Nicki S



                               

Last week millions of people rushed to buy flowers, stuffed animals, candy, cards and diamonds to remind their spouse of their undying devotion.

I wonder how many of those millions are still feeling the love this week?

love is patient

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

How many of us live out these biblical truths in our marriage? They are hard to put into practice, but it’s only through the grace of God that we can learn to love like Jesus loved, even in marriage.

Only through the grace of God can we learn to love like Jesus loved, even in marriage. {tweet it}

Love is patient, with our spouses and the curveballs that life often throws at us. Love is kind, even when our spouses are cranky. Love is humble, even when we are the one that is “right” in an argument. Love is filled with honesty and Godly truth. Love is endearing, even when our spouses are not. Love endures all things, even the biggest stresses that life can throw at us. Love is filled with a hope that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ.

Let’s face it, this love stuff is tough work. We are busy. We have responsibilities. Little and big people to care for. To do lists a mile long. Laundry and lots of it. And sometimes romance is the first thing to fly out the proverbial window in our marriage.

But in the middle of all the daily craziness, don’t you want to feel loved by the one person on this earth that you vowed to go through life with? I sure do.

How do you show love to your spouse in the daily chaos of life?

My hubby’s love language is home cooked meals so I have learned to love the act of cooking because it makes him happy. I tuck little love notes inside his lunch box when I remember. I often mow the lawn on a hot summer day while he’s at work, or take out the trash before he gets home. Sometimes I buy him his favorite candy bar when I’m out running errands. It’s the little things that make him happy.

I don’t need roses, or diamonds or even chocolates to feel loved by my hubby. But a little patience, encouragement, a listening ear and a man willing to empty the dishwasher when I’m having a crazy week goes a long way for me.

Let’s make it our mission to love our husbands every day of the year. In the middle of our messes. In the little ways that matter.

What can you do this week to  let your husband know how much you love him?



                               

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Lighting Up The New Year!

Every year, when the calendar season starts fresh, I get super excited. It’s like the slate is wiped clean and I have a fresh start.

Then I ruin it by creating all these lists of things I want to do. Lose more weight, eat healthier, read my bible more, exercise more. Usually by this time, three weeks or so into the New Year, I’ve already failed at most of my resolutions.

It’s exhausting. Wanting to be more. And feeling like you are never enough.

Can you relate at all?

What if this year we stopped wanting to do more, more, more?

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