Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Minute Friday...Paint

Today is Five Minute Friday. Five Minutes...one word...no editing.  Today's word is PAINT.


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God is a beautiful artist. He not only paints beautiful sunsets, He also is making a beautiful masterpiece in you. That's right, you are God's masterpiece. You are His creation.

I believe when you were born God looked down and said "just wait until you see what I'm going to do with this one. I have saved some of my most vibrant colors for her life."

Are you unhappy with some of the colors God is painting in your life? Do you wish you could pick up the brush and paint a different picture? I know there are time when I feel that way. Times I wish I could see the whole picture, times I wonder just what is God doing. But you know when I leave the brush in His hand, He will eventually use a brilliant brush stroke to take what I felt was a blemish and He will turn it into something beautiful. