Monday, September 21, 2009

Being Merry with our husbands ;-)

I like this challenge below from!

"You will show me the path of life. In your presence is fullness of joy. Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!" (Psalm 16:11a; 144:15b)

"A merry heart does good, like medicine." (Proverbs 17:22a)

It's hard to criticize others when we are enjoying their company. Instead of speaking negatively to your husband today, enjoy him! Encourage him! As you experience fullness of joy with God, share some of that joy with your husband.

Does your husband have a playful side? A great sense of humor? Is there a "little boy" that wants to escape from time to time, reflecting the joy in his heart?

This is a wonderful part of who he is, and a great strength. Let him know that you appreciate his joyfulness and his playful spirit. Find opportunities to join him in positive play times.

If your husband can sometimes be overly serious, coax him out occasionally for some play times. It will help him relieve stress and relax.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Anger and calmness

Ecclesiastes 10

4 If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place,
for calmness [1] will lay great offenses to rest.

I thought this was a very practical verse!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cool that God is the most beautiful thing there is

"There is only one place where your heart can be healed, restored, satisfied, and protected. ...It will only be filled, satisfied, and at rest when it is filled with the beauty of the Lord." Paul David Tripp

Monday, September 14, 2009

Learning to have faith--Bonhoeffer

This is what Bonhoeffer wrote the day after the attempt on Hitler's life had failed:

I discovered later, and I'm still discovering right up to this moment, that is it only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. One must completely abandon any attempt to make something of oneself, whether it be a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called priestly type!), a righteous man or an unrighteous one, a sick man or a healthy one. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world — watching with Christ in Gethsemane. That, I think, is faith; that is metanoia; and that is how one becomes a man and a Christian (cf. Jer. 45!). How can success make us arrogant, or failure lead us astray, when we share in God's sufferings through a life of this kind.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Filling our Lives

Great quote by Matt Chandler:

“We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with the things that stir affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.”

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fourth day of Revive our Hearts challenge

I am participating in the Revive our Hearts Challenge for encouraging our husbands--here is day four


Day Four:
"...let him labor, working with his hands what is good..." Eph. 4:28
We are all accountable for the things we say, both negative and positive words. Have
you embraced the challenge to speak only positive things to your husband and to others
about him? Here's a suggestion that touches the core of your husband's world.
Some women take their husband's career for granted, and they show it in many ways.
Do you "dump" on your husband at the end of the workday, or do you strengthen and
encourage him with your words? A wise wife will make her husband feel that she values
and appreciates his work. Let him know that you are glad he is a hard worker. Take
opportunities to praise his diligence and resourcefulness to others.
If your husband is out of work, unable to work, or refuses to work, you'll need to be more
creative. Praise him for a character quality that you see in him that would be a vital part
of a successful career - such as persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind,
organizational skills, good with people, good listener, determination, etc

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cat proofing my flowers

Ok, so what is going on here??
My cat eats all fresh flowers and then proceeds to puke. SOOOOOOOOOO I was trying to think of a way to keep him from eating them ...I have been trying to put them in and out of the frig. But my family complained because flowers are in the way there. So I am giving this idea a shot.
I can put them in here (the little arrangements) and take them out when I want. Weird, huh?

Fall cleaning and not by choice

What a mess--a plumbing leak under the sink: it means removing lots of junk (I can't believe how much was under the kitchen sink!!)
Here is some of it...but not all---what a mess. It was fairly organized........fairly........

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

30 day husband encouragement challenge


I am participating in this. The info can be found at Truly Captivating and also here:

It is also on facebook! On facebook it is called "ROH 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge"
This should be fun; it is exciting to make this as a goal!