The theme of today’s blog hop is ANSWERED PRAYERS, and I definitely have many in my life to be thankful for. Actually, my entire life is comprised of answered Continue
prayers. First and foremost, I was blessed with being a pretty
intelligent woman. This led me to become the first college graduate in
my family and college is where I was lucky enough to meet my future
husband, Michael. He is such a gift to me that I could write the rest
of this blog solely on how…
Added by Melissa Cleaver on March 23, 2010 at 2:16am —
Have you ever experienced a time where your husband had a lot on his plate? Maybe he was taking comps for a master's degree. Maybe he had an evaluation at work. Maybe he's in finance, and it's tax season (wear a nametag - he will remember you :) ). Maybe he's a firefighter who is battling seasonal fires or in construction, taking advantage of good weather (Do NOT pretend to be in a burning building to get him to notice you!). Maybe he's a teacher and school is starting. Like it or not, his… Continue
Added by Julie Sanders on March 1, 2010 at 11:07am —
Self-evaluation is never easy. No one likes to admit when, or how many
times, they are wrong. This is especially true for me. But,
self-evaluation is necessary for any real, beneficial changes to occur
in ones behaviors.
And it seems on days that I am most adament about avoiding the
blemishes on my character, my husband turns into a gigantic, gaudy
mirror, waiting with baited breath to point out that I'm not as sweet
as I claim to be.
Added by Angela on February 12, 2010 at 11:21am —
Are you heading into Valentine's Day thinking that your hubby is not very easy to love? Today on Marriage Mondays we reflect on how two imperfect people can live and love together in an imperfect world ... not easy! It requires perfect grace.
Come be encouraged by reading more here ...
Added by Julie Sanders on February 8, 2010 at 1:40pm —
I am pleading with the SUN. Please come back. Bring me warmth, energy, and enthusiasm. Take away the cold, blistering wind. Destroy my sweaters, wool socks, and mittens. Bring me sundresses, flip flops, and sunscreen. Keep me warm, tan, and freckled…..a pool by my feet, a cocktail within reach. All of this, in Mother Nature’s name I pray, AMEN.
It’s winter in good old Pennsylvania, and I absolutely hate it. How do I cope? Not well. Chocolate Fudge Torte, Apple Cake, Fudge… Continue
Added by AverageJosey on February 1, 2010 at 3:19pm —
Some modern vows delete it, but most who wear wedding bands promised it "in the presence of these witnesses." You know the part ... "in sickness and in health." Few think of the likelihood of experiencing sickness, physical or emotional, in married life. It's inevitable, though, that infirmity will strike during life together and may range from stomach flu to kidney stones to long term or terminal illness to depression and anxiety. It's hard to live out our vows "in sickness and in health."… Continue
Added by Julie Sanders on January 31, 2010 at 7:25pm —
Stop by to see what books will bless your marriage and to comment for the chance to win two great reads (one for you and one for hubby) by Lysa TerKeurst.
to read and enter.
Added by Julie Sanders on January 26, 2010 at 9:07am —
If you can’t trust my word, what CAN you trust? Isn’t that what they say? Apparently my word means nothing. What’s wrong with me? Didn’t I promise I’d be back on track?
No more late posts, no more procrastination. Once again, a day late and a dollar short. Actually, let’s be honest. A day late would be understandable, but FIVE WEEKS?
I have no excuses.
I took, as I like to lovingly call it, a Christmas vacation. I’ve just decided to return to real life. By now I should know.… Continue
Added by AverageJosey on January 23, 2010 at 3:06pm —
I would love to invite you to join me for Marriage Mondays
! Stop by to get fresh inspiration for enjoying a faith filled marriage. You can click the MckLinky to add your own marriage encouragement post to the list, leave a comment from your marriage journey, and find other great ideas about wedded bliss from wives who know the ropes. …
Added by Julie Sanders on January 18, 2010 at 1:29pm —
During a holiday work party, I went up to my husband to give him a hug when a co-worker asked me, "Do you know you are the luckiest woman in this room?".
I knew what she meant but still I asked "why?". She went on to tell me how wonderful my husband is and how I should love and cherish him. (What made her think I don't love and cherish him?) As we left she made her way to him and tried to go in for.... for well, I don't know what.... but she got a half hug at best.
Added by More Milestones on December 25, 2009 at 7:26pm —
Marriage counseling stinks.
It really does. I skipped our session last week, and I’ve been avoiding admitting the truth and writing this post ever since. But that’s my m.o., that’s what I do. I go in cycles, up, down, and all around. When I start to slide, it’s a very slippery slope.
Nobody told me that if I really wanted to work on my marriage, I’d also have to work on myself. I know how stupid that sounds. I mean, REALLY work on myself.
It’s almost like remodeling a… Continue
Added by AverageJosey on December 14, 2009 at 11:53pm —
Ask your partner why they love you. See what happens. I did, and then I tried not to panic when my husband paused and told me the question made his brain hurt.
Well actually, that requires the presence of a brain, and since he still hadn’t answered yet, I seriously doubt his is in working order. Men can be so DENSE
Oh, by the way, our rubberbands from last week’s session, lasted approximately 20 hours. Not even a full day. They were, quite possibly, the worst idea I’ve… Continue
Added by AverageJosey on December 7, 2009 at 3:25pm —
So we’ve already determined that we stink. We’ve forgotten how to dream. We’ve lost our individual identities and we’re simply co-existing. Sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it?
Well Ladies, I must say, since our first marriage counseling session was posted last week, my life has been an absolute whirlwind.
We may, in fact, stink. But a funny thing happened. When you start communicating, no matter how “big” or “small” the conversation, things start to change.
Dynamics are… Continue
Added by AverageJosey on November 25, 2009 at 11:30am —
Moms, let's talk about the four seasons of marriage: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Usually we think of marriage as a relationship with our partner but it can also be the state of marriage solely within us called "the inner marriage." The inner marriage is an intimate relationship with ourself. We need a strong inner marriage of love, appreciation, understanding and respect for ourself in order to experience the serenity, joy, and connection attainable in an outer marriage.
Added by Mary Jane Hurley Brant on August 27, 2009 at 12:50pm —
Where do I start??? There has been so much going on in my little world, that sometimes I feel as if I'm going to lose it! So, when I had my daughter at 21 things were GREAT! She was such a little angel (which she still is when she wants to be) and she was such a joy to have. But when she hit that 10 month mark I thought I was going to lose it. My Little Madison doesn't cry she's a screamer and that scream will give you the biggest headache ever. She's also going through that clingy stage; where… Continue
Added by Martina Smith-Lockwood on April 27, 2009 at 4:02pm —
I recently gave everyone a challenge to create a prayer closet space. Today I thought I would post a picture of the space I created in my own closet. It is a very humble start to what I hope will turn into a place that I can use as a routine to go to God when I need to ( yes you can go to God anywhere but this will help someone like me to establish a better routine for daily or weekly prayer). This is the space that is created under my shirts when I hang them all together in the closet, I have… Continue
Added by Jamie Schull on April 25, 2009 at 10:12am —
by Steve and Debbie Wilson-January 22, 2009
If we get past the fears and circumstances God uses to shape our character, what's next. Real Love! That's right, a love that carries us through the best life can offer. If you want that kind of love, you must do the following:
Live Beyond Yourself...You must move from your world to a struggling world to a spiritual world. The incredible part of this journey is that once God opens your heart and moves you beyond your world and your… Continue
Added by Denise Edmondson on March 30, 2009 at 1:30pm —