A couple of days ago, I mentioned games. Don’t forget to turn your favorite games into a strip version for those evenings when you and hubby are alone.

Where Winner and Loser Both Win - Turn your favorite game into bedroom fun.

A certain card means you forfeit an item of clothing, winning a round means you get to pick what item gets removed, and so forth.

Write up the “new rules” and hand them to hubby with an invitation to play.

It’s a fun game, and you can make up your own rules …  Mike Meyer

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband learn to be more playful in the bedroom.

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Married & Naked: The Secret Behind My 18 Years Of Marriage I’m not going to tell you what it is. You’ll just have to read the post.

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Marriage Gems: 5 Reasons to Affirm Your Spouse Make affirmation a daily habit.

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THURSDAY THROWBACK – MORE CHANGE
(originally posted September 8, 2013)

I have heard it said that folks don’t change much over time. I’m not sure I agree with that. Life is not static and we are constantly being exposed to changing circumstances and new ideas. Our basic design may not change much (I’m still an introvert), but how we face life, what we believe, etc. is going to change from time to time.

Thursday Throwback: More Change: Clue your guy in on your personal growth.

I have been going through some significant change lately. I’m in a different season of life, my responsibilities have changed, and God decided it was time to face and deal with some personal wounds (oh joy).

I realized the other day that I hadn’t communicated all that was going on to my husband. I figured I ought to fill him in seein’ as he is now married to a different gal.  ;)  I think also it’s important to clue our guys into those seasons of change because it can be rough and they need to understand any moodiness is about the change and not them.

Just one more reason it’s important to have ongoing communication with your man.

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.  Faith Baldwin

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you regularly communicate with your husband about what’s going on in your heart and your head.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Are You a Safe Place for Your Husband When He Falls? Be there for him so he will not have to struggle alone.

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Awaken Love: Good Vibrations? Will using a vibrator help build intimacy in your marriage?

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Years ago, my son raided my paperclip stash and made a sculpture with hundreds of them. On bookkeeping day, this did not bless me.

Years later I am in awe of my son’s artistic talents (though I think he still twitches when he sees a paperclip) and my family has forgiven my angry rant (I still get paperclips in my Christmas stocking each year).

No Paperclips and Other Annoying Issues - Make a master shopping list.

That embarrassing story told, there are usual a few things that everyone typically runs out of and it’s a huge annoyance. Perhaps you have to brush without toothpaste or you wind up wrapping leftovers in plastic wrap because you ran out of baggies (and the contents drip all over your fridge).

I figure it’s a good idea to do those things that help take the friction out of life (there is enough naturally occurring friction as it is).

Make a shopping list of everything you use in the household and put an asterisk by those things that you typically run out of. Make sure you check your supplies before shopping.

Paperclip: the staple for people with commitment issues.  AuthorUnknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you get organized when it comes to household supplies.

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Encourage Your Spouse: Refocus on Gratitude What a fun challenge! (I am so going to do this.)

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The Romantic Vineyard: Dare I Say It? Get an accountability partner.

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The seasons are changing where I live. The days are shorter and we’re not using our air-conditioner any more. Paul and I are also getting ready to start another trip around the US in the RV. I’ve been going through all our drawers and cabinets removing items we didn’t use in the last year and making sure what we do use is in good shape.

Get Ready for Seasonal Play - Time to clean up your (indoor or outdoor) games.

Our games have moved around, first in a drawer, then a cabinet, and then an organizer for my stuff (so did not work because I had to wade through games to get to my art stuff). I went through everything and moved our games to a fabric storage cube (I’ve used several of these to containerize items). It’s nice to have everything in one place and in good shape.

Some of our favorite games:

Settlers of Catan
Rummikub
Sequence
Mexican Train
Fluxx
Monopoly Deal card game
Backgammon
More game suggestions offered by generous wives everywhere.

As you face a season change (wherever and whatever that looks like), take the time to go through your (indoor or outdoor) games.

Be ready for fun with your sweetie at a moment’s notice.

Life is more fun if you play games.  Roald Dahl

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you make time for play with your sweetie.

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Becoming Minimalist: One Simple Question to Ask Before Any Purchase Don’t let your stuff own you.

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Life Of Joy: Support His Endeavors It’s so much easier to attempt something when you have the support and encouragement of others.

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Create a morning routine (or reconsider an existing one). It can help you get a good start on your day and you are less likely to forget something important. And here’s the real reason for this post, do look for one small thing you can do each morning to bless your man.

Bless Your Sweetie with Your Morning Routine - Love on your man each morning.

Fix coffee, say “hey, handsome,” or blow him a kiss. The day in and day out kindness of a small gesture can bless deeply. Make it a part of your routine, something he can count on.

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.  John C. Maxwell

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you create a helpful morning routine that will bless your man too.

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The Generous Husband: Is Busyness Your Drug of Choice? Kick the busy habit.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: 10 Sexy Questions to Ask Your Husband Choose a few and use them this week!

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

Approach Him in Confidence with Your Marriage Needs

Pause right now and pray for all the gals represented by The Generous Wife list. Pray for blessing, wisdom, and protection. As you pray, please also pray specifically for each couple’s finances and their relationships with extended family.

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

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  1 John 5: 14  NIV

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Prayer Prompt  Please pray for all the marriages represented by The Generous Wife list.

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It’s a good practice to do a marriage evaluation from time to time.

Where are you? Where were you a year ago? Where do you want to be? Can you see improvement? What areas have become a problem?

How Do You Measure Your Marriage? - Can you see improvement?

It’s OK to learn from others, but be careful not to make unfair comparisons. Your two year old marriage won’t have the growth of your friend’s 20-year-old marriage. Your marriage (complete with preschoolers) won’t look anything like empty-nesters or a couple with full time careers. 

Be aware and intentional about growing your marriage. Be reasonable and kind as you assess how you are doing (watch out for bad comparisons).

Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.  Jon Acuff

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you where you have grown and where you need to grow in your marriage.

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Intimacy in Marriage: When We Did This in Bed, It Changed Everything A simple, but powerful truth.

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Of the Hearth: Embracing the Present Season Turn to God for comfort and strength.

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