Got a decision to make? What would bless your husband most?

Go with it. (Let generosity transform your marriage.)

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.  Proverbs 11:25  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to soften your heart toward your husband (and the desires of his heart).

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Essentials

September 6, 2014

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What personal or household items are important to your husband?

his favorite shampoo?
paperclips? (this is one of mine)
his favorite chips?
batteries?

Make those items a regular on your shopping list and be sure to keep extras on hand.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:4  ESV

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

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The Confident Mom: Do You Have a Life Verse? ‘Cause we all need a little encouragement.

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Journey to Surrender: Pump Up the Passion (Part 3) – Playfulness Be purposeful about playfulness.

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Take a Moment

September 5, 2014

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Feeling angry and frustrated?

That’s probably the worst time to have a serious conversation with the hubbie man.

Now anger is not wrong, but it can cloud your ability to think clearly and speak kindly/respectfully. Take the time to calm down, pray, gather your thoughts and then have that talk with your man.

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you calm down and trust in Him to work in and through your life. Pray for kind words and clarity to speak well and make wise decisions.

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Storyline: Why It Doesn’t Matter How You Feel About Your Friends (and husband too!) What matters is if they know it.

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In Praise of Games

September 4, 2014

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Yesterday I mentioned playing games at your kitchen table and linked to a page of recommended games.

Not everyone is into games, but there are so many kinds of games there are usually at least one or two that most everyone can play and enjoy.

Games are great for couple time and for evenings with friends. They can be educational, deeply challenging, or easy enough for conversation to flow. And with the holidays just around the corner, consider cleaning up your game closet so you’re ready for a little holiday fun. (Games make great gifts too!)

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. Michael Jordan

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you create an atmosphere in your home where play is welcome.

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Messy Marriage: 12 Ways We Push Our Spouses Away This is one of those posts where you need to settle in with God and let Him show you what’s going on in your heart.

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Unveiled Wife: I Didn’t Want My Husband Anymore Battling the emotional affair.

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Clear It All Off

September 3, 2014

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Clean off your kitchen table (I do realize this is easier for some than others – I’m a crafter and I was a homeschooling mom, so I know).

The kitchen table can be a place of connection.

conversation over coffee
a game of Scrabble (here’s a list of favorite games)
laughter with friends over a potluck meal
a late night snack with your hubbie man

It may take a few creative ideas to keep your kitchen table regularly clear, but you’ll be giving your sweetie (family & friends too) the gift of connection. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use the table for sewing projects, school work, etc., just have a plan for returning the table to clean and orderly.

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to make your kitchen table a special place of connection (especially for you and your man).

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy.: Ask for the Things You Need I love this practical advice.

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Becoming His Eve: Labor of Love: 15 Last-Minute Romance Ideas Good for any day of the year.

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We have raspberry bushes … lots of raspberry bushes. We have bags and bags of raspberries in the freezer (the good news), but raspberry bushes are known for sending up numerous shoots and making a lot of work if you want to keep your garden neat and tidy (the challenging news).

Sort of like life and marriage. Obligations, opportunities and whatnot spring up everywhere. It takes thoughtful work to keep your life and marriage on track.

Enjoy the good, stay aware of the challenge of staying focused on the important stuff. Do you have too much going on? What’s really important? Practice saying “yes” and “no”. Use appropriately to keep your life/marriage garden neat and functional.

In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Dr. Kathleen Hall

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Prayer Prompt Pray for the courage to say “no” when you need to and for the wisdom to say “yes” when it’s important.

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Fierce Marriage: Is Social Media Causing Sin In Your Marriage? A balanced perspective and some great questions.

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The Forgiven Wife: How Do You Eat an Elephant? Facing the hard work of change.

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Try a Picture

September 1, 2014

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When you’re struggling to communicate with your husband, try to create a word picture to explain your thoughts.

Is your husband into soccer? Can you explain your thoughts using the game as a framework for his understanding?

Does he love gardening or fixing cars or jogging? Think of the different parts of his life and see if you can come up with a word picture that he can identify with that will help you explain your thoughts and perspectives.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you grow your communication skills.

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Marriage Gems: Think of your sweetie, and boost your mood A positive impact on your body chemistry.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: 3 More Great Bible Stories about Sex More stories that teach us something important about God’s gift of sexuality to marriage.

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