If you’re in a long distance relationship, still going strong, growing together and have a solid foundation through every obstacle, congratulations! Being miles away from the person you love is no joke. It is a sure-fire test of patience, grace and endurance- qualities that will be extremely beneficial in the long run. However, thanks to today's technology and the imagination there are many ways to remain, not only close to each other, but close to God until you two come together. The foundation you build now will set the culture of your relationship for the future. Here are a few ideas to keep your faith growing together from a distance:
Get on a Bible Study Plan Together
Pick a daily Bible Plan together on an app like YouVersion and stay on track with the same reading! Later when you guys get the chance to talk, it will be the perfect opportunity to share the different revelations you got and go deeper in God’s word together. You can make it a daily discussion or a weekly Bible Study discussion depending on how often you get to talk!
Read a Christian Book Together
This is essentially the same idea as the Bible study plan. However, pick a Christian book instead that challenges your faith and read through a chapter each day either individually or together. Then you both can recollect and have a discussion on what you’ve read and how it can apply to your spiritual growth.
Send Morning Scriptures
Make it a custom to pick a verse each morning that speaks to you and send it to each other. You both can briefly share what it meant to you or your relationship and be mutually edified on a daily basis.
You’d be surprised how quickly this goes out the window. The truth is, if you barely have a prayer life individually, there’s a chance it doesn’t show up much in your relationship. Hold each other accountable to taking your relationship and your decisions to God in prayer. Remember this is setting the foundation for the course of your relationship. If your expectation is for God to be the center when you come together, then it needs to start now.
Make Sure Your Personal Relationship with God is in Tact
Relationships are made up of the people in them. Godly relationships don't just happen, they're built; and they're built individually first. If you're not keeping God first personally, how can you expect to keep God first in your relationship? Spiritual growth should be built and maintained with ourselves because a God-centered relationship starts with the foundation we bring into the picture.
Love with the God Kind of Love
Let’s be honest, a long-distance relationship will test your trust, your patience, your endurance, your level of sacrifice in ways you may have never experienced before. By choosing faith over fear, grace over unforgiveness, hope over doubt, and patience over desperation you’re essentially deciding to let the Spirit of Christ rule over your emotions. This is the kind of love any relationship must have in order to succeed and flourish!
Create a Worship Playlist Together
You can use music platforms like Spotify or Apple Music and jointly add some of your favorite worship songs. Not only will it open you up to getting familiar with each others taste but it’s pretty cool when they have that song stuck in their head and since you know all the lyrics too you can both jam out in praise together. This is a great way to grow closer to God together through music!
Visit Each Others Churches Online
Do both of your churches stream their services online? Why not make a virtual visit? See what church culture your loved one is planted in and tune into the message online! You guys can talk more about it later and even get familiar with what types of churches to look out for in the future now that you know each others interests.
Contrary to popular belief, long distance relationships can be and have been greatly successful depending on the character of the people in them and their intentions to come together with a purpose.
Are you or have you been in a long-distance relationship? If so, what are some things that have been beneficial to you? Comment below!