Monday, October 10, 2011

A Marriage Commitment

Over 10 years ago, Jerry and I said "I do" in front of God, our family, and our friends. It was on this date, that we began a commitment, not only to God but to each other as well. We committed to read a chapter out of the Bible EVERY night and pray together.

We began doing devotions together since our wedding night and have not missed one night since then.

Am I bragging? No.

I want to be an encouragement to other married couples. I want to emphasize the importance of placing God in the center of our/your marriage.

This nightly task has not always been easy. It takes effort.

Doing devotions together has proved to be an amazing time that Jerry and I spend together, we read the Bible, we discuss the chapter, and then we take turns praying.

If there are nights when we are in separate locations, due to vacations, conference, etc, or if there is a night when we don't go to bed at the same time, we still read the same chapter and pray individually.

What an amazing way to end the day! It is near impossible to go to bed angry when you read the Bible and pray together. Jerry and I don't have a perfect marriage, but doing devotions together can only strengthen our relationship.

My dear friends, I challenge you to make a commitment to your spouse and to God to read the Bible and pray as a married couple. It is never too late to start a new rhythm, a rhythm that will soon become a healthy habit of the heart.


Jen Wags said...

What a great challenge Jamie. Thanks for the encouragement...

Sarah said...

Seriously, everyday? That's amazing. We go in spurts and have gotten out of the habit. How do you keep at it?

Jamie said...

Sarah, yes, seriously every night. Believe me, it is difficult sometimes and all I want to do is fall asleep but we just have made it a habit.

Elizabeth said...

That is so awesome! Do you jump around or are you reading it from start to finish by chapter? If you guys use some sort of plan/order, would love to hear it!

Jamie said...

Elizabeth, for the most part, we have just jumped around from book to book. Sometimes reading Old Testament, and sometimes New Testament. We talk and decide what we both want to read. Sometimes we will read chunks, like minor phrophets in order. Right now, we have read Genesis and now in Exodus so we might just continue all the way through the Bible in order (which will take over 3 years, wow!)
Thanks for asking.