So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:15-17 + 21 (NLT)
How intentional are you about your marriage? How do you want your marriage to look in 5 years? – your relationship? Your finances? Your family? It’s so important that we talk about these things together often. It’s also really important that we set boundaries together. Boundaries can seem threatening, so here’s some useful tips:
- Love is about freedom.
- Boundaries are NOT about control.
- Money boundaries are not about permission but about communication.
How about setting some action points together? It’s all about submitting your thoughts and actions to each other for consideration and being prepared to defer to each other. It doesn’t have to be deadly serious – have FUN!
Prayer (as a couple)
Father God. Thank you for giving us to each other. We don’t want to take our love for granted but we sometimes find it hard to talk about our hopes and dreams for our life together. We don’t want to add to each other’s burdens or seem critical. Help us to find time to share our hearts. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Lord God. We pray for our brothers and sisters in our family. We pray for their marriages and relationships. (Pray by name). Give them courage to talk about their hopes and dreams and help us to share what you are doing in our marriage effectively Amen
Boundaries don’t only keep bad relationships out: They also keep good relationships in. (The Client Courtship Coach)