No with a Smile

June 10, 2014

in the generous life

A friend of mine is exploring the concept of boundaries and guarding her marriage.

She says no to offers that would take away from family dinners and her weekly special time with her husband, among other things.

I’ve been very encouraged and inspired by her gracious ability to say no. She states what she can and cannot do and then, if possible, suggests other options. She sounds kind and firm when stating her limits and she doesn’t apologize for her boundaries (time with her hubby and family are important to her).

What parts of your relationship with your husband could use more guarding? Do you need to buy a lock for the bedroom door? Cut back on weeknight activities? Set limits on work you bring home? Turn off your phones at dinner time?

If we are going to avoid becoming casualties, we must have a strategy.  Michael Hyatt


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

A Heart to Know June 10, 2014 at 4:54 am

A little bird mentioned that today is a very special day…

Happy Birthday, Lori – have a most blessed day!


Su June 10, 2014 at 7:05 am

I would like to ask that anyone reading this would please pray for my marriage and for me. Thank you all–Happy Birthday Lori.


A Heart to Know June 10, 2014 at 8:14 am

Praying for you Su — “to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” He loves you!


Lori - The Generous Wife June 10, 2014 at 8:53 am

Thanks for the birthday wishes, gals. Su, praying for you and your man.


Lori Ferguson June 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

Happy Birthday!

May the year ahead be filled with happy surprises, safe adventures, deeper understanding, and miraculous experiences demonstrating The Helper is Greater than every need.

Looking forward to meeting up with you and Paul “on-the-road”!


Chris June 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Happy birthday, Lori! I thank God for you.



Gaye @CalmHealthySexy June 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I was going to say “a little bird told me, ” but I see that line has already been taken! I hope you are having a wonderful birthday, Lori. I appreciate all the things you do to promote strong, healthy marriages.


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