Grab a pretty journal (not too pretty because you will be sharing it with your man) and begin to write.

Write what you are thinking about or what you are praying for. Write down quotes that inspire you or the good parts from books you are reading.

Words from the Heart - Share a journal.

Invite your husband to pick it up to read and also to add to the pages. 

In time it will be a lovely collection of things shared from the heart.

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.  Carol Burnett

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband find creative ways to share what’s on your heart and mind.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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Making Sense of Cents: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others and Live Your Own Life Be unique.

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We are THAT Family: The Heart of Marriage Move closer to God. Move closer to your husband.

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♥ ♥ ♥ It’s the day after Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

THE DAY AFTER
(Originally posted February 15, 2014.)

Your husband is still special today!

I think it’s great to celebrate holidays, but if those are the only days we treat our husbands like they are special, then our holiday attention will seem a bit hollow.

The Day After - He's still special!

I encourage y’all to look for ways to communicate your love on Fridays, vacation days, busy days, rainy days, Tuesdays, and any other day of the year. Our husbands are special every day.

(Don’t forget to take advantage of after Valentine’s Day sales. There are romantic cards, candles, and red lingerie to be found at discounted prices. All great for year round celebrating.)

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.  Gretchin Rubin

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you romance your man every day.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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The Art of Simple: Valentine’s mailboxes for the family This would be a great all-year-long thing for couples. Pick up a couple of mailboxes in the after Valentine’s Day sales.

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Kathi Lipp: Couch Time: Reconnecting with Your Husband is Vital Paul and I did this during our parenting years. We had a love seat in our bedroom just for talk time.  

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I Heart My Husband

February 14, 2017

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♥ ♥ ♥ It’s Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

Look for opportunities to shape food items into hearts.

I Heart My Husband - A heart here, a heart there.

Cut his sandwich into a heart. Make heart-shaped pancakes. Shape his mashed potatoes into a heart. Heart shaped cookies?

It’s a simple thing, but it’s a sweet reminder that he has your heart.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  Thornton Wilder

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you communicate your love to your husband.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: How Do You Practically Improve and Grow a Marriage? The change is in the doing! Baby step by baby step.

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Sex Chat for Christian Wives: A Podcast for Your Marriage Bed Listen to their first podcast!

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♥ ♥ ♥ It’s the day before Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and your husband is likely to do a little something for you.

That may or may not be a good thing.  :)

His Valentine Gift of Love - It's an expression of his love.

Gifts might be silly or awkward or not what you expected. Cards may carry the “wrong” message. You may not get what you want or get to do what you want.

But is that a reflection of lack of love?

Probably not. It’s more likely a lack of understanding or he’s speaking his own language of love … and not yours.

Please receive his gifts graciously, as they come from his heart. His gifts, cards, and flowers are an expression of his love for you and he wants to please you. To disdain his gifts is to disdain his love.

At a later date (and from time to time) talk to him about gifts and what you like. You want to learn his language and teach your language. This will take time, practice, and a fair amount of trial and error.

In the mean time, enjoy the day. Give your man a kiss and do your best to communicate love in a way he will understand.

You are talking to a gal who received a stuffed red orangutan that sang, “Wild thing, you make my heart sing!”   Lori Byerly

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband understand each other’s language of love.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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The XY Code: A Man’s Need for Adventure Encourage his sense of adventure.

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Kathi Lipp: How to Date Your Husband Without Leaving the House Some inexpensive ideas for couple time at home.

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Weekly Wrap Up

February 12, 2017

in the generous life

♥ ♥ ♥ 2 days until Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

I was listening to a podcast from 48days.com ~ Grow your business with only 15 hours a week.

It was (obviously) a very business-y kind of message, but when Dan Miller shared a weekly wrap up concept from Michael McGreevy, I saw it as a marriage tool.

McGreevy weekly tackles these questions/statements as a way of gauging his efforts in business each week.

What obstacles did I face?
What success did I have (what was the main cause of this success)?
I’m thankful for …
What did I learn?

Weekly Wrap Up - Try this marriage tool.

I wonder what we would learn about ourselves if we did the same over our marriages? Here are my answers for this last week.

 Obstacles – my own wounds and poor communication when I’m hurt.
 Success – I finally was able to talk about why I hurt. (I took the time to calm down, think it through, and looked for a good time to talk it out with my man.)
I’m thankful for a husband who has joined me in the journey of growing up and dealing with our stuff.
 I’m human. (Actually I already knew that, but it’s good to own it and let God and hubby love me anyhow.)

Try it out.

I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them in faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear. Renee Swope

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you face up to problems and work for healing and growth.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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A Quick Clean Up

February 11, 2017

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♥ ♥ ♥ 3 days until Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

Try this on those days when your bedroom looks more like a mess than a love nest.

A Quick Clean Up - From mess to love nest.

 Grab a laundry basket and tuck it by the door of your bedroom (as you come across items that don’t belong in the bedroom, tuck them in the basket).
 Make your bed.
 Put away all clothes (closet, drawers, hamper).
 Gather and toss all trash.
 Put away anything left.
 Put laundry basket just outside your bedroom.

Look around. Your bedroom will be close to neat by now. If you have the time and energy you can dust and vacuum. On your way out, grab the laundry basket and put away non-bedroom items.)

Why can’t the house clean itself? It seems to get dirty by itself!  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you keep your bedroom neat so you and your husband have a nice place to get away.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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I’m an Organizing Junkie: Using Trays to Keep Your Home Beautifully Organized A simple way to corral clutter.

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Gary Thomas: Forsaking All Others He’s number one.

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♥ ♥ ♥ 4 days until Valentine’s Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

I think it’s a healthy thing to be able to ask plainly for what you want and need. This includes asking for sex. However, it can feel less than romantic to always ask for sex in a few straightforward words. A little creativity and finesse can be a good thing.

For the fun of it, pick a household item to signal you are interested in a little bedroom play. Make sure he knows what it means and use it from time to time to signal your desire for physical intimacy.

Signal Your Interest - Time for a little bedroom play!

You could light a candle in front of him and take off your top. Or you could find a small, cute pillow and tuck it on the bed. Make a point of tossing it at him and then pull back the sheets. If he seems uncertain, speak plainly about what you want. After a few times he’ll make the connection.

Another interesting communication tool is Coins in a Bowl.

Keep the fire lit in your marriage and your life will be filled with warmth. Fawn Weaver

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Prayer Prompt  Ask god to help you and your husband be creative and yet plain about your sexual needs.

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This Month’s Marriage Challenge  Bless your husband with small acts of kindness and generosity.

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(in)courage: Craving Connection Challenge: Week 1 Get a glimpse into their new book. If you considered buying it when I recently reviewed it, here’s another chance to examine it.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Why I’m Chasing My Husband this Valentine’s Day Your spouse matters!

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