24 days until Valentine’s Day! 

From The Generous Wife archive:

Do you have a Honey Do list (a list of things you want your husband to do for you)?  There are things that are just easier for our husbands to do and it’s not unreasonable to ask them to help out on those things.

Throwback Thursday - Honey Do for You Too!

Does your husband have a Honey Do list for you?  Are there things he needs you to do? 

Be generous and don’t put them off any longer.  Get practical and look through your week.  When can you get those things done?

To generous souls every task is noble.  Euripides

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to give you a servant’s heart.

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Life Of Joy: Resolution Check-Up Love this gals marriage goals. :)

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The Romantic Vineyard: Romantic Friday: Start A Dinner Club Cool date night idea!

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25 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Just another speech concept … (while you’re practicing yesterday’s post about using a gracious tone of voice)

Last year I spent the entire year speaking clearly about what I wanted and needed. No hints. No manipulating. No hoping my husband would read my mind. 

Have I Made Myself Clear?

Just clear talking.

It was an interesting year (possibly the understatement of the year).

I knew I had communication issues, but, honestly, I didn’t realize how much I let go by without saying something. Or I hinted. Or looked surprised or miffed. You get the idea.

I didn’t communicate my needs and wants clearly. Now, a part of that comes from my messy past, but most of it came from not learning to speak clearly and reasonably with others. Most of this stuff is learned behavior which meant I could learn something different.

So, I practiced. And then I practiced some more. I missed opportunities and I messed up, but over the year I got better.

Now I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I encourage y’all to practice clear speaking. It’s refreshing, honest, and respectful (to you and your husband).

A half truth is a whole lie.  Yiddish proverb

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you communicate honestly and clearly.

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Gary Thomas : He Lies Become an expert lie detector and fight back with the truth!

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Are You Separating What God Joined Together? More marriage truth from the Word.

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A Gracious Voice

January 19, 2016

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26 days until Valentine’s Day! 

When I started this generous journey years ago, one of the first things I addressed was my tone of voice.

I didn’t know it at the time, but God has a thing about how we speak and He wants to teach us to be kind and gracious with our words.

A Gracious Voice

I encourage ya’ll to take a few days and listen to the tone of your voice. Let God speak to you about His ways. Try working with your voice. Practice a couple of responses.

Here are a few Bible verses to think about.

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6 ESV

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  Ephesians 4:29 ESV

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.  Proverbs 16:24 ESV

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 ESV

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalm19:14 ESV

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to teach you about speaking graciously.

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Deeply Rooted Magazine: The Best Resolution – Spend time with Him, to become more like Him.

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Bonny’s OysterBed7: 3 Ways for a Young Mom to Feel More Sensual  Boy, howdy, do I remember those difficult days. 

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27 days until Valentine’s Day! 

It’s the beginning of a new year and a good time to revisit your budget.

Change in Your Pocket

Is is still working for you?
Does it further your plans and dreams?
Are there life changes that mean budget changes?

Work with your man to make money a tool you use as a couple.

Helpful financial tools:

Youneedabudget.com is a phone app for budgeting and keeping track of your spending.
Financial Peace University has helped bazillions of people gain control of their finances and get out of debt.
Wave is online financial ware. It’s free and it will let you keep track of your money (personal accounts, business, etc.).

Do you know of any financial helps? (Please leave as a comment.) What works for you and your husband?

A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.  Dave Ramsey

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for financial wisdom.

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Journey to Surrender: Making the Most of Date Night Great ideas for shaping your date nights.

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 My Marriage: Give and Take in Marriage Take on the attitude of outrageous generosity.

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Sorry, Dear

January 17, 2016

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28 days until Valentine’s Day! 

When was the last time you apologized to your husband?

If it’s been awhile, I encourage you to think and pray about the why of it.

Sorry, Dear

We all do little hurtful things in life ~ a sharp word, leaving a mess on the counter, forgetting something important, etc. It’s a kind thing to apologize for any inconvenience or hurt we may have caused (it also keeps our heart soft toward our husband).

Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.  Margaret Lee Runbeck

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to help you stay aware of the effects of what you do and apologize appropriately.

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 29 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Quick, list two problems you and your husband are currently facing.

How can you and your husband team up to beat the problems?

Team Up to Beat It

Brainstorm. Pray. Sort through your options. Encourage each other. Pray more. Baby step through your plans. 

Together you can beat it!

In union there is strength.  Aesop

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God to show you how to work together to solve your problems.

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Ashley Willis: 4 Ways to Stop Having an “ALL-OR-NOTHING” Marriage and Lifestyle Progress, not perfection.

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Hot, Holy & Humorous: Aligning Your Sexual Desires with God’s Plan Looking for answers in all the right places.

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One Month

January 15, 2016

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30 days until Valentine’s Day! 

Just a heads up. Valentine’s Day is one month away and guys like to be romanced too!

One Month

Thirty days. That’s plenty of time to come up with a little of romance.

What is your husband’s love language?

Words of affirmation? ~ a love letter
Touch? ~ an all over massage
Quality time? ~ his favorite meal served with candlelight
Gifts? ~ chocolates (he will likely share)  :)
Practical acts of service? ~ clean his car and leave a card on the steering wheel

Thirty days, gals. We can do this!

Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.  Norman Vincent Peal

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Prayer Prompt  Ask God for creative ideas for romancing your man.

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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott: Two Ways to Fire Up Passion in the Bedroom Simple and doable. 

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The Generous Husband: Just Do It! and The Story We Tell Ourself Make your spouse a high priority.

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