Encourage Your Spouse

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5 Ways Patience Will Encourage Your Spouse

5 Ways Patience Will Encourage Your Spouse

Patience. It’s one of the Fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) It’s also a necessary virtue in every marriage – in every season of marriage – and a way to encourage your spouse. We usually subscribe to the idea that patience is necessary in the more negative seasons, but it’s also a wonderful gift during a growing season. Any change requires patience. Robert and I are in a new season of our marriage. We’ve...

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Marriage is Priceless

Marriage is Priceless

Marriage is more than the white dress, the fancy party, the sparkling ring… Marriage is NOT one day. It’s two people making a decision to live life – together. Always. Marriage is sacrifice. Marriage is a million moments of letting go. Marriage is effort expended with no expectation of reciprocity.  Marriage is also a trillion tiny blessings, showing up like bursts of light in darkness. Marriage is open-ended hope for a...

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Answers to Questions – Ongoing Learning on Making a HOME

Answers to Questions – Ongoing Learning on Making a HOME

No matter how old we are – or how many children, or years married, we all still have room to grow. (There are lots of areas in which I’m still learning… how about you?) Do you have questions on … how to manage your time… … how to make more healthy choices… … how to build better relationships, including in parenting & marriage… …how to invest and use your money wisely… and...

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Encouraging Your Spouse in a Time of Disappointment

Encouraging Your Spouse in a Time of Disappointment

Things don’t always work out the way we’d like. Life is not fair. We might not like it, but it’s a fact. Life is not fair. (And who said it was supposed to be fair, anyway? That’s just a new-age myth. Give it up.) God writes our story, and sometimes we’d like to change the details, but in the end, I’m sure He has the best, most awesome story for each of us. The best. I’m sure. I’ll bet my eternal...

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Saying “I Love You” – What does your spouse need to do?

Saying “I Love You” – What does your spouse need to do?

What does your spouse need to do, before you say, “I love you”? Prerequisites… Does your spouse need to say those words first? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to clean up? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to hand you roses, or tickets to the game? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to initiate sex? Before you say, “I love...

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Tag! You’re it! Making the Most of the Moments

Tag! You’re it! Making the Most of the Moments

Some seasons in life are difficult.  No question. No rebuttal. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to...

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Serving Together to Encourage

Serving Together to Encourage

It’s easy to be complacent. But, complacency leads to inertia. It’s easy to be self-focused. But, focusing only on yourself leads to selfishness.  It’s easy to be agenda driven. But, letting the agenda control your life leads to stagnation. Being complacent, self-focused and agenda driven is not very encouraging… for you, your spouse or your family! What can you do? –  Serve Together Serve others – your...

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If your spouse were part of a sandwich…

If your spouse were part of a sandwich…

We all need to feel important, and validated. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, as husbands and wives, we behaved in a way which demonstrated how important our spouse is to us? Time & priority demonstrates what level of importance your spouse holds. An encouraged spouse feels important… both because of the time you’ve spent with her/him and the attention you’ve given her/him. Where does your spouse come on the list of...

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Forget making lemonade out of lemons – Make Souffle!

Forget making lemonade out of lemons – Make Souffle!

One of Robert’s favorite desserts is pudding. He doesn’t discriminate between flavors or styles - banana, tapioca, vanilla, flan, chocolate, rice pudding or caramel or butterscotch – they’re all good. However, he does have a favorite. Lemon Souffle Pudding Lemon Souffle Pudding is a dessert Rob’s mum would make for special occasions for their family. It’s one of the many recipes we’ve incorporated into...

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51 Ways to Be the Reason Your Spouse Smiles Today

51 Ways to Be the Reason Your Spouse Smiles Today

Yes. We’re headed toward Valentines. But that’s NOT what this post is about. Really! This post is about making your spouse smile. Anytime. All the time. Every day. Here are 51 ways to be the reason your spouse smiles… today! (You can also check out the Pinterest Board with all these ideas… ) What’s the first? 1. You smile first.   It makes it easy for your husband or wife to respond.  Playful ways to make your...

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The Value of Encouragement

The Value of Encouragement

What is the value of encouragement? How do you measure it? I read a thought provoking post from Ngina Otiende  on how to respond when your hubby is grappling with unemployment. She has 8 things to do instead of feeling envious of others, frustrated or mad at God. The post got me thinking of when encouragement is most likely to be appreciated… It’s when life is a challenge. Unemployment is a challenge. Illness is a...

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The Gift of Encouragement in Marriage

The Gift of Encouragement in Marriage

Encouragement in marriage is a priority. If you aren’t encouraging your spouse – your wife, your husband – who will? With encouragement in marriage – whether through a word – an attitude – of hope for the future, the knowledge of being prayed for and the interaction of praying together, demonstrating a confidence in God’s faithfulness, being loved without condition despite not being perfect, or being...

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