Scripture for dating couples
It is good for dating couples to spend time reading the Bible together, but just as there are physical boundaries in dating, there necessarily are spiritual boundaries too.Think about it: when you get married and you and your sweetheart settle in at night for a couple’s devotional time where you snuggle, exchange prayer needs, read the Bible together, and then pray together (and for each other), will you want to visualize him or her having done the same intimate spiritual bonding with previous boyfriends or girlfriends?I probably told a lot of secrets about myself during those hours that would have been better left unsaid.The darkness seems to loosen our tongues and resolve. Take a few minutes and read through Song of Solomon. In fact, Jewish boys were not allowed to read it until they came of age.For me, the beginning of repentance is as basic as picturing Jesus walking into the situation.Sometimes I do that when Griff and I are in the middle of a squabble. —Lauren Winner Let’s Talk • What are some of the great things God has done in our marriage?— Joel In the midst of calamity, of living with the consequences of sin, the prophet Joel reminds us not to be afraid, but rather to be glad and rejoice, for “the Lord has done great things! Okay, my marriage doesn’t usually feel like a calamity. “This is how we’ll be for the rest of forever,” I thought. I’m not getting anything out of it.” There were moments in that three-day period when I seriously wondered if we would ever get through that horrible time.
Couples devotionals should also be saved until engagement.
Getting married is scary, especially when you’re 5 years younger than most people getting hitched, and everyone you meet says you’re too young. Keep God at the center of your marriage and stay strong.
Together with the Lord, you and your husband can face any challenge this world throws you.
We were allowing ourselves to feel alienated from each other and to enjoy strangely delicious feelings of self-righteous annoyance. The prophet Joel told the people of Judah that unless they got their act together (that is, repented), God would destroy them just as locusts had destroyed their land.
At the time, I didn’t think God was waiting around to unleash lightning bolts on our marriage.
For about three days, we couldn’t exchange a pleasant word, let alone a loving one. Each, I think, was thinking, “I’m contributing way more here.” One of us was thinking, “I do way more housework,” and the other was thinking, “I slog away at work for endless hours to pay the mortgage.” And together we were concluding, “Why do I put up with this?