Joseph and Jessica had been
married for 30 years.
The couple read the Bible
together every evening.
They had never, however, read
the Bible from Genesis to Revelation as a couple. "That's going
to change this year," Joseph promised Jessica and himself. "We
simply must spend more time reading God's Word."
"God's Word brings health to our
souls and spirits," Jessica said. "I agree that we need to spend
more time this year on our spiritual nourishment."
The couple's commitment to their
goal was strong. Three times each day - before breakfast, after
dinner and before bedtime - they took turns praying and reading
"We are going to see God do some
miracles in our lives this year," Jessica beamed. "I believe He
is going to open up some ministry doors and use us to bless the
lives of others."
About two weeks later, the
couple felt God was leading them to start publishing a newsletter
for area pastors. "We will ask the pastors to provide articles,
short sermons and other items of interest," Joseph
"We can also have a special
section for the pastors' spouses, too," Jessica chimed
"Any Christian married couple is
a team working for the Lord," she continued. "Especially those
couples who are in ministry together."
"And this newsletter is the
beginning of a ministry," Joseph said. "I believe we will be
going into the ministry in a very short time period."
"That's the word I'm hearing
from the Lord, too," Jessica grinned. "I think God brought us
together in marriage because He knew we would be willing to
minister together for Him."
"We're on a roll today," Joseph
chuckled. "We're agreeing on everything."
"And husbands and wives need to
agree on as many things as possible," said Jessica. "Especially
"Many marriages - even Christian
marriages - are falling apart these days," Joseph observed. "I
believe a major reason for that is many husbands and wives don't
function together as a spiritual family unit. They don't
prioritize prayer and Bible reading the way they
"I have an idea," Jessica said.
"And since we're agreeing on everything today, I'm sure we'll see
eye-to-eye on this, too.
"I think we should speak to
Pastor Jeff at the church about starting a group Bible study for
married and engaged couples," she continued. "I believe the
enthusiasm we have found by praying and reading the Bible
together can be contagious."
Joseph smiled and sent a quick
romantic wink in his wife's direction. "I do agree with you," he
said. "But it would be a good kind of contagious."
"You're right, again," Jessica
agreed. "And at the close of each lesson, I'm going to say, "Your
assignment for this evening is to read 10 chapters from the Bible
and call me in the morning!"
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