Say Something

April 18, 2014

in the generous life

After you and your husband make love, say something that speaks of enjoyment or appreciation.

You bless me.
I love the feel of your skin.
Let’s do that again sometime soon.
Kiss me again.

Sometimes a guy just needs to hear you enjoy sex with him.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.  Proverbs 16:24  ESV

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The Generous Husband: The Bigger Piece of Ham Effect Be the mature one and end the battle.

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Darby Dugger: Being a Praying Wife Change my heart, O Lord.

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Encourage Your Spouse: Saying “I Love You” – What does your spouse need to do? Hmmmmm. Thought provoking.

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Welcome Home

April 17, 2014

in the generous life

When your husband gets home for the day, how does he enter the home? The front door? Through the garage? Through a back gate?

Take the time to make that entrance nice and inviting.

Remove clutter.
Organize any items that need to be there.
Make it a little pretty.

How peaceful and gracious it is to enter the home easily through a neat and pretty entrance. Welcome home.

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, a dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.  Robert Montgomery

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Refine Us: You Can’t Argue Your Way To a Better Relationship Uncommunicated expectations are deadly.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: How to Talk about Sexual Problems with Your Spouse Practical solutions to a tough problem.

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The Forgiven Wife: Missed Connections Gender differences – gotta love ‘em.

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Here’s an idea (especially if your guy has a “receiving gifts” love language) ~ give a weekly gift (perhaps on a theme).

For example:

If your husband loves waffles, declare May to be “Waffle Month” and fix them each Friday night with a different kind of syrup.
If he loves fishing, gift him a different fishing lure each week during fishing season.
If he’s into sports, make goodies and cheer along with him on one game a week for his favorite sport.

The idea is to pick an area of his life that is sweet to him and gift him weekly in that area. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just calls for a bit of creativity.

May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love. L.O. Baird

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Happy Wives Club: The Fastest Way to Overcome Any Misunderstanding (3 Easy Tips) The start of a series by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Good stuff.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Reader Question: How Do You Reset Your Sex Life? Practical wisdom for rebuilding your sex life.

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The Romantic Vineyard: New Tradition: Making Monday A Funday I love the whimsy of this idea.  :)

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Tell the truth.

I know we all see ourselves as basically truthful, but really there are all kinds of ways that error or deceit creep in.

We don’t always get all the facts accurately (sometimes this can’t be helped).
We don’t share all the facts.
We emphasize some facts and down play others.
We don’t share anything at all.
We delay sharing and maybe don’t even get around to it.
We gently color the way we share.
We make the truth sound funny instead of being honest about how serious it is.
We get too busy with other things so we don’t have time to talk.

Please understand I’m not calling any of us pathological liars. We’re just human and who in their right mind enjoys hard subjects and conflict.

The problem is, being truthful is a part of building trust and intimacy. These are pretty significant building blocks in a marriage.

No it won’t always be easy. Be sure to pick a good time for the both of you and speak the truth in love.

So be brave and tell the truth. You can do it.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Ephesians 4:25  ESV

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Too Darn Happy: Being grateful for unanswered prayers Dealing with the yes, no and not yet of prayer.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy: When Your Body Feels Like Your Enemy Love this perspective. What a lovely encouragement.

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Love and Respect: One Simple Way to Improve Your Marriage Shoulder to shoulder. Be the mature one.

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What is your husband’s love language? (There are five – acts of service, physical touch, quality time, receiving gifts, words of affirmation. Don’t know? Have him take the test.)

Plan a few things this week that speak clearly and strongly in his love language.

Love is a verb.  Gary Chapman

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Beginner Beans: Simplifying Home Feeling the Spring cleaning urge? Try this schedule. Nice emphasis on dejunking and simplifying.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy: 30 Fun Ways to Feel Sexy this Spring! Develop a sexier mindset and become more intentional about enjoying sex with your husband.

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I love questions. They open the door to knowing another person and who better to know than your sweetie.

So ask him:

What interesting event have you witnessed?
You have the whole day of with no responsibilities. What will you do?
How many different ways can you kiss? (you can list or demonstrate)   :)
Who is the most courageous person you have ever met?
You look into the mirror and it opens into another world. What does it look like?

Spend time sharing your thoughts as well. It’s a fun thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. (If you don’t like these questions there are plenty more in this free download ~ A Year of Questions for You and Your Spouse)

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. Francis Bacon

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Receipts

April 12, 2014

in the generous life

What do you do with your purchase receipts?

I ask because Paul and I just finished up our taxes (God bless the folks who created Turbo Tax). Each year we get a little better at taming our paper tiger and that, in turn, makes figuring out our taxes easier.

May I suggest putting an envelope in your purse for receipts? You can empty it out occasionally into your financial papers (need to get your papers in order?). Create a folder in your email for online purchase receipts too. It will be a big help when you need to have all your financial ducks in a row for tax time.

It’s a small practical way to help your household.

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The XY Code: Owner’s Manual Not Included You are unique. Help your hubby out.

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Bowling With Ed: Advice on Love from The Princess Bride Love that movie. Love this post.

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Storyline: One Thing That Taught Me How To Be More Present With My Family Stop and look at the dinosaurs.

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