From The Generous Wife archive:

Do you and your husband have a favorite movie trilogy? Why not ask your husband to a movie marathon or a series of movie nights? Make yourselves comfortable and have movie treats on hand. 

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No favorite trilogy? Think about movies in a theme, like pirate movies or movies set in Egypt. Still stuck for movie ideas? Check out what generous wives recommend – Movie Night Movies (and feel free to add your favorites in the comments).

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.  Roger Ebert

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Day 20 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge Pray for the courage to be honest with each other and the ability to offer grace and forgiveness.

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The Romantic Vineyard: The Guilt Caused By Marriage Blogs What marriage topics cause you guilt?

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What people, things or activities in your life are marriage unfriendly?

Do give it some thought and plan a way to step away from what could do damage to your marriage. Your husband is worth it!

There are few things more frightening to a man than giving away his heart. And there are few things more comforting to a man than to know the woman he gave his heart to, will protect it with her life.  Fawn Weaver

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Day 19 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God to show you how He sees your marriage and how He wants you both to grow.

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The Forgiven Wife: The Power of One Amazing post. “Change because you want yourself to do and be better.”

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Of the Hearth: Taking Interest in the Things That Interest Your Husband Such a simple thing, but what an impact it makes.

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From The Generous Wife archive:

Give your husband the freedom to fail. 

Instead of responding with condemnation, try offering encouragement and praise. It takes courage and effort to try something. 

So he failed (it happens to us all). With encouragement it is less likely to derail him and it will help him face whatever new challenges come along in the future.

Failure is an event, never a person.  William D. Brown

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Day 18 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Tell God why you love your husband and what you are grateful for. Ask Him to grow the sense of gratefulness in your marriage.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Are You Sure You’re Communicating? Avoid arguments about sexual non-issues — the things you never said or intended.

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We are THAT Family: The Real Threat to Marriage Don’t you dare give up!

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I was sitting in the back yard and I noticed that my cottage garden was filled with blossoms. The hummingbirds have found it and so have the butterflies and bees. This stage of my garden is so pretty. My mind wanders in marriage circles, so it made me think of the seasons of goodness in my marriage right now.

But just like my garden, my marriage has gone through a variety of seasons. There was the labor intensive season of parenting (pun intended), seasons of growth and healing. And, truthfully, there were seasons when we struggled and didn’t know what to do. It’s all a part of the life of my “marriage garden.” (Do you see that weed hiding in my lamb’s ear? You never have to stop dealing with weeds in your garden or in your marriage.)

In our got-to-have-it-now culture, we don’t always catch that some things take time and there are seasons to walk through. So if you are hurting right now in your marriage or you feel stalled out a bit, keep investing in your marriage. The flowers are coming.

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be …  Robert Browning

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Day 17 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God to show you the weeds in your marriage and give you wisdom to know how to handle them.

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Happy Wives Club: 3 Things That Could Be Hurting Your Marriage (And What to Do About Them) Little ways we keep score.

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Calm Healthy Sexy: The 30-Day Clutter Challenge – Less Stuff, Less Stress, More Calm Simple, do-able stress buster. I’m game.

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Old or New?

July 7, 2014

in the generous life

As a way of creating a bit of variety, ask your spouse, “Old or new?”

Playing a game? Pick an old favorite or try a new one.
Going out for a meal? Dine at your favorite place or try a new restaurant.
A little entertainment? Watch an old favorite movie or try a new TV series.

It’s just one little way of giving your spouse a choice and building in a little fun.

Variety is the spice of love.  Helen Rowland

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Day 16 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God for wisdom over a current stress in your marriage.

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The Generous Husband: A Common Goal, Separate Paths and More on Goals and Paths Great perspectives on navigating your differences on the way to a common goal.

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The Forgiven Wife: A Change of Habit Thoughts on the practical how-to of change.

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From The Generous Wife archive:

I get questions like, “How can I get my husband to go to church with me?” or “How do I build up my husband spiritually?” Hmmm. This and other “how to change my husband” questions are real tricky. You see, your husband is another person and you can’t make another person change, grow up, be who you want them to be, etc. They get to choose who they are and what they will do.

That said, there is influence in relationship, and the best way to influence someone is to model what you think is important and good. So, if you want your husband to grow spiritually, do some growing up yourself and find ways to benefit him with the changes. (Why would he want to be more spiritual if he doesn’t like what being spiritual does to you?) Are you being more patient and kind? Are you facing and dealing with your jealousy? Have you burned your list of what he’s done wrong? (all goodies from 1 Corinthians 13) Are you taking care of his sexual needs? (back in chapter 7)

Are you regularly praying (not just for how you want him to change, but for needs that he expresses) and spending time in the Word? Are your friends marriage friendly? Do you know God’s plan and purpose for your life? What are your gifts and callings? Focus on you. What does God want from you? How can you follow Him better and let Him grow you up?

You must be the change you wish to see in the world (and in your marriage).  Mohandas Gandhi (parenthesis mine)

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Day 15 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge  Ask God to strengthen your spiritual walk (for you and your husband individually and together as a couple).

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You need touch. Your husband needs touch.

A great way to fill the need is to work massage into your everyday life.

Massage each other’s hands or feet while you sit and watch TV.
Pick a night of the week for massage (Thursday is your night and Saturday is his).
Set a timer and take turns giving each other a 10 minute massage.
Buy a couple of good books on massage (or check them out at the library).
Look for opportunities for a quick massage (rub his shoulders when he’s sitting at his desk).

It’s a great way to connect and feed your touch hunger.

Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.  Diane Ackerman

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Day 14 in the 30 Day Prayer Challenge Pray for your finances and your ability to talk together and plan how to handle your money.

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Respect Dare: Dare 23 of The Respect Dare… and GIFTS Sweet, sweet story.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: When My Marriage Seemed Hopeless, What Made Me Stay? Don’t give up too soon.

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