Paul and I recently facilitated a Financial Peace University course.

I think my favorite thing about it is the difference in the people by the end of the course. They go from white-knuckle scared of their finances to feeling confident. They know at the beginning of each month where every penny will go and they have a financial plan and safeguards in place. They’re smiling and laughing and you see a greater ease between spouses.

Finances are typically a battle ground in most marriages. Why not take this battle out by attending an FPU class. (If you’ve gone through the course before, perhaps take a refresher course or reread the book.) Finances can actually bring couples together!

If you want something you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.  Dave Ramsey

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Refine Us: Speak Life Our words have power.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Tips for Confidently Baring It All for Your Hubby How to get over your trepidation and share your body more freely with your husband.

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The XY Code: Really, You Look Great to Him Believe him when he says you’re beautiful.

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Time for a bedroom check.

Stand back and take in the overall look of your bedroom.

Does your room look peaceful and welcoming?
Do you have laundry to put away?
Do you have any clutter that needs to be removed?
Is there anything you can do to pretty up the room?

Your bedroom is a special room just for the two of you. Stay on top of the little messes so that your room is a place of refreshing and intimacy.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

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The Romantic Vineyard: Romantic Night Time Picnic Date What a lovely idea! I love a good symphony.

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The Forgiven Wife: Time for a New Style in your marriage.

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Are you shopping online this week? Please start on the Shop and Support TGW page. It won’t change your purchase price, but I will receive a small commission.

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I hear tell that No More Christian Nice Girl (When Just Being Nice – Instead of Good – Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends) can be downloaded for FREE today (Monday, April 7th). It’s co-authored by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer Degler of CWives. I get her Dare of the Month by email and they are always fun and helpful. I’m going to download a copy of the book and tuck it in my to-read folder.

On April 8th-10th, the e-book will be discounted to $1.99, and then $6.99 from April 11th-19th. Regular price is $9.99, so snap it up as soon as you can.

I realize that not everyone is into ebooks (they don’t feel nearly as nice as a real book), but there are often great deals (and who doesn’t want to save a few pennies now and then). If you don’t have a Kindle, you can read them on your phone, tablet or computer using a nifty little app.

We have more choice than ever before about where and how we buy and read books.  Sara Sheridan

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Love and Respect: Are Love and Respect the Same Thing? His need is different, but equally important.

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Unveiled Wife: Honest Truth About Communication In Marriage Focus on growing your skills.

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Becoming His Eve: 20 Ideas to Beat Rainy Day Blues on Date Night Don’t let the weather stall out time with your sweetie.

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Three Needs

April 6, 2014

in the generous life

Today is the first Sunday of the month and time for a cyber prayer meeting.

Just as an exercise, pick three things in your marriage that need prayer. Pray for those things for yourself and for all the other generous wives (there’s a good chance a number of gals are struggling with the same thing).

If you want to share or have a specific prayer request, feel free to leave a comment. Be aware that this is a public forum, so please be discreet and kind.

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.  Max Lucado

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Turn It Off

April 5, 2014

in the generous life

I just read a stat that said that the average adult watches 4½ hours of TV a day.

Goodness, gals. Turn off the set now and then and talk to your sweetie. Invite him for a walk. Grab the family and play a game.

TV is fine, just not in excess. 

Turn off your TV and turn on your life!  Robert Tew

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Happy Wives Club: The Date Night Dilemma Connect with your spouse in ways that work for you.

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The XY Code: Is Your Husband Praying for a Blackout? Smart phones and computers can eat your time too!

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Supporting Your Adventure Loving Husband Say yes to your husband’s dreams.

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I love truth, but truth spoken without love is one of the more destructive forces in life.

With that in mind, be careful with your choice of words when talking to your husband. 

The harder the discussion, the harder you need to examine your words before they come out of your mouth. Take the time to think through what you want to say. It helps to think of yourself on the receiving end of those words. Would they hurt you? What could you say that would communicate well, but be less hurtful? (and it’s perfectly OK to ask for a break to sort out your thoughts … and words)

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18  ESV

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The Romantic Vineyard: There Is No Quick Fix For Marriage Growth happens slowly – over time.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Do You Have a Blind Spot in Your Marriage? Ministry belongs within the walls of our home too.

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Happy Wives Club: Harnessing the Power of Two Become a team.

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Easter Treat

April 3, 2014

in the generous life

Easter is a only a couple of weeks away.

When you are out shopping, pick up a little something for your husband. (Guys like chocolate too!)

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!  Lucy Van Pelt (Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz)

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The Forgiven Wife: The Deep Stuff Healing is a journey, not a destination.

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Pearl’s OysterBed: Sirens What a gracious idea! Prayer prompt for hurting marriages.

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The XY Code: What Your Husband Wants You to Know Survey results with some insightful comments.

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