Posts Tagged ‘intentionality’

Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

TalkingTuesdayShare your thoughts, feelings, and stories as well as respond to others regarding these questions:

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day? Why or why not?

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Yes, I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day for many reasons.  Granted, I feel like this is a holiday that faces lots of criticism from folks who feel it’s contrived, or a “Hallmark” holiday that merely forces people to spend money on a made-up, overly pink day. Nonetheless, I love it! I love any day that encourages thoughtfulness and intentionality in relationships! So, while it may be a slightly unnecessary and contrived holiday; it’s a great excuse to take time to show your spouse that you love him/her. To be extra romantic and expressive. That’s just my opinion. What do you guys think?

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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What are some of the ways you plan on making your marriage or relationship better this year?

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You can never care too much about your marriage, and you certainly can never do too much to make it better. That’s both challenging and exciting! For me this year, I want to plan small outings and date nights more for my husband and I. Typically he takes point on all of that, and while I love and appreciate that he does, I too want to surprise him with thoughtful, fun things to do together. Also, I want to be more intentional about doing acts of service for him. Maybe it’s a shoulder massage or taking care of the trash so he doesn’t have to. The possibilities are endless, so I just need to think about it and choose some to do for him on a regular basis. There are times I know that my marriage slips to the back burner, and I want to make sure I’m constantly bringing it to the front burner so that I’m doing my part to make it the best it can be!

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Grow Together, Not Apart: Play & Pray

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

When you first start dating someone, you are so intentional about the relationship. You make every effort to always look your best, say the right things, like what they like, learn everything you can about them, spend as much time together as possible, and impress them. During those dating years, you go above and beyond for your relationship as does the other person, which is why you are on cloud nine, madly in love.

As time goes on though we get comfortable and stop trying so hard. The intentionality and effort go out the window as time goes on and life gets crazy, and then we wonder why our relationship isn’t what it once was. You get out of it what you put into it, and unfortunately as time goes on, we often put in a whole lot less to our marriage. If we want to keep things lively, fresh, and exciting though, we have to maintain that intentionality and spirit of always working hard for our spouse & relationship.

One way to keep things alive and exciting is to play together. I have said it many times, but it’s true. Playing together elicits laughter, fun, memories, and friendship. Playing together is a way to connect in a way that strengthens the friendship and foundation of you marriage. Doing fun things together keeps you from getting bogged down by life and the stresses that come with it. Laughter is like medicine and can just melt the stress away. There’s nothing like a good laugh. Maybe it’s been so long since you have laughed or played together that you wouldn’t know where to start. Get back to when you were laughing and playing…what were you doing then? Do those things again. What did you do when you dated? Do those things again. Playing together is one of the best things you can do to keep your marriage thriving!

Another great way to maintain that marital strength is to pray. Pray together, pray for yourself, pray for your marriage, pray for your life, pray for your goals, pray for anything & everything. Prayer is such an intimate thing to share with your spouse, and it’s a wonderful time to keep in perspective who is really in control…God. There is no doubt in my mind, the glue in our marriage is God, and we include Him as much as possible. Try praying to the one who created & designed marriage for the ability to have the best marriage possible.

Marriages cannot survive let alone thrive on autopilot. They need constant tender love and care. It’s a daily thing. It’s an intentional thing. Don’t let time tear your marriage apart; grow together!

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