Good Morning

The things that happen in the first part of your day tend to set the tone for the rest of the day. Same is true for hubby.

What can you do to plan for a pleasant morning? What sights or sounds? What words? A kiss or two?

Good Morning - Set a gracious tone for the day, for you and your husband.

Set a gracious tone for the day, for you and your husband.

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have. Lemony Snicket


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you make your mornings a sweet time for you and your man.

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 I am the Sex Talk Lady: Why You Should Kiss Your Spouse Every Day Strengthen your sense of affection with this simple habit.


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Find Rest + a Giveaway

Awhile back I talked about goals being tools, not rules. Goals can direct and shape what you do, but they shouldn’t own you.

Well, here’s another example (from my list of personal goals).

Goal #1b – Read from my daily devotional – A Year with God.

The Generous Wife: Marriage Book Library: LifestyleI enjoy having a devotional and this one is amazingly good. However, a publisher recently sent me a copy of Find Rest by Shaunti Feldhahn and I can’t put it down.

It’s a 60-day devotional that speaks to my heart and addresses my search to reduce stress in my life. Each day has a fairly short reading, a few thoughts for reflection, and a place to take notes. It’s a hardback with a ribbon bookmark (though it’s available in Kindle format too). The author frames each day’s reading around one of eight different themes/elements, all leading to a lighter load and a peaceful heart.

I confess I’ve nearly read the entire book. When I’m done with it, I hope to go through it again one devotional a day. (A Year with God gets put on hold for awhile. Goals are tools, not rules.)

I think the thing I love most about the book is she helps you look at heart attitudes. You wind up in all the nooks and crannies of your life looking for those things that add stress to your life.

It’s God’s gift to me for my quiet time reading (and for my life, my sanity, my marriage …).

And because I like sharing good things (and because the publisher offered me an extra copy <happy dance>), I’m going to have a giveaway.

Please share your favorite summer activity as a comment to this post and on Friday (May 25th), I’ll pick a random number and the poster in that spot will win the extra copy of Find Rest.

This devotional is more than just a “time out” or a moment of peace in a beautiful garden of inspiration each day. It is a series of simple but crucial moments that, if you truly enter into them, will lead you to find rest in your “inner soul” – a place of true, Christ-centered peace, no matter where the daily pinball game sends you.  Shaunti Feldhahn


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to show you those places where you are carrying a load that is not yours to carry.

Love Hope Adventure: Big Jewelry Makes Great Lingerie What a playful idea!

Home Storage Solutions 101: Why & How To Create A Tickler File Remind yourself to do all those little tasks.


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Don’t Do vs. Do

It’s important to tell yourself “don’t do” about those things that are hurtful. But if all you say is “don’t do” you’ve left yourself only half prepared to deal with the problem.

Don't Do vs. Do - Restate your "don't do's" as a "do."

You also need to say, “Do.”

 Don’t talk trash about your husband. Do speak kindly and respectfully.
Don’t reminisce about your old boyfriend. Do think about the fun you had at the park with your husband yesterday.
Don’t get down on yourself all the time. Do remind yourself of who you are in Christ.

Where you focus is typically where you end up. If you focus on the “don’t do’s” you’ll lock your attention there. If you say “don’t do” and then move on to what you want to “do” instead, you’ve given yourself a new and positive focus.

When you find your self-talk full of “don’t do’s” ask yourself how you can restate them as a “do.”

When you focus on what you want, everything else falls away.  Author Unknown


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you move from “don’t do” to “do.”


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Turn Off the Tech

Sometime this weekend, turn off your tv, computer, and phones. Grab your sweetie’s hand and spend a little no-tech time with him.

Turn Off the Tech - Spend time together without interruption or competition from anything tech.

It doesn’t really matter what you do, just spend time together without interruption or competition from anything tech.

Turn off your TV and turn on your life!  Robert Tew


Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you turn off your tech and enjoy your spouse.

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You Both Win

I’ve been thinking about frugal date night ideas.

A simple idea is to turn your favorite game into a strip version (you may need to farm out your children for the evening or make sure they are sound asleep before starting your game).

You Both Win - Invite your husband to play a private game.

Go through the game rules and give the different actions a corresponding strip action. 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


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

Becoming Minimalist: When The Stuff You Own Keeps You From Your Dreams Live with less. Dream more.

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