(Closed) Christian Devotionals for Newlyweds

posted 3 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

There is only one Christian book on marriage that I’ve come across that is of any real value.  (I’ve been married 26 years and so I feel that I have some sense of perspective). It’s called ‘The Mystery of Marriage’ and it’s by Mike Mason. 

In the recent 20th anniversary edition ‘The Mystery of Marriage – Meditations on the Miracle’ the publishers have added extra poetic or devotional bits probably to try to appeal to a wider audience.  I suggest that you remove or ignore this additional text and just read the chapters.  If you can do so get the older version ‘The Mystery of Marriage – As Iron sharpens Iron’ which is simply the book chapters by themselves.  Fantastic stuff.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystery-Marriage-Mike-Mason/dp/0880700971/ref=sr_1_1_title_2_har?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389353722&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mystery+of+marriage#_

 

It’s a ‘how come’ book rather than a ‘how to do it’ book so don’t expect a well-meaning recipe book.  But it’s a true celebration of marriage and what it really means to be married to someone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

No reply?????

Did you have a look at the book?

What did you think?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

It would be really nice if you replied.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@MissesAwesome:  We’ve done Prepare to Last, The Art of Marriage and The Love Dare. All are good but The Love Dare sounds more like what you’re looking for. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

I’m sorry for my impatient response.  I hope that you are fully recovered.  🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@MissesAwesome:  I liked it, but my FI and I don’t have many “issues” in our relationship. I could see it being really trying if your relationship is strained. I think many couples use it for that, as kind of a last resort. It essentially has a task each day supported by a bible passage. Something like “Don’t say anything negative to your spouse today” or “Surprise your spouse with a gift”. I could also see people saying it’s “difficult” because the tasks aren’t always easy things to do, we’re human so sometimes it’s hard not to toss in that last sarcastic remark or let something slip out without thinking if it will be heard negatively by your spouse. The book has some questions and space you can journal if you want. It’s 40 days long, so it is kind of a long commitment but you certainly don’t have to do it every day if that’s not your thing. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The book I am reading is very good. The book can be used for singles, engaged , or married couples. Dont let the title distract you. The book is called Saving your marriage before it begins and I would get the workbook with it. 

Here is the description 

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts, created by relationship experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, is a comprehensive marriage program designed specifically for today’s couples by a couple. And now, in this updated edition, the Parrotts’ award-winning approach has been expanded to incorporate ten more years of feedback, research, and professional experience. This is more than a book—it’s practically a self-guided premarital counseling course, and it is used by counselors and churches across the country and, now in ten languages, worldwide. Questions at the end of every chapter help you explore each topic personally. Companion men’s and women’s workbooks* full of self-tests and exercises help you apply what you learn and enjoy intimate discussions along the way. There is even a seven-session DVD kit (with a bonus session for people entering a second marriage) available that you can use on your own or with other couples in a group or a class that want to grow together. In this dynamic DVD you’ll not only hear entertaining and insightful teaching from The Parrotts, but you’ll also meet other real-life couples who provide amazing candor and perspective. Relationship experts Les and Leslie Parrott show you the secrets to building a marriage that lasts. * Uncover the most important misbeliefs of marriage * Learn how to communicate with instant understanding * Discover the secret to reducing and resolving conflict * Master the skills of money management * Get your sex life off to a great start * Understand the three essential ingredients to lasting love * Discover the importance of becoming ‘soul mates’ … and more. Make your marriage everything it is meant to be. Save your marriage—before (and after) it starts.

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Your-Marriage-Before-Starts/dp/0310259827

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My soon to be husband and I live apart while I am finishing up college ( we have been togther 6 years and in August the long distance will be over). I looked a long time for a christian based book about marriage and “Saving your marriage before it begins” was highly suggested on many sites which I listed above but I thought I would suggest a challenge we have took on.

* The lord challeged my soon to be husband and I to start doing devotional together. So He is in charge of the verses which makes him accountable and preapring him to be the leader of our family and making sure we pursue christ first.  

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We both have really nice leather journals and we do 5 things every night in our own journal (we numbered them). it usually takes anywhere from 10-30minutes

1. Date 

2. Thank the lord for blessings  (sunshine, good traffic, got the job, bought a house) 

3. Ask the lord for prayer/help (sick, friend in trouble, how to make him feel even more loved)

4. Talk to the lord about your day. (lay it all out so you can start the next day out fresh) 

5. The evenings bible verse (He text me everynight the verse I am to read) If the verse really touched me I wrote down a little extra here. You can use any devotional plan just as long as you do the same ones  

 

 

 

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