When was the last time you and your husband showered together?

A little skin on skin is a good thing.

My beloved is mine, and I am his.  Song of Songs 2:16a ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Pray for quiet moments of connection in your marriage.

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The Forgiven Wife: What’s on Your Spreadsheet? Some great reasons to track your sex life.

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Do Not Disturb: The Mid-Summer Marriage Amusement Ride There’s still time to play.

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A part of growing your relationship involves conversation.

It’s OK to talk about work or the kids, but if you want to have a relationship that lasts a life time, it’s helpful to be able to talk about a variety of topics. You need to create a verbal world that reflects your interests and passions as individuals and as a couple.

It can take a bit of work to build the habit, but try to keep an eye/ear out for things that might be of interest to your husband. Also be ready to share about the things that are important or of interest to you. 

For me that sounds like:

My daisies are blooming (Paul likes my garden).
Did you see that blog post about [whatever]?
I’m really enjoying this new book. It said …
Wow! You really do have a lot of zombie pig men.
       (yes, I did say zombie pig men – Minecraft, need I say more?).
I just finished a new tile and uploaded it to all things tangled. What do you think?.

Some seasons are harder than others, but you can talk about things that are of interest to you both and keep your relationship fresh.

Each person’s life is lived as a series of conversations.  Deborah Tannen

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to grow the friendship part of your marriage.

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Intimacy in Marriage: A Talk I Did About Sex… Julie shares her personal story. Click and listen.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Setting Healthy Boundaries: Boundaries are Biblical! God’s will is that we look more and more like Christ.

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On the Road

July 22, 2014

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What does your husband use the car for? To go to work? To head for the basketball court? To go on a date with you?

Make sure that the car is packed with those things that will make his road trips easy. Certainly you need a handful of tools and some FixItFlat, but what about an oops box, a change of clothes, or a bit of cash for the unexpected. You might even consider packing in a couple of Go Bags (perhaps for picnics or an overnight getaway).

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.  Fitzhugh Mullan

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Prayer Prompt  Pray for physical safety on the road for both of you.

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Unveiled Wife: Master Bedroom Bliss Retake your bedroom.

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The XY Code: Is It Okay for Him to Have a Need You Don’t Have? Is it okay for him to want some things more than you want them, while wanting others less than you do?

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Several folks asked for a list of the 30 Day Prayer Challenge prompts. Here it is.

Spending time praying for my marriage everyday has changed me. I’m softer toward my husband. I’m more generous (you know that had to show up). In the everyday of life, I remember to pray more often. I find I’m more concerned about my other relationships too.

I’d like to continue with the daily prayer prompts. I’m not sure if it’s going to work long term (coming up with 365 prayer prompts a year is surely going to be a challenge), but I’m going to give it a try.

I love having something to pray about each day for my marriage (and usually for a few others too).

Every time I have had a breakthrough in my life, it has been because of prayer.  John Maxwell

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Day 30 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God to give you both a heart for prayer. Spending time with Him changes you for the good and so many people (and their marriages) need prayer.  You made it! 30 Days of Prayer!

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Of the Hearth: Choosing to Find Your Spouse Attractive Lovely perspective.

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Happy Wives Club: 5 Simple Ways to Prioritize Your Marriage (even in busy times) Oooh, I like this post.

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Refreshment

July 20, 2014

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What refreshes your husband?

A little alone time? The company of friends? Making love with you? Working in his wood shop?

Make room for whatever it is the revitalizes your man.

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.  Kahlil Gibran

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Day 29 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge Pray for the ability to stop and rest, individually and as a couple.

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When your husband shares an idea or perspective, be sure to consider it well.

Even if you end up disagreeing or decide on something else, take your time to hear him and consider his perspectives. Being quickly dismissed is pretty hurtful. Being considered well shows care and respect.

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.  Henry David Thoreau

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Day 28 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God to help you both know when to speak and when to listen.

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Unclutterer: Being organized makes life easier Take some of the hassle out of life.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Romance Infused with the Gospel Great encouragement from guest author Debi Walter of The Romantic Vineyard.

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Do you journal?

If you do, why not make it a habit to write down 1-3 things about your husband that you appreciate. It’s a small thing to add to your time of writing and introspection, but it’s impact on your heart and marriage can be amazing. (Be sure to voice some of what you write. We all need to hear words of blessing.)

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.  Margaret Cousins

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Day 27 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge Pray for your words (yours and his). Pray that you would speak words of blessing, encouragement and healing.

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The Art of Simple: How generous are you, really? Neat, neat article about living generously.

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