One thing that will give your marriage longevity is having a deep friendship with your husband.

Do you remember when you first got to know your husband? If you are like me, you looked for every opportunity to spend time with your new sweetie. You talked for hours and spent a lot of time together doing ordinary things. You were developing a deeper connection with every moment you spent together.

Then you swap “I do’s” and life gets busy. Those moments start slipping away.

Fight back.

Look for opportunities to invite your husband into your world. A hug at the door, a walk around the block, or coffee at the kitchen table. It doesn’t have to be much, just touch, talk, connect. Also look for ways to enter his world. Hand him tools when he’s fixing the car. Run errands with him. Sit on the couch reading when he watches football.

(A practical note … he’s not going to say yes to every invitation. Just be constant in asking and be gracious those times he does say no.)

Friendship isn’t a big thing — it’s a million little things.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find moments to connect and grow your friendship with your husband.

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Unveiled Wife: The Most Important Phrase I Say Toward My Husband This would make an amazingly good New Year’s goal.

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The Confident Mom: Tackling that Pile of Laundry with Success A couple of gals mentioned laundry in the last giveaway challenge. I like this take on making your laundry system work.

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Congratulations, Kristin! You are the 41st poster and winner of a purse insert organizer (or choice of book from the Marriage Book Library) in the Let’s Get Organized giveaway. (I’ll contact you by email shortly.)

Ladies, if you don’t know where to start in organizing your home or your life, take the time to look through the comments for some great ideas.

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It’s a new year, so let’s start the year with a little bit of sexy.

 

Go through your underwear, bras, lingerie, etc. Get rid of anything that is worn, doesn’t fit well, or just doesn’t work for you the way you want it to. Replace with pretties in colors and styles that you and your husband like. (If that’s a bit too pricey, try the one in, one out rule. Buy a new one, as you can afford, and toss one.)

… the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.  Song of Songs 4:11b  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you about what looks good on you. (Yes, I think He cares about such things, if for no other reason that it means something to us.)

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Marriage Gems: This one thing will improve your marriage in 2015 Look for your hamburger moment of clarity!

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Our Room

January 8, 2015

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Look for a good time to ask your husband to brainstorm with you over your bedroom.

 What’s working?
 What’s not? 
 How can you make it more special?
 How can you make it more “our room”?

This is the room you share together. Look for ways to make it work for the both of you.

I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms – they should express your personal preferences in every way… Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours. Dorothy Draper

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you both see your bedroom as the special room you share with each other.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Feeling Beautiful: A Wife’s Goal for 2015 Lovely, just lovely.

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Modern Married: Diving into Grace. Creating Your Year with a Word and a Theme. The process of picking out a word theme for the year (I love her husband’s last year word).

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Pass the Salt

January 7, 2015

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Don’t forget to enter to win the Let’s Get Organized giveaway (a purse insert organizer (comes in a variety of colors) or a book from the Marriage Book Library).

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It’s an incredible blessing to sit down to a healthy, tasty meal. And don’t forget the conversation and laughter. Meals really are no small deal in the course of marriage and family relationships.

I encourage y’all to spend a little extra time on meal planning and snack ideas.

You can’t make family meal times picture perfect, but you can offer your husband and family something good and healthy with the opportunity to connect. That is an amazing gift of love.

There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves. Thomas Wolfe

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for wisdom and direction for healthy meals and happy meal times.

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The Forgiven Wife: Of Strawberries, Fish, and Olives: A Matter of Preference Because our tastes can change over time.

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SafeAtHome: So What If This Year Was REALLY Different At Your House? Y’all, you can make choices that will make a difference.

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Sweet Talk

January 6, 2015

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This is a simple idea that I’ve mentioned before, but it bears repeating. Leaving little notes on your bathroom mirror is a sweet way to communicate. (Try using white board markers as they clean up nicely with a tissue wipe.)

You can write notes, draw little kisses, or play couple’s hangman. If your kiddos use your bathroom, you can go PG or use code words. If you have a master bathroom that the kids don’t use, you can turn the heat up a bit. 

We learn by watching effective role models – most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out.  Josh McDowell

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for little opportunities to connect with your husband.

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Turning the Page: Sheep, Habits and Walking Down The Right Path Are your habits taking you where you want to go?

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Modern Mrs. Darcy: The 2015 Reading Challenge 12 books in 12 months. Really, that’s doable and you are worth it!

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This is National Get Organized Month.

What does this have to do with marriage you might ask?

Well, how much marital friction do you have over misplaced items, forgotten appointments or just dealing with the clutter in your home?

The good news is … being organized is a skill that can be learned. You don’t have to be born with an “organized gene.” You can practice and get better. You can create habits and step-by-step build order in your home and in your life. But like everything else, taking small baby steps works better than taking on too much and burning out.

I say all this not to overwhelm you, but to encourage you. Small changes over time will create more order (and hopefully less friction in your home and marriage).

As a way of getting us all moving, let’s share ideas and have a giveaway.

Please share in a comment to this post, one SMALL thing you can do this week to make your home or your life more orderly. On Friday I’ll pick a random number and the poster on that spot will win a purse insert organizer (comes in a variety of colors) or they may choose a book from the Marriage Book Library.

Let’s share our ideas and help each other take baby steps to a more organized life.

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.  Anonymous

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find one small thing to clean up and organize.

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Home Storage Solutions 101: January Declutter Calendar: 15 Minute Daily Missions For Month I mentioned this link before, but this site offers a sane, doable plan for reducing clutter and getting organized.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy.: 8 Things to Do Today to Get Ready for a Healthy New Year Great baby steps to a healthier you.

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This is the first Sunday of the month (and the first Sunday of the year!), so it’s time for a cyber prayer meeting.

Please pray for a sense of hope in marriages. Ask God to help couples see they can grow, change, and develop happy, healthy marriages. Ask for miracles for those marriages that are faltering. Ask for creative ideas and solutions to problems.

You might also want to give your marriage to God. Ask Him to give you a vision of how He would like your marriage to be. Ask Him how to start living that.

If you have any personal prayer requests, feel free to leave them as a comment to this post (this is a public forum, so please be discreet and kind).

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

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Prayer Prompt Pray for the marriages of generous wives everywhere.

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