Saturday, April 26, 2008

Spiritual intimacy with your spouse

Our Moments Together for Couples giveaway has drawn to a close and I am left with one thought: Deo Gratias! Not because it is over, but because I find my heart and our marriage enriched and inspired by those who entered. In response to the question, "How do you cultivate spiritual intimacy with your fiance/spouse?" many beautiful examples were shared. I encourage you to read through all of the comments.

Some highlights:

"We share spiritual intimacy in our marriage through devotions every morning and then we pray together. Praying together is such a huge thing for has brought us sooo much closer..and although it was awkward at it totally feels right!" - Katy

"We keep ourselves close by talking... especially when we're driving in the car and the kids fall asleep, then we can really get a good conversation going about our deep-seated beliefs." - piseco

"This may sound odd, but we've had some rather major challenges (financial, etc) in our life recently and they have really pulled us closer together and toward God." - sweetpeas

"We put each other first, and we try to get away at least once or twice a year to just regroup." - shannon
And here's my favorite:
"We sit in bed and pray Morning and Evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. We make a special point of adding all of our intercessions after the 'scripted' ones.

We have made an agreement that anytime one of us notices a strain in our relationship (e.g. the silent treatment, etc.) we will ask the other to pray together - immediately. We have committed to always respond 'yes' to this request and it really helps." - Bob (married 35 years - wow!)
Thank you to everyone who commented on the giveaway post and shared the things they do to stay close to God with their spouses. I wish I had more copies of Moments Together to share! I've been pondering these examples all week and David and I have had a couple conversations about our prayer life. I am happy to report that we are praying together more spontaneously again, and I am sooooo grateful.

If anyone else would like to share their tips for spiritual intimacy in the comments here, please do! We could all use the encouragement and inspiration.

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