In Touch

November 27, 2014

in the generous life

If your husband has “touch” for a love language, be careful not to slack off during the holidays. He still needs that touch (truthfully, even if it’s not his main love language, he still need touch).

 

Look for opportunities to hold hands, rub his shoulders or grab him for a hug. (Coupons for a massage would be a great gift idea.)

Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.  Diane Ackerman

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you become aware of opportunities to touch.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Is Your Husband the Sexiest Man Alive? Love this post. Chris Hemsworth has nothin’ on my man.

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rebelauthentic: Being a Hedgehog What is your family’s Hedgehog Concept?

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US and shopping takes off. Black Friday, pre-Black Friday sales, online sales, ad infinitum.

Just a reminder you don’t have to buy, buy, buy. Yes, take advantage of sales, but please be thoughtful and don’t buy into the frenzy of our culture.

If you haven’t already, sit down with pen and paper and do some planning (meals, gifts, social events, etc.). It will help you see what needs to be done. If the list is too long, start circling the absolutely most important things and draw a line through the rest.

Ask your husband what is most important to him and make sure it makes your list (along with your favorites).

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you keep your holidays sane, doable and enjoyable.

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I’m an Organizing Junkie: 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time This works. I use several of her strategies.

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Leading Men Only: It’s Time For A Compliment Try this one for three days. (Yes, I know it’s a men’s blog, but it really is a blog about important people issues.)

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His Spot

November 25, 2014

in the generous life

Is there a place in the house that your husband tends to gravitate toward? 

Give that area a little extra attention. Clean and straighten, but keep it the kind of comfortable he likes.

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.  Jane Austen

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you practical ways of serving your husband.

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Year End Giving: My husband and I are donation supported. We are kicking off our year-end giving on Tuesday Dec. 2nd. Razoo, the non-profit company we use to process donations is having a Giving Tuesday special event. If you are thinking about sending us a year-end gift, Tuesday would be a great day. I will publish a link with Tuesday’s post. US donations are tax-deductible, and all donations are greatly appreciated.

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Fine Art America: Gale Smith I wanted to share the artwork of a friend of mine. She is crazy talented and her art can be purchased in a number of forms from cards to wall art. My favorite is “Glory Light,” but they are all amazing.

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 rebelauthentic: Relational Ruts Moving your marriage from mediocre to great takes intentional effort.

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Traditions ….

keep the good
toss the bad
edit as needed
dream up new ones to try

 

Tradition is a guide and not a jailer. Somerset Maugham

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you sort through your traditions so you can keep that which blesses you, your man and your family.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: Why Your Marriage Needs Community God did not create us to do life alone.

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(in)courage: On Bringing Our Darkness Into the Light $127,482.30 in debt paid. A part of that process was bringing fears into the light.

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Grab a cup of coffee or tea and curl up with your Bible.

If you have a favorite verse, open to that passage and savor it. If not, then open to you favorite part of the Bible (a psalm or one of the gospels or perhaps the story of Joseph). Be sure to talk to God about your life, your husband, and your marriage. He loves to talk with you and hear your heart.

He wants you all to Himself to put His loving, divine arms around you. Charles Stanley

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to hear your heart about your life and marriage. Share it all.

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Holiday Refuge

November 22, 2014

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Time for a little pre-holiday cleanup in your bedroom.

I don’t know about y’all, but my bedroom tends to suffer during the holidays. Stuff gets dumped in there or held until it can be wrapped. It tends to make my bedroom less inviting and certainly distracting when I’m in there.

Spend some time cleaning up your bedroom so it becomes a place of refuge and connection.

Work out other places for dealing with the overflow. If nothing else, find a simple way to cover the mess like tucking it in under the bed boxes or behind a standing screen.

Let you bedroom be a lovely place for you and your husband during the holidays.

Eliminate physical clutter. Terri Guillemets

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you make your bedroom a place of connection and rest.

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Finding Joy: 10 Things to NOT do this Holiday Season (and the one thing to do) Sweet, sweet post.

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The Forgiven Wife: How Does He Feel Most Loved? Does your husband define your love by what he doesn’t have – or by what he does have?

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We finally got our first snow here in my little town in Washington. Paul and I can watch it fall from our office window. It’s an amazing sight to share ~ flakes of snow softly falling and covering everything in a layer of white.

There are many moments of beauty to be shared with your husband this holiday season. Keep an eye out for them.

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. William Sharp

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you stay aware and engaged in your day so you will see those moments of beauty and share them with your husband.

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Holley Gerth: What Introverts Can Give Our Wild World During the Holidays Preach it, girl!

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Marriage Gems: Researchers say successful marriages come down to this trait Can’t say I’m surprised. The good news is you can practice and get better at it.

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