Night Light For Couples

Anchor For the Soul

“In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

When a sudden storm strikes a ship at anchor, only the links of chain and the anchor wedged in the rocks keep vessel and crew from being set dangerously adrift. Obviously, the more tumultuous the times, the more important the moorings. In our own stressful moments, our hopes need to be anchored securely—not in wishes or feelings, but in God’s promise. As the author of Hebrews said, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”(Hebrews 6:19).

Isn’t it comforting to know that we have a secure anchor in our marriages? When storms threaten to overtake us, Jesus Christ will not let us drown. We can count on Him to deliver what He has promised. We may not know what the future holds for our family, career, finances, or dreams—but we can rest in the knowledge that our souls are safe in the hands of almighty God.

Just between us…

  • Can you think of a time when you thought the storms of life would capsize you? What kept you float?
  • Besides God, who or what provides security and stability in your life?
  • Do you ever feel adrift spiritually? If so, how can I help?
  • Have we placed our hopes and dreams firmly in God’s hands? If not,

can we do that together now?

Lord, You know the desires of our hearts; You know our secret fears, too. But we acknowledge Your unfailing promises and steadfast love. Thank You for being our rock. Tonight we cast our hopes and dreams on You for safekeeping, because we trust You. Amen.

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

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Governed by Love, Day 16

Today’s reading is drawn from Ephesians 1:7.

Jesus spoke of freedom, but he spoke of a different kind of freedom: the type of freedom that comes not through power but through submission. Not through control but through surrender. Not through possessions but through open hands.

God wants to emancipate his people; he wants to set them free. He wants his people to be not slaves but sons. He wants them governed not by law but by love.

We have been liberated from our own guilt and our own legalism. We have the freedom to pray and the freedom to love the God of our heart. And we have been forgiven by the who could condemn us. We are truly free!

from Walking with the Savior

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Give me patience . . . right now, Day 16

Today’s reading is drawn from Deuteronomy 8:5.

On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your ability to be patient?

Being born north of the Mason-Dixon Line made me a Yankee by birth. Growing up in Chicago indelibly marked me as a northerner . . . a mid-westerner, through and through. But in 1979 we moved to Texas . . . then in 1984, to Tennessee . . . and finally to Florida in the year 2000. And frankly, we’ve grown accustomed to the South. Technically, Texas isn’t an American state in “the South.” Texans will tell you that Texas isn’t in the south, the north, the east or the west. Texas is a sovereign nation. And Florida? Hard to tell exactly what it is.

In any case, one of the things we discovered while living in the South is the two-lane roads that wind through counties everywhere. These routes were trails built by early settlers and used as a party game like “Twister” and “Charades.” Guests would be dispatched to a certain destination, being given an allotted time to return to the party. All the small, roadside graveyards ought to give you a clue as to what happened to some of these guests. I’m kidding, of course. But you’ve never been lost like you’ll get lost on these narrow roads.

One of the features of these winding roads is the double yellow lines that grace every one. This means that if you’re in a hurry, you’d better hope you don’t get behind someone who doesn’t really care about your hasty trip.

I have literally spent miles traveling closer to the car or truck in front of me than his “Skoal: Breakfast of Champions” bumper sticker. This has been a great “conversation starter” between my wife and me many times. As in “many times.”

My score is a two or three on the above patience quiz. How about you?

If you haven’t already, read Deuteronomy 8 — the whole chapter. Please take special note of today’s key verse. Moses was saying to the Jews, all that you have been through — including 40 years of waiting in the wilderness — is exactly the discipline your loving Heavenly Father knew you needed. Follow Him. Do not be anxious. Be patient. If you try to pass Him on a double-yellow line, you will be destroyed. Hit head on.

Although you may be able to relate to my impatient desperation on these little roads in Texas and other Southern places, there’s actually a sobering truth here: Follow your Heavenly Father’s course. He may be moving as fast as you can handle, or He may be crawling at a snail’s pace. In either case, He knows exactly what He’s doing.

Have conversations with your children about the special kind of discipline and patience the Lord is teaching you. Because they’re watching you, they’ll catch on very quickly.

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