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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Grab a pretty journal (not too pretty because you will be sharing it with your man) and begin to write.

Write what you are thinking about or what you are praying for. Write down quotes that inspire you or the good parts from books you are reading.

Words from the Heart - Share a journal.

Invite your husband to pick it up to read and also to add to the pages. 

In time it will be a lovely collection of things shared from the heart.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.  Carol Burnett

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband find creative ways to share what’s on your heart and mind.

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

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Making Sense of Cents: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Live Your Own Life Be unique.

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We are THAT Family: The Heart of Marriage Move closer to God. Move closer to your husband.

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♥ ♥ ♥ It’s the day after Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

THE DAY AFTER
(Originally posted February 15, 2014.)

Your husband is still special today!

I think it’s great to celebrate holidays, but if those are the only days we treat our husbands like they are special, then our holiday attention will seem a bit hollow.

The Day After - He's still special!

I encourage y’all to look for ways to communicate your love on Fridays, vacation days, busy days, rainy days, Tuesdays, and any other day of the year. Our husbands are special every day.

(Don’t forget to take advantage of after Valentine’s Day sales. There are romantic cards, candles, and red lingerie to be found at discounted prices. All great for year round celebrating.)

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.  Gretchin Rubin

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you romance your man every day.

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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: Valentine’s mailboxes for the family This would be a great all-year-long thing for couples. Pick up a couple of mailboxes in the after Valentine’s Day sales.

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Kathi Lipp: Couch Time: Reconnecting with Your Husband is Vital Paul and I did this during our parenting years. We had a love seat in our bedroom just for talk time.  

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I Heart My Husband

February 14, 2017

in the generous life

♥ ♥ ♥ It’s Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

Look for opportunities to shape food items into hearts.

I Heart My Husband - A heart here, a heart there.

Cut his sandwich into a heart. Make heart-shaped pancakes. Shape his mashed potatoes into a heart. Heart shaped cookies?

It’s a simple thing, but it’s a sweet reminder that he has your heart.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  Thornton Wilder

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you communicate your love to 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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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: How Do You Practically Improve and Grow a Marriage? The change is in the doing! Baby step by baby step.

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Sex Chat for Christian Wives: A Podcast for Your Marriage Bed Listen to their first podcast!

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♥ ♥ ♥ It’s the day before Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and your husband is likely to do a little something for you.

That may or may not be a good thing.  :)

His Valentine Gift of Love - It's an expression of his love.

Gifts might be silly or awkward or not what you expected. Cards may carry the “wrong” message. You may not get what you want or get to do what you want.

But is that a reflection of lack of love?

Probably not. It’s more likely a lack of understanding or he’s speaking his own language of love … and not yours.

Please receive his gifts graciously, as they come from his heart. His gifts, cards, and flowers are an expression of his love for you and he wants to please you. To disdain his gifts is to disdain his love.

At a later date (and from time to time) talk to him about gifts and what you like. You want to learn his language and teach your language. This will take time, practice, and a fair amount of trial and error.

In the mean time, enjoy the day. Give your man a kiss and do your best to communicate love in a way he will understand.

You are talking to a gal who received a stuffed red orangutan that sang, “Wild thing, you make my heart sing!”   Lori Byerly

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband understand each other’s language of love.

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

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The XY Code: A Man’s Need for Adventure Encourage his sense of adventure.

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Kathi Lipp: How to Date Your Husband Without Leaving the House Some inexpensive ideas for couple time at home.

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