Encourage Your Spouse

Husbands & Wives Leading Meaningful Lives

What do you see when you look at your husband or wife?

What do you see when you look at your husband or wife?

When you look at your spouse – your husband, your wife – what do you see? Is her skin sagging a bit? Is his belly hanging over his belt? Is there a grey hair peeking through her brown curls, or is there hair missing on his head? What are your looking at? When you look at your husband or wife – what do you see?  Do you see faults and flaws? And when you look at yourself, are you making a list of all the areas that...

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Challenge Yourself To Try Something New – It’ll Make You A Keeper

Challenge Yourself To Try Something New – It’ll Make You A Keeper

It’s a challenge: try something new – it’ll make you a “keeper”! Everyday Robert and I are seeing couples enjoying life. They’re no longer raising their children, and most are not working full time anymore, (or they could be on holidays) but they are exploring new experiences. Together. When I chat with these couples about their relationships, after a little while they’ll chuckle, and nod, then...

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Encouragement in Grief and Loss

Encouragement in Grief and Loss

Encouraging your spouse when life is difficult – during grief or loss –  takes perseverance. If we look carefully, life is also filled with God’s love. Maybe, we can even be an example of God’s love… I was listening to a minister talk about the person whose faith he admired most – an elderly widow. When he came to visit her, all she said was, “Tell me about God’s love.” Her life with her...

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Encourage Your Spouse To Be Healthy Today

Encourage Your Spouse To Be Healthy Today

How do you encourage your spouse – husband or wife -  to be healthy? Health is a tricky topic. Being healthy in mind, body and spirit means something different to each person, yet being a husband and wife, and leading your life together, health is never a solo endeavor. Yes. Each person is responsible for their own health. You can’t be healthy for your spouse… However. Being healthy is not a solo act in marriage. Your...

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Now is the Best Time to Set Goals – 5 Resources

Now is the Best Time to Set Goals – 5 Resources

Is now the best time to set goals in your marriage? As a husband and wife, what’s your life like, right now? Life flows … Sometimes it’s slow and easy, calm and serene with not a ripple in sight. You can manage everything without any extra effort. As a husband and wife, you’re floating along – careful not to capsize, but enjoying the ride. Your relationship is not exactly exciting or fresh, but you’re...

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How to Choose Better Goals for This Time in Your Life

How to Choose Better Goals for This Time in Your Life

Even before a man and woman get married, they begin to set goals. Where will they live? What places will they visit together? How many kids will they have? How can they make a meaningful contribution to their community? Setting goals begins with lots of discussion, dreaming, researching, and more discussion. Then real life gets in the way. For most couples, marriage tends to get complicated; it’s dynamic, ever changing and evolving. Over time,...

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All the Possibilities Need a Plan

All the Possibilities Need a Plan

All the possibilities in life…  need a plan —> or they won’t happen. (yeah. sorry.) It’s easy to let “real life” meander – or dash – or fast forward, and find your dreams sinking into the muck of “wish I coulda” because time has passed too fast, and too far. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe it’s fear, maybe it’s something else – but the days, weeks and years can...

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5 Ways to Set Goals Together in Marriage

5 Ways to Set Goals Together in Marriage

We look for achievement  in all aspects of life. Students strive to get good marks in college. Athletes work hard to win in sports. Professionals pursue advancement in their careers. What about achievement in marriage? As a differentiating value, Achievement means successful performance; accomplishment; or obtaining by exertion. In other words, achievement is about attaining a goal. In marriage, achievement is about a husband and wife...

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Intentional Growth in Your Marriage

Intentional Growth in Your Marriage

Intentional growth in your marriage takes effort. (Welcome to Robert’s readers from FergusonValues.com) However… Couples grow out of their relationships because they’re not working on them together. <– Tweet this! (That’s a quote from a book I first read last year, and have re-read this year, planning for a series of posts here on Encourage Your Spouse.) If you want to encourage your spouse – or –...

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New Year Focus

New Year Focus

How do you feel about resolutions for a new year?  Some people coach the concept of new year resolutions as goal setting. But, as important as goals are – in your personal or professional life – how successful have you been meeting those goals, or resolutions? I have to confess, that the more complex the goals or resolutions, the less of a chance I have of seeing success. What’s been your experience? Simple is Good To handle...

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Sharing 36 Questions

Sharing 36 Questions

Conversations – asking questions and sharing thoughtfully creates intimacy between a couple. Last month I wrote about ways to create a conversation with your spouse. (You can read that post here.) That post had resources and links to questions. I’m still adding to the Pinterest board I created with all the links, because people seem to be interested. (They’re still pining, anyway!) Guess what? I found a new set of...

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Faith is an Every Day Decision

Faith is an Every Day Decision

Now faith is being sure  of what we hope for, and certain of what  we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is a decision we make every day. It’s not a one, and done… A solid faith in God – in Christ’s love – needs to be nurtured. What actions are you and your spouse taking today to remain strong in...

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