Monday, May 31, 2010

Day Ten - 30-Day husband Challenge


Day Ten - "Behold you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant!..." Song of Solomon 1:16a

We all crave appreciation. We want to know that we are valued and loved. Early love letters probably reflected our admiration, but if we're not careful, our spouse will forget why we were drawn to him. If you still have any of your old love letters, re-read them for clues to deepen your current level of appreciation for your spouse.
When we spend time criticizing our husbands, we lose time that could be spent admiring them. As you consider various ways to encourage your husband, ask, "How can I admire him?" Does your husband know that you think he is attractive? What was one of the characteristics in your husband that first drew you to him? Was it a physical characteristic, or something else? Was it his gentle, compassionate eyes? Kindness or concern for others? An easy-going confidence? A steadiness that comes from trusting in the Lord? Strength of character in a culture that lacks integrity? Do you see at least a glimpse of that characteristic in him today?Whatever it is, tell him!  By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

So much to say about my hubby...but I will tell him and keep it a secret from you

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Day Nine - 30- Day Husband Challenge

Day Nine -  "...be swift to hear, slow to speak..." James 1:19b

We are often so busy speaking that we don't take time to listen. We are so quick to offer a comment - negative or positive - that we don't really "hear" our husband's heart.

Remember: we have two ears and only one mouth. We need to listen more!

As you continue in your 30-day challenge, not speaking negatively and focusing on positive encouragement, hear the Lord's admonition today: "Be swift to hear." If listening is a real problem for you, play a game with yourself. See if you can listen to your husband for one whole day, only speaking when asked a question. If your husband notices the difference, explain that you are learning to listen more-not only to God, but
also to him.
One easy way to express admiration for your husband is to ask a question about something he enjoys, and then listen to his response. If it's an area of personal familiarity, keep asking questions until you learn something you didn't know, then tell him, "Wow, I didn't know that!"  By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I am excited to try this when we are driving to and from the lake. Just hoping that hubby is actually in the mood to talk

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Going to the Lake

We'll we are off to the Lake for the long weekend!

I'll be back next week...Enjoy Memorial Day

Day Eight - 30-Day Husband Challenge


How are you doing with the "30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge"? In case you've forgotten, here's the challenge:

* You can't say anything negative about your husband . . . to your husband, or to anyone else.

* Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband . . . to your husband and to someone else.

Day Eight - "But who can find a faithful man?" (Proverbs 20:6b)

Faithfulness is a wonderful but rare quality today, especially in regard to marriage. Do you understand how important this quality is? Your challenge is to continue to root out all negative speaking, and plant seeds of encouragement instead. You may be amazed at what will grow.

Contemporary culture often entices men to be unfaithful to their wedding vows and spiritual commitments. Appreciate your husband's faithfulness--how he is loyal to you. Let him know that you are glad he has "stick-to-it-iveness" in your marriage. Appreciate his faithfulness to God.

If you have an unfaithful husband, this is a difficult area for you. Pray, speak the truth in love, remain faithful yourself, and discover ways to encourage faithfulness in your mate. The Bible says that husbands may "be won by the conduct of their wives" (1 Peter 3:1b). You may also want to seek counsel from a mature, godly individual or couple. By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Friday, May 28, 2010

Day Seven - 30-Day Husband Challenge



Day Seven: "Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease!...for riches certainly make themselves wings..." Prov. 23:4-5
"That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries." Proverbs 8:21

Money is the root of much marital discord. Ask yourself, "Am I being negative toward my husband in the area of finances?" Determine not to speak evil of your husband in this area. Discover ways to encourage and help him instead.
Does your husband handle finances wisely? Does he make good financial investments, based on biblical principles? Does he have a budget? Does he make wise decisions about purchases - checking many sources before he buys? Is he a good steward of his money before the Lord? Let him know how much you appreciate his strengths in financial matters. If he is weak in this area, encourage any good decisions that he does make. Perhaps you can help him, if he's open to the idea, by organizing financial files or providing other practical assistance. Or, if he wants you to handle the finances, ask for his input before you make decisions that will affect him.   By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

This is one area my hubby and I have little disagreement on. For the most part I am the one that deals with the finances. Luckily hubby and I were able to go thru Dave Ramsey's financial peace university a few years ago. That was the best thing we EVER did for our financial future. If you haven't gone thru his program I highly recommend it! Not only is it an informational program about your finances but it is biblical based and helps bring you and your hubby closer together and actually talking about money - in a good way! The first year, hubby and I were able to pay off over $20,000 in debt. The second year hubby was out of work for almost 6 months and we were more than able to handle the bills that came up. Now in the third year - I was able to stay at home with little honey! And if I want to work at the adoption agency to get some extra cash I can! God is awesome if we just rely on him!

