Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you. The dinner can be as nice as you prefer. Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in areas you’ve rarely talked about. Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate.
While today is not Martin Luther King Jr. birthday today we as a nation can celebrate the things Martin Luther King Jr. has done for us. Our kids learned last year how we celebrated him and his works and teachings. Besides what they learned at school I shared with them from this site again because it was so helpful last year. There are many sites to look at though, so find what works for you. Remember what freedom he has brought us and what the loss of his life has meant to us as Americans. Join us as we celebrate him.
Read his speech here:
—Proverbs 17:9 NIV
Determine to guard your mate’s secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse, and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.
45 : married to Stephen
3 kids: Mac(9), Sarah(16), & Taylor(23)
Bible studying, basketball watching, memory preserving Mom
Welcome Amy and her Scripture Sunday interview. I was not one for reading and studying the Bible this past year until I seen the encouraging way Amy shared hers. The way she dove into the word and so lovingly shared what God spoke to her made me want to dive back in. I hope you enjoy her passion as much as I have.
—3 John 2
Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.
—1 Peter 3:7
TODAY’S DARE :
Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. It may be holding the door for her. It might be putting his clothes away for him. It may be the way you listen and speak in your communication. Show your mate that he or she is highly esteemed in your eyes.
Last year at this same time the girls hard worked paid off and they won.
Can they do it again? Will their hard work pay off?
Lets remember, they are nine and winning is not everything.
Day 14: Love takes delight
Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life.—Ecclesiastes 9:9 HCSB
Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. Do something he or she would love to do or a project they’d really like to work on. Just be together.
Day 13: Love fights fair
If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
Talk with your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement. If your mate is not ready for this, then write out your own personal rules to "fight" by. Resolve to abide by them when the next disagreement occurs. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.
In the 1800's author's would write a story and release it in parts over a period of time. So every week or month a chapter or few pages would be published on cheap paper for the middle or lower class to be able to enjoy literature. These really took off during those times making reading more enjoyable for those who may have not been able to afford books.
Day 12: Love lets the other winDo not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Demonstrate love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and your spouse. Tell them you are putting their preference first.
Day 11: Love cherishes
Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.
What need does your spouse have that you could meet today? Can you run an errand? Give a back rub or foot massage? Is there housework you could help with? Choose a gesture that says, "I cherish you" and do it with a smile.
Have you ever been at the brink of breaking down, feeling like you are going to scream, or wishing that the day would just end? I have. Moms tend to want to pretend that we have it all under control ... well at least I do. In life, there will always be a moment or two or fifty that you feel that you are not at your best as a mom and I wanted to share one of mine with you.
Day 10: Love is unconditional God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8Do something out of the ordinary today for your spouse—something that proves (to you and to them) that your love is based on your choice and nothing else. Wash her car. Clean the kitchen. Buy his favorite dessert. Fold the laundry. Demonstrate love to them for the sheer joy of being their partner in marriage.
Greet one another with a kiss of love.—1 Peter 5:14
Think of a specific way you’d like to greet your spouse today. Do it with a smile and with enthusiasm. Then determine to change your greeting to reflect your love for them.
Day 8: Love is not jealous
Love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire.
—Song of Solomon 8:6 NIV
TODAY’S DAREDetermine to become your spouse’s biggest fan and to reject any thoughts of jealousy. To help you set your heart on your spouse and focus on their achievements, take yesterday’s list of negative attributes and discreetly burn it. Then share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he or she recently enjoyed.
Time Management is something everyone struggles with; however, a housewife seems to have more struggles wearing so many hats. We all have the same amount of time in our days but somehow it seems my time is stretched pretty thin. As a housewife I have to always keep in mind what not only my day looks like but what all members of my family days look like as well. Managing a household is not easy task but one I have chosen to do.
[Love] believes all things, hopes all things.—1 Corinthians 13:7
TODAY’S DAREFor today’s dare, get two sheets of paper. On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a different purpose and plan for each. At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city
Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list below of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.
Day 5: Love is not rude
He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him.
TODAY’S DAREAsk your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them or justifying your behavior. This is from their perspective only.
Day 4: Love is thoughtfulHow precious also are Your thoughts to me. . . .How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand
Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
Whatever you put your time, energy, and money into will become more important to you. It’s hard to care for something you are not investing in. Along with restraining from negative comments, buy your spouse something that says, "I was thinking of you today."
Day 2: Love is kindBe kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.—Ephesians 4:32
In addition to saying nothing negative to your spouse again today, do at least one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness.
Day 1: Love is patient
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient,
bearing with one another in love.
bearing with one another in love.
—Ephesians 4:2 NIVThe first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It’s better to hold your tongue than to say something you’ll regret
I am going to give this another go. It is not that I don't take pictures, it
is that I don't blog them. I am an Instagram addict and I take
tons of pictures of my kids, my hubby, and myself.
So I will pick just one to share here
each day with a title and let you figure out its meaning .
It is the first day of the new year. You know that day we make promises and tell ourselves that all it takes is to make a few goals. Yup it is that day, the day we all count down to and wait for. This year I did something different. I did not wait for today to start making a difference in my family and myself. I knew about two weeks ago I had to make changes and there was no way I was going to wait until the start of the new year to get any of them started. It is not always easy; however, if you set your mind to something you can accomplish it.
Happy New Year and my this year bring you blessings.