Next March I am helping to lead a retreat on marriage. Those attending have good marriages and are seeking ways to strengthen their connections. Topics are communication, vision, sex, and, of course, spirituality.
I have been gathering material for the spirituality section since that is one I am leading and found this small devotional that I plan to recommend – Love and War by John and Stasi Eldridege. The tag line is “The eight week adventure that will help you find the marriage you always dreamed of.”
This is a companion book for the full-length book of the same title, but you don’t have to read that in order to enjoy the devotional. Each week there is a different emphasis such as Remembering What We Wanted, the Journey, Companionship, and Your Spouse is Not your Enemy.
Each devotion starts with a Bible verse, a meditation, a prayer, and an exercise to try. Easy to read and very practical. A great resource for couples. This book will help you see God in your marriage and perhaps your spouse in a new light.
Disclaimer: WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishers provided me with this book free of charge for review.
If you are married, take a moment to ponder why you love him or her. I actually wrote down a list of things I love about Bill. As I reviewed our life together since 1972, the joys and challenges, and his ever-steady nature balancing my excessive enthusiastic personality, my heart filled with grateful prayer. One of our strengths is our sense of partnership and respect for each other as individuals.
Growing spiritually involves reflective living. Insights can be gained by taking the time to ponder all the dimensions of life (God, marriage, work, finances, relationships, etc), and its strengths, challenges, and blessings. Looking back over my marriage I feel blessed.
What will you reflect upon this week?