With the ongoing popularity of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, the much-loved Robertson family has more to share about family, faith, and love than ever before. Alan (the beardless brother) and his wife Lisa have created a devotional combining their hard-won wisdom about love and marriage to help bring couples closer together and closer to God.
Alan and Lisa Robertson had a failing marriage. But with unwavering faith and the unconditional love of their ever-present family, they got through the tough times and rekindled their love. Now the Robertsons want to share what they’ve learned. Combining the spiritual with the practical, The Duck Commander Devotional for Couples has a simple purpose: to bring couples closer to God and to each other. Designed with busy couples in mind, this devotional encourages husbands and wives to set aside time weekly to enhance their relationship. Spending spiritually meaningful time together every day is often impossible, but Al and Lisa arranged this devotional with realistic goals, allowing you to experience success and the desire to meet together regularly.
Each devotional includes inspirational messages, relevant scriptures, thoughtful questions, and prayer suggestions. Whether you are happy in your marriage or struggling to hold it together, setting aside time to focus on each other and deepen your connections will improve your relationship and bring you closer to God.
The Duck Commander Devotional for Couples You Are Unique WEEK 1 THE STORY OF US LISA: We love hearing stories of how couples met, fell in love, and wound up getting married. There is a unique quality to every couple and how their relationship unfolded. Our own story is a testament of how crazy love can be! I loved Al from the moment I laid my eyes on him in our little country middle school way back in 1977. I was a gawky sixth grader, and he was a brand-new eighth grader all the girls were after. I can’t explain why, but somehow I knew that one day we would be together and he would be my knight in shining armor!
AL: I never even noticed my younger admirer because I was too busy enjoying all the attention I was getting from other girls! Not until the last days of my senior year in high school did Lisa finally catch my eye, but unfortunately, my life was spiraling out of control with drugs and alcohol. Also unfortunately, I took advantage of Lisa’s love and treated her badly, then broke her heart on my way out of town. After coming to my senses and coming home to Christ and my family, I remembered that girl who loved me so deeply, and I reached out to see if she might be willing to reconnect.
LISA: I went into my own tailspin when Alan left me, and I had a lot of bad experiences with guys. When he called me after two years, I should have been furious, but instead I was elated. This was the man I had always known I would spend the rest of my life with. We started dating again, and within a year we were married and building a family and life together.
For the past thirty years we have had our share of ups and downs, but we are still in love and growing in our relationship every day. We give glory to God for delivering us from past mistakes and live daily to meet the needs of each other. We pray for a future that deepens our family legacy of faith and ultimately leads to everlasting life in heaven.
We encourage you to appreciate the uniqueness of your mate and be willing to give each other the best of what God has given you.
God’s Blueprint: Putting God’s Word into Your Relationship
Read the following scripture together and out loud.
GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD TELL THEIR STORY.
Think back to when you first met and share your unique stories with each other.
1. When did you know that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with each other?
2. What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to be together? Think about your individual and “together” issues.
3. What positive action did your loved one take to help overcome these obstacles?
4. Looking back, did those obstacles help and/or hurt your relationship? In what ways?
5. Do you believe God played a part in your being together? If so, how?
Home Improvement: Start Where You Are and Grow
1. What goals did you have when you first got married?
2. Have you met those goals? If so, how? If not, then why not?
3. What goals do you hope to reach in the future?
4. Share personal goals as well as goals for your relationship together.
Record some of the goals you hope to reach in the future. Then you can refer to your notes later to see how you have grown.
Team Building: Grow Closer to Each Other as You Talk to God Together
You may not be used to praying together, but give it a try—even if you’re nervous. When your hearts are open to God in prayer, you’ll find that many of your defenses toward each other melt away. Read our prayers together—maybe the men can read Al’s and the women read Lisa’s—and then pray your own prayers out loud.
AL: Lord, I am very grateful you watched over us as we got our acts together and found one another. Thank you for your grace, which offered me new hope and allowed me to see my bride for the woman you made her to be. We are grateful for the years and for the uniqueness of us. We look forward to being with you in heaven, forever, because of Christ, amen.
LISA: Father, I am so thankful you blessed me with my soul mate. It took a while and at times looked doubtful, but you knew just when the timing was right. Thank you, God, for your perfect timing. Thirty-plus years ago I said “I do” and I still say I do. Please, Father, be with us for the next thirty-plus years and help us to always count on you and your timing for our lives. Until you return, through Jesus I pray, amen.
Alan Robertson grew up hunting, fishing, and helping build the family business in the 1970s and 80s. Alan left Duck Commander when he received the call for ministry in 1988 and served as a senior pastor in West Monroe, Louisiana, until 2012 when he rejoined the Duck Commander clan. Alan received an associate’s degree from White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies and a bachelor in ministry from Sunset International Bible Institute. He lives in West Monroe, Louisiana, with his wife, Lisa, their two grown daughters, and two grandchildren.
Lisa Robertson is the wife of Alan Robertson and worked with him at the church in several different ministries before joining him back at Duck Commander. She is a committed mother and grandmother and guides her family in the ways of faith.