Keep Your Word

March 16, 2015

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From The Generous Wife archive:

How good is your word?

Do you do what you say you will do, or do you find excuses for why you did not? Do you fulfill your words in a timely way or does it get done … whenever?

When you don’t follow through, you put a dink in your credibility. Aside from harming your reputation, in the long run it damages the trust in your relationships, especially your marriage relationship.

So keep your word and keep your husband’s trust.

Yes, keeping your word is sometimes difficult, expensive, and inconvenient. But the cost of not doing so is even more expensive.  Michael Hyatt

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you pay attention to what you say and to keep your word.

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Respect Dare: Are You Causing Problems in Your Marriage? Do watch the video and rethink how you approach your husband for change.

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The Little Things We Do: On Choosing My Husband Daily “It is the little things that matter most and add up to true happiness in a marriage.”

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We all have our struggles (and many of them play out in our marriages).

One of the best tools for dealing with tough thought patterns and negative emotions is scripture. It’s truth and God wants us to know it. It can set us free.

 … and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 ESV

Write out what you struggle with specifically and then find verses that speak to those issues. Write the verses down too and leave them where you can find them easily (or memorize them). When you’re having a rough day, just grab your list and ask God to help you believe Him and His Word.

You (and your marriage) will be the better for it. Hubbies have been known to smile too.

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 NIV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find scriptures that will help you in your personal struggles.

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We have received 41% of our $15,000 goal in the Send Us Out with a Cup of Coffee fundraiser (from 169 donors). Thanks, y’all,  for your generous support. You can follow the adventure on The Generous Journey.

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Cleaning House

March 14, 2015

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Yesterday I cleaned my house.

I swept up enough dog hair to create another dog, wiped down counters that had several days worth of hmmm (not sure what) and moved/sorted a few piles of paper (so much for my new paperwork system, back to the drawing board).

When it was all clean and shiny again it felt so good. It felt calmer and nicer.

My husband doesn’t register mess the way I do, but I do know that it effects him on some level. When the house is clean the whole atmosphere of the home settles and we smile more.

Cleaning house is not exciting work, but the rewards are pretty good.

Make time to regularly clean your home, especially those areas that affect your sweetie.

Cleaning and organizing is a practice, not a project. Meagan Francis

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you create housekeeping habits that work for you and your family.

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The Romantic Vineyard: Survey Invitation For The Effects Of Menopause On Your Sex Life If you are currently facing this season of life or it’s in your rear view mirror, please stop in and answer these 10 questions. Results will help Debi write a more informed article about menopause.

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Managing Your Blessings: 4 Ways to Absorb God’s Truth About Sex in Marriage Chris, of Forgiven Wife, shares great practical advice for overcoming the sexual lies we believe.

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At the end of some days I feel like I’ve made a million decisions. What to eat, when to get certain chores done, what to do with this paper or that email.

Decisions are a part of life. Some decisions are mine to make. Some require input from others. When you’re a part of a team (as in marriage), the decisions you make affect others as well. It can get complicated.

So communicate often. Let your husband know what you are doing and explain the choices you’ve made, as needed. It’s just a kindness to let him know what to expect, even if it’s something as simple as trying a new recipe each week (unless he really likes surprises).

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. Flora Whittemore

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see how the choices you make may affect your husband’s world. Communicate appropriately.

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Indiegogo Fundraiser: Donate Bibles XXXchurch.org is doing a fundraiser for Bibles for reaching out to men and women in the sex industry. If you want to invest in a group that is doing amazing work, this would be a great choice. Even $1 will help!

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Becoming His Eve: #GoodAdvicein4Words Love the trouble shooting sections.

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If you start down a path, where will it lead? Do you want to go there?

In your marriage, what paths are you following and where will they take you?

Talk with your sweetie about where you want to end up. What paths will you need to take to get there?

Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar path, sometimes they’re the ones that take you to the best places.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give your and your husband a vision for your marriage.

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Stupendous Marriage: 10 Things We’d Say About Sex If We Had No Filter Great podcast where Stu and Lisa take up the challenge.

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Intimacy in Marriage: How to Give Great Oral Sex to Your Husband If oral sex is on your bedroom list, here are some great helps.

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Make Time

March 11, 2015

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When your husband reaches out to you for snuggle and sex … reach back.

It’s deeply discouraging to want to be close to your spouse only to have them put on a sour face or pull away.

So set down whatever you are doing and reach back with a smile and a few soft welcoming words.

Yes, he’s worth it.

Action expresses priorities.  Mahatma Gandhi

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you set down the everyday stuff of life to make room for physical intimacy (please also take a moment to pray for those gals who want more sex, but hubbie doesn’t).

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Life Your Way: Why it’s okay to believe your way is the best way Applied to your marriage … you don’t have to defend your choices or compare your marriage with others’ marriages.

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Fierce Marriage: 7 Reasons Why ‘Getting Away’ is Good for Your Marriage Take a fast from relationship distractions.

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Coming Home

March 10, 2015

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unveiledCongratulations, Michelle Faile! You are the 37th poster and winner of a copy of The Unveiled Wife (or choice of book from the Marriage Book Library) in the Unveiled Wife giveaway. (I’ll contact you by email shortly.)

 

Toward the end of your husband’s work day, text him an encouraging note (thank you for working so hard for our family), a compliment (can’t wait to see your beautiful brown eyes), or perhaps a sexy/romantic invitation (find me for a little fun).

Let’s use technology to build our marriages.

Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. Its the way you love your partner every day.  Barbara De Angelis

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you make your home and your arms something wonderful to come home to.

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Journey to Surrender: Message Sent, Message Received Watch out for those false filters!

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Intimacy in Marriage: How Long Can a Marriage Go Without Sex? Sobering consequences to a lack of sex.

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