Being through a wedding, cash and gift cards were favorable gifts for my husband and I. While that can sometimes feel impersonal to give, I decided to make a little love basket including some special verses and things my husband and I had learned over the last few years for a couple’s recent wedding.
The basket contains the decorative last name initial on the front; Advil; a chalkboard painted pot with the couple’s favorite quote on it; a Christian fridge magnet; anti-bacterial soap; bag of pepper seeds; sew/mending kit; and a gift card. All things except the gift card, I got at the Dollar Tree and Michael’s.
A card inside had the following written on it which I came up with for the items:
Always hold (pot) onto God’s truth and each other: “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Col. 3:18-19
Grow (seeds) in God’s word and you’ll grow closer to one another: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:1-2
Make time for each other to keep the spice alive (peppers): “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for your love is more delightful than wine.” Song of Solomon 1:2
Enjoy the times of wealth & good times (gift card) for it was given by God. “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Tim. 4:4-5
But also rejoice in the worse of times because God can always mend (sewing kit) and will put you back together. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7
Through sickness (Advil) and health (soap), you need only to “be still” and keep God (magnet) at the center of your marriage. “…Be still, and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10