Whatever your financial situation is just remember to trust in God

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Day Six - 30-Day Husband Challenge



Day Six - "...whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31b

Do you recognize and appreciate your husband's creativity? Or do you criticize and demean his efforts?Instead of negativity, determine to be positive. Perhaps you can help your husband see that his efforts are an opportunity to glorify God.

Is your husband the "creative" type? Does he have any artistic gifts? What is that special "knack" he has? Affirm him for his handiwork - a hobby, music, gardening, tinkering with cars, working with wood, etc. Remember: Even if he doesn't measure up to your standards, praise his efforts. If your budget allows, buy him a book or magazine that will continue to encourage his special skill or talent.

If you have a hard time finding his "creative side," understand that men's creativity sometimes is related to their work. Find something he does to make his job run more smoothly or something he does that adds value to his work...and let him know that you have noticed.

Make his day...Praise his accomplishments in public, while he is listening. By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Well, another hard challenge. I try to talk up my hubby - but when I do he is not around to hear! Sometimes it might get back to him of something I said - but it might not.  This is going to be hard today to make sure he hears me say "He works on motorcycles really well. Ask him - he knows everything there is to know about motorcycles!"

What is your hubby good at?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day Five - 30-Day Husband Challenge

Day Five - "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." Ephesians. 4:29

Another way to describe the positive side of this "30-Day Encouragement Challenge" is by using the word "edify," which means, "to build up." Negative comments only discourage and tear down. Positive comments encourage and build.

Do you edify your husband before others, adding to his value in their eyes? This is especially important to other family members.

Do you praise your husband to his relatives, and yours? Does your husband's mother know how much you love him? How about your dad? Perhaps you can drop a word of praise into a conversation or letter. Be creative in letting your relatives know that you respect your husband, love him, and support him - in spite of whatever flaws and weaknesses he may have.   By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

My goal for today is to tell as many people as I can about my hubby and what a great man he is! I am SHOUTING IT FROM MY ROOFTOP!!!Can you hear me??

I think it would also be neat to send a card to my mom in law and let her know how much I love him What a blessing that could be to her! Some of mine and my hubby's relatives read my blog  - so now you know! I LOVE, Respect and Support My Hubby!!

What are some other ideas that you can think of doing today??

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day Four - 30-Day Husband Challenge

Day Four -   "...let him labor, working with his hands what is good..." Ephesians. 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.  By Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Today is easy for me. I am blessed as my husband is a hard worker and I am so thankful for that. I am also thankful for his job. As many of you know he was going to change jobs a few months ago. In changing jobs he would have had to work nights for a year or so and had a smaller paycheck for 30 days. What a desperate situation it was looking to be. But I put my trust in God and knew that it would all work out. Well after hubby put in his notice at his current job - and he only had 2 days left - his boss asked him to stay, gave him a raise and a promotion! Praise God! It was all because of God!

Lord, Please help me to show my husband how proud I am of his knowledge at work and how thankful I am for his hard work.

How are you doing so far on the 30-Day challenge? Let me know so we can grow together

Monday, May 24, 2010

Day Three - 30-Day Husband Challenge

Day Three - "...love suffers long and is kind..." 1 Corinthians 13:4
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Love indeed suffers long and is kind. As you consider your Encouragement Challenge, determine today that you will not say anything negative to or about your husband. Speak kindly to him with words of genuine encouragement.

If your husband is considerate of your needs, let him know that you have noticed. Thank him for his kindness and consideration. Thank the Lord that your husband knows how to be both tough and tender.

Sometimes it;s difficult for a man to be gentle, kind or tender - especially if he hasn't had role models in these areas. If he's not a considerate person, appeal to him for help without complaining. Let him know that it's hard for you to handle some things alone. Then, when he moves in to help, don't insist that he do it your way. Be glad that he is responding, and express your gratitude.

Ultimately, you can't expect your husband to make you feel more secure, loved, etc. Remember that only God can meet the deepest needs of your heart.        By Nancy Leigh DeMoss



Remember - don't say anything negative! Are you having an easy time with this? Or is it hard for you? Do you catch yourself biting your tongue as you are about ready to say something? I know I am! I notice I am holding my tongue  a LOT lately!! Better to say nothing than say something that he might think is negative!!


Thank you God that my husband is Tough and Tender at the same time. Thank you that he is considerate, gentle, kind and loving to me! I am truly blessed!

So how are you doing so far?? Let me know

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Funny Postcard

Just had to share the funny postcard I got from my OBGYN.
You know, the card that tells you if your yearly exam was OK or not...


Well I guess mine is OK!!
Smiley face to you this week :)

Day Two - 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge



Day Two - "...through love serve one another." Galatians 5:13b

How did you do yesterday with your first day of blessing and encouraging your husband? Was it Easy? Was it hard to hold your tongue when you wanted to say something negative? I hope you're off to a good start. (If you blew it, don't give up - start again today!)
There are so many practical things you can praise, if you look for them!

