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If you haven’t noticed, the world is a busy place. When we shut our doors at night on all the hustle and bustle outside, it’s hard to turn off the noise of the day, especially in our own minds. That’s why it’s so important to keep the peace of our home. There, in the inner sanctuary of our home, we are free to truly be ourselves. All of us thrive when we have this surrender.
Love is like a garden, that quietly needs to be nurtured in order to grow. Are we allowing our marriage the same room to grow? Are we nurturing our love and allowing it to increase in strength and happiness?
It is advised that married couples should connect each night with one another (for at least 20-30 minutes), sometime between getting home and going to bed. Now, this may seem impossible or overwhelming at first, especially if you and your spouse have become more like two ships passing in the night. Yet, if this is the case, the lack of quality time together is probably beginning to take its toll on your marriage anyway.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Change only takes a “Yes!” You owe it to each other to prioritize your marriage and to put one another first – before obligations, commitments, and entertainment. The first step to virtue is forming positive habits, and the first step to forming positive habits is accountability. This course will help you both begin to form this accountability, which will eventually turn into a habit, and from there grow into a need and desire to connect daily with one another.
Sometimes we spend so much time reading scripture and devotionals by ourselves, or attending study groups with friends and peers, that we neglect the spiritual communion we so greatly need. This communion is with the most important person in our life – our spouse.
Praying together with our spouse can often be a stumbling block. It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. This is especially the case when we’re not emotionally in a good place with one another. But remember, this person God put beside me is a gift. Sometimes I may not see it, or I may even take my spouse for granted. But the two of us are called – through our married vocation – to get one another to heaven. This is certainly no small task, but grace abounds in marriage. We cannot always see it or feel it, but the more we let God into our marriage, the more we will notice grace – powerfully at work.
This study will take you and your spouse on a 7-Week journey through the virtues; particularly as they apply to your married vocation. Supported with scripture and words of wisdom from the saints, you will be guided through an encounter together – helping you to grow with one another in virtue, and soar to new heights of holiness. Allow yourself this experience and tool in recognizing the virtues you already so valiantly possess, and in helping one another to establish a plan to grow in those areas in which you are struggling.
After our honeymoon, we often forget to invest in our marriage – time, money, energy. Think about the amount of each of these that was put into planning the first date, perfect honeymoon, or perhaps the first anniversary gift. As the years go by and our family needs change and become more demanding, our marriage often takes a back seat. Suddenly, we stop planning dates with one another, we lack effort in giving gifts, and we aren’t willing to make time to recount our day with one another.
What is one thing that your spouse has done for you that truly made you feel that you were entirely loved and cherished by them? This is the kind of sentiment that needs to be revisited time and again in marriage.
The name of this study – Your Hand In Mine, Our Hands In His – is meant to convey the constant care God has for us, and at the same time, the great care that we are intimately meant to share with one another in marriage. The Lord waits for us always, with open hands, ready to embrace us in communion with him again. He longs for our time and our thoughts, our devotion and motivation.
Allow this perfect Trinitarian love to be a model for the way in which you love your spouse, and don’t be afraid to work tirelessly to remain in communion with them.
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