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Encouraging Words: Favor

Can you think of a time when you loved your spouse with excessive, unfair partiality? Or showed him or her preferential treatment?  Or gave the one you love - your spouse - your undivided support, attention and approval? It's OK to be biased. It's good to have a...

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Encouraging Words: Steer

As a spouse, we influence the direction of our marriage. Do you take responsibility for your influence? It's not enough to just drift through your married life.  It's not enough to shrug off  the sound of your marriage ship scraping against the rocks.  You are...

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Encouraging Words:  Edify

Encouraging Words: Edify

Edify:  To build up - strengthen - establish. I don't know about you - but this is NOT a word I use most days.  Or any day.  Sometimes I read it in a Biblical context, but I don't think I've ever used it when describing my relationship with my spouse. And yet. When I...

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Encourage your spouse to fail. Forward.

Failure. Not a word to inspire excitement...               Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. ~ C.S. Lewis Everyone fails.  Failure is as inevitable as change. What is necessary to combat failure, is the...

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Building Hope

I'm a "fan" of the Leadership Freak, Dan Rockwell.  His posts often jar my mindset enough to get me really thinking.  His blog is business focused, but I find I can often translate to marriage... Today's post at Leadership Freak is called "Fixing the Reason Vision...

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Planning & Encouragement

Yesterday was February 14th - Valentines Day. Many couples created a plan to celebrate - did you? These couples planned a dinner - either at a restaurant or at home.  They planned to purchase gifts and cards and flowers.  I also imagine they planned on adding other...

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Building Strength – Adapt

Be willing to adapt. If something is harmful to your marriage (or has the potential to be) then remove it. This is not about sacrifice.  It’s about demonstrating that you are willing to do whatever it takes to protect your marriage. ~ from 7 Ways to Build Strength...

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Encouraging Words: Uplift

Down-in-the-dumps. Down-trodden. Down-in-the-mouth. Down-cycled. Downward. Down-graded. Down-and-out. Down-cast. There are times when you've done all you physically can.  There are days where there are no more options.  Sometimes there is no solution.  None. Where do...

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Build each other up.

To become strong we need to build each other up...  It's not a one time thing.  Building strength is ongoing. Think of an athlete working toward competing in an event. They don't just eat one healthy meal and call themselves strong... They don't exercise once and...

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Build each other up.

To become strong we need to build each other up...  It's not a one time thing.  Building strength is ongoing. Think of an athlete working toward competing in an event. They don't just eat one healthy meal and call themselves strong... They don't exercise once and...

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Fortify – Words to Encourage

Battlement - Fortress - Stronghold - Garrison - Citadel - Rampart What do you visualize when you hear these words? When I hear these words, I think of something precious and protected.  What we value, we protect.  To protect something there must be an element of...

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Inspire – Words to Encourage

One of my favorite Encouragement words is - Inspire. What does it mean? to produce... or arouse... or animate... or quicken... or influence... a  Feeling or Action What is the result of inspiring your spouse? The affect of inspiration ripples outward. When feeling...

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3 Essentials to Get Over the Humps

A few weeks ago I spent time with Mary & Charles - they've been married over 50 years and they shared a bit of their wisdom.  They also agreed to be filmed.  We spent time at a studio, and then answered a few questions after dinner at home.  (You can see the post...

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Praying. For your spouse.

Where does prayer start?  When are you prompted to pray? Do you pray for your husband or wife? Or do you just think about it... I've been reading a book on prayer and the church - "The Prayer Saturated Church" by Cheryl Sacks.  There's nothing (much) about praying on...

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Doodling about HOPE

While researching the different aspects and traditions about Advent,  I discovered a wonderful blog post by Mark D. Roberts on An Introduction to Advent.  This post explains Advent beautifully. At the top left of his blog is a tab with the title "Advent Doodles".  I...

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A Flicker or a Flame? Light the flame of hope.

A Flicker or a Flame? Light the flame of hope.

Advent can be a time to build hope into your relationship as husband and wife. Light a flame of hope... Do you celebrate Advent in your home? For those who aren't familiar with the term "Advent", here's a tiny (inadequate) summary: Advent is the celebration and...

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A Gold Medal

Over 50 years ago, two special people met.  At 25, he had just finished time in the navy, and she was a high school girl of 17.  His blue convertible was a draw for many young ladies, but Gerald only saw one girl - Shirley.  In 1959 they married. Over the next years...

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Love & Faith

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.  ~ Thomas a Kempis   Even though Thomas a Kempis never married, and lived a...

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Know your Spouse’s Strengths

Know your Spouse’s Strengths

Strength. We all have strengths. Do you see your spouse's strengths? Robert and I did an interesting assessment last week. It's called Strengths Finder 2.0, part of a book written by Tom Rath, in association with Gallup. After purchasing the book, and opening the...

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Atmospheric Pressure

Atmospheric Pressure

A song has been buzzing in my head the past few days: Has your spouse felt pressed down by the atmosphere of today? No - I'm not talking about the weather.  I'm taking about these pressures: illness - mental or physical financial burdens tragedy relationships...

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Atmospheric Pressure

A song has been buzzing in my head the past few days: Has your spouse felt pressed down by the atmosphere of today? No - I'm not talking about the weather.  I'm taking about these pressures: illness - mental or physical financial burdens tragedy relationships...

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