Perk Up Your Marriage

Aletha Hinthorn     Karen O'Conner and her husband realized they were missing something important by not starting their day praying together. They decided to get up an hour earlier than usual and get out of the house where there would be no distractions. They began taking morning walks and then stopping at a park bench and praying. This practice invigorated their relationship immediately!

Their prayer walks led to a more intimate understanding of one another. Her husband, for example, had fears she had not known. And she felt the freedom in prayer to reveal some of her frailties. It was freeing to be completely real with God and with each other.

Their commitment to the Lord and to each other helps them keep going even when they're feeling sleepy or stressful.  They now pray no matter what.

Over time, the fruit of their prayer walks was evident to their family and friends, as well. Other people commented when they came into their home that they could feel the love. Even people who didn't know them well were quick to say that they seemed to be made for each other. What a change from just a few years ago when they pressed their point of view and defended their territory.

As Karen looks back over the years since they started their "prayer walks," she says, "I'm amazed at the transformation that has occurred in my husband, in me, in our life together, and in our relationship with God."

She adds, "All these treasures can be yours too. If you want to experience more vitality, more authenticity, and more intimacy in your marriage, perk it up  with a prayer walk."
Dear Jesus, please give more couples Your plan for their prayer lives together.

"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them" (Matthew 18:20).


Memory Verse for February  "I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure" (Psalm 16:8-9). 

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