Are you feeling tired and rushed? Is your husband’s face a blurred memory?

Look at what you have to do and push back on a few deadlines, especially the self-imposed ones (where do we get those “have to’s”?).

Do you really have to get all the laundry done by tomorrow? (perhaps just run one load of the most needed items)
Do you really need to get all your errands done today? (try tacking a few of them onto days when you will be out and about anyhow)
Do you really have to have to be at church every time the doors are open? (support, but be sane about your involvement in church activities)

For When You're Tired and Disconnected

Set down what you can so you have time to rest and connect with your man.

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Dr. Brené Brown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you where to rearrange your time and effort to make more room for your marriage.

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Better?

June 18, 2016

in the generous life

How well do you treat your co-workers, friends, strangers on the street, siblings, etc?

How do you treat your husband?

Better?

Do you treat him better?

Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.  Scott Caan

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you put your husband first in your attentions.

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Love Hope Adventure: Be Bold When Initiating No hinting. Speak plainly.

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Unveiled Wife: 101 Awesome Date Ideas For The Pacific North West Even if you don’t live in the Northwest, you can learn from her date ideas. Your area has some great things worth exploring too!

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I have a good friend that works as a massage therapist. The other day she gifted me with a massage.

Oh.My.Gosh. It was like taking a day off, playing in the sprinklers, and eating chocolate all rolled into one.

Touch is so affirming. It heals and soothes. I was so relaxed I slid off the massage table and imitated jello most of the afternoon.

All this to say, touch your man frequently.

The Blessing of Touch

Rub his shoulders, pat him as you walk by, and give him lots of hugs. Or, pull out the stops, and give him an all over massage.

When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions.  Jane Harrington

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you opportunities to bless your man with touch.

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(in)courage: Now You’re Speaking My {Love} Language It pays to speak his language.

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Little Inconveniences
(originally posted June 12, 2013)

We have a single driveway at our house (we bought an older home). We created a small parking pad next to the drive way for our son’s truck (when he used to live with us). Well, now that he’s moved out he typically pulls up behind our car in the driveway when he visits. Love the visits. Not so much the parking job.

It’s not a big deal. You ask him to move his car and he’s happy to do so. It would just be more convenient if he parked in the other spot.

Little Inconveniences

Life has a lot of those little inconvenient things going on. Why not ask your husband if there is anything you can do to be more convenient for him. And, at a good time and in a kind way, ask for his help over the things that are an inconvenience to you. Get practical and create some workarounds.

I figure it’s a good thing to reduce the friction in your lives.

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for practical workarounds where there is inconvenience in your day to day lives.

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Michael Hyatt: Why You Aren’t Dead Yet You haven’t completed what you were put on earth to do!

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The Confident Mom: Simple Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids Would be fun to do with husbands too.

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Together

June 15, 2016

in the generous life

When faced with a significant decision, do invite your husband into the thinking process and eventual choice.

Significant choices make for significant changes. It will affect your husband eventually even if the choice is about you and your time. You’re a team and share a life.

Together

As a kindness and a courtesy ask for his input.

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.  Margaret Carty

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband team up when faced with tough decisions.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: How Do I Help My Struggling Husband? Be a safe place for him.

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Journey to Surrender: 10 Ways to Feed Your Soul It’s important to take care of yourself too!

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A Safe Place

June 14, 2016

in the generous life

I’ve been thinking about respect lately.

A part of respect is honoring the way another person is designed.

You don’t have to be like them (we should all be the lovely individuals we are designed to be). You just need to make room for them to express their unique design.

A Safe Place

In a similar fashion, a part of respecting someone is honoring their beliefs and ideas.

You don’t need to agree with them, just make room for them to express their thoughts without fussiness or harsh judgement. (You’re free to express your own beliefs and ideas as well.)

I have a friend that is fairly liberal in a political sense. She is married to a man who is far more conservative. They have lively discussions and have agreed not to put political signs in their yard (they don’t want to confuse their neighbors).

This kind of respect helps to create a safe place for sharing in your marriage. You and your spouse are free to be yourselves and explore what God has for you. 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Ephesians 2: 10  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for the ability to appreciate your husband’s unique design and calling.

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Life Of Joy: Individual Happiness It’s your choice.

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Stupendous Marriage: Sometimes You Should Tell Old Stories Reminisce and connect.

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I’ve fallen behind in sharing about all the bloggers we meet along the way, so this is my catch up post. Do follow the links and check out the blogs. There is a lot of blogging wealth out there and some of it may be just right for you.

Elaine, Jerry, Lori & PaulJerry & Elaine (Cracking the Marriage Code)

Bless Jerry for helping Paul fix our RV pop-out (it was damaged when a tire threw its tread). He also speaks and writes about marriage (a multi-talented guy). We had a lovely time with Jerry and his wife eating, talking, laughing, and they introduced us to a new term – “vacation dinner” (ice cream).

Re’, Cheryl, James and Janet Re’ & Cheryl (I ♥ My Marriage) and James & Janet (Sex in Marriage)
(I’m so bummed the photos didn’t turn out, but here’s a doodle fix.)

We met up near Lancaster, PA, ate too much at an amazing Smorgasbord, shared our stories, talked marriage, and wandered around the local shops. Knit hearts and lots of ideas shared.

Doug, Chris, Paul, & LoriChris & Doug (The Forgiven Wife)

Chris and hubby (aka “Big Guy”) met us at a local place offering a fish fry (we were also introduced to fried cheese curds, sounds weird, but surprisingly yummy). It was lovely to turn a long time online friend into a face-to-face friend. There was also some interesting talk about how to build marriage ministry into small and middle sized churches.

Jim, Ruth, Lori & Paul

Ruth & Jim (Awaken Love) and ministry partner, Melanie

MelanieI was able to attend one of the women’s classes (taught by Melanie) and Paul was able to attend one of the men’s (taught by Ruth and Jim). We were delighted with the material and even more delighted to find there will be a way to watch the classes by video online very soon (I’ll be sure to post when they come available).

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.  Abigail Adams

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find marriage resources that will challenge you to grow.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Why Sex Should Be Hot, Holy, and Humorous Get Julie’s new book!

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Erika Dawson: Simple At-Home Dates You’ll Actually Use and Out-of-the-Box Dates You’ll Actually USE for Date Night OUT Date night fun ~ in or out.

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