Advent Devotional: Faith-Family Tree {Husband & Wife}

Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image,’… male and female He created them (Genesis 1:26-27 NASB).

IMG_6313I can remember the exact moment I saw my husband for the first time. He stood below the window of the lifeguard shack while I peered out cautiously as I was listening to all the girls peeking over my shoulder behind me say, “He’s so cute!” I was a sophomore in high school, and he was the mysterious older boy from private school who came to work at the country club.

From that moment, we dated each summer, but even when he went back to school, I knew there was something different about him. Every year he called me on our birthday. Wherever we were, we thought about each other on September 29th, because we share that same special day.

Towards the end of college, we began dating more seriously, and shortly after college Jon asked me to marry him. I will never forget the deep, sincere look he had in his eyes when I walked down the aisle to join him as his wife. That was twenty years ago.

God sketches some memories on your heart that last a lifetime.

Today’s Scripture:

Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Genesis 2:7 NIV).

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’ Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said,

‘This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.’
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed (Genesis 2:18-25 NASB).

Today’s Snapshot: Adam & Eve, the first Husband and Wife

God looked over all of His creation and said, “It is good” until he saw that man was alone. Our Heavenly Father knows what is best for His children and He wants what is best for His children. So, He created a companion for Adam out of his rib, whom He named Eve. Adam was the father and Eve was the mother of all living. They lived together in community with God in the garden of Eden.

Family Discussion:

~ After God created the earth and the animals; Adam named all the animals. Would you have chosen the same names? Should a dog be called a dog or a lion called a lion? When you saw the elephant for the first time, what would you have called it?

~ Describe your wedding day to your children (where, when, who was there, etc..)  If you are not married, describe what the perfect wedding day would look like for you.

Not everyone will marry. Remaining single is a special calling given to some people. Together, as believers, we are the bride of Christ. One day all believers will be united with Him (Revelation 21:12, 19:7). 

Closing Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
I praise You for the creation of the world, all the animals, and for Adam – the first man.  He gives us a glimpse of You.  I praise You for Eve, his wife, as well.  They are the perfect picture of marriage.  I thank You for our marriage – a commitment to love, honor, and sacrifice.  I pray for our children’s marriages.  I lift up their future spouses to you now as You are growing them up.  May their marriages honor You, and may they be built upon Your firm foundation.
Thank you for these sweet moments.
In the precious name of Jesus, I pray,
Amen

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