Valentine Wishes

February 6, 2016

in the generous life

 8 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Winners: (Winners will be contacted by email.)

valentineThe Generous Wife Giveaway: Darcy (4th poster) will receive these Valentine goodies.

Grand Prize: Judith (who commented on The Forgiven Wife) will receive a You & Me game, ID Silk lubricant, Astroglide Strawberry Lubricant, and Bnaughty Wireless Remote Bullet from Married Dance.

Congratulations! Be sure to check The Forgiven Wife and Bonny’s OysterBed7 blogs to see if you won their giveaways.

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Pull your husband aside in a relatively quiet moment and ask him what he wants to do for Valentine’s Day. Let him know clearly what you would like.

Valentine Wishes

Find a way to accommodate both of your wishes. If you can’t do both on Valentine’s Day, not to worry. You can spread your celebration over a couple of days (how fun is that?).

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  Thomas Hood

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband find ways to bless each other over Valentine’s Day.

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The XY Code: Coins in A Bowl A simple way to communicate about sexual desire.

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Unveiled Wife: Notes of Affirmation Take a few moments to create this sweet gift for your husband.

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Peek

February 5, 2016

in the generous life

 9 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Tease your husband with a glimpse of your undies.

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When life gives you curves, flaunt them.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you how to play on your husband’s visual/sexual connection.

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(in)courage: Why You Really Matter For God’s sake, women, let’s stop rejecting ourselves and each other. Jesus loves you and me.

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Lysa TerKeurst: Lord, protect me from the world’s wonky view of love Choose to make your love a little less complicated (and get a free 5-day devotional ~ Praying Boldly for Your Marriage).

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 10 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Spell out a love message with small candies.

Thursday Throwback - Sweet Words

Leave it where your husband will find it (and the kids won’t).

(If your husband is on a diet, use something like peanuts or non-food items like paperclips.)

Candy is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.  Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give you sweet words for your husband.

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The Romantic Vineyard: Trigger Words Of Grace Words can harm or bless. Choose blessing.

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Journey to Surrender: Overcoming Date Night Obstacles with Home Dates They’re easy and economical!

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 11 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Y’all know I go on and on about generosity, kindness, thoughtfulness, and such. I’ve seen the impact of these on my marriage and other relationships. The fruit is s-w-e-e-t (Southern drawl).

The Kindness AntennaeWell, last fall, Julie (of Happy Home Fairy) asked me to read and endorse her new eBook The Kindness Antennae. I was tickled to do so because I so appreciate her blog and gracious, giving attitudes. And a book on kindness, what’s not to love?

I read it in one afternoon (because it was just that good) and I laughed so hard my husband said, “You’re reading the Happy Home Fairy, right?” (What gave it away?)

The only downside was I did not find out until after I read the book that it would not be available for several months. I have had to keep my mouth shut all this time! (I should be compensated with chocolate, I think.)

The upside is, y’all don’t have to wait several months. You can get a copy today!

The Kindness Antennae

The Kindness Antennae is about my heart to inspire moms everywhere to choose kindness in their families and to regularly get in the habit of celebrating opportunities to be kind to others in your world.  Julie Brasington

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you how to be generous, kind, and thoughtful.

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Respect Dare: Are you sabotaging your marriage? Whatever we pay attention to grows.

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The Generous Husband: Stress Reduces Us to Habit What habits crop up when you’re stressed?

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 12 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Recently Paul and I were able to go to the Authentic Intimacy women’s conference put on by Dr. Juli Slattery and Linda Dillow. (Yes, you read that right. Paul went to a women’s conference. It was adorable. He actually emailed them and got permission. We discreetly sat in the back.)

Authentic Intimacy

During the conference Julie said, “The world is discipling us on sexuality.”

I about fell out of my chair. She is so right. So much of what we learn about sex comes from cultural sources. We need more folks teaching about sex from a biblical perspective!

If you can attend an Authentic Intimacy conference, you will hear a lot of biblical truth. It is a one day conference and I was surprised at how much they were able to communicate in only 4 sessions. They did an amazing job.

I have read several of the books Slattery and Dillow have authored and they are solid, biblical helps (I picked up their newest book and will review it shortly). Juli also blogs and does a weekly podcast. All good material.

As an added perk I got to meet Bonny of OysterBed7 (who was attending the conference also). She is as lovely in person as she is on her blog.

Dave, Bonny, Lori, & Paul

Here we are having dinner with our guys. We shared conversation and laughter over great food. (And, yes, we talked shop. It’s an occupational hazard. I only hope we didn’t scar the waitress too badly.) 

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find good marriage building resources.

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Safe at Home: Sometimes We Smell And That’s A Good Thing Will your responses today be a sweet or ugly smell?

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Fierce Marriage: 5 Indispensable Habits for Rock-Solid Communication “Healthy communication is always a dialogue and never a monologue.”

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 13 days until Valentine’s Day! 

I mentioned a week ago I would be a part of a Valentine giveaway with blogging friends. Well, today is the day!

Bonny of Bonny’s OysterBed 7
The Generous Wife (See my giveaway goodies below.)
Chris of The Forgiven Wife

Click on the above links to see the giveaways and enter to win. Do also spend a bit of time reading from the different blogs. These gals pour their hearts out in ministry to others. They are rich with wisdom and encouragement.

To enter to win the giveaway from The Generous Wife please leave a comment to this post sharing a Valentine’s Day idea. (This is a travel day for me, so it may take a bit for your comments to show up if they land in “pending.”)

Contents: 
25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask by Dr. Juli Slattery 
 “kiss bell” 
 6 blank cards
 lots and lots of heart stickers 
 pink sticky notes 
Ghirardelli Valentine’s Impressions Chocolate Squares 
(I told you there would be chocolate.)

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Each marriage blogger will announce a winner for their giveaway this coming Saturday (February 6th) so we can mail giveaways in time for Valentine’s Day.

We will also pick one name from all the giveaway entries for a grand prize ~ which includes a You & Me game, ID Silk lubricant, Astroglide Strawberry Lubricant, and Bnaughty Wireless Remote Bullet

A special thanks to Married Dance for providing our grand prize items.

 

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to grace you with a romantic heart.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day (Maybe You Do Too) Some great ideas plus links to more ideas!

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The Generous Husband: Skill Up your Marriage Get continuing education for your ever changing marriage.

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Break the Loop

January 31, 2016

in the generous life

 14 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Have you ever found yourself going over and over and over and over something negative about your spouse or marriage?

Break the Loop

Break the negative feedback loop by listing those things that are good about your husband and marriage (say them out loud or write out a list).

When you go back to the “negative issue” do so with all those good things in mind.

Put a little balance in your thinking and a little sunshine in your day.

Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.  Bill Meyer

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see your marriage in light of the good things.

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