Love with a Flourish!

#2 Pray that your love for each other will flourish.

For married women – Jesus says the Greatest Commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. You don’t get more neighborly than your husband. After all, he shares your home, your finances, your bed, and your life. God created Eve to be Adam’s help-meet, to be by his side.Your husband is the closest they get. Pray for your love to flourish into something beautiful and holy. Pray that you will love each other more every day.

Take it a step further – Take Gary Chapman’s “Five Love Languages” test if you haven’t already. How does your husband like to show love? In what language does he need love? During this week, make it a purpose to do one little (different) thing a day to show your husband love in his love language.

For dating/engaged women – As you grow closer to each other, allow your love to take roots and deepen. Spend time together, devote energy toward one another, and seek God’s love together. Pray that your love would be holy, blameless, and pure before the Lord.

Take it a step further – Talk to your significant other about practical ways you can show love toward one another. When Adam and I were dating/engaged, one of the things we did was send each other little text messages of reasons we loved the other one when we were apart. Find little things you can do to show your significant other you care about him. It doesn’t need to be extravagant – just something to help your love flourish.

For single women – Although I am no longer single, I distinctly remember how awkward and awful it felt sometimes to be single. God calls us to be selfless. Take the focus off yourself and focus on someone else. Think of a married couple you know. Take five minutes and pray for their marriage to be strengthened and for their love for each other to be deepened.

Take it a step further – Think of a married couple in your church, in your neighborhood, at your workplace, etc. Offer to take them out for coffee and talk to them about the lessons they’ve learned in being married and ask what advice they have for someone who’s “waiting.” If you’re dating or engaged, ask them to share their dating stories or engagement story, and ask them what advice they have for someone who’s “preparing.” If they have kids, offer to babysit for them so they can have a night out. If they’re an elderly couple, offer to do some chore around the house for them.

For those who are no longer married – Your life is not over yet. Your life is not defined by a husband, or any man for that matter. Your life is defined by God. He knows you. He knows your heart. He knows your thoughts. Ask God to give you a heart open to love. I don’t mean romantic love. I am speaking of godly love. Love is an amazing healing agent, and God’s love is holy, radical, and purifying!

Take it a step further – Find another woman who is divorced or widowed and love on her this upcoming week. Tell her you love her and remind her God loves her. Spend some time together enjoying the fellowship of one another!

“We… thank God for you…because your faith is growing more and more, and the love you have for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 *Photo Credit: Hannah Williams

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