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Being the spouse of a hardworking Marine, doesn’t leave a lot of time for date nights or quality time with each other.
In the ten years we’d been married, we’d been together for two anniversaries. The other eight years he was either deployed to Afghanistan, Japan, or away on training exercises that kept us from being together to celebrate.
In February 2016 it was our tenth anniversary, and the first one–in a long time–my husband was home for.
It was also less than a week after the death of my father.
Much to my husband’s disappointment our anniversary slipped past without much more than a sigh.
In the last decade (and a little more) my husband and I have been through a lot.
When we said “I Do”, neither of us really knew what to expect.
He was barely 21-years-old and had never been married before.
I was carrying so much baggage TSA would have been concerned–not to mention the fees I had to pay on all that luggage weight!
Our marriage hasn’t been easy, and there were plenty of times early on when we could have turned our backs and moved on without each other, but we didn’t.
We also knew that in order to keep moving forward we needed to start actively being part of each other’s lives. We needed to commit to doing something together that would bring us closer.
Not just to each other, but to the LORD as well.
In January we had joined our small-group (mentioned here). When we were invited to join, we both jumped at the chance. It felt right, and we knew it was just what we needed to help strengthen our marriage.
The first study of the year for our group was an answer to our prayers.As a group we prayerfully decided to use the books The Power of a Praying Wife and The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian.
These books aren’t normally used as Bible studies, but in our case it worked out well.
My husband and I discussed the readings each week and the prayers provided within the chapters guided us to new depths of prayer for each other. Within the first week I’d already noticed a difference in the way we interacted.
Not only did the readings bring new insight into how and why to pray for him, they opened up a new understanding of myself.
I highly recommend grabbing a book for you and your spouse. They’re a quick read and well worth it.
If you’ve already read one of these books, what did you think? How did it help you?