Monday, January 30, 2012

Are You on Common Time?

There is a unique eclipse that occurs every day. If you are not looking for it, you may miss its beautiful significance.  It is the sacred intersection of time when you and your spouse are simply together. For Adam and I, our common time is at night and on the weekends. God has really challenged us to use this time to grow closer with one another.

It has been 9 days into our 30 day "trial separation" from TV, and God has really shown us some amazing insights. One of our goals for this time was to understand each other's hearts on a deeper level. We have had so many meaningful conversations, and have really put everything aside just to listen to each other.

One of our conversations turned to finances. We are wanting to make some financial strides in 2012. We figured out an effortless way to save an extra $150 a month. God is also showing us some creative ways to make additional income.

We also are growing spiritually together, setting aside time to read the Bible, and seeking direction in this season of our lives. We both sense that this is a strategic time that God is using to rearrange and transition us so that He can give us the desires of our hearts.

He has reminded us that all blessings flow from intimacy. I think that is why common time is so important. Aside from your personal relationship with God, your spouse should be your first priority. I remember attending premarital counseling with Adam when we were engaged, and we mutally agreed that putting our marriage first would give us a graceful balance in all other areas of our life.

We always feel "not quite right" when the balance has been tilted. I believe this is God showing us how to order our lives so that we can experience the abundant life that He has promised--overflowing with joy and full of peace.

~John 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (NKJV)

A few "uncommon" benefits of common time with your spouse:

  • increased intimacy
  • greater spiritual unity
  • emotional healing
  • new springs of creativity
  • financial unity
  • clarity of vision
  • strategies for the season


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