Moments with You Couples Devotiona 6/25

June 25

Dollars from Heaven

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Luke 6:38

Our children are better students of us than we are of them. They know—really know—more of what’s going on in your marriage than you think they do. This was certainly the case for a couple who were invited by the wife’s brother and sister-in-law to attend one of our Weekend to Remember marriage conferences. Times had been hard for this couple, from the typical stress of raising four teenage daughters to the strain of having one daughter preparing to graduate and another preparing to marry to the added pressure of temporarily providing a home for a friend and her two children. Truly, this was a couple in need of some refreshment.

But even with their relatives’ offer to pay for the airfare, they still didn’t feel as if they could handle the cost of the hotel, meals and conference fee. Disappointed, they said, “As much as we’d love to go, we just can’t afford it.” But when they returned home that same night, they were met by an incredible sight in their bedroom: 400 one-dollar bills—on the bed, on the floor, even taped to the walls—as well as a card that read: “We love you, Mom and Dad. Have a great time!” Their youngest daughters (ages 10 and 13), knowing what
was going on, had scraped together every cent they had saved to give their parents a gift and the trip of a lifetime.

Don’t ever forget that your children are like little radar units, locked on to the two most important people in their lives. They know how you are doing. That’s why it’s so important to invest regularly in your marriage by getting away.

DISCUSS

When was the last time you took time away to work on your marriage? Pull out a schedule and talk about finding two weekends in the coming year to invest in your marriage.

PRAY

Ask the Lord to help you be sensitive to how your children gain strength and stability from your relationship with one another.

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Moments with You Couples Devotional 6/18


June 18

Courageous Parenting (Part One)

Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage. PSALM 27:14

One of my favorite conversation starters when I’m eating with other men or with a group of couples is “What is the single most courageous thing that you have ever done in your lifetime?”

When most people think of courage, they think of heroic deeds—like those done on battlefields distant in time and geography. But I think we need massive doses of courage if we are going to raise families according to the Scriptures.

Courage is demanded of parents who desire to do the following:

Parental courage is needed if we want to raise a generation of young people who know how to withstand sexual temptation. It takes a battlefield mentality if we are going to give our children the kinds of standards they need to maintain sexual purity.

It takes courage to look your sons in the eye when they’re 13, 18 or 24 and ask them if they’ve been looking at pornography on the Internet. But your sons need you to ask them. And, Dad, you need to be able to ask them with your own conscience clean.

It takes courage to talk to your sons straight about keeping their hands off the girls. And it takes courage to meet with a young man who wants to take one of your daughters out for the evening—asking him to keep his hands and lips off your daughter!

The easiest thing to do is nothing. But that’s how battles are lost.

DISCUSS

What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

PRAY

Ask God for the courage you need to stand strong in the battle for the souls of your children.

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