♥ ♥ ♥ 19 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

As you can see by the countdown, we are getting closer and closer to Valentine’s Day.

I enjoyed the Christmas stocking giveaway in December and thought it might be fun to do something similar for Valentine’s Day. So I talked to a few blogging friends and a couple of them agreed to do a giveaway with me. We’ll start our giveaways a week from today, so be sure to check next Monday’s post for links to enter the different giveaways.

There will also be a grand prize! We’ll gather up all the entries from all the giveaways and someone will win goodies from Married Dance, a Christian friendly sex toy store. (Foreplay in a Row game, Emotion Lotion flavored warming lotion, and a LAmour bullet vibrator)

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And, of course, there will be chocolate (you can’t have a Valentine’s Day giveaway without chocolate!).

Without Valentine’s Day, February would be… well, January.  Jim Gaffigan

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God how you can romance your man for Valentine’s Day.

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All In: The Best Marriage Advice Ever Crazy good points found in the story of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana.

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The Generous Husband: A Future Not Written by Your Past The odds are the problems are not about your marriage.

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Team Up

January 25, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 20 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

Jesus talked about prayer many times. He expects us to talk to Him, to ask Him for what we need and, seriously, I’m thinking that prayers for your marriage make Him smile.

With that in mind, having a prayer partner (or two) for your marriage is a great thing. It also makes it easier to remember to pray because you can remind each other just by being there for each other.

One of my favorite things to do is meet weekly for coffee, talk and prayer. If that’s not possible you can connect by phone or email. You could even pick a time (set a daily alarm) to pray for each other’s marriages.

There are any number of ways to connect and pray. Pick one and do it regularly.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  Philippians 4:6 ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for a marriage prayer partner or two (or thank Him for the one(s) you have).

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♥ ♥ ♥ 21 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
look for an opportunity to practically serve your husband.

 
Today is National Compliment Day!

Be sure to say something nice to your man.

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

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you about generosity in relation to your words.

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Love and Respect: Do You Ask Or Tell Your Spouse What To Do? Amazing good advice.

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The Generous Husband: Baby Steps and Small Beginnings Oh, yeah. Baby steps will get you there.

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Splish Splash

January 23, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 22 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
look for an opportunity to practically serve your husband.

 
Shower time can offer a number of opportunities for intimacy with your man.

You can invite your husband to join you in the shower, give him a little show on your way in or out of the shower, or you can baby him a bit when he steps out of the shower. And you can work within your comfort zone or stretch yourself a bit.

Save water. Shower together.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for creative shower time ideas that will work for you and your husband.

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Of The Hearth: Marriage Check-In Questions Great questions! I’m going to print them out for discussion with hubbie.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Sexual Positions for Pregnancy, or “My Belly’s In the Way!” Some options for that time when your tummy comes between the two of you.

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Dream On

January 22, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 26 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
look for an opportunity to practically serve your husband.

 
(Sorry, yesterday’s images did not come through by email or RSS. Here are links to the Pinterest pins for Valentine bookmarks. thumbprint bookmark calendar bookmark)

From The Generous Wife archive:

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 in your dreaming and planning.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy.: Make One Simple Change to Improve Your Marriage A simple 30 day challenge that could reap great results!

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Life Of Joy: Anniversary Date Night & Laughter What a cool way to celebrate your anniversary.  :)

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On the Same Page

January 21, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 24 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
look for an opportunity to practically serve your husband.

 
Well, I’m feeling a bit crafty this week. How about a romantic bookmark for Valentine’s Day?

   

If these aren’t quite what you’re looking for, Pinterest has a bazillion ideas

There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.  Charles Dickens

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for ideas for little ways to bless your man.

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Intimacy in Marriage: 9 Things I Would Say About Sex if I Had No Filter   :)

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The XY Code: This Blog As a Conversation Starter Use this or any blog to share and connect with your sweetie.

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A Play on Words

January 20, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 25 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

This Week’s Marriage Challenge: Every day this week,
look for an opportunity to practically serve your husband.

 
I love those little magnetic words available in tins. They’re great for leaving love notes on the fridge or slightly warmer notes someplace in the bedroom (a dressed up cookie sheet as wall art would work).

   

(Look for something like this in the February giveaway contest!)

If buying something like this is a bit pricey or you’re just feeling creative, you can always make your own (I like this gal’s use of magazine words).

You can stroke people with words.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you how to love your husband with your words.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Why Try More than One Sexual Position A little variety can enhance the experience, physically and emotionally, for both of you.

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The Forgiven Wife: A Shaded View of Romance Perspectives on romance novels and the upcoming movie Shades of Grey.

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