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The fast pace, financial demands, and family pressures of the holiday season can put a unique strain on our homes. Luckily, the Bible gives us invaluable and timeless guidance to not only weather the storms of life together but also enjoy one another, regardless of the challenges that come our way. 

By staying close to God and following his guidance, we can fill our homes with joy, love, intimacy, and resilience. Listen or watch this Scripture Playlist to make your marriage merry during the brisk (and stressful) holiday months—or any time of year. 


Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do. [10] Suppose either of them falls down. Then the one can help the other one up. But suppose a person falls down and doesn’t have anyone to help them up. Then feel sorry for that person! [11] Or suppose two people lie down together. Then they’ll keep warm. But how can one person keep warm alone? [12] One person could be overpowered. But two people can stand up for themselves. And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIrV

The LORD God said, “It isn’t good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for him.” [24] That’s why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person.

Genesis 2:18, 24 CEV

The one who has found a good wife has found what goodness is, and obtained a delightful gift from the LORD.

Proverbs 18:22 NET

An excellent woman [one who is spiritual, capable, intelligent, and virtuous], who is he who can find her? /Her value is more precious than jewels and her worth is far above rubies or pearls. [11] The heart of her husband trusts in her [with secure confidence], And he will have no lack of gain. [12] She comforts, encourages, and does him only good and not evil All the days of her life. [17] She equips herself with strength/  [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] And makes her arms strong. [25] Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared].

Proverbs 31:10-12,17,25 AMP

Be happy with the wife you married when you were young. She gives you joy, as your fountain gives you water. [19] She is as lovely and graceful as a deer. Let her love always make you happy; let her love always hold you captive.

Proverbs 5:18-19 NCV

Marriage should be honored by everyone, and husband and wife should keep their marriage pure. God will judge as guilty those who take part in sexual sins.

Hebrews 13:4 NCV

Like a bird wandering from its nest, so is a husband wandering from his home.

Proverbs 27:8 GW

Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.

Proverbs 19:14 NLT

Husbands, love your wives [with an affectionate, sympathetic, selfless love that always seeks the best for them] and do not be embittered or resentful toward them [because of the responsibilities of marriage].

Colossians 3:19 AMP

…Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. [6] It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. [7] Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

1 Corinthians 13:5-7 AMPC

Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

Ephesians 5:25 AMP

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:9 NLT

Each man among you [without exception] is to love his wife as his very own self [with behavior worthy of respect and esteem, always seeking the best for her with an attitude of lovingkindness] …and the wife [must see to it] that she respects and delights in her husband [that she notices him and prefers him and treats him with loving concern, treasuring him, honoring him, and holding him dear].

Ephesians 5:33 AMP

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, [27] for anger gives a foothold to the devil. [31] Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. [32] Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:26-27,31-32 NLT

It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

Proverbs 25:24 NLT

A simple, humble life with peace and quiet is far better than an opulent lifestyle with nothing but quarrels and strife at home.

Proverbs 17:1 TPT

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate, not as inferior, but out of respect for the responsibilities entrusted to husbands and their accountability to God, and so partnering with them] so that even if some do not obey the word [of God], they may be won over [to Christ] without discussion by the godly lives of their wives, [2] when they see your modest and respectful behavior [together with your devotion and appreciationlove your husband, encourage him, and enjoy him as a blessing from God]

Your adornment must not be merely external—with interweaving and elaborate knotting of the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or [being superficially preoccupied with] dressing in expensive clothes; [4] but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and selfcontrolled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God. [5] For in this way in former times the holy women, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands and adapting themselves to them;

1 Peter 3:1-5 AMP

In the same way, you husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way [with great gentleness and tact, and with an intelligent regard for the marriage relationship], as with someone physically weaker, since she is a woman. Show her honor and respect as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered or ineffective.

1 Peter 3:7 AMP
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