Welcome to another week and also to another short trial run episode of the Unique Life and Marriage Podcast.
And in this episode, I will be sharing two materials with you that I hope will be of value to you this year. The first one is a book and the other one is an app.
Last Month, my family and I went on a road trip. A few minutes into the trip my 4-year-old daughter (Elizabeth) asked: “Daddy are we there yet?” I smiled at her and said "no dear. We still have 5 more hours".
Is 5 hours a long time? She asked. I responded by saying "yes dear" to which she replied “Oh men”, it is going to take a long time.
If you are a parent you can imagine how many times she asked that question “Are We There Yet?” especially when we passed through small towns along the way because it was a long journey.
Marriage is also like a long journey. And you see sometimes in long journeys, you need to stop to refill your gas, take a rest, buy some snacks and use the bathroom.
And during the trip, you may just see trees, and cows and cars and trees and cows and cars and trees and cows and cars and - well I hope you get the point - There is a repeat of events and routines and gradually your marriage gets buried under a daily routine.
Prayers are vital to the success of any Christian marriage. Actually, it is one of the most vital elements of the Christian Life, and yet many of us including myself, confess that we are not as consistent in our prayer lives as we would want to be.
That’s why I got an app that helped me to organise my prayer life and helped me become more consistent in praying.
Welcome to ECHO
The App is Called Echo. It is not just a prayer app but a prayer manager. Some of the features of the app include:
- You can keep track of all your payers requests and even divide them into different groups.
- You can set reminders to pray at certain times during the day.
- It has a feature where you can mark prayer requests as being answered.
- One of the newest features is the Group Feature - So lets say you have a small group like you and your spouse, or your discipleship group, or cell group - you can create a profile there and everyone in the group can input their prayer requests there and the request is synced across the phones of all the members of the group.
And guess what - this app is absolutely FREE and available on both iOS and Android platforms.
This year, my wife and I are starting to use this group feature. Whenever we are apart, we can both schedule time to pray and we can both access each other's prayer requests on our devices.
I will be writing a full review of the app soon.
Book: Devotions For A Sacred Marriage
As couples we are busy and our schedules could be different and all this depends on what season of your life or marriage.
For some people, it might be difficult to pray together EVERY DAY. But what is important is that you COMMIT to pray with your spouse AT LEAST Once Weekly.
The Devotional is titled "Devotions For A Sacred Marriage" written by Gary L. Thomas.
The Chapters in the devotional are short to read but many of the readings are scripture based as they give couples a refreshing view and perspective on marriage. You can use the book jointly or separately.
There are many books on prayers for couples and this is just one of them.
Please let me know in the comments section below, what devotional are you using with your spouse this year and what other devotional books can you recommend for reading with your spouse this month?
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