People of Promise, Celebrating Joy in Your Marriage, Advent Devotion #1

Man and Woman Exchanging Christmas Gifts

Celebrate JOY in your marriage this Christmas!

Come back each day for a little moment of joy with Becoming His Eve. Share three things you’re joyful for each day!

Special Saturdays: Celebrating  Spiritual Intimacy and Oneness

Sabbath Sex: Celebrating Sexual Intimacy

Make-It Monday: Celebrating Differences and Diversity

Tuesdays for Two: Celebrating Love and Romance

Wednesday Friend’s Day: Celebrating Friendships

Tough Times Thursday: Celebrating Even Under Stress

Focus Fridays: Celebrating Your Spouse

READ: 

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.'” 1 Peter 1:10-12 

REFLECT: Today’s JOY thought is taken from Noel Piper’s “What is Advent?” 

“We are a people of promise. For centuries, God prepared people for the coming of his Son, our only hope for life. At Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of the promises God made—that he would give a way to draw near to him.”

1 Peter 1:10-12 is a clear description of what we look back to during Advent. Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12 )

For four weeks, it’s as if we’re re-enacting, remembering the thousands of years God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation, for Jesus. That’s what advent means—coming. Even God’s men who foretold the grace that was to come didn’t know “what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating.” They were waiting, but they didn’t know what God’s salvation would look like.

In fact, God revealed to them that they were not the ones who would see the sufferings and glory of God’s Christ: They were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.

They were serving us. We Christians on this side of Jesus’ birth are a God-blessed, happy people because we know God’s plan. The ancient waiting is over. We have the greatest reason to celebrate.”

REACT: This Advent season, reflect on God’s plan for your life together as a couple.  How has God blessed the two of you this year? Where have you seen His faithfulness in your life? How can you prepare for your future together? What are you uncertain about? Based on the 1 Peter passage, what truths and hopes can you and your husband count on? Today take time to praise God from a heart full of joy because of His Good News! Ask God to prepare your hearts for Christmas, and to focus on growing together as a couple this holiday season.

RESPOND: Thank you, Father, for the glory of your salvation and for sending Your Only Son to this world. We can rejoice and celebrate not just at this time of year, but at all times, because we know your plan of salvation, and we trust in Your promise of eternal life with You. We are grateful that we are no longer waiting and anticipating your coming, but now we can look forward to Your return. Forgive us for so often straying away from Your path of righteousness. We thank You for Your grace, and the peace You give us that surpasses understanding that our salvation is secure in You. Give us a heart of joy this season. Help us not to be distracted by the things of this world, but to remain focused on the true meaning of Christmas – You!  In Christ’s Name, Amen. 

REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful for the comfort of knowing that my salvation is secure in Jesus Christ. I am joyful for knowing that the Holy Spirit lives inside me, helping to guide and shape my life. I am joyful that my husband is growing as a spiritual leader in our home.

Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for down in the comments below!

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3 Comments

  1. What a great idea! Looking back and looking forward together as a couple in light of God’s plan. My husband and I should do this as we enter the New Year. Thanks for your post and for linking up with NOBH! Smiles!

    • It’s a great habit to get into all throughout the year, but especially at year’s end and the start of a new year. Thanks for visiting.

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