Be Creative / Simplify

March 6, 2010

in the generous life

From time to time I get an email from someone who feels they don’t have the time to implement many of the tips (it’s especially tough for moms of little ones). Realize that the generous tips are designed to give you a pool of ideas to use. If you cannot do the exact tip, give it a bit of thought to see if you can alter the tip to work for you (some seasons of life require more creativity than others). You don’t have to do all the tips. They are there to inspire you in finding creative ways to bless your husband.

Having a day in the buff with your husband may not be possible, but making the bedroom a no clothes zone might be (hang a robe by the door). Going out to dinner may be nearly impossible, but sharing a late night snack after the kids are down is doable. Take the theme of the tip and see how it can be shaped to work for you.

If you have little ones, I encourage you to develop a set bedtime that is early enough to give you and your husband some couple time in the evening. Swap babysitting with another mom (and those of you with grown children might pray about offering to babysit for a young mother so that she can have some time with her husband, what a precious gift to offer another woman).

The other thing to consider (and this is for all of us) is that, generally speaking, we are all too busy. It may be time to carefully consider your obligations and choices and simplify life a bit so that you have more time for relationships, especially time for your husband. It’s a personal call, but keep in mind that a relationship is generally as strong as the amount of effort and time that you put into it. Nourish your marriage.

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.  Hans Hoffman

Be generous!  Lori <><

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TasJess March 6, 2010 at 3:26 am

I’m a mother of 4 children under the age of 6 who is due to have number 5 in June. Our children are taught not to disturb a closed bedroom door unless for an emergency. We try and clear one evening a week where I will feed the kids fish and chips or something else that they think is a special treat but is really easy for me to prepare, on a quilt in front of the TV then I will put them to bed early and have a special tea with hubby. They think it’s great, and so do we! We also take long drives as a family. Often the kids will go to sleep, but even if they don’t we enjoy our family time and hubby and I can converse relatively interruption free for a while. We enjoy our kids together and we also enjoy each other!

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JoolsMB March 6, 2010 at 3:40 am

Sad to say but I had to giggle at looking after the mums/dads (yes, I’m Australian) with little ones… hey at least the babies go to bed early.. our 16 year old lurks around the house so much that when hubby is home (military family) we don’t get too much alone time anyway.. other than that.. we need to taxi him and the other kids around to various youth events..can I get a babysitter for a teen??

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