5 Ways to Feed on the Bread of Life First, Part 2, Advent Devotion #12
5 Ways to Feed on the Bread of Life First
Christ has to come first…always! Married women have lots of responsibilities and devotions to their husbands, but the Bread of Life needs to be first in your marriage this Christmas.
1. Pray together. Pray for your relationships with God. Pray for your marriage. Pray for your finances. Pray for your children. Pray for your work and for your home. Pray for the things you struggle with individually and as a couple. Pray for continued strength in areas you’re growing in. Pray for your health. Pray without ceasing and for all things. One thing my husband and I have been in the habit of doing since we were dating is praying together before bed every night (and more recently) praying in the morning before my husband leaves for work.
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
2. Read God’s Word together. Pick a devotional or a chapter in the Bible to read daily and get into God’s Word. Actually open your Bibles and set aside time to read it and discuss it together. Adam and I go through Psalms in the morning and we’re going through the New Testament in the evenings. Feed on the Word.
“Man does not live on bread alone but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 8:3
3. Be fed by going to church together. When Adam and I first got married, we decided to find a new church together instead of going to one of each other’s churches. It was the best decision because we were able to start over new as a couple and get plugged into a local church and fellowship. Christians need other Christians. We also need to hear God’s Word regularly in some fashion other than just reading it ourselves. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to go to church on Sunday and sit next to my husband, holding his hand and having his arm around me as we praise God in worship, song, and devotion.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
4. Practice joy in your marriage. Rejoice in the little things. Celebrate the small things. Be excited about the big things – like the reason for the season – Christ Jesus – together. Make it a point to share with each other what you are joyful about daily (and you can also share down below in the comments or on Twitter with the BHE community). Practice an attitude of gratitude. Laugh together often.
5. Sing Christmas songs and hymns together. Sometimes when I need to calm down, my husband sings a Christian song, and I can’t tell you how much it ministers to my heart. I love singing with him in praise and worship whether we’re at home or at church or wherever we are. Live with hearts full of praise.