Be a little kinder.

Yes, I know it takes more time and energy, but do an experiment today and try it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by how your husband responds (and your family, friends, co-workers, or that rude driver too!).

Kindness softens people. It soothes personal wounds and encourages those who are struggling. Be a world changer by offering a little kindness.

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you remember to speak and act kindly today.

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Intimacy in Marriage: Is Inhibition Destroying Sex in Your Marriage? Wonderful guest post by Belah Rose of Delight Your Marriage.

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Life Of Joy: Marriage Bids Respond to your husband’s bids for connection and become a marriage master. smile

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Celebrations are so important. They show how much you value your loved ones and they help you remember the good times.

My son and wife just took us out to dinner for my birthday (when you are over 50 you get to celebrate for a whole week, over 60 it’s a month, over 70 it’s party all year long).

Life is just sweeter with family, friends, and a reason to celebrate. Well, I thought this might be a good theme for a giveaway.

 What kinds of things do you celebrate?
 What do you do to celebrate?
 What creative ideas have you gleaned from others?

gracesmPlease share your ideas for celebrating special times as a comment to this post. On June 22nd I’ll pick a random number and the poster in that spot will win a copy of Grace Filled Marriage (or the book of their choice from the Marriage Book Library).

I’m looking forward to reading your ideas!

Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great feast.  Corita Kent & Jan Steward

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find reasons to celebrate.

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Love Hope Adventure: Why Making My Bed Is Good For My Marriage Great reasons for making your bedroom special.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Are You Disrepecting Your Husband Without Realizing It?  Guest author Brittany makes some interesting points.

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From The Generous Wife archive:

Slow down. Look at your husband (really look at him). What do you love about him?

Take a breath. Walk over and give him a hug and kiss. Smile.

Invite him for a walk or to sit and have coffee (or whatever it is you do to relax together).

Slow down and make time to connect. Right now is all the time you have.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.   Dale Carnegie

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you be present and engaged with your husband today.

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Little things do matter!

Buy post it notes.
Write out several short love notes to your hubby man.
Leave them where he will find them (and the kids won’t).

Desires and words go hand in hand … they are moved by the same intention to join together, to communicate, to establish bridges between people, whether they are spoken or written.  Laura Esquivel

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you to regularly love on your man in little ways.

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The Forgiven Wife: Collateral Growth So good to have good and loving habits creep back into your marriage.

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The Generous Husband: Lack of Knowledge: We Need Others You need a good female friend with whom to share your life.

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Hubbies love to look at and touch their wives.

How are y’all doing at being comfortable with that and even playing it up a bit?

Struggling? Work at it in baby steps.

Try candle light instead of bright light. Wearing a slightly sheer nightie is easier than being in the buff.

Think through where you are and plan a few realistic, do-able baby steps toward wowing your man.

Baby steps will get you there.  Lori Byerly

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see yourself as sexual and lovely.

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The XY Code: The Big Why Understanding the why behind the why.

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Keep an eye out for healthy interaction (moments of care, generosity, graciousness, etc.) between other husbands and wives. 

You’ll gain ideas to try with your husband.
You’ll see healthy attitudes modeled (it’s always good to have something to imitate and learn from).
You’ll be encouraged that healthy marriages really can and do exist!

When you’re sitting at church, having coffee with friends, or walking through the airport, observe others and see what they do right.

You learn something every day if you pay attention.  Ray LeBlond

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you stay aware of other couples and learn from their strengths.

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Storyline: The Difference Between an Ordinary Life and an Extraordinary One It’s the little things that really matter.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: How God Uses Marriage to Heal our Hurts I love happy stories!

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In a quiet moment look over the years of your marriage (if you are newlywed, hang onto this tip for awhile).

Encourage yourself (and your husband if he wants to join you) by noting all the areas where you and your husband have grown personally or where you have learned things about being a better spouse.

This is a time to celebrate the good. (Don’t dwell on the bad, there is still time to work on those things.)

Celebrate what you want to see more of. Thomas J. Peters

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see the good in your marriage through His eyes.

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Joy Forney: 20 Things I Want To Tell Engaged and Newlywed Women Good advice for oldy-weds too!

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Becoming Minimalist: 9 Ever-Present Distractions That Keep Us From Fully Living Watch out for these subtle distractions.

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