Sharing Our Dreams and Desires
Day 1 - Nov 23, 2020
Along with physical and emotional intimacy, spiritual intimacy is an essential part of a healthy marriage. It refers to a mutual commitment to God's purpose for our lives and marriage along with respect for the special dreams of each other's hearts. Spiritual intimacy is the greatest depth of intimacy we experience in marriage.
Fostering unity begins with the acronym INVEST:
- Trust & Sacrifice - Let's explore how these relate to spiritual intimacy.
Day 2 - Nov 24, 2020
Put energy into pursuing God and building your marriage.
One of the best actions you can take to create spiritual intimacy is prayer.
- Pray as individuals.
- Pray as a couple.
Work at praying and seeking God together. Mandy and I pray together. We've discovered that a couple is either going to pray…or they're going to worry and fight. When you invite God into the circumstances of your marriage, you're not going to fight about those circumstances.
Day 3 - Nov 25, 2020
Sacrifice the desire to only promote yourself.
God looked at Adam—who was by himself—and said it was not good for the man to be alone. God then created Eve to help Adam reach his potential. He used Adam and Eve to help each other discover their true potential.
He intended marriage to work as a partnership, which is why Satan didn't attack the garden until Adam and Eve were together.
Day 4 - Nov 26, 2020
Create an atmosphere of trust.
This means building a relationship where one spouse can share their deep spiritual dreams, trusting the other spouse to honor those desires. Research has shown that the worst fights in a marriage happen when one spouse steps on the dreams of another.
- That dream could be financial security.
- It could be a dream for a stress-free, orderly home.
- It could be for children to feel loved and valued within the family.
Day 5 - Nov 27, 2020
A godly marriage is a win-win proposition. When one spouse puts energy into the relationship, the marriage deepens. When one sacrifices for the other, the marriage grows stronger. When one creates a place of safety and trust, the relationship improves. Spiritual intimacy is the result.
Your relationship with God may be personal, but God also has a plan and purpose for your marriage.