Building Lasting Marriages
Night Light for Couples is a book Shirley and I wrote together, and is dedicated affectionately to married couples around the world. May the Lord grant you loving and caring relationships that will endure to the final moment of your lives together. It is our prayer that the following devotionals, just two from six months of daily features in our book, will help you achieve that worthy objective.
God's blessings to you all.
- Jim and Shirley Dobson
This kind of assurance will hold you steady through all of life's ups and downs, through all the "better or worse" conditions.
The Lord has demonstrated throughout the ages that He keeps His promises—including the most important one of all, reserving a spot in heaven for each of His followers, for all eternity. Since God keeps His promises, we must keep ours too—especially the one we made before God, our family, our friends, and our church on our wedding day.
• What part of my wedding vow means the most to you now?
• In what ways has our pledge to "stick together no matter what" seen us through hard times?
• How do we benefit spiritually from keeping our commitments?
Dear Lord, give us Your strength today to honor our promises. May our word be our bond—to each other, to our friends, and to family and associates. Thank You that You never waiver on Your promises to us! Amen. 1
Luke 18 records the parable Jesus told about the widow who approached a judge, day after day, asking for justice against her adversary. For some time the judge refused. Finally, however, he gave in, "so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!" Jesus was telling us to not give up, but to pray persistently for the desires of our hearts.
I have based my life on my belief in the power and importance of prayer. That's why I agreed to chair the National Day of Prayer Task Force. And it is why Jim and I have made prayer the cornerstone of our marriage. Consistent prayer can also undergird and sustain your marital relationship through the years. We encourage the two of you to bow before our great, loving God—tonight and every night.
- Shirley Dobson 2
1. James and Shirley Dobson, Night Light for Couples (Tyndale House Publishers, 2000), 49.
2. James and Shirley Dobson, Night Light for Couples (Tyndale House Publishers, 2000), 39-40.
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