Stef and I recently have started doing something that has produced amazing fruit in our marriage. Now, when we tell you what it is you’ll probably think, “Well, yeah. Of course that would bear great fruit in a marriage”. However, as much as most married couples would admit that this one thing would add so much intimacy to their marriage, we’d be willing to bet that only 10% of couples, at MOST, actually do this:
Daily time in the Word and in prayer TOGETHER.
Every morning we wake up at 6am, make coffee, sit down, read for 20-30min, discuss what the Lord spoke to us, and then we pray together… All before the kids wake up! The difference this has made in how we interact together, parent, and just go about our days is incredible. Now, we must give you a disclaimer: this hasn’t been easy. We started this when Stefani was 7 months pregnant with our fourth child. We don’t wake up full of energy, bouncing off the walls. There were mornings where one of us wanted to stay in bed, but the other brought encouragement because we knew what the discipline would produce in us. Let’s take a look at a couple verses in Proverbs 8 about coming daily before the Lord.
“Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching DAILY at my gates, waiting besides my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:33-35
There is something to be said about DAILY coming before the Lord in prayer and in His Word. It’s clear that when we do this, and find the Lord and wisdom, we also find life and favor from the Him.
Evaluate your current daily habits as a couple, and evaluate what kind of fruit they are producing. The habits that aren’t producing fruit, or are producing bad fruit, need to be cut out immediately. Next, create one or two new habits that you can begin implementing TOGETHER as a couple to produce more fruit in your marriage and in your lives.
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