Love’s Color

August 7, 2014

in the generous life

From the Generous Wife archive:

What’s your husband’s favorite color?

Buy or make something in that color as a little gift for him. (I picked yellow flowers (the ones my husband likes) from my garden and put them on the kitchen table.)

Everybody needs a little color.  Mark Herman

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for ideas on how to add color and beauty to your home.

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The Generous Husband: Care of Aging Parents Keep your marriage strong during this difficult season.

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Stupendous Marriage: How Remembering Can Improve Your Marriage Visualize past successes.

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It’s amazing what we communicate with our body language. Crossing your arms can mean withdrawal, turning away may mean disinterest and so on.

When you are spending time with your husband, be sure to communicate openness and interest.

Turn toward him when you talk. Lean in now and then. Watch those crossed arms! Let him know that he is appreciated and wanted.

As the tongue speaketh to the ear so the gesture speaketh to the eye.  King James I

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you remain soft and open toward your husband.

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The Forgiven Wife: Date Night, Anywhere If they can do date night, surely we can too!

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1-Minute Bible Love Notes: The Only Opinion Shades of Grey and discerning right from wrong.

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I’m in the empty-nest season of my life. My kids are grown and it’s just me and my hubby (and a silly dog). I’m finding that I don’t need much of the stuff in my house (we’re scaling back) and my time use is soooo different. And that’s OK. New season – new way of doing things. It’s good to change it up a bit to meet the new ways and challenges of life.

What season of your life and marriage are you in right now? Starting a family? Starting a new job? A house full of teenagers? The start of a new ministry? What do you need to make that work for you and your husband? 

Don’t be afraid to try something different. Be practical. Think creatively. Don’t buy into “normal.” Do what works for you and your man.

Change always comes bearing gifts.   Price Pritchett

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you what areas of your life and marriage could use something a little different. Ask for wisdom to know what to change.

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SafeAtHome: The Best Stage in Your Marriage? How about NOW? Embrace and appreciate the present.

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Happy Wives Club: One Thing That Will Increase Happiness in Your Marriage TODAY Be grateful for the spouse you have – right here, right now.

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One of the stages that little ones go through is the “no” stage. They are beginning to have a sense of self and being able to say “no” feels powerful and helps them develop boundaries.

I get that. As an adult, there are days when everything is coming at me fast and I want to say “no” to most of it just to have some semblance of control.

The important thing to remember, though, is there are times when saying “yes” would be a gift to you and others.

Saying “yes” is as much a matter of choice as saying “no.” Saying “yes” can be a very personal statement about who you are and what you value.

You are an individual with many choices to make. Just make sure that you are saying “no” as a choice and not as a reaction.

Whenever possible, take the time beforehand to decide what is “yes” and “no” worthy.

Yes and no are the oldest and simplest words, but they require the most thought.  Pythagoras

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you define your values and give you the wisdom and ability to stand for what is important.

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For Better – Or What?: 13 Ways to Keep Snoring From Ruining Your Relationship Nice collection of practical helps (I use a snore guard mouthpiece).

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Love and Respect: Can a Marriage REALLY Change? Make the first move today!

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On Our Knees

August 3, 2014

in the generous life

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

I’ve been thinking about newlyweds lately.

Please take a moment and pray for good foundations for these folks. Pray for the wisdom to deal with problems while they are small. Pray for the ability to create healthy patterns and dream big dreams together. (My son and his sweetie have been married six months now.)  :)

Not to leave out the rest of the marriages … pray for oldyweds too. We need help addressing problems that have gone on too long. We need courage to deal with our differences and all the things that life throws at us.

Thanks y’all for being a praying community. Bless you.

My father prayed because he had a good Friend with whom to share the problems of the day.  Corrie Ten Boom

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Prayer Prompt Pray for the marriages of those closest to you. Every marriage has its stresses and strains. Every married couple could use a little prayer.

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Celebrate!

August 2, 2014

in the generous life

My husband and I were invited to join friends to celebrate a birthday. It was good fun to gather, talk and laugh. We had an amazing waitress with a lovely sense of humor. Good food too.

That’s the sweet stuff of which life is made.

Celebrating doesn’t just have to be about “big” stuff. You can celebrate the “small” stuff too. I really need to make more opportunity to celebrate.

What’s going on in your world? What could you celebrate?

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

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

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Journey to Surrender: A Marvelous Musical Marriage Metaphor The video on this is more than a little amazing.

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Happy Wives Club: 4 Important Reasons To Smile At Your Husband Every Single Day It can make your husband feel loved, respected, empowered and desired.

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Lights Out

August 1, 2014

in the generous life

Recently a storm came through the northwest and we lost our electricity for a number of hours.

It was an interesting study in how dependent Paul and I are on electricity. No computers. No lights (though we had flashlights and we used our generator to keep the fridge going).

So what did we do? We walked around the neighborhood (and checked on a few folks, it was a pretty nasty storm) and then sat down in our back yard to watch the sunset. Then we played Mexican Train at the kitchen table by flashlight, asked each other lots and lots of questions and talked at length about our dreams.

The lights came on in the middle of night (oops, forgot to turn them off) and life goes on, but perhaps with more playing and talking.

During the four days of the storm, I became accustomed to the soft light of lamps and candles and grew to like it. When the power came on again, I discovered that I was actually disappointed. Damon Knight

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband plan for more talk and play time.

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The Forgiven Wife: What Do You Know About Yourself? Let go of control. Who knows what you might discover!

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Stupendous Marriage: Conversation Starters Because you can’t have too many questions.  :)

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