I’m just going to start by saying, sorry for the lack of photos in this post! I’m a photographer, and in the Midwest, October is busy season! On top of shooting and editing almost every night, Baby M has also been seriously unkind to me at night. I told DJ this baby will forever have her nights and days mixed up because I don’t get morning sickness, I get night sickness. With this combination, along with the worst case of baby brain possible, I accidentally formatted my memory card that had all my photos from our Faith Night In Box on it! And when I went to rephotograph the box… SJ had completely scattered the contents of the box and I don’t know where half of it went. [Insert palm to face emoji here.]
But it’s okay, because I can still tell you how absolutely amazing this box was for us. We have started to get into board games a little more. It’s a fun way to add a little something to your night after the baby goes to bed, but still being able to lounge around in your sweats. Which is a total win for me. Because of this, I was beyond excited when I opened up the game night Faith Night In box!! And that night I, surprisingly, was craving hot chocolate. So I whipped up some homemade hot chocolate (seriously the best I have ever had), and we dove into our game night.
“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
It wasn’t just games though, it was games that got us talking. DJ and I have amazing communication (keep an eye out for next week’s blog about that), so we found out that we actually have already talked about a lot of the prompts already. There is always room for improvement, though! And the first game with the tumbling tower definitely helped us talk about current issues that we might be having, that we really haven’t talked about. It asked us to talk about a time where we may have decided to stay silent about an issue and why. Which helped us to open up and talk about things that we consciously decided not to talk about, and that will help us in the future with NOT staying silent about anything that may be bothering us.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
Next were the awesome cards provided by The Everleigh Company. These really got us talking. Some made us laugh, some were more serious, some led us completely off track and talking about completely random topics. I think it was my favorite part of the night because it got DJ to TALK! We may be great at communication, but he isn’t a talker (see how we get around that in next week’s blog as well).
“Therefore, encourage one another to build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
The last game we did was a word scramble, which I was totally pumped for! I’m a huge reader, and absolutely love words and word games. It definitely brought out a little competition between the two of us. Well…I lost. DJ got one of the bonus words and completely blew my score out of the water. But this part wasn’t all about the competition, this part also asked us to talk about ways we do and can respect each other. In my opinion, that is one of the most important aspects about a marriage; respecting each other. It shows your love for each other in a whole new way. It’s another way to tell each other “I love you.”
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church… Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
I love Ephesians 5:20-25. I never understood it until I was married. What it really means to submit in everything to my husband. In today’s world, it is misunderstood frequently. I talk about this verse more in my post Serving my Husband in a “Feminist” World. The next activity led us to talk about ways we can come together and bring God into our relationship. Which, definitely isn’t something we’re super great at. But, it is something we’re working at. And these Faith Night In boxes, are the perfect way for us to get there.
The last activity we did, was to make a scramble frame from the letter tiles. The last activity was actually an I Spy game on the box, but it was way past our bedtime by then. We wanted to put words in the frame that fit our relationship and what we are working towards. We decided on the words “Love,” “Serve,” and “Pray.” It is the perfect reminder on my dresser everyday next to one of my favorite photos of DJ and I.
I cannot wait for our next Faith Night In Box. I look forward to these nights with my husband and God. It brings the three of us closer. Not just separately, not just me to my husband, or me to God. But God, my husband, and I as one.