Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and becomes united to his wife. They become one flesh. Genesis 2:24
We are in a season where our children are contemplating leaving home for university and our parents have just announced that they are contemplating moving to live near us for their retirement years.
Seasons ebb and flow and family ties are important but it got us to thinking about boundaries. In the early days of our marriage we had to check that we were putting each other first rather than letting our parents come in between us and as our season changes again it may be that we need to keep this in check.
How are your ties to your family? Are they healthy or do you find yourself putting their needs above the needs of your spouse? Take some time to check this out with each other.
Prayer (as a couple)
Father God, help us as we look after our family and help us to always put each other first. Amen
Prayer (for others)
Father God, we pray for _______ and _______ who are struggling with looking after family members right now. We pray that you will protect their marriage and help them have the energy to take time out for each other. Amen
Two’s company, three’s a crowd!