Do you have a desire to grow spiritually with your spouse? Perhaps you are at a loss as to how to even begin. If so, I hope the ideas below will serve to inspire and encourage you toward your desire to seek God as a couple.
1. Spend 5-10 minutes praying together each day.
John and I do this while we’re lying in bed, often with the lights off, right before drifting off to sleep. Perhaps if you and your spouse don’t go to bed at the same time you can find another time that will work. I know one couple who makes this a priority right after eating breakfast together. It doesn’t matter when you do it; the important thing is that you do it.
Devotionals are usually short but inspiring. Once again, you could do this right before you go to bed or first thing in the morning together. It’s not a big time commitment, but it will help you to grow as a couple and will likely spark spiritual conversations.
It’s so refreshing to study the Bible with your spouse. You often learn something from them that you would never have come across while studying on your own. Just pick a night of the week, a book of the Bible, and devote time to examining a passage with one another.
You can do this in your everyday, casual conversation or you can schedule a weekly coffee/tea date to discuss your spiritual growth among other things.
Reading books aloud together is a favorite pastime for my husband and I. We usually read one a month. Before we were married I was inspired by a Professor and his wife who made reading aloud together their main form of entertainment. Instead of watching a movie, they’d read together. Try it- it’s fun!
This is something you can do while putting a puzzle together. I often listen to different podcasts while doing something with my hands. And if you don’t know how to go about discussing it, just start with a comment on something you liked about it or learned from it, or perhaps a question you had about something.
A couple summers ago my husband felt God calling him to devote much of his time to evangelizing in our local parks. I often tagged along with him to hand out tracts and tell people the Gospel. We both testified later that spiritually, it had been the best summer we had had in a long time. Sharing our faith grew us closer together as a couple and to God. It can be frightening at first, but the more you do it, the more boldness God gives you.