I find that if I read too much, I don’t really take what I read to heart. I might nod my head and agree, maybe even agree it’s something I ought to do, but it doesn’t always stick and produce fruit. It’s sort of like running water. All that knowledge just runs through my brain and I’m fascinated by the flow, but I don’t really stop to drink.
I fight this tendency by taking something of value and thinking about it for a week. I will pray about it, mutz around in it, and find ways to live it out. Sometimes I even sit on it for a month or two or twelve.
In what area of your marriage do you and your husband struggle? Is there one small thing you could consider, pray about, and practice for a week (or more)?
The key to success isn’t just thinking about what we are doing but doing something about what we are thinking. Peter Senge
♥ Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you pray about and practice those skills that will grow your marriage.
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Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a Amplified
This is the last of the love passage. I’ve given you the amplified version to help you see the nuances in the passage.
The passage is calling us to a level of steadfastness and perseverance that only God can help us do. Life is messy and difficult times will come. Love is stick-to-ative and faithful to remain. It means working for a healthy marriage over the years.
♥ Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you love your husband for a lifetime.
Grab your sweetie and have a picnic!
Weather getting you down? Take the picnic to the covered patio or the living room floor.
Throw down a comfortable blanket, share good food (be sure to include his favorite dessert), laugh a lot, and talk about your interests (do turn off your phones).
There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort. W. Somerset Maugham
♥ Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you have a little spontaneous fun with your hubbie man.
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I’ve been trying to simplify my life and reduce stress. One of my major sources of stress is having work and ministry projects hanging over my head. They just seem to hang on as tension in my shoulders and general distraction and drag in the rest of my life. I never feel quite rested because … well, because I have so much to do.
I’m always telling folks to leave their work at work and relax when they are home. So I decided to take my own advice and create work hours. It’s been going well for me because when I’ve worked a couple of hours of bookkeeping, I’m done. Anything that comes in (a check or a receipt) just gets dropped in a drawer until my next bookkeeping day. Done and off my shoulders. Same with writing, housework, website work, and such.
Each kind of work has its own hours. Outside of that I choose to set my work down and enjoy family, friends, rest, and play. When I know I have a work day set up to get my work done, it’s much easier to let it go.
What I wanted to share with you today though was something I stumbled onto by accident as I was playing with work hours.
I had one day when I finished my work early so I settled in to get ahead a bit. I ended up having a planning day that made my next week amazingly easy.
Making decisions wears me out and can slow me down on a day to day basis. If I make a bunch of decisions on a “think day” then the rest of my week runs smoothly. I also make fewer mistakes because I have time to think through everything. I’m not making decisions on the fly.
So now one day a week is a “think day.” All my responsibilities are planned out and when I’m not working, I’m present and way less stressed.
Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy! Brian Tracy
♥ Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you find ways to reduce the stresses in your life.
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Grab a container and begin to drop in change and a bill now and then. Don’t tell your sweetie (this is the good kind of secret).
Plan a fun time for the two of you and, when you’ve saved enough, surprise him (perhaps something on your couple’s bucket list?).
Surprise comes from defying expectations. Seth Godin
♥ Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you plan fun times with your man.
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