Note: Sometimes you may only get a short time to speak for a bridal shower, so you could break this up and just focus on either the "Filling Up Our Canisters" or the "Filling up Our Refrigerator, Cupboards, and Pantry" section.
Filling Our Pantry
Bridal Shower Devotional
Posted May 04, 2011
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life". Proverbs 4:23
When we set up housekeeping, one of the first things we need to do is stock our refrigerator, fill up our cupboard shelves, and pantry. When it comes to our marriages, there's some stocking up we have to do too. Let's see what we need to have on hand.
Filling Up Our Canisters
Most of us like to have a pretty set of canisters sitting on our counters. Canisters usually come in a set of four. Flour, Sugar, Coffee, and Tea, so first we are going to fill those.
Another thing that has to be done to flour is that all the foreign objects have to be removed and separated from the ground wheat or whichever grain was used.
For our marriages to become what we'd like, we have to live separated from sin in order for our marriage to become what the Lord would have for us.
How about some sweet tones when we talk to our husbands? Some "I love yous". One thing that will work wonders is a sweet attitude toward your husband.
Or how about some sweet names like, Honey, Sweetheart, Sugarplum, or whatever endearing name you have for your husband? I'm sure he likes hearing that endearing name.
Coffee is grounds of the coffee bean so of course we've got to get a little grounded in our marriage, and what's better than being grounded in the Word of God?
Spending time in God's Word can help your personal Christian walk, but it also will have an impact on your marriage, so make time for it.
Some make you sleepy. Some make you calm. Some are good for this and that.
When you marry your husband, you are going to be a special blend too. A marriage is a blending of two lives. You've got to get along, communicate, and blend together.
What type of blend will it be? What do you think will end up being written on the box? Good for fighting? Good for chaos? Or will it be a soothing blend?
Filling Up Our Refrigerator, Cupboards, and Pantry
Next we are going to fill up our refrigerator and the shelves of our cupboards and pantry. We have to have several things on hand if we are going to do any cooking.
This should remind us to produce a good marriage. What kind of marriage do you want to produce? Whatever we put in to it, that's what it will become.
We need some essentials to make our marriages function well too. Going to church together with your husband, reading your Bible and praying together with your husband.
Dates are essential too! Husbands and wives need some quality time with just the two of them together.
Tenderness is something we need to remember in our marriages too. Tenderness is basically being warm and affectionate.
Sounds easy right? We love each other so that should come naturally, right? Well, life doesn't always work that way and there may be times we show more harshness than tenderness, so it's something we've got to watch out for.
Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings.
We crave that in our marriages too. Going that extra mile for your spouse makes them feel special.
Maybe fixing them their favorite meal or dessert. Giving them some time to relax. Writing them a little love note.
All those little extras help top off your marriage.
Foils and Wraps.
You need to put effort into protecting your marriage. Don't put yourself in situations that even have the slightest chance to bring in the bad smells. Put safeguards in place. Set some rules for yourself.
It may be things like never riding in a car alone with a man that's not your husband. Never inviting a man who is not your husband into your home when your husband isn't present.
There are so many situations that you know you'd act honorably in, but you still have to put that wall of protection around your marriage and set some guidelines for yourself as a married woman.
As we work on filling our pantry in our marriage, we need some great things lined up on our shelves. We need all those things that will help our marriages, like love, communication, giving, devotion, trust, and even laughter.
All those things start in our hearts and flow out of us.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
Whatever we have filled our hearts with will come out. Whatever comes out will spill into our lives and into our marriages, so we've got to be diligent about guarding our hearts.
If we don't watch out, we will find things in our pantry that we don't remember putting there. They might be things that could harm our marriage.
Keeping and guarding our hearts will enable us to put those desirable things onto our shelves and into our marriage that we need to have a fulfilling life with our spouse.
So, how is your pantry filled?
Copyright ©2011 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
One way to use this as an object lesson is to purchase something from each of the categories, place them in a basket or bag and pull the appropriate item out as you speak on that category. You can then give the basket to the bride to be.
You could also use a reusable shopping bag. (If you want a really cute one, they have some pretty floral ones at Marshalls for .99 cents.)
Another way is to use this as an opportunity for a "pounding" and have all your ladies attending to bring something in one of the categories along with their regular shower gift.
You may want to assign products so you get several things in each category.
See the Shower Planning Page
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