840. July 1: Independence Day is coming. How much independence is good in a marriage? Certainly husband and wife should be able to stand on their own two feet and not rely on their spouse for identity and self-worth; BUT interdependence is better. What do you depend on your spouse to do around your home?
841. July 8: "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." (Luke 10:2) Traditionally this passage has been applied to religious vocations, but laboring as a peacemaker is also a worthy vocation. As a married couple, you've probably learned ways to make peace with each other. Look for a way to use that skill across our contentious political divide today.
842. July 15: It's July. It's probably hot (unless you live in the far southern hemisphere). How do you and your beloved cool off - an iced drink? a swim? find a place with air-conditioning? Think of a way to help someone who doesn't have AC cool off on a hot day?
843. July 22: Being hospitable vs. being "present." Some people are like Martha (doing the cooking) others are like Mary (listening attentively to a guest) (Luke 10:38-42) Both are necessary. In your marriage, which of you are drawn to which role? Try switching one time to broaden your skill set.
844. July 29: Treat each other - Wives: Give him an afternoon of uninterrupted time to watch sports. Husbands: Place a rose under the car's windshield wiper. Sure these are gender stereotypes, but let it prompt you to think of your own personal creative treat.