A dear friend of mine asked me to share a devotion at her daughter’s bridal shower. I wasn’t entirely sure what to share but as I walked around Tar*get the day before her shower I found a little inspiration. These are the gifts I purchased for her and what I shared (so it’s a combination gift-devotion!).
Magic Eraser Cleaner:
Unfortunately we aren’t perfect and we do sometimes say harsh things to our spouse. Or we have past choices that were ungodly. Often times past mistakes and sins will be etched in your mind and affect your marriage. My prayer for you is that with God’s strength and grace you can erase the things of the past that don’t positively affect your marriage. Focus your thoughts according to the direction of God’s Word: Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Springy Lion Pen:
Your relationship with your husband will change and grow and one way to help foster positive change is to be flexible. Sometimes life just doesn’t go how we want and that’s ok.
In Matthew 14 Jesus had planned to go away with the disciples for a little solitude. But the people heard of him and followed him. Jesus wasn’t selfish and didn’t demand his own way or get upset about the change of plans. He had compassion on the people and healed them. This is a wonderful example for us in how we react in situations in our marriage that are maybe not exactly how we want them to be. Have compassion for your spouse in every situation and show him the Love of Christ.
Chocolate Hugs and Chocolate Kisses:
Count each day as sacred. Every day hug and kiss. Every time you leave your husband give him a hug and kiss. You never know if it’ll be the day the Lord calls you home.
Sticky Notes, Blank Note Cards and Thank You Note Cards:
Wrote notes to each other.
Sticky: for every day little “I love yous” and “I’m thinking of yous”.
Blank cards: for when you want to share more of your heart.
Thank you notes: to remind you to say thank you every day.
Song of Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth – for your love is more delightful than wine
God created sex to be a beautiful fulfilling part of marriage for both the husband and wife. So often the world tells us that sex is not fulfilling for the wife and it’s just something we have to endure. This is a lie. With God’s help you can have an amazing intimacy with your husband. It takes a lot of talking and reading and praying and believing that God can cultivate a wonderful intimacy for you and your husband.
Devotion Book – 30 Ways to Show Your Wife You Care and 30 Ways to Show Your Husband You Care (very cool book that includes both of these topics):
Show each other how much you care. Marriage isn’t about getting served – it’s about serving. It’s about not worrying about how your spouse is going to serve you but keeping your focus on how you can serve your spouse. One thing I’ve struggled with is waiting to show my love to my husband until he shows his love to me. But that’s not how Jesus would want us to show our love.
Rachel Ray Every Day Magazine:
Every day say thank you.
Every day say I love you.
Every day pray for your husband.
Every day tell him how much you appreciate him.
Every day show him how much you love him.
Now maybe it’s just me but I sometimes have a tendency to take charge and bulldoze my way through life and especially my marriage. My way after all is the better way. (just kidding!) The greatest thing we can do to cultivate a strong Godly marriage is to learn to be silent (sometimes :)) and learn to let our husband lead.
Just like you’ll have the rest of your life to kill germs and odors in your house – you will need to kill temptation in your marriage. It can only be done with God’s strength. But with Him as your guide you can eliminate Satan’s traps that could affect your marriage. Just like you would clean your house every day, you need to pray every day, read God’s word every day and keep your eyes on Christ in order to keep your heart and mind clean and focused on God’s will.