Devotions for newly dating couples

We usually start out pretty strong and that strength usually lasts about two weeks. One of the other problems we have faced is a general feeling of “cheesiness.” By that I mean that most of the studies we’ve tried have ended up leaving us feeling…well, cheesy.

I can’t pick one and put my finger on it; and perhaps it isn’t the study at all, but anytime we’ve tried to study God’s Word together and pray together on a regular basis, we have fought the “cheese factor.” One encouragement that I’ve found (that also serves as a discouragement) in my quest for an appropriate couples Bible study method is that most everyone else I know struggles with this too.

For some time now, Meg and I have been struggling to find the right way to implement a joint Bible study between her and I.

We’ve tried various methods and various studies, but none have panned out.

Our approach: We’re going to begin just slowly working through a book of the Bible together.

We’ve picked the book of James for a couple of reasons: 1) It’s my wife’s favorite book in the NT and 2) It’s a short book and makes for an obtainable goal as we set out. I love to read commentaries, but until recently never really considered using a commentary as a part of a couple’s Bible study since I didn’t think it would interest my lovely wife.

My husband and I have been married 35 years and have led marriage preparation programs for 30 of those years.

We estimate that over that time we’ve prepared over 5,000 couples for marriage.

May we learn the truth of real beauty as we change and age together.May we stand strong in our friendship like a tall oak tree.May we pull together through the different seasons of our lives so that we become closer.Wouldn’t it be chill if Valentine’s were instead a sort of roving holiday that kicked in as your honeymoon stage was just beginning to wane, to jumpstart your conscientious devotion to romantic stuff again?Sure, but that’s not how things work, and you’re going to have to do that one your own.

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