♥ ♥ ♥ 3 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

I received a sweet idea from a generous wife who was happy to share with this list (thanks Munch!).

My husband does the 14 Days of Valentines. He is a very good poet so he leaves me a lot of poems in a heart shape.  :)

He has also done scavenger hunts where he leaves messages to find certain things. He has been doing this for many years, he should probably write a book on how to do it. I am very Blessed  :)

What I love about this idea is the Valentine’s Day celebration is spread out over several days and her husband uses his talents to romance his wife.

What are your talents? Perhaps surprise your husband by starting Valentine’s Day early?

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you bless your husband with your talents.

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howsyourlovelife: Message Received Say only those things you would be comfortable saying if that person was in the room with you.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: 8 Cool Valentine’s Gifts for Your Hot Hubby Need a gift idea for your man? Great list, plus links to other lists.

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♥ ♥ ♥ 4 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

From The Generous Wife archive:

I think large romantic gestures are great, but they can take quite a bit of time, energy and (usually) money. While that’s OK, you need more than the occasional grand romantic gesture to keep your marriage strong. Here are three fairly simple and easy ways to build a little romance into everyday life.

Remind him.

Play “your song” and invite him dance. Set out a nice picture taken of the two of you on your honeymoon. Sit on the porch and talk about happy shared memories. Remind him of what you share for that sense of “coupleness.”  

Interrupt his day for just a moment to do something small and personal.  

Let me start off by saying there are good and bad ways to interrupt. Calling him during work hours is probably a bad thing. Grabbing him for a quick kiss during a commercial break is probably a good thing. Use wisdom about when you break into his world. You can also interrupt in subtle ways, like leaving a note in his lunch bag or texting him during his work break. He can set these messages aside for a moment if the timing is bad for him.

Small and personal? Little love notes, small gifts, a kiss, an intimate touch or a kind word. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just heart felt.

Invite him.

We all want to be wanted. Invite him for a walk. Tug on his sleeve and invite him to a quiet corner for a kiss. Invite him to share a beautiful sunset or an errand run. Look for moments to include your husband and invite him. Invitations can be words, notes, items, or little gestures.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.  Mignon McLaughlin

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you about romance and learn to weave it into your marriage relationship.

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Assume Love: 15-Minute Major Marriage Makeover An interesting and helpful exercise.

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The Romantic Vineyard: Can We Talk? Dealing with the arguments that throw you off balance.

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♥ ♥ ♥ 5 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

A generous wife wrote me to share a fun and unique way she and her husband have been using A Year of Questions for You and Your Spouse (free download). She was gracious and willing to let me share her idea here (thanks, Danelle!).

Lori, I turned your 365 Questions into a Prescription for my husband, and we are having a ball with it! He used to have the most heart-breaking struggle to think of things to ask this Quality-Time Wife – LOL!

I printed each page of questions out on different colored paper, cut them apart, rolled each one up in a tight spiral and taped it securely. They really resemble pills at this point… so I gathered up some prescription bottles and printed up some labels. One says “Husband Super Powers,” and another “Wife Daily Vitamins.”

We did have a little muddle getting started though – he treated each question like some kind of test or competition and would reel off his answer lickety-split and be done. Now, however, he has come to see the value of letting me go first… he gets to talk less – LOL! 

What a delightful solution for those who need help with their quality time spouse. And what a fun and creative way of dressing up a year’s worth of conversation starters.

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.  J. Isham

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you and your husband share from your heart and listen well.

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The Generous Husband: Valentine’s Ideas Very cool couple’s journals.

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Be More with Less: 25 Meaningful Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less Lack of time or lack of priority?

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Time to Pray

February 8, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 6 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

Time for prayer! Please take a moment to sit with God and share your heart about your marriage and the marriages represented by this list (friends and family too).

What does your marriage need? What would build your marriage? What would add joy? Pray for those things for your marriage and ask God to bless other marriages in the same way.

If you have a specific prayer request, feel free to leave it as a comment. Be aware this is a public forum, so please be discreet and kind.

God tells us to burden him with whatever burdens us. Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt Please pray for the marriages of your friends and family.

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♥ ♥ ♥ 7 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

The Christian Marriage Bloggers Association is having a Valentine’s Day Challenge ~ write something about date nights.

You and your husband are a couple by choice and spending time together will keep your relationship strong over the years.

One option in our culture is the “date night.” That can get pretty complicated and expensive at times, so I’d like to share a date night idea that will give you lots and lots of options.

Pick a letter and do things that start with that letter. For example, if you pick “R” you could Read to each other, eat at the Restaurant of your choice, or Rest in a hammock on your patio (perhaps feed each other Raspberries).

At the beginning of the week one of you picks a letter. Spend the week brainstorming ideas and narrow it down to something you can do for date night. Next date night the other spouse gets to pick a letter.

The nice thing about this idea is that you can dress it up or dress it down depending on how much time, money and energy you have.

If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters – 204 if you’re in Japan.  Claire Cook

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for creative date night ideas that will work for you and your husband.

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For Better – Or What?: Things I Do That Annoy My Husband Yeah, those little habits.

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To Love, Honor and Vacuum: The Christian Response to 50 Shades of Grey Why are women drawn to 50 Shades of Grey? How should we respond?

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Sex on VDay

February 6, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 8 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

Valentine’s Day Giveaway Winners:

valentineThe Generous Wife Giveaway: Dana (114th poster) will receive these Valentine goodies.

Grand Prize: Christina (who commented on The Forgiven Wife) will receive a Foreplay in a Row game, Emotion Lotion flavored lotion, and a LAmour bullet vibrator from Married Dance.

Congratulations! Be sure to check The Forgiven Wife and Bonny’s OysterBed7 blogs to see if you won their giveaways. (Winners will be contacted by email.)

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Most guys can at least appreciate the romantic celebration of Valentine’s Day, but romance typically has sexual overtones for men. Your husband loves you, wants to romance you, wants to be intimate with you and … intimacy is spelled s-e-x.

For those of you who struggle with sex, I do understand that holidays tend to be a bit more stressful than the ordinary day and that can make sex even harder. However, romance on Valentine’s Day is for our guys too. 

Let me ask you a few (hopefully) helpful questions to put Valentine’s Day sex into perspective.

How much time would sex take?
How much personal energy do you need?
What would it take for you to have the time and energy for sex?
Can you make that happen on Valentine’s Day? With a smile?

Surely he’s worth it. (You are too.)   :)

It’s not about “having” time, It’s about making time.  Author Unknown

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you understand and appreciate your husband’s sexuality.

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We are THAT Family: 4 Things That Can Save or Sink A Marriage It’s the little enemies we overlook and ignore that are the most dangerous.

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Encourage Your Spouse: All the Possibilities Need a Plan Dream a little dream.

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Morning Ease

February 5, 2015

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♥ ♥ ♥ 9 days until Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

Is there any friction in your morning? Your husband’s? Do you spend time looking for the keys or fussing because there is no milk?

Take the time to look at your morning routines and plan a course of action that will make your mornings easier.

Gather your things the night before. Set out your clothes. Make sure you have what you need for breakfast.

Removing the friction can make for a happier morning and a happier marriage.

The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. Henry Ward Beecher

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you simplify and prepare for the start of each day.

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The Forgiven Wife: Are Romance Novels Okay for Christian Women? Good perspectives.

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Hungry for God: Cleaning Jesus’ Teeth Who are we really serving?

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