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)
Andy and Dana Masters are the guest couples on this month’s Marriage Challenge podcast.
They talked about being intentional about your marriage. How do you want your marriage to look in 5 years? – your relationship? Your finances? Your family? After saying how important it is to talk about this stuff together often – they focused on the value of setting boundaries. Boundaries can seem threatening, so they placed their advice within the following three statements:
- Love is about freedom.
- Boundaries are NOT about control.
- Money boundaries are not about permission but about communication.
Why not listen in to the podcast together? Click here for the link. Then spend some time talking together about how to make your love increase year on year.
Make sure you end up with some action points! 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)