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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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When do you and your spouse/family typically decorate for Christmas?

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Steve and I love Christmas, and we’re not shy about admitting it! For us, the sooner we can decorate, the better. So, typically, we get out all of our indoor decorations and outdoor lights, and put those up the weekend after Halloween. We get a live tree; so unfortunately, we have to

be more patient with getting that up and decorated. Most places don’t start selling them until after Thanksgiving, so we head out as soon as we get home from our Thanksgiving travels to get one. We have a fun tradition of picking out our tree, ordering pizza, and decorating with Christmas music blaring. Of course we cap it off with hot cider (for Steve) and hot cocoa (for me).

Some people think that decorating and getting Christmas festivities underway so quickly undermines Thanksgiving, but we don’t feel that way at all. If anything, it gets us in the perfect, thankful spirit for Thanksgiving. We thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving and make the most of it, but we have the added bonus of also enjoying Christmas as long as possible too 🙂

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Form an acrostic of things you appreciate about your spouse, family, and/or life with the word “THANKFUL”? Feel free to explain your word choices.

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T – Trustworthy: How thankful I am that I can trust my husband enough to be vulnerable with dreams, fears, thoughts, ideas, and emotions that I otherwise wouldn’t share with someone.

H – Health: What a blessing it is to have our health. So many are fighting for their lives out there, and it’s easy to take our health for granted.

A – Awesome: I have an awesome family that I can share with, talk to, laugh with, cry with, and count on to pray, support, and encourage me no matter what.

N – Noble: This is a word that describes my husband well. I am so thankful for the godly man that he is!

K – Kindhearted: I feel like this describes my husband and my family so well! I honestly have never met a kinder, more thoughtful, generous, and loving bunch than my loved ones, and I so admire that about them!

F – Fun: My husband, Steve, and I have the best time together! Whether it’s grocery shopping, watching a movie, traveling, and everything in between, we have a blast together, and I love that!

U – Understanding: I appreciate that I can go to my husband, family, and friends and find understanding there. There’s something about knowing they are listening and care that makes the burdens of life that much lighter.

L – Love: To love and be loved is simply one of the greatest joys of life.

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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What is one thing you are thankful for today?

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It’s always tough to pick just one thing I’m thankful for because the Lord has been so good and gracious to me. He’s blessed me with so much, and it’s difficult to limit His goodness to just one thing. For the sake of this “exercise” though, the one thing I am thankful for today is that God has given me the most wonderful earthly partner to do this life with – my husband Steve. God knew just what I needed, and although the road was bumpy in finding in him, I am so thankful I was patient and strong enough to wait for God’s best. My husband is such a wonderful companion, co-pilot, best friend, and leader, and his love for me constantly points me back to God’s love for me. My marriage, my husband – they are the greatest blessings in my life, and I am beyond thankful that the Good Lord entrusted me with these treasures!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

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What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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I feel like there is so much to be thankful for that it’s tough to list it all out. God has blessed me with so much to be thankful for that it overwhelms me at times. It’s like that feeling you get when you just love someone so much you think your heart might burst. That’s how my spirit feels with gratitude toward God; He is faithful, generous, and constant. From my incredible husband to our amazing families; our health, home, and all needs met; the warm sun, twinkling stars, and big blue sky; feeling there’s a purpose and plan for my life.

Every day we are surrounded by so much to be thankful for, and yet, we’re often too busy to notice. Or we’re so fixated on what we don’t have that we miss out on what we do have. It’s a challenge, but I try really hard to stop and count my blessings because it’s pretty amazing how many there really are.

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I’m Thankful For …

Friday, November 25th, 2011

By Ashley McIlwain

The other day I was sitting down racking my brain for ways to express gratitude to my husband Steve. He is such an amazing man that inspires, encourages, and loves me. He does so much for me and everyone around him that I knew I needed to take the time to verbalize all these thoughts of admiration and gratitude I have for him. So, I came up with an idea that I wanted to share with you all.

Many of us tend to either get caught up in negativity or just neglect to convey our appreciation to those around us. Our spouse often takes the brunt of this lack of praise. Philippians 2:3 instructs us, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Are we doing that for our spouse? Are we holding him/her in higher esteem than ourselves? I’m going to take a wild guess and say that many of us struggle with that one.

It’s essential to “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). There is no one more deserving of our praise and encouragement than our spouse. While he or she may be imperfect, they are a treasure. You chose them and promised to love and cherish them through it all until your dying day. That’s a pretty significant promise that most of us need to work harder at upholding.

Knowing that I could always be better at affirming and building Steve up, I decided to come up with a list of twelve things about him that I am thankful for. Then, I whipped up some cute little note cards and wrote one of those things on each of them. Next, I placed those notecards in twelve different spots where he would unexpectedly find them throughout an entire day. At the end of the day I had a little gift waiting for him when he got home along with a card that more explained more in depth just how much I love and appreciate him. The goal was simply to bless him. To take time to convey all the love, appreciation, and respect I have for him. To let him know that he is cherished, admired, and adored. He deserves nothing less than that.

Hopefully each of you will try this out on your spouse because I think it would really bless and encourage them. You can download my template for the notecards here. Enjoy, and let me know how it goes!

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Talking Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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What are you most thankful for about your spouse or significant other?

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One of the things I am most thankful for about my husband is that he is a man of integrity. He holds himself to the standards that God has put in place for him though His Word. I never wonder what he is up to, what he’s looking at, or who he’s talking to. While I am cautious to uphold our agreed upon boundaries and put safeguards in place, I am never concerned with his judgment because I know that he is a man of integrity that loves and fears the Lord as well as me.

This is something that I value so much and have come to discover its rarity. Sadly, so many men and women have been fooled into thinking that they can get a little loose around the turns and be just fine. That may be true for a season, but tell me how many times can you drive around a sharp curve going 100 miles per hour before you eventually get seriously hurt? Why take that chance? It’s not about what you can get away with; it’s about living the best life possible.

I love that I don’t have to compromise on what I know God’s Word tells me nor do I have to convince my husband of that. His life of integrity and sound judgment are something I absolutely treasure and appreciate with all of my heart.

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Thankfully His

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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Thankfully His

by Ashlee Chu

The holiday season always seems to bring about joy, togetherness and a whole lot of change. For some though, it also brings up feelings of loneliness, emptiness, and bitter memories. So, it only seems fitting with Thanksgiving next week that everyone takes the time to realize just how thankful they can be. Being thankful for not only having things or having loved ones, but thankful for what has been lost and what is yet to be had. Having gratitude for things already in our possession is simple; however, when we feel alone or without, it makes the pressure of a jolly spirit seem unattainable.

With Christmas decorations lining the malls and gift ads all over, I am tempted to dwell on the fact that I have no one special to shop for. Instead, I have found a way to bring the holiday joy into my single life. Rather than focus on what I don’t have, I choose to take it as an opportunity to love and give my attention to those I am fortunate to be surrounded by this season. They have come to be the ones that make my holidays warm and unforgettable.

With your loved ones in mind and remembering that there is a season for everything, know that you are not alone. The verses Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 shares, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Therefore, be comforted this holiday season and ease your heart with those words from the Lord. Wherever you find yourself during this time, remember that it will not last forever and cherish the moments it brings you.

A final thought: be content with who you are and who you have. As for me, I’m thankfully His.

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