No one can argue with the fact that marriage can be tough. My hubby and I have been married for seven years, and the best of friends for sixteen years! We've known each other for so long, and feel like we know everything about one another. Friendship, dating and the thrill and excitement of joining our lives through marriage was amazing and wonderful. A few years later, our beautiful and precious son Balian came into the mix. Those first few months, we partnered together so well, and as we settled into our brand new family life, I noticed that through the stress of parenthood, work, and volunteer responsibilities, our relationship began to suffer.
They say that the seventh year of marriage is the toughest, and I have to almost agree with that. Our seventh year of marriage has been the hardest. We've disagreed with one another on issues from parenting to finances and education, made promises to make more time for one another- to actual feel like we're in a relationship as a husband and wife, rather than being two people who live in the same house and sometimes eat meals together or say 'Hi,' in a rush out the door each morning.
We're not quitters, though- we made a promise to God and one another in front of our families and friends, when we decided to bind our lives together. This fall, we made a promise to spend more time in prayer together, and to make time for each other- to make dates and keep them... to communicate and rekindle the romance we once had.
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.
Pastor Kyle and his wife have written a beautiful Couple's Devotional- AWAKEN LOVE, The Song. The Song Couple’s Devotional is a 6-week book for couples that can help awaken love in their marriage. With daily relationship insights and prayer points drawn from the Song of Solomon, this devotional will help couples grow in their relationship with God and one another.
Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full-length movie and resource for churches to explore God’s plan for relationships, love and marriage.
Check out the official trailer for The Song
We were blessed as a couple, to receive a copy of this beautiful book. The book begins with a message from the Idelmans, explaining that the Bible is the Greatest Love Story ever told, and that is so true! It's filled with stories of God's love! This devotional is filled with encouraging and uplifting scripture for couples from Song of Solomon.
Take this passage, for example:
'Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealously unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.'
This passage is about being in it for the long haul- deciding from the start that the word 'divorce' isn't even a part of your vocabulary.'Truly married couples don't think- 'Okay, I can live with this person,' rather, 'I can't live without this person.'
The book is filled with blank pages for notes and also includes homework and activities for couples. I love the activity of couples making an acronym with their names. Here's what I came up with for my husband:
This devotional has truly made a difference in our marriage. We're enjoying reading it together, and I am looking forward to sharing this with my best friend, who is getting married in 2015- because it's never too early in a marriage to awaken love. This devotional would make a beautiful gift for couples. I am thinking of suggesting it to the gal who organizes our church Annual Marriage Retreat weekend. I think this would be great for a group of couples to work through as a six-week bible study!
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Head on over to the resource site for The Song to purchase a copy of Awaken Love by Kyle & Desirae Idleman, or to learn more about this wonderful film and devotional guide.You can also connect with The Song on Facebook and Twitter.
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One lucky MBP reader will win their very own copy of Awaken Love: The Song by Kyle and Desirae Idleman. What a beautiful Christmas blessing this book is! My hope and prayer is that the winner enjoys this as much as my hubby and I have. This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Just use the handy RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win!
Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Good luck, and be blessed!