As we come to a close on this year’s Bible series, I want us to focus on the one aspect that can change everything about our family dynamic – our marriage. Whether you have a wonderful marriage or a rocky one, finding time to spend together in God’s Word can strengthen not only your own spiritual walk, but your marriage too.
If you find that you don’t make time for devotions as a couple, you’re not alone. But be encouraged, because this just means that with a growth mindset, you can change this! Keep reading for ideas on how to make this a priority. And be inspired with some couples devotional ideas.
How to Make Time for Couple Devotional Bible Studies
For many couples life is going by in a blur. Are you familiar with this succinct quote: “The days are long, but the years are short” by Gretchen Rubin? In view of parenting or husbands and wives, this quote applies. Truly, we only have a certain amount of time to live. Therefore, here are some ideas to help you spend your time wisely:
- Choose to make time. Especially if this is a new routine, it will be important that you make a choice to do this together. Without both of you committing, it will be difficult to start, let alone continue doing a Bible Study together.
- Remember the priorities of God, Spouse, and Family. When life gets hectic between work and kids, it can be hard to remember your priorities. However, when you keep them in line, it is much easier to find the time to be with your spouse – including making time for devotions together.
- Decide together how often to meet for your study time. Truly, any time you can invest in this together is valuable and worth it. But investing even just once a week will not only improve your spiritual walk, but your relationship as a couple.
- Decide when you can meet. Whether you can meet on the same weekday each week or if you might need to be flexible, try to find a time that works for you both. What matters is that you do what it takes to make this happen as often as possible.
How to Prepare Yourself for Couple Devotional Bible Studies
As individuals, we have a personal relationship with Christ. Consequently, we need to remember that we’re held accountable to Him for our choices in word and deed. To prepare yourself for personal growth:
- Right now you may not feel up to making this a priority, or maybe you can’t wait. But remember to please your spouse rather than yourself. And this means to agree on a pace, study and time that works for both of you.
- Be mindful that you both have room to grow. This is not a time to be “more spiritual” than the other. It is a time to grow and learn together – as a couple.
- Decide that you’ll support and encourage your spouse. And most of all, be patient because God is patient with you.
- Remember that you’re not the Holy Spirit. Be loving, supportive, and pray for your spouse. Additionally, pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is convicting you of about yourself. Remember, everyone has room to grow.
- Choose to be Christ-like. Because it’s Christ-likeness that unites those who believe in Him and follow Him.
How to Create Personalized Devotional Bible Studies as a Couple
What is an area you both agree that you need to work on to strengthen your marriage? Perhaps it’s one of the Fruits of the Spirit? Or definitions of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8? In any event, you can begin doing Word Studies as a couple. In brief, this is how it’s done:
- Use Webster’s 1828 Dictionary to look up a character trait you want to have as your couple focus. Copy the definition down in a notebook that you can use as your couple journal.
- Using a concordance, look up Bible verses that pertain to that word. And read those verses. Copy them down together.
- Ask each other questions about thoughts, feelings, and struggles in the area you’re studying. And together, reason and relate from the definitions and passages of Scripture about God’s will in the matter.
- Together, pray for each other. Plus, journal ways you can be supportive in your personal areas of growth.
Devotional Bible Studies for Couples
If you feel that a prepared devotional Bible study is something that will better suit you during this season, here are some options to consider.
Night Light: A Devotional for Couples#Staymarried: A Couples Devotional: 30-Minute Weekly Devotions to Grow In Faith And Joy from I Do to Ever AfterQuiet Times for CouplesDevotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Weekly Devotions for CouplesThe Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples
However you go about your devotional Bible study as a couple, you’ll be blessed as you walk together in Christ’s love and instructions for life.
Did you miss a post in our Bible series? You can find them all here!