Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up...10/3/14

What a week! I have still been high on the pain scale this week but thankful for the good days and sunshine. We are going into week 5 on Monday. I am beginning to see Blake go through that fun  stage of puberty....difficult time. 
To ease into this new change we started with this book . I was very impressed and would highly recommend this for your tween boys.

For sports this year Blake is continuing to play Football. I was  pleased to get him on a great team with wonderful coaching. (This is always a concern when we transfer leagues). In the winter, we will try wrestling and see how that goes. He has been exited to meet two Christian boys on his team and another who homeschools.  For Bible we are doing the S.O.A.P. Study together. It is fun to read a chapter and then see what verses speak to us each day. Blake is filling up his Bible notebook with God's Word. Last night we had a camp-out in our front room together. I am going to cherish the moments he wants to spend with me because soon enough that will be gone... {sigh}.
And now....Off to a great weekend!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ 10/2/14

Wow! Time goes so fast! They are now 11 & 18.

Austen & Blake 2004

I Choose to Bless-Day 4

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! [If] I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. 
(Psalms 139:17-18 KJV) 

* Love Thinks
* If you don't learn to be thoughtful, you end up regretting missed opportunities to demonstrate love.
* Love requires thoughtfulness~ Built through the constructive combination of patience, kindness, and selflessness.

Todays's Dare

Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he is doing and if there is anything you could do for them.

Question after today's dare....

What did you learn about yourself or your spouse by doing this today? How could this become a more natural, routine, and genuinely helpful part of your lifestyle?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I Choose to Bless...Day 3

We live in a world that is enamored with "self".
The danger of this kind of thinking becomes painfully apparent once inside a marriage relationship.

Example: When a wife constantly complains about the time and energy she spends meeting the needs of her husband, that's a sign of selfishness.

1) True Love looks for ways to say "yes".
2) Love is never satisfied except in the welfare of others.
3) Love leads to inner joy.
4) Love covers a multitude of sins (Proverbs10:12)

Today's Dare

Buy your spouse something that reflect your love to them

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I Choose to Bless my Marriage......Day 2

Love is Kind

Kindness in 4 Categories 

1. Gentleness~ Speak truth in Love
2.. Helpfulness~ Meeting the needs of the moment
3. Willingness~ Listen first rather than demand your way
4. Initiative ~ You see the need and then make the move first.

Today's Dare
In addition to saying nothing negative to your spouse again today, do at least one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness.

Monday, September 29, 2014

I Choose to Bless...My Marriage Day 1

For the pass few years I have really struggled in my marriage.
There was a time I worked hard to build my marriage up and glorify God through it. But, the past few years I lost focus and let things go. A couple month ago my son wanted to watch our wedding so I dug out the tape and we watched it. Watching it made me realize how far we have come(18 years). 
I am choosing to get my head back in the game and work at my marriage. Satan wants nothing more then to destroy this marriage. I pray the Lord would put a hedge of protection around us so that we can build it back up.

Everyday I will share a goal for each day. This will be based out of
 "The Love Dare"
I encourage you to come along with me on the journey.
Matthew 19:6
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder

Your Words
Your words reflect your heart.
Today practice on demonstrating patience.
Say nothing negative to your spouse at all.
If  the temptation arises, choose not to say anything.
It's better to hold your tongue than to say something
you'll regret.

Some verses to ponder

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. Prov. 15:18
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Eph. 4:2


Lord, Help me today to speak out of Love... To remember your Love for us, even when we weren't lovable. Keep watch over my tongue.
Help me be silent when I shouldn't speak and to Love when it isn't  deserved. Thank you for loving us and giving us HOPE when sometimes it feels hopeless.