Finding God on a Prayer Walk with a Spouse

By Karen O’Connor:

A prayer walk every morning with my husband sweetened our faith in God and our marriage relationship.

 

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At one time, mornings at our house were a blur of busyness. My husband and I would jump out of bed, shower, dress, eat, scan the newspaper, then rush off to work–Charles to his job and me to my home office down the hall from the kitchen. This went on for months–until we both realized we were missing an important part of our life–starting our day by praying together. It was then we decided to get up an hour earlier than usual and get out of the house where there would be no distractions. We began taking early morning walks and then stopping at a park bench and praying. The practice of combining physical and spiritual exercise invigorated our relationship immediately as we began finding God on a prayer walk.

MORE INTIMACY

An additional bonus awaited us, however. Our prayer walks gradually led to a deeper, more intimate understanding of one another.

MORE LOVE

Over time, I realized that the fruit of our prayer walks was not only evident to us but to our family and friends, as well.  Other people commented when they came into our home that they could feel the love.

MORE SPONTANEITY

The more we prayed the more we were able to embrace those around us–to see their needs beyond our own, and to include them in our prayers.

MORE PURPOSE

Simple, committed prayer has now become an essential part of our daily routine. On days when we can’t go outside due to rain, for example, or illness, we still pray together–in bed before we get up, or at the breakfast table before we go off to work, or if one of us is out of town–we connect by phone when we can.

MORE SIMPLICITY

Perhaps best of all is the simplicity of our communication with God and with ourselves. We’ve been stripped of our pretenses. No more fancy ‘word feasts,’ no self-conscious mumblings, no rattling on for the sake of hearing ourselves speak. Like Clement of Alexandria we’ve discovered through experience that “prayer is conversation with God.”

You too can find God on a prayer walk. Try it and see.

Enjoy this informative and entertaining YouTube video on prayer walking.

 

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor

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Find God in Marriage: Quotes Plus Marriage Book Review

By Karen O’Connor:

Here are a few great marriage quotes Karen O’Connor heard from other women, plus our recommendation for a new great marriage book by Poppy Smith:

 

Recommended: Why Can't He Be More Like Me? by Poppy Smith

Several years ago I asked four women friends who had been married a long time—some over fifty years—their secret to a solid relationship. I’ll never forget what what I learned and how their answers helped me to find God in marriage–my own marriage.

“I remember how God has proven himself worthy and faithful in the past,” said Corinne, “and that keeps me going forward.”

Joan added her perspective. “I stay open-minded and keep a sense of humor.” She admitted to being a perfectionist so “it’s important to laugh at mistakes, smile at misunderstandings, and chuckle at misdeeds, especially when neither of us means to hurt one another.”

Barbara shared her secret: “I gave up my right to be right. I realized that my husband is just being himself. He’s not trying to fight me. When I began to see him in that light, I saw what a precious person he is.”

Mabel said simply, “I’m committed because I desire to be.” She said yes to her husband’s proposal many years ago and never looked back or second-guessed her decision. That, she added, has kept them going and continuing to love one another for over five decades.”

I went home filled with new inspiration as I committed to find God in my marriage and to see what a precious person my husband is just the way God made him.

For more encouragement, I turned to the following article by Mary Fairchild on how to keep your marriage strong and healthy: 5 Steps to Building Your Christian Marriage.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to Finding God Daily. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com

Also recommended (by Laurie, Finding God Daily editor): the terrific new marriage book by Poppy Smith: Why Can’t He Be More Like Me? 9 Secrets to Understanding Your Husband.

Chapter titles include: He’s Not My Clone!, His Brain Isn’t Wired Like Mine and When I Say This, He Hears That. Here’s a funny note from the back of the book:  Q: “What do you and your husband have in common?” A: “We got married on the same day.” Poppy offers great examples that show how conflict often occurs and reveal how to overcome problems to strengthen marriages.

Most marriages start with romance and a promise to cherish. Here’s one proposal that should make you smile, titled: Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER!!!, submitted to a contest by MattandGinny. If your marriage is struggling, can you think back to your proposal and the person you loved the day you married? How can you recapture your appreciation of him or her?

Click here to see other entries: Ultimate Proposal Contest.

Disclosure: Associate proceeds from Finding God Daily links in photos or book titles to Laurie’s Lists on Amazon.com will be donated to Right to the Heart, a 501 (c) 3 ministry. To learn more about this ministry, click here

 

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Finding God in My Spouse

By Karen O’Connor:

 The early morning light filtered through the bedroom window. I poked my husband gently so he’d roll over on his side. This slight gesture usually ends the snoring. Before falling back to sleep myself, I looked at him for a moment or two, realizing I was finding God in my spouse right then and there. As I gazed at his snow white hair and matching beard, and pictured the bright blue eyes behind his closed lids, and touched the comforting texture of his cheek, I saw again what a gift he is.

I was careful not to awaken him, for I didn’t want to interrupt his rest, but I did want to linger over his countenance long enough to appreciate the man he is, my husband, my best friend, my partner in life. In the quiet hour I had time to thank God for my husband, Charles, for his strong presence in our blended family, for his deep love for each of us, and for the commitment he has to living a life of charity and integrity.

He’s not a perfect man—but he’s perfect for me! We have our ups and downs as couples do, but whenever I take time to step back and contemplate what we have together, I am humbled with gratitude and praise for God who has chosen the one who is right for me while I make my way through life. It’s easy to find the faults, to wish this or that were different, to want more of this or less of that, but when it comes down to it, finding God in my spouse is one of the best ways for me to turn my heart to the Lord in prayer, for he has done great things for me through the love of my husband.

 

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them (Colossians 3:18-19 NIV the Bible).

 

©Karen O’Connor (www.karenoconnor.com). Karen contributes regularly to Finding God Daily.Visit Karen’s website to learn more about this author who has touched the lives of many women.

Watch this inspiring marriage video on YouTube— loving the way Jesus loves

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