It’s hard to imagine that after almost two years of writing, our devotional for couples will be available for you this month! New Beginnings: Devotions to Develop the Greatest Romance is designed to encourage husbands and wives in their marriages-whether they are young in age or young at heart. Let’s face it; those of us who are attempting to develop our marriages according to God’s principles are living in challenging times. Christian couples need all the support they can get, and we certainly could use a “new beginning” from the Lord each and every day!
New Beginnings will allow you-and those you love-to get into God’s Word daily. Each month also has a theme specifically related to marriage, like Money Matters, Life with Kids, andFellowship & Fun. Here’s a taste of a fall devotional to help you begin to think about life during this season of Harvest:
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
The cloud cover and cool breeze that greeted me today were indicators that we’d definitely experienced a shift in seasons. So were the splashes of orange and red in the grove of trees during my afternoon walk. Fall had definitely arrived, refreshing my spirit in multiple ways.
I look forward to this season all year, partly because it reminds me of this section of Proverbs that details the beautiful image of harvest. Good news is as refreshing as autumn winds that chase away summer’s heat and humidity. A person who shares something positive lifts our spirits-just like witnessing leaves changing adds color to our lives. The reverse is equally true: there’s nothing worse than bad news or someone who boasts and brags without anything to back up their words.
In a world that’s often too full of sorrow (and much of it delivered in a 24/7 news cycle), spouses have a wonderful opportunity to lift one another up. You can share something you’ve found in Scripture, or even stop to pray when your loved one is having a bad day. Try to turn off the television and spend time talking together about your blessings. By doing so, you might discover new things you can be thankful for during this season of harvest.
Thought of the Month
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.