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April 11, 2015

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Ask your hubby if he’d be willing to trade massages as an at-home date (tuck the kids in bed, turn off your phones, turn on some soft music, etc.).

You could take turns giving 15 minute massages or Friday night is your night and Saturday is his.

However you choose to do it, you both get to give, receive and be blessed by touch.

(If you’re not sure how to give a massage, here is a simple how-to with drawings not photos.)

Trust me. You need me to knead you.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find ways to bless your husband with physical touch.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy: 10 Fun, Smart and Healthy Things To Do this Spring I love her overall health focus. Very balanced, and fun!

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Delight Your Marriage: Don’t Let The Past Destroy Your Intimacy with Chris Taylor Hear Chris’ story and be encouraged. Two part podcast ~ Part 2.

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In the US, we’re coming up on the deadline to file our yearly taxes.

Gals, as you go through your paperwork, pay attention to the areas where you have difficulties (if your husband does the work, ask him what you can do to make next year easier). Perhaps you need to keep certain receipts or be more detailed about your deductions. Learn from this year’s issues to set up better records for the 2015 tax season. (For those outside the US, any time is a good time to put a little order in your finances.)

My husband loves spreadsheets and I’m learning to use Wave (which allows me to take pictures of all my receipts). Between us we manage to keep track of all the financial bits of information.

(If you and your husband are really struggling financially, I encourage y’all to go to a Financial Peace University or get professional help to set up books. Finances can put a lot of friction in your marriage if you don’t stay on top of it.)

The handling of finances is one of the major emotional battlegrounds of any marriage. David Augsburger

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give you and your husband wisdom over your financial matters.

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Ann Swindell: Dating Your Spouse: No Excuses Catch these lovely ideas and perspectives.

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We are THAT Family: For Those Hit-And-Miss Days of Marriage Take a step and meet him halfway.

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Plan a Picnic

April 9, 2015

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It’s a simple idea, but it comes with a number of options and offers lovely couple time.

You can have a picnic inside or outside. You can make simple sandwiches, go crazy creative, or buy takeout. You can have a picnic in your living room, on a park bench by hubby’s work, or go for a drive to find the perfect spot.

Be sure to bring along a scrumptious dessert.

It’s a sin to waste chocolate. It’s in the Bible. Ghirardelli 3:17.  Terri Guillemets

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you plan a few opportunities to connect with your husband.

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Intimacy in Marriage: Sexual Struggles in Your Marriage? You May Need To… (Y’all know I don’t say this lightly) This is a must read post.

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Are you shopping online this weekend? 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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Eye Candy

April 8, 2015

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I’ve been paring my clothing down to “RV size.” I won’t have a lot of room for clothes so I need to be thoughtful about what I keep. The process has made me more aware and I hope to keep only those things that fit well and look better on me.

It also reminded me that my hubby likes to see me in pretty things.

Gals, learn from my process. Build a wardrobe that flatters you and is comfortable (get rid of those items you haven’t worn in forever or that look poorly on you) and remember it’s OK to be pretty for your husband.

A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together.  James H. Boren

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you build a wardrobe that is comfortable and pretty.

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howsyourlovelife: Roof Repair Today is the best time to work on your marriage.

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Club 31 Women: If You’ve Never Said, I’m Sorry Husbands need to hear, “I’m sorry,” too.

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A Sip or Two

April 7, 2015

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Well, this is a first. :) Our winner for the Date Ideas giveaway is a generous husband. Congratulations, James! You are the 7th poster and winner of Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs (or choice of book from the Marriage Book Library).

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From The Generous Wife archive:

What does your husband like to drink? Rich, hot coffee? Ginger ale? An ice-cold beer? A peppermint milkshake?

My husband and I are exploring flavored iced teas.

We are heading into warmer weather and we want to continue our tea adventure. Our first attempt is using flavored syrups (we know a restaurant supply store were you can get them on the cheap). I’ll let you know how that goes.

At any rate, it’s nice to have your husband’s favorite drinks handy. Be sure to make them a regular on your shopping list.

You can’t get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.  C.S. Lewis

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you be aware of your husband’s favorites.

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The Forgiven Wife: Are you Traveling, Together or living side by side?

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Feel Beautiful: Dust Off Your Exercise Shoes! A practical encouragement.

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Life Happens

April 6, 2015

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How do you handle unexpected change? Inconvenient events?

Your husband is going to be late because his boss gave him an extra project at the end of the day. Your son forgot his backpack at a friend’s house and needs the homework it contains. Your friend won’t be able to meet your for coffee this morning because she had a fender bender.

You can be cranky about it (I’ve done that more than a few times) or you can handle it graciously and kindly. Some things are out of folks’ control and some stuff happens because of carelessness or ignorance. Either way, it’s a reality you have to deal with. It’s a disappointment or an inconvenience to face.

I’m all for addressing problems (especially those reoccurring ones), but, as much as possible, try handling life’s happenings with a smile and a few kind words.

Persuade thyself that imperfection and inconvenience are the natural lot of mortals, and there will be no room for discontent, neither for despair.  Ieyasu Tokugawa

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help your face change and inconvenience with kindness.

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The Forgiven Wife: When It Hurts: Maintaining Sexual Intimacy While Dealing with Pain Great list of helpful ideas.

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(in)courage: 5 Ways to Love the Home You Have It’s the little things that make a home more beautiful!

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It’s the first Sunday of the month and time for a cyber prayer meeting.

God wants us to talk to him about our needs. So please take a moment to pray about your marriage needs and then pray for the needs of other wives represented by this list.

As an interesting aside, I’ve started a prayer journal, writing down all the things I pray for and leaving room to write down how God responds.

It started with the book about George Müller I mentioned in the recent What I’m Reading and More post. That book has had a profound impact on my talks with God. 

George Müller took on the orphans of Bristol, England in the 1800’s and saw many miracles. He kept a detailed list of everything he prayed for as well as a detailed list of God’s provision for the needs of the orphanages he ran.

By journaling my prayers and His answers I am reminding myself of His faithfulness. Always a good thing.

I invite y’all to share your marriage needs as a comment to this post, but please also share your answered prayer. We have an amazing God. Let’s share the prayer needs and the good news.

I hope in God, I pray on, and look yet for the answer.  George Müller

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you see His answer to your prayers.

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Paul and I are working toward traveling full time in an RV doing small seminars and meeting folks around the country. We’re asking our readers to Send Us Out with a Cup of Coffee (donations of $2 to $5 dollars). We have received 46% of our $15,000 goal (from 205 donors). Thanks, y’all, for your generous support. You can follow the adventure on The Generous Journey.

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