5 Ways to Feed Your Marriage This Christmas, Part 3, Advent Devotion #13
5 Ways to Feed Your Marriage This Christmas
This Christmas, while Christ comes first, your husband should come second… before your children, before your family, before your friends, before your church, and before work/school/activities, etc.
1. Spend time together. Make it a point to spend at least 15-20 quality minutes together every day this holiday season. Turn off the TV and cell phones and computers. Tell the kids (or holiday guests) that you need “couple time.” Invest in your honey this Christmas by making him a priority. Don’t neglect date night either. Make it a point to go out together at least once during the holidays (just the two of you). For more ideas on how to make your time together quality time, click here. For date night ideas, click here or try my Date Night board on Pinterest.
2. Make time to make love. Don’t neglect sex. Husbands thrive on physical affection. Give him some loving and make time for sex this Christmas season… even if the dishes have to wait in the sink overnight. (I’ll tell you a secret! It’s not the end of the world). Try 6 Foods to Spice Up Holiday Sex and Sabbath Sex: The Joy of Sex During the Holidays.
3. Affirm your husband with your words. Give him a compliment each day… or try 4 in a day – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
5. Let your actions speak louder than words. Tuck a little note in his lunchbox. Take out the trash for him that he dreads to take out every week. Go scrape the ice off his windshield in the morning while he’s getting ready and start the car to warm it up. Celebrate your man his way!
Even Better Banana Bread Recipe
from Hannah Williams
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine, softened (or butter)
4 overripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup 2% or skim milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Use butter, margarine, or cooking spray to grease the bottoms of 2 (8×4 inch) loaf pan or 1 (9×5 inch) pan.
3. In a large bowl, mix sugar and melted butter.
4. Add in eggs. Add in milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
5. Add in mashed bananas.
6. Use an electric mixer (or a whisk) and beat on low speed until smooth. (Medium speed for a deep mixing bowl.)
7. Add in flour, baking soda, and chocolate chips until moistened. Pour into pan(s).
8. Bake 8 inch loaves for 50 minutes to an hour. Bake 9 inch loaves 1 hour-1 hour and 10 minutes. (Cool 10-15 minutes. (Optional: Move banana bread to a cooling rack and let it cool 45 minutes before slicing. This allows the banana flavor and chocolate chips to melt together better.)