Do You and Your Spouse Have a Regular Time with God Together?
Most couples I know struggle to spend quality spiritual time together. It is easy to get so distracted with the pace of life that we miss building a spiritual relationship with our spouse. Cathy and I have tried almost every kind of devotional time together, but most of our experiments have fizzled. However, we’ve come across a method that may not sound spiritual enough for some, but it works for us.
First of all, we try to pray together daily for our family and for ourselves. Prayer connects us with God and with each other, and it focused us on the right priority of developing the spirituality of our children when they were young. Second, each week we go through a meeting plan that is very conversational and relational—and separate from our Bible study and individual quiet times with God. We work through the list below, and we do not need to prepare ahead of time. We’d rather have our time together in a peaceful setting, but in the past. we’ve been known to hold this weekly meeting while driving, watching one of the children’s games or even—when I am traveling—on the phone. We both look forward to our weekly spiritual and relational connection. Use this list as a jumping-off point for your time with your spouse; every couple needs to find what works best for them. You can also check out our book Closer for more in-depth ideas on how to spiritually connect with each other.
Jim and Cathy—Weekly Meeting
- Devotional times for the week
- Greatest joy of the week
- Greatest struggle of the week
- An affirmation
- A wish or a hope
- Physical goals
You can find Closer here.