Today find some way that your husband is serving you or your family. Does he help around the house? take care of the car? Fix things that are broken? If your budget allows, give him a new, small tool with a big bow attached. But make sure that he doesn't think it's part of a "Honey Do" list!

Maybe your husband's not a handyman, but does he run errands for you? Let you go first? Take care of you when you are sick? Help you make decisions? Praise him for his willingness to serve others. Let him know that you see his unique service as a great strength.         by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

How inspiring!
So many times my husband fixes stuff for the car  - and he fixes stuff for other people! My husband is always helping someone with a broken motorcycle - whether they pay him or not. I am very proud of him for doing that! And he is always willing to watch little honey so I can go to my women's group and whenever I need a break Thank you honey for being so helpful.

God give me strength to be helpful and to serve my husband with love so that he will be proud to call me his wife. Thank you for my great husband!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

30-Day Challenge

My friend Stephanie asked me to start a challenge that will Encourage my husband over the next 30 days and will end on Father's Day.

WHAT? Encourage? 30 days? I need to explain this a little more...

Some of you may know I participated in a two year women's bible study group, completed and got commisioned in February. What an awesome time that was! (sorry I didn't put up a post - I started to, with pictures and everything - but didn't finish...maybe I will get to it soon...) Well being commissioned meant that I could now teach other ladies and help them start the two year program.
For a little over a month now I have been leading a group of 6 women and I am having a blast! I love being a part of a group that encourages you and lifts you up. I NEED to be a part of a group that does that

Well, Stephanie and I had used this challenge before and thought it might be great to try it while preparing for Father's day! I will admit the last time I went thru it, almost two years ago, my heart wasn't in it and I was not where I am today spiritually or as close to my husband as I am now. Thank you Jesus -I am now closer to God and my husband

OK on to the challenge... If you start today it is exactly 30 days until Father's Day - so join in with with me! It will be exciting to see how God will work in us to grow ourselves, our husbands and our marriage spiritually and to see what we learn from it and each other!


Here are the daily RULES Challenges  if you will...

You can't say anything negative about your husband . . . to your husband, or to anyone else.


Say something that you admire or appreciate about your husband . . . to your husband . . . and to someone else.

Each day a scripture and a new idea or challenge is read and needs to be used. some days will be easy and others might be hard. You may even miss a day or two - that's OK - forgive yourself and just pick up where we are and move on! This challenge is from Revive Our Hearts by Nancy DeMoss if you were wondering.


I can't wait to hear about all of the ways that God is changing us and our marriages for the better!Please leave me comments!


Day One -
"The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." (Proverbs 31:11-12)


To help you get started, have you ever thanked your husband for "choosing you" above all other women? He found you attractive as a person, and appreciated you. Though many circumstances in your marriage may have changed, let your husband know that you are glad God led you together, and that you want to be a blessing to him for the rest of your marriage.



One of the best opportunities to express your gratitude is first thing in the morning. How do you greet your husband each morning? Is he confident in your love? Give him a "wake up call" that he'll never forget--a big "I love you" and an "I'm so glad I'm your wife!"


This is an easy day - how hard is it for us to say "I Love You?" The hard part may be to remember to NOT say anything negative to our about your husband! And pray for him! Ask God to help you from being negative and to help you say positive things to him. He will help you - all you have to do is ask!
Remember - ENCOURAGE -is what we are trying to do.

Encourage - en·cour·age – verb (used with object),
1.to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence.
2.to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc..
3.to promote, advance, or foster.
 embolden, hearten, reassure. urge; support, aid, help.


These are things I want to do everyday. These are things God wants us to do everyday!
Let's support our husbands, reassure them and inspire them to be all they can be!

Hope you have a great first day!

We have a Winner!!

and the winner is - (drum roll please)
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Thank you to everyone who entered! This was fun! I can't wait to have another giveaway!

Stay tuned as I am getting ready to start a new 30 day challenge! This one's gonna be good and help the wonderful men in our lives....

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Blog Spark Giveaway $35 Jiffy Lube Gift Card - closed-

Well it is that time again...time to get my oil changed. What a hassle. Finding time time to get my car scheduled for an appointment to do maintenance work. UGH. I hate to make appointments! But momma's got to get it done!

Well my lucky day as I got a gift card from MyBlogSpark to Jiffy Lube last week! What a great gift to arrive in the mail. I finally had time today to head up to my local Jiffy Lube.
*without an appointment*
Love It! As I can head up there whenever I want - well of course only during business hours!!
Little honey and I headed up there after preschool and we were in and out in about 20 minutes! Very easy.



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So much to learn!

But on to the good news...


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Look Ma, No Training Wheels!!!

Can you believe this! No training wheels! Thanks Poppy for helping us learn.

Daddy got him rolling today.

I am so proud.

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