Tonight my pantry is stocked and the baking has begun! Holiday season is underway, and I always have mixed feelings about this time of year. I enjoy the gatherings, but not always so much the prep work. The parties are fun, but at the same time these few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas become so busy that I feel like I’m living in a revolving door. And even though this season has important spiritual significance, I can quickly lose sight of Him and my most important relationships. As I celebrate that the Messiah has come and prepare my heart for His second coming, I want to intentional with what activities I say, “yes” to this time of year.
This year Advent begins on Sunday, December 2nd and ends on Monday, December 24th. Which is why, as we’re about to enter the trenches of these next few weeks, I don’t want to neglect my most important relationships: the one with my Savior and the one with my husband.
While there are many ideas on how to incorporate an Advent calendar into your family… I wanted one that is Scripture-based and intended to strengthen my marriage. Which is why I created one that I’m excited to share with you today.
Some of these activities will fit naturally into your schedule while others will need to be pre-planned. And feel free to use the prompts provided as I have them or use them as a springboard to find different Scriptures and activities all your own. The beauty about this calendar is that you don’t have to buy anything to display it. If you’re a craft person, you can make a cute poster or bulletin board with homemade library pockets or if that stresses you out, write it out with dry erase markers on your bathroom mirror or send your husband a text every morning with the verse and activity!
Without further ado… here is your 2018 Marriage Advent Calendar:
- Read: Genesis 24:67 ~ Activity: Share the top three things we love about each other.
- Read: 1 John 3:16-19 ~ Activity: Make a list of people we know who are in need and how we can be generous towards them. Conclude with praying for those people by name.
- Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ~ Activity: Name something I can make easier for you or how I can help lighten your load.
- Read: 1 Corinthians 11:11 ~ Activity: Remembering that while, in the Lord, we are never independent of each other, spend some time today independently enjoying hobbies that refresh your spirit.
- Read: Proverbs 21:9 ~ Activity: I will (NAME CHORE) and not quarrel about it.
- Read: Mark 10:6-9 ~ Activity: Pray for our marriage.
- Read: Psalm 85:10 ~ Activity: One of us will be righteousness and the other, peace.
- Read: 1 Corinthians 7:3-4 ~ Activity: Let me fulfill your needs… tonight!
- Read: Matthew 1:18-25 ~ Activity: Watch a Faith-based Christmas movie together.
- Read: Proverbs 18:22 ~ Activity: Ask each other, “Do you need me to help you with a favor?”
- Read: John 15:9-17 ~ Activity: Dance in the living room to our favorite love song.
- Read: 1 Timothy 3:8-12 ~ Activity: Pray over your husband, that these qualities of a godly leader will be strengthened in his life.
- Read: Proverbs 5:19 ~ Activity: May my breasts satisfy you… tonight.
- Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ~ Activity: Share which description of love we want to improve on and praise each other where we love well.
- Read: Matthew 19:2-9 ~ Activity: Watch a movie together and talk about who has a hard heart and who doesn’t.
- Read: Proverbs 12:4 ~ Activity: Husband, share specific ways your wife has been a jewel in your crown.
- Read: Ephesians 5:33 ~ Activity: Wife, share specific ways you respect your husband.
- Read: Luke 2:4-6 ~ Activity: Discuss the humility it must have taken for Jesus to make his home among us and pray that we would develop humility that points others to Jesus.
- Read: Ezekiel 16:8 & Revelation 19:7-8 ~ Activity: Watch your wedding video (or look through wedding photos), and talk about memories from that special day.
- Read: Deuteronomy 24:5 ~ Activity: Taking a year off isn’t something we can do, but let’s be intentional with taking at least 24 hours off. Go away to a hotel for the night or pick a date and put it on the calendar for at least an overnight out of the house.
- Read: Galatians 5:13 ~ Activity: Let’s serve someone.
- Genesis 2:18-21 ~ Activity: Pick something from husband’s “to-do” list and tackle it together.
- Read: 2 Corinthians 6:14 ~ Activity: Pray together at your church or a place of spiritual significance.
- Read Song of Solomon 2:3 ~ Activity: Make this one personal and fill in all the intimate details.
- Read: 1 Corinthians 11:3 ~ Activity: Pray together for the husband to be the spiritual leader in your home.
I hope that as this Christmas season begins, you will prioritize time with the Lord and with your spouse, using this marriage advent calendar or another Biblical resource.
Love & Prayers,