After this weekend my eyes were tired, but my heart was full. I had a sweet time of being with my sisters and friends at our West Park women's retreat, and I had the privilege of serving with my Scripture Dig sisters. One of the awesome things about getting away together at a retreat is that we have time to talk. And as we talk, we freshen bonds, we deepen relationships, we make new friendships, we grow, and we're encouraged. My Scripture Dig sister Kristi Stephens and I bunked together in our beautiful room, and at night we just wanted to keep on talking and sharing. It was sweet.
Our world today doesn't lend itself to conversations, especially deep conversations. We communicate in short text messages, voice mails, 140 character Twitter messages, and quick exchanges coming and going.When communication in marriage is whittled down to bursts of talk instead of true conversation, it doesn't take long for distance to develop, for us to feel "unknown," and for bonds to become strained. We just get caught up in the things of life. To live as one and make a life together, we have to do more than "talk," we have to have conversations.
When we fall out of the habit of talking, it can be hard to get back into a good groove. Today I want to give you a practical tool to help you start or re-start or nurture conversation with your spouse. Click to download for COUPLES CONVERSATION CARDS. This will take you to a Google Docs file. If you can't download it, please email me, and I'll send you the file directly. Print, cut, and use one "card" per conversation. They would be great to use:
- at bedtime
- on a date
- over a cup of coffee
- as you travel
These "Couples Conversation Cards" are meant to get the talking started. And as you talk, remember that God's Word has practical principles for how we are to talk; we are wise to apply truths like this one to our Couples Conversations:
Enjoy connecting over the conversations these cards will help you start. I'm praying that the fruit of intimacy will grow from the time you take to talk. As you use them, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear what cards are your favorites, what cards might not work well for you, and suggestions you would have for others. And as we take time to talk ... let's make sure we listen to the hearts of our husbands. If you know of someone who would benefit from a little help getting started in conversation, share these cards through Facebook or Twitter with the icon at the bottom of this post, under the Linky list.
1 Peter 3:10-11For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it."
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