We ended our November newsletter with the news that “Going Deeper”, our new 40 day journal, written with all married couples in mind, was due to be released in January. We were close! It actually became available just as February turned to March and the first copies sold even before Liz and I received our own. Its release has begged a question, do you, reading this, pray with your spouse?
We ask because one of the first bits of feedback we received was that having a daily couples-aimed devotional had “given an excuse” for at least a few couples to focus their quiet / prayer time together and, having both read that day’s topic and discussed the suggested discussion point, to then pray the prayer together and then, here’s the important bit, to continue praying together for other things. Some couples just need an excuse to pray together. Who knew?!
For many of us the only time we pray out loud is during Home Group. Many of us find it awkward or feel that our prayers are somehow lacking or insufficient or leave us open to judgement…but God knows. Our challenge to all of us, other than to rush to Amazon, or, even better, the SfC website, to buy a copy of Going Deeper (and then leave a glowing report!) is to pray, out loud, with our spouses, and to do it often; to plan it in if needs be. Why is this important to us? Because it makes such a big difference to the closeness of our relationships. There’s a vulnerability and intimacy in prayer that transcends normal conversation. If you’re not already, try it!
For several of you this will be the first Sozo for Couples newsletter that you’ll have received and so a big welcome to all those who attended the recently completed online SfC training. For those others of you, we had four two and a half hour sessions with delegates from the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Spain on line. We’re following this up, initially, with two open on-line mentoring events on the 12th and 19th of April. These are open to ALL SfC family who have attended a SfC training and, once we see how these two go, we’ll probably hold mentoring events regularly. Full details and to book visit www.sozoforcouples.org.
This newsletter isn’t intended to be a sales letter, so forgive us a quick mention of “Starting Out”, our marriage preparation manual. If you know any couples heading towards marriage (or remarriage) they will thank you for ever if you gift them a copy. We’re just trying to help! Again, available from Amazon, or our website.
That’s it! Feedback, comments, testimonials or just a “Hi!” always welcome!
Darrell, Anthea and Liz x