Words of Love

July 23, 2016

in the generous life

When was the last time you wrote your hubby a love letter?

Words of Love

Take the time to put in words your appreciation and thanks. What do you love about him? What sweet thing has he done lately? What would you like to do with him soon?

All a good letter has to do is make you feel special.  Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabatauote

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for words to express your love to your man.

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The Forgiven Wife: Out of the Swamp Take a non-sexual baby step.

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Becoming His Eve: 3 Sweet Foodie Dates Yum!

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Day Trip Fun

July 22, 2016

in the generous life

Plan a day trip with your sweetie.

How far you go is determined by your mode of travel (by foot, bike, canoe, or car). Take a meal or buy lunch on the go.

Day Trip Fun

Travel as light as you can (spend less time packing, more time traveling and having fun), but do think through what you might need.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.  William Feather

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband have fun exploring a nearby place.

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Kathi Lipp: A Relationship-Crushing Lie (And the Truth That Busts It) Elevate love. Ban perfectionism.

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GOODBYE FOR A SHORT WHILE
(originally posted July 17, 2013)

Yesterday I went to the funeral of a friend.

Goodbye for a Short While

I love what scripture says.

But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  RSV

It’s OK to be sad about losing a dear friend, but when they are believers our grief is tempered by the knowledge that we will see them again and be able to party with them forever.

It’s times like these that I hold my sweetie close. He is such a gift to me, but I know one day we will know that brief separation that comes before eternity. I want to have my “I love you’s” and “I’m sorry’s” all up to date!

(And just on a practical note, do have your paperwork in good working order. It’s a kindness not to leave the surviving spouse with a mess.)

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you live and love in the present.

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Kathi Lipp: The Secret to Winning in Your Marriage Great post on the three “R’s.”

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Intimacy in Marriage: 3 Reasons it’s Sexy to Undress for Your Husband Sexual play for you and hubby.

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When you look at your marriage, what would you consider to be your strengths?

Do you compliment each other often? Are you team players? Is sex warm and wonderful? Do you support each other’s dreams?

Sometimes it helps to remind yourself that your marriage has strengths (especially when you’re hurting from a current marriage struggle).

There is Good in the Journey

Marriages are typically not all good or all bad. They’re a mix of happy times, struggles, hugs, conflict, laughter, love, with plenty of bumps and tumbles along the way. 

A struggle does not make a marriage all bad. It’s just a part of the journey. 

Be reminded there is good in your marriage too.

Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see the good in your marriage.

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Journey to Surrender: 6 Ways Your Marriage Can Benefit From Technology Nice list of techie ways to bless your sweetie.

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Love Hope Adventure: Tell Your Husband He is Attractive and Accept When He Says You Are Yeah, what she said.

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Generosity softens the heart and helps us see others more graciously.

Be Generous Today

Look for a few small ways to be generous to others today (points if one of those others is your husband).

(Of course, you can always do it again tomorrow. Nothing like putting in a little practice.)

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see opportunities to be generous to others.

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Life Of Joy: Clean Bedroom Challenge Take up the challenge!

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Awaken Love: Can “Fast Food” Be Good for You? Quickies can be a part of a balanced diet.

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Do we act nicely toward our spouses because that is how we choose to act (as a gift) or do we act nicely when they are doing what we want them to do (as a reward)?

Certainly it’s normal to respond in kind. When your husband does something nice it’s easy to respond kindly. His kindness softens your heart and you want to be gracious back.

What I’m talking about is the difference between, “I’m being nice to you because I love you and want to bless you,” and “I’ll only be nice to you when you are acting the way I want you to.”

Gift vs. Reward

If we only express love as a reward we will teach our spouses that they are loved based on their performance rather than being loved for who they are.

And, actually, being kind when their behavior is less than what we want is a sure way to get their attention and soften their heart toward change.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  John 13: 34 ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you to give from a heart of love.

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Encourage Your Spouse: Neatness – Is it about Control or Caring? A great post for neatniks (like me).

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The Generous Husband: Let’s Play Explore your sexuality in a safe and fun way.

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One thing I noticed when I traveled was that those in the happier, stronger marriages prayed together. Actually they just prayed a lot whether that was alone, with friends, or with each other.

Prayer as a Lifestyle

If God is the Vine and we are the branches, it stands to reason that those who pay attention to that connection will do well in walking out God’s plans for their lives and marriage.

Grab your guy and ask him to pray with you for two minutes (I believe in starting with baby steps). If he’s not interested grab a notebook and journal your prayers. In a few weeks share the journal with your husband. He might be more willing to pray when he sees how God is answering your prayers.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15: 5  ESV

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Prayer Prompt Ask God to help you and your husband become faithful pray-ers.

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