Wear a Smile

February 23, 2017

in the generous life

A smile. It’s such a small, simple thing, but it says a world of good things. Welcome. Love. Delight. Desire.

Wear a Smile - The prettiest thing you can wear is a smile.

Smile at your sweetie when he enters the room. Smile when you talk over dinner. Smile when you cuddle in bed.

The prettiest thing you can wear is a smile.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help a smile become your default setting.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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Relevant: The Real Abuse at the Heart of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Domestic violence is not sexy.

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Making Sense of Cents: The Power of Meal Planning This simple habit can save you time, money, and sanity.

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MORE DREAMS FOR YOUR BUCKET
(Originally posted February 16, 2014)

I mentioned that Paul and I are making time to go out for coffee and talk.

What’s really interesting is that we are dreaming more. Some of it’s simple stuff (we want to paint the living room), some of it is pie in the sky talk (it would be amazing fun to give away a million dollars) and some of it is long term dreaming (we’re still talking about getting a motor home and traveling a loop through the US).

The upshot of it all is that we feel happier and we are accomplishing baby steps toward our goals.

I encourage y’all to create a bucket list for yourself and also to dream with your man and create a bucket list of things you want to do as a couple. Visit your buckets from time to time, add to your dreams and get serious about your plans (baby steps will get you there).

Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.  Les Brown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband dream dreams and catch a few.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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(in)courage: The Unexpected Blessing of Loving When It’s Hard Sweet must read post.

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Awaken Love: Interruptible Connection is more important.

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A friend at church made a huge double set of bookcases for a lending library. I’m in book heaven!

Over the last couple of years I’ve been collecting books and now folks are donating books. It’s looking pretty good and we have a solid selection of books for folks to borrow.

Books for Your Church - One way to be more marriage supportive.

You have to know I have added a fair number of good marriage books, and books on parenting and finance too (anything that might help a couple).

It’s one relatively easy thing to do to make your church more marriage supportive.

Is this something you could do? Perhaps you could make the suggestion and help collect books if you’re not up to playing librarian.

You are today who you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read. Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help your church fellowship grow in their ability to encourage marriages.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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Kathi Lipp: Undone by the Mundane? For when your heart and your life are overwhelmed.

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Love and Respect: Who Moves First? Touch the heart of God by your obedience.

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When I first started playing with generosity, I didn’t tell my husband. I just started experimenting, first with words and then with little acts of kindness. Eventually he caught on and, being a guy, decided he could out-generous me (competitive much?).

Out-Generous Your Husband - It's good for your heart and good for your marriage.

It’s something of a joke between us, but really it changed our whole marriage. We look for opportunities to serve each other and we enjoy life with a pleasant spouse.

I encourage y’all to out-generous your husband. It’s good for your heart and good for your marriage.

True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations.  Suze Orman

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give you a generous heart.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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Encourage Your Spouse: How to Plan your Evening to Experience a Remarkable Day I’ve looked at this resource a number of times. I might just have to buy and make a plan!

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The Forgiven Wife: Enjoy a Plus-Size Sex Life, Part 1 Thanks, Chris, for being so vulnerable. Amazing post.

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As time passes you and your husband will grow and change.

Love Him for Who He Is Becoming - Make room for change and growth.

Perhaps your values strengthen or you make plans to go back to college because you are hungry to learn. Maybe your husband discovers a new talent or changes his plans for retirement.

Please hold each other lightly. Make room for change and growth (even encourage it at times!).

How lovely it is to have someone to love and be loved by as the seasons pass. Love each other for who you are and who you are becoming.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.  Confucius

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you love your husband through all the seasons of your life.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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When you’re hanging out with the gals, it’s easy to get a bit carried away. Gossip happens. Sometimes you complain about your man or you share personal info that needs to stay personal.

A Simple Guard for Your Tongue - Beat gossip!

An easy way to beat that kind of talk is to only say what you would say if your hubby was sitting right next to you. If nothing else, tell yourself that what you say will be heard later. If you speak highly of him, he’ll be blessed. If you speak poorly of him, he’ll be hurt.

Words don’t sit still. They have legs. Make sure your word will bless not harm.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lordkeep watch over the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you be wise and kind about what you share about your man.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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Life Of Joy: It’s Really About Choice Face and deal with defensiveness.

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Awaken Love: Blindfold Him A fun way to learn and explore.

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Sensual to Sexual

February 17, 2017

in the generous life

Invite your husband to a time of massage that leads to sex.

Sensual to Sexual - Invite your husband to a time of massage that leads to sex.

You can make it a sensual experience just for him or swap massages, but do spend a fair amount of time on the massage before moving to sexual play. You could start something spontaneously (keep a towel and massage oil handy) or go all out with a printed invitation and a comfortable room with soft lighting, music, and nice lotion.

If you have kiddos you will need to send them to grandma’s house for the evening or afternoon. Give yourselves plenty of time.

Massage: You know you knead it!  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you create a time of sensuous pleasure for you and your husband.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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The Art of Simple: You love the person who will use it next Motivation for those mundane or difficult chores.

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The Romantic Vineyard: Great Valentine’s Idea for Less than $12 This would work for any holiday or just because. (I love the mustache!)

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