Don’t Bring Shame To Your Husband’s Name…

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We were at our friends’ house for dinner on a Monday night. Our friends are newlyweds, two weeks into marriage to be exact. We all gathered at the table and engulfed the aroma of  the homemade tacos. We prayed over our dinner, fixed our plates, and started conversing about marriage and life. Laughter filled the room and the night was off to a great start. But then, my husband did something that triggered me. In response to being triggered, I said something in front of him and our friends that made the room stand still.

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The 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge: Days 26-30

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We have made it to the final week of the challenge! How does it feel? In what ways have you been challenged? In what ways do you feel your marriage has grown? I know this was not the easiest challenge. It took a lot of discipline and selflessness. My hope is that the investment was worth the growth you’ve seen in your marriage over the course of this past month. Thank you for participating and allowing Jesus to be the center of your marriage. Enjoy the last 5 days of the challenge below.

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The 30 Day Husband Encouragement Challenge: Days 21-25

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Honestly, it was extremely difficult to follow the challenge this past week. I was distracted with work obligations, writing, and all the other things that come with being a wife and mom. I was scattered and my emotions decided to take a ride on the wildest roller coaster. I was emotional, moody and even said a few snarky remarks about my husband in front of friends at a gathering; I had to go back and apologize to them. I still owe my husband an apology as well.

I struggled this week and I’m still struggling to pull myself together and get my attitude in check. I need mercy (compassion & forgiveness) to engulf me today. Sometimes, we spend so much time focusing on how we were offended by our spouses that we place blame without fully examining our own hearts. Today, I am taking a look at myself and praying David’s prayer in Psalm 139: 23-24 which says “Lord, search me and know my heart. Test me and see if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way of the everlasting.” When we are more aware of our offensive ways, we are able to take our focus off of everyone else’s wrongdoing and put energy into changing our own hearts and attitudes.

I am beyond grateful for this challenge. It is providing practical ways to support, encourage and pray for my husband, even when I do not always feel like it. I am sticking with it and would love if you would continue to journey with me. Let’s continue to continue!

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The 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge (Days 16-20)

day 16We are in full gear and have made it halfway through the 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge! For some of you, this challenge has been hard and daring. For others, this challenge has made your marriage sweeter and more intimate.

I want to encourage all readers to continue on with the challenge even if you do not see immediate results. The 2-3 week mark is typically around the time participants, myself included, start to lose interest in the challenge and let it fall by the wayside. Let’s finish this challenge with a bang and continue to encourage, love and serve our husbands. If this is the first time you are hearing of this challenge, we welcome you to join us at the halfway mark. Come along for the ride!

SNAPSHOT OF THE CHALLENGE:

  • The purpose of the challenge is to encourage your husband!
  • Your decision means that you truly want to be a blessing in your home.
  • This challenge will also result in spiritual growth in your own life.
  • For thirty days, don’t say anything negative to or about your husband. Also, say something positive to and about your husband each day.

I have posted days 16-20 below. Here is the link for the remaining days from Revive Our Hearts!

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The Exchange|How We Reacted When We Learned Our Tax Refund Was Garnished

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I have been contemplating for months whether or not I should share this story. It is one that I’d prefer not to tell because it exposes one of the most fragile areas of my life, which is my finances. I never thought I’d be in a position of financial strain, because my grandparents always taught me to save, pay off bills and invest. Unfortunately, post college life, I made poor decisions financially that are still impacting me today.

As I prepare to share with you, I am reminded of Brené Brown words that so often help me overcome the fear of sharing hard stories. She says, “vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

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The 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge: Days 6-10

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Last Monday, we started our  week off with the  30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge. We worked through days 1-5 and I would like to keep it moving by introducing days 6-10!  If you have been participating, I want to encourage you to keep at it! If you missed the first 5 days and would like to jump in this week, we welcome you.

SNAPSHOT OF THE CHALLENGE:

  • The purpose of the challenge is to encourage your husband!
  • Your decision means that you truly want to be a blessing in your home.
  • This challenge will also result in spiritual growth in your own life.
  • For thirty days, don’t say anything negative to or about your husband. Also, say something positive to and about your husband each day.

I have posted days 6-10 below. Here is the link for the remaining days from Revive Our Hearts!

Let’s continue!

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