith and righteousness, or is it the fruit of self and selfishness? O God, our marriage is only as strong as our individual relationships with you. We must dwell in you first and be vitally united to you first. And both of us also must dwell in and be vitally united to you. Then, together, we will 'live' in you and be united to You, our Vine--our Source of love, power, and righteousness.
Without you, we can do nothing. Our marriage will be an unfruitful plant. Call us into unity with Yourself--first separately, and then as a couple. As we make our home in You, help our marriage to bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. Amen.
Questions for Couples
Tackle the following questions some time this week. Have fun!
What is one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?
In your opinion, what makes a great parent?
What are 5 essential values we want our children to embrace above all others?
What can we do as a couple to change the world in which we live?
What goals would you like us to accomplish in our marriage in the next year? ... five years? ... ten years?
- Pray for at least 5 minutes together as a couple.
- Do something to bless your spouse today.
- Share a 15-second kiss.