Muchas Gracias

January 30, 2016

in the generous life

 15 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been sending out year-end giving statements. Some were sent as letters through the mail and some through email (if I didn’t have your address). Some folks donated through Razoo (they send their own acknowledgement of giving).

Bottom line. Thank you.  :)   (If you got missed in the mix please let me know.)

That said, I want to thank all of you for whatever part you have played in “the generous community.” Your financial gifts, prayers, blog comments, letters, emails, retweets, likes and pins are so appreciated, as are all the things you do to bless your husband and help create a marriage friendly culture. Bless you. Thank you. Y’all encourage me daily.

Muchas Gracias

Thank you also to those who gave to our “RV adventure.” Your donations, notes of encouragement, and prayers are amazing. Your giving makes it possible for us to travel, write, learn, speak, and connect with others.

So far we have had coffee chats with individuals and couples, many shared meals, small home gatherings for discussion, a couple of sermons and staff discussion, meet-ups with other bloggers, and we have heard many, many lovely stories from folks along the way. We will also be able to attend a couple of conferences given by others. We are deeply blessed. Thank you.

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  Albert Schweitzer

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to continue to open doors of opportunity for Paul and Lori to serve others and their marriages.

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Darby Dugger: The Real Enemy Pray for your man and be wise about the real enemy of your marriage.

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Authentic Intimacy: It Takes a Community to Sustain a Marriage Hang with folks that are marriage friendly!

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 16 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Keep an eye on your time and responsibilities. Work to match them up with your husband’s schedule so you both have down time around the same time.

Then start a little something.

Start a Little Something

Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits.  Song of Songs 4:16b  ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you make time for physical intimacy.

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Love Hope Adventure: What I Learned From Not Having Lunch With My Husband For 3 Days Keep track of what keeps you connected.

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Marriage Adventures: Secret Healing Power Respond with forgiveness and grace.

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 17 days until Valentine’s Day! 

I love organizing and to-do lists, but even so there are still some days when I feel overwhelmed by what needs to be done and I spin my wheels doing things that aren’t terribly productive.

Over the last few weeks I’ve read several posts about dealing with to-do lists in a saner manner.  The ones I like best (and have been attempting to follow) are the ones that suggest that you list 3 or 5 or 6 things that need to get done that day.  Whatever happens, when the dust settles, you just keep plugging away at those few tasks.  It really does help you choose what is important to you and it’s amazing what you can get done with only a few goals each day.

I got to thinking, why couldn’t you do that with your marriage relationship?  Why not make a daily list of a few things that you want to do to bless your spouse and build your marriage?

To Do Today

They can be small, simple things, but imagine what an impact that could have on your marriage relationship if daily you knew you were going to aim for a few simple goals.

Happiness is adding things to your to do list just before you do them so you can cross them off.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you to plan some marriage friendly tasks.

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Cheri Gregory: 3 Steps to Taming Your Tone Helps for learning to speak graciously.

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The Generous Husband: Change Your Focus Take a look at the larger picture.

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 18 days until Valentine’s Day! 

I love my tablet. It goes with me pretty much everywhere because the information of my life is available on it and it’s portable. I’m not so much a phone person (my husband keeps threatening to get me a Bluetooth), though I like to share texts with my kids (they send me grandma pictures, gotta have those pictures of the grandkids).   :)

Where and How Much

Paul and I write our blogs online. We navigate our travels with Google Maps. We email and tweet and more.

Our world is full of technology, much of it very good.

However, the other day I realized I was playing too much Toy Blast. I was sitting in bed playing, my husband was talking to me, and I hadn’t heard a thing he’d said (you knew that was coming, right?).

I’ve decided that the tablet and phone don’t belong in the bedroom. They are way too distracting for me. I used to put them on the charger over night on my nightstand (I use the term loosely because I live in an RV). I’m going to find a place to charge them elsewhere and make the bedroom a technology free place.

Devices are good, you just have to decide where and how much you want to use them (and sometimes it’s good to have a technology free day or evening).

Look at your life. What is a healthy level of technology for you and your marriage? What changes do you need to make?

Technology … brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. C.P. Snow

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you think through the technology in your life and make wise choices.

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Encourage Your Spouse: Check In With Each Other- How Are You Doing? Try this communication tool.

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Calm.Healthy.Sexy: 5 Ways to Feel Sexier this Year Change is a process requiring many small steps.

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Stay in School

January 26, 2016

in the generous life

 19 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Being an ongoing “learner” makes you an interesting person.

It keeps your mind young, offers new ideas to try, feeds your conversations, and more. And all of this is good for you and your marriage.

Stay in School

You can learn from books and blogs. Discussing ideas with others is good. Working alongside others is also helpful. Do anything that exposes you to new ideas.

If this seems overwhelming, start small. Pick a book or a blog and read 5 minutes a day. Or invite a friend out for coffee and ask them to discuss various subjects as a way of stretching your mind and helping you grow.

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.  Abigail Adams

J Parker, "Spock", Lori, & Paul

As a fun aside … Paul and I were able to share a meal with J. Parker and hubby “Spock.” She is as lovely and funny in person as she is in her blog Hot, Holy & Humorous (and Spock is a very personable version of his Star Trek namesake). I was delighted to hear that “J” has several projects in the works and I look forward to sharing about them as they take shape.

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you find reasonable ways (given your current lifestyle) to continue learning.

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Holley Gerth: Let’s Stop the Name-Calling, Labels and Lies Put on your sassy shoes and stomp!

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The Forgiven Wife: Guess What Your Guy Needs Be a student of your spouse.

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Valentine Goodies

January 25, 2016

in the generous life

 20 days until Valentine’s Day! 

As you can see by the countdown, we are getting closer and closer to Valentine’s Day.

Last year a couple of bloggin’ gals and I each did a Valentine’s Day giveaway. We thought it might be fun to do it again this year. We’ll start our giveaways a week from today, so be sure to check next Monday’s post for links to enter the different giveaways.

There will also be a grand prize! We’ll gather up all the entries from all the giveaways and someone will win goodies from Married Dance, a Christian-friendly sex toy store. (You & Me game, ID Silk lubricant, Astroglide Strawberry Lubricant, and Bnaughty Wireless Remote Bullet)  

Valentine's Day Grand Prize

And, of course, there will be chocolate (you can’t have a Valentine’s Day giveaway without chocolate!).

Without Valentine’s Day, February would be… well, January.  Jim Gaffigan

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you prepare a little romantic fun for you and your husband on Valentine’s Day.

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The Romantic Vineyard: Understanding When You Don’t Understand Deferring to preferences with a dash of empathy.

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Gary Thomas: Choosing Enthusiasm It’s a wonderful marriage gift.

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I Do

January 24, 2016

in the generous life

21 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Most of us promised to “love, honor, and cherish” our spouse (if you had other vows, wrote your own vows, etc. take the time to read through them).

I Do

love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-13)

honor: to show respect to

cherish: to hold or treat as dear; to care for tenderly

Take some time to think and pray about the above.  Ask yourself how you can grow in these areas and be a woman of your word.

Marriage is a thousand little things that make up the sum of our vows.  Darlene Schacht

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you grow in your ability to honor your marriage vows.

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