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S.W.A.K. Challenge February 11, 2009

Filed under: marriage,relationships — Amy @ 05:23
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swak1From the blog We Are THAT Family:

“I’m issuing my own personal Kiss Challenge for myself. For 30 days, starting Feb. 1st, I’m planning to passionately lock lips with my hubby.  To block out all distractions for a few minutes and lay one on him.
I think just this one simple act will speak volumes to my man.
{You can secretly join in too if you are up to some serious smooches}

The days leading up to Valentine’s Day (Feb. 11-13), I will be having a little S.W.A.K. carnival. I want you to link up a post honoring your hubby anytime during those three days. It can be how you met, your first kiss, what you’re doing to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or about your own personal Kiss Challenge.”

Granted…we are a little behind, but I loved this idea!  I’m not sure how to “link up” but you can just go to her comments section and add your story. She is even giving out prizes.

I’m going to add mine and hope you do too.  What a great way to honor our husbands!  Remind ourselves and tell the world what a blessing they are to us.

 

Forgiveness February 10, 2009

Filed under: family,relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 04:18
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holdinghandsCommunication is arguably one of the most important components of a healthy marriage.  Openness and transparency with our spouses nurtures a oneness that marks a vibrant marriage.

However, good communication is only part of a healthy marriage.  What we communicate is more important than that we communicate.  Unless we communicate forgiveness, our marriages will be stunted from the growth that is possible.

We need to offer our spouses continual forgiveness.  Jesus talks about this in Matthew 18:21ff.

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

When your marriage is clothed in forgiveness, it will bring honor and glory to God.  Just as we live in a state of forgiven-ness, so should our spouses.

” … Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Luke 6:37

How can continual forgiveness affect a marriage?

 

Love is not… February 4, 2009

Filed under: relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 04:31
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Rude.  In class Sunday morning, we talked about this little segment in I Cor. 13, “love is not rude,”.  What does it mean?  Love is not rude.lovering  

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary says rude implies ignorance of orlovering indifference to good form, it may suggest intentional discourtesy.

If love is not rude, then…

Love never turns a cold shoulder.  Love never replies with the intent to hurt feelings.  Love never refuses to look someone in the eye.  Love doesn’t ignore another person.  Love doesn’t roll her eyes.  Love doesn’t embarrass another person.  Love doesn’t interrupt.

Love seeks to honor the other person.  Love puts the other person at ease.  Love minds her manners.

Can you add to this list?

 

Teach Love? December 22, 2008

Filed under: relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 05:41
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“….teach the younger women to love their husbands…..”  How do you teach someone to “love their husbands” ?  Can we learn to fall in love with our husbands?  Can we learn to enjoy our husbands?  What exactly do you teach?

I think we have to look back at I Corinthians 13.  Take about 3 minutes and watch this video on I Corinthians 13.

What is love?  Patient, kind, does not delight in evil, rejoices with the truth,  always hopes, always trusts….Wow!  What a hard teaching.  I think about my husband, sons, and daughter…Love is simple but takes so much energy and determination.

Look at the word always.  We are taught not to use the word “always”.  Because we know there are exceptions.  Paul says always.

But when we realize that love is something that can be taught and we are commanded to teach women to love their husbands, then there is hope!  When your marriage seems stagnant and dull, there is hope!  We can learn to love and when we love, it changes everything.

Love is not easy. It is hard work, but the most rewarding work we can do. In fact, without love, nothing we do is worthwhile.  Love is not the by-product of a good marriage.  Love is the foundation of a good marriage. We have to pour our energies into loving our husbands to have a marriage that nourishes our families.  Our marriages should bring honor and glory to God.  We will reflect the love of the Father, the Son and the Spirit, as we love our husbands.

When Scott and I are working together at church, I believe we are reflecting the love of our Father.  When we are playing with our children and really engaging with them, I think we are showing His love.  When I put aside what I want to do and join Scott in what he is pursuing, I feel like I am loving my husband.  When do you feel like you are loving your husband?  When do you think you are getting it right?