Night Light For Couples

Unsung Heroes

“Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom…. Wealth and honor come from you.” 1 Chronicles 29:11–12

As a society, we are inclined to honor heroes and high achievers. We award a Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in action. We admire All‐Americans who excel in college football, basketball, or baseball. We celebrate winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. We applaud students who graduate magna cum laude. We fawn over movie stars at the Academy Awards. But who takes time to honor the wives and husbands who diligently fulfill their responsibilities each day? Who cares about these unsung heroes who give of themselves, sacrificing for their children or caring for each other? Most often, the only cheering section for such couples is themselves—but when one partner doesn’t seem to notice, it’s pretty tough for the other to feel valued or motivated.

Scripture is clear regarding this matter. The apostle Paul says, “Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). There’s no better place to apply this verse than in your home—with the husband or wife sitting next to you.

Just between us…

  • What do you think honoring each other means in the context of marriage?
  • Do you feel “honored” by me?
  • Do you know, without a doubt, that I hold you in highest esteem?

When in our marriage have you most felt this way? When have you not?

Dear Lord, in our rush to admire and celebrate the achievements of others, help us to remember the loving life partner right beside us who most deserves our appreciation and respect. Open our eyes to simple but meaningful ways we can show honor. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Night Light For Parents

Our Source of Hope

I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:74

Encouragement can come from many sources, but the foundation of our strength and hope is always the unchangeable Word of God. For centuries, families have depended on the truth of Scripture to guide them in matters of faith, in the nuances of daily life, and during times of trouble. The Bible provides encouragement for the trials of today as we anticipate the joy of the hereafter.

The apostle Paul, no stranger to adversity, said to the Roman church, “Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). David, one of the great heroes of the Bible, also faced many hardships (some of his own making). In these times of distress, he repeatedly turned to the Lord and His laws for deliverance: “May your love and your truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me” (Psalm 40:11–12). The Psalms, in fact, are wonderful examples of praise and inspiration for moments of fear, insecurity, or doubt.

In our struggles as parents and as Christians, we would be wise to choose God’s Word as our first option for lifting our spirits. It contains the blessed hope that brings meaning to every thought and every moment.

Before you say good night…

What Bible verses are most encouraging to you? (See Psalm 46:1; 55:17; Luke 12:32; John 3:16.)

Would it encourage your children if you helped them memorize Scripture?

Lord, we confess our deep and constant need for Your Word. Forgive us for depending on our own strength and wisdom—for seeking encouragement in so many shallow and unsatisfying ways. Draw us back into Scripture that sustains us in every challenge we face. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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