2 days until Valentine’s Day! 

affiliate link: Surprised by the HealerAwhile back I mentioned the Authentic Intimacy conference and Linda Dillow and Dr. Julie Slattery’s new book.

Well, I just finished the book and it’s amazing.

Surprised by the Healer is a collection of stories from women struggling with various sexual issues (promiscuity, mommy porn, sexual abuse, bad sexual messages, and more). These gals met up with Jehovah Rapha (the Lord that heals) and their lives were forever changed.

The stories are shared by married and single gals. The words are raw and bleeding, painful to read at times. But then there is the lovely surprise as the Healer gets to work in their lives and they experience the joy of freedom.

The book also includes a 10-week study which means it perfect for personal or small group study and discussion.

Surprised by the Healer
Buy a copy today. Goodness, buy several and share with your friends.

Please, please don’t stay in your brokenness. Jehovah Rapha invites you to heal. He is waiting to surprise you.  Dr. Juli Slattery

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you heal and grow where you have sexual struggles.

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The XY Code: Honesty Without Anger Take anger out of the equation.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: 4 Ways to Love Your Husband When He’s Being Unlovable Funny, sweet (and true) guest post from Joy McMillan. 

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 3 days until Valentine’s Day! 

From The Generous Wife archive:

My husband and I were eating in a restaurant last night.  At one point, I looked up to see an older man with a young child in his arms.  There was such delight on his face.  I said to Paul, “Now there’s a grandpa.”  It was so sweet.

Throwback Thursday - Delight in Him

When you look at your husband, does he see delight on your face?

For some of you, yes. For others, this is a painful question. This is actually one of my red flag questions. When I start looking at my husband without delight, something’s wrong and I need to evaluate and make changes.

If you’re struggling to delight in your husband, remember those times in the past where you did and perhaps look at him through the eyes of memory. What can you do to rebuild what you once had? What did you do together that was so enjoyable? Ask God to show you how to delight in your husband.  

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.  Song of Songs 2:3 NIV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you delight in your husband.

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(in)courage: How to Keep a Clean Enough House Small sane routines will get you there.

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Bonny’s OysterBed7: DIY Edible Body Art Go ahead and start a little silly, fun (and yummy!) sexual play.

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Pop the Question

February 10, 2016

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 4 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Ask your spouse a few romantic/sexy questions. 

Pop the Question

If you need help, here are a few from the free download A Year of Questions for You and Your Spouse.

What is the most romantic thing your spouse has done for you?
How many different ways can you kiss? (you can list or demonstrate) 
What is your happiest memory that includes your spouse?
What does your spouse wear that you find sexy?
What is your favorite way to flirt with your spouse?
What made you fall in love with your spouse?

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you continue to be a student of your spouse.

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Unveiled Wife: 3 Things I Am Doing For My Husband Leading Up To Valentine’s Day I love her practical efforts to rebuild expressions of affection.

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Intimacy in Marriage: Need a Few Drinks to Get in the Mood for Sex? When alcohol and sex are not a good mix.

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Neat and Pretty

February 9, 2016

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 5 days until Valentine’s Day! 

If you haven’t taken the time this year to dejunk and pretty up your bedroom, now would be a good time to do so.

Neat and Pretty

Make your bedroom Valentine’s Day ready.

My bedroom is my sanctuary. It’s like a refuge … Vera Wang

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Prayer Prompt Ask God to help you make your bedroom a pretty place for rest and intimacy.

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Becoming His Eve: 5 Ways to Flirt Spark a little romance.

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Marriage 4:29: Dancing For My Husband: Finding My Inner Sexy Sweet story from a gal whose husband is still wearing a smile.

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On the Double

February 8, 2016

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 6 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Who are your marriage-friendly friends?

On the Double

Invite them out on a double date. You’ll get to enjoy the company of friends with a marriage-friendly bonus.

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.  Henry Fonda

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband be marriage-friendly friends.

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Of the Hearth: 15 Ways to Demonstrate Love to Your Husband A great list of practical ways to love on your man.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: How a Simple To-Do List Can Revitalize Your Sex Life A help for busy-minded gals.

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Join Me in Prayer

February 7, 2016

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 7 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Time for a cyber prayer meeting!

Please pause wherever you are and pray with me for the marriages represented by The Generous Wife list.

Join Me in Prayer

Ask God to bless other marriages with the blessings you want for your marriage and, as a theme, this month please pray for each couple’s emotional and physical intimacy.

If you have any personal prayer requests, feel free to leave them as a comment to this post (this is a public forum, so please be discreet and kind).

All good is born in prayer, and all good springs from it.  Charles Spurgeon 

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to grow the marriages of generous wives everywhere.

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Gary Thomas: The Most Untapped Source in Marriage Make time to meet with God.

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Valentine Wishes

February 6, 2016

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 8 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Winners: (Winners will be contacted by email.)

valentineThe Generous Wife Giveaway: Darcy (4th poster) will receive these Valentine goodies.

Grand Prize: Judith (who commented on The Forgiven Wife) will receive a You & Me game, ID Silk lubricant, Astroglide Strawberry Lubricant, and Bnaughty Wireless Remote Bullet from Married Dance.

Congratulations! Be sure to check The Forgiven Wife and Bonny’s OysterBed7 blogs to see if you won their giveaways.

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Pull your husband aside in a relatively quiet moment and ask him what he wants to do for Valentine’s Day. Let him know clearly what you would like.

Valentine Wishes

Find a way to accommodate both of your wishes. If you can’t do both on Valentine’s Day, not to worry. You can spread your celebration over a couple of days (how fun is that?).

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  Thomas Hood

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband find ways to bless each other over Valentine’s Day.

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The XY Code: Coins in A Bowl A simple way to communicate about sexual desire.

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Unveiled Wife: Notes of Affirmation Take a few moments to create this sweet gift for your husband.

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