Dates · Marriage · Refreshment in marriage · The Scenic Route

Compromise On the Scenic Route

The scenic route is usually the long way to get somewhere.  However, it’s usually the most beautiful and adventurous way to travel!  Enjoying marriage on the scenic route means taking the time to invest into your marriage.

The truth is, marriage can be a bumpy ride.
You might get lost, wondering why you ever got on the road in the first place.
You might be looking for an exit when there isn’t one. Continue reading “Compromise On the Scenic Route”

Refreshment in marriage · Winter

Refresh Your Marriage – Get Out!

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This week I posted about adding a little Valentine’s Day decor to my home, just to add some warmth and joy in the month of January.  Along with the long days and months of winter, marriage can feel like it’s cold, gray and maybe even a little icy at times.  It’s so important to have a sensitive spirit about that so you can refresh your relationship, add some light and sparkle to what has become mundane! Continue reading “Refresh Your Marriage – Get Out!”

Dates · Marriage · Refreshment in marriage

Five Photos Friday

A peek into my phone’s pictures reminds me of so many blessings this week – times of rest and refreshment and times to pour into my grandsons lives.  Here are Five photos on this Friday…

My husband and I had the blessing of going away recently for one night to a lake near us.  We took the time to plan out the year ahead. We studied, rested and played a few games.  Yes, we made the most of every minute.   It’s also awesome to wake up to a view like this… Continue reading “Five Photos Friday”

Refreshment in marriage · The Scenic Route

Letting Him Lead On the Scenic Route

It was a typical Monday morning for me. The dryer was finishing up load number one while the washer was swishing the sudsy clothes of load number two. My mental list was clicking through the things I would accomplish on this early day in the week.

My husband walked in while I was drying my hair a bit later and asked the question that always means he has an idea…

Continue reading “Letting Him Lead On the Scenic Route”

Celebrations · Refreshment in marriage

Fun Things Friday – Anniversary Celebration

Yesterday we celebrated our 38th anniversary!  We had the blessing of staying at a lovely lakeside cottage not far from home for two nights.

We slept in a little and then enjoyed a slow morning with coffee and breathtaking views –  even on a rainy morning.

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I fixed brunch for us consisting of French Toast with my sour dough bread, blueberries Continue reading “Fun Things Friday – Anniversary Celebration”

Marriage · Refreshment in marriage · Wife's Role

Three Things You Can Do TODAY To Improve Your Marriage

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Like any relationship, marriage can get into a rut.  It sounds the same as when you hit those rumble strips on the interstate.  It’s irritating, and it makes you move over, but often it’s not long before you hear that roar again.  Why?  Because you’re kind of daydreaming your way through your marriage.

It’s easy to “fall asleep at the wheel” and not make the efforts in your relationship that you used to make when things were new and fresh.  But I have good news for you today!  If you’re still breathing and your husband also has breath, things can change TODAY!  Let me make three simple suggestions – all that are doable today and cost nothing except your intentionality!

  1. SMILE DAILY (use your lips and your eyes to smile!)
    When he walks in the door.  Smile.
    While you’re listening to him.  Smile.
    When you’re telling him about your day.  Smile.
    When you see him across the room.  Smile.
    It’s easier to be too busy to even look up at one another.  It’s easier to furrow our brows and scowl.  SMILE instead.
    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.  Proverbs 17:22
  2. MAKE MORE DEPOSITS INTO YOUR MARRIAGE THAN WITHDRAWALS EACH DAY
    Deposit a compliment instead of criticism.  Instead of fussing about the negative thing you’re thinking about, give a compliment of something in which he made you proud.
    Deposit help instead of looking to receive help. I believe husbands should help their wife, but what would happen if we volunteered to run an errand, lift a load, or do a chore for him?  Would we look like Christ in our sacrifice?
    Deposit affection instead of pulling away physically and emotionally.  Put away that cold shoulder, little peck, or icy back.  Pull the wall down with the warmth of your affection.  
    Romans 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.
  3. PRAY FOR YOUR HUSBAND FOR AT LEAST FIVE MINUTES EVERY DAY.
    Pray about the things that irritate you.
    Pray about the weaknesses in your relationship.
    Pray for his burdens, pressures and obligations.
    Pray for your hearts to be knit together stronger than ever.
    Luke 18:1 – Men (women) aught always to pray and not to faint.

Dear wife, I’m convinced that if we would practice these three initiatives DAILY we would have happy husbands, which would equal happy wives, and that boils down to a happy marriage!  Try it and tell me about your results!

Refresh your marriage TODAY!

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