Yes, Busy Couples CAN Have Time for Bible Study (Our 7 Tips)

For years, my husband and I wanted to regularly read the Bible together.

But we had no idea where to start.

The biggest issue was time.

We’d maybe read the Bible together and there, but if we got off our planned routine, then suddenly all that guilt set in.

After a while I think we just gave up trying, believing that a regular devotional time together was a “someday” item: you know, someday when the kids were gone and we “weren’t so busy.”

Is it possible for every couple to have this regular time of spiritual intimacy—even those wading through the exhilarating-but-exhausting parenting and career-building years?

YES.

I want to share how, yes, you can make couples devotions a regular part of your marriage.

There’s a few essential tips (plus some great marriage devotions!) that will make all the difference!

You want to read the Bible with your spouse. But life is so darn busy! How in the world can it happen? These 7 tips (and 10 amazing devotional resources!) will make all the difference. Couples devotions aren't just for married couples without kids!

Our couple Bible time together became habitual (and powerful) when we finally said—with humble, teachable hearts—“Jesus, we know you want us to be spending time with you together on a daily basis. Show us how to do this within our crazy life.”

This meant that we didn’t commit ourselves to following a strict regimen.

Or to never missing a day. Or to doing it only at a specific time of day.

We’ve kept it open and yet still kept it a priority, continually asking God for wisdom on how to make each day work.

Instead of locking ourselves into a schedule–and tacking on all that guilt when the schedule would fail–we simply kept it a priority and sought creative ways to make it happen within that season.

In fact, we take advantage of seasonal times like Easter to seek spiritual renewal for our marriage.

Right now we’re going through the “We Choose Rebirth” Marriage study and devotional inside the Christ-Centered Easter Marriage Resources.

In only minutes a day, this simple-yet-powerful study allows us to connect deeply with each other and God. The “Just Between Us” questions gently allow us to take a quick “check-up” of the big areas of our marriage and encourage closeness and communication.

Again, it’s only a 12-day study, so it’s totally do-able!

I also love that the Christ-Centered Easter Marriage Resources includes a 12-day prayer challenge. We all know that prayer is important, but this is a great way to start a new habit of prayer for each other.

We’re also looking forward to our post-study date night (the Christ-Centered Marriage Resources includes date night questions)!

We’re loving it! I would highly recommend it for any marriage in any season. Check it out here.

 

 

 

But there’s so much more I want to share!

Check out these 7 tips for making daily devotions a habit…

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About the Author

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health. Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Bradleigh@WideMeadow - March 16, 2016 Reply

Pinned! This is helpful. It’s so easy to let the busy-ness of life push out this important thing, and I think structure is key. Something that helps us is to keep the Bible on the nightstand, that way, when we’ve forgotten all about our devo time, we see the Bible when we climb into bed and are reminded.

    Alicia Michelle - March 18, 2016 Reply

    True, Bradleigh! It easy to let our busy schedules push out our time with God together. I think grace with each other around this issue is critical too. We try to make devotions together something we do several times a week, but there are seasons where we get out of the habit. However, when we get out of the habit, we simply pick it back up again. Thanks for your idea about keeping the Bible on the nightstand as a reminder! That’s great!

Melissa Ruddy - May 25, 2016 Reply

This sounds like a great way to connect spiritually and as a couple. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

Jessica - May 26, 2016 Reply

It is so easy to push the most important things (God & Marriage) to the side for the mundane. My husband and I have talked about doing daily devotionals for a long time, but we just keep the excuses rolling…example- the dishes and the toddler need to be washed… I am looking into Closer now that you have suggested it and hopefully we can start building on this habit together! Thank you!

    Alicia Michelle - May 27, 2016 Reply

    Yay! Fantastic! I’m so glad to hear this. It is so easy to let it slip by… but such a blessing when we can make it part of our routine. Keep grace as part of it so that it doesn’t become “just one more thing to do” but something that you long to do together. Blessings!

Janice | MostlyBlogging - May 31, 2016 Reply

Blogging can be time consuming, so your tips are needed.
Thank you for bringing your post to the Pit Stop last week.
Janice, Pit Stop Crew

Aimee Imbeau - June 2, 2016 Reply

I love this idea! Both my hubby and I work from home, so this should be simple enough to implement. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth!

Rebecca - August 2, 2016 Reply

My husband and I have been married for a year and 3 months so we are still fresh into the married life. Lately, we have been dealing with a lot of life stress and it has affected our relationship in more ways than one. So here I am seeking for a way to bring us closer than ever and I find your blog posts! Thank you so much! Your posts are seriously an eye opener and I feel like your tips are just what we need. With God, anything is possible!

xoxo

    Alicia Michelle - August 8, 2016 Reply

    Rebecca! Thank you so much for your beautiful words here. I’m so sorry to hear about the stress you’ve been facing in your new marriage. I am so blessed to hear that what I’ve written is an encouragement to you! May you both continue to seek God as you make the adjustments to married life! Blessings (and yes, agreed–with Him, anything IS possible)!

Brooke - February 10, 2017 Reply

I really want to read the 7 tips you have written, but when I click “Next,” it won’t take me to the next page (it just re-loads the first one). Is there a way you can fix this or help me see the rest of the pages? Thanks a lot!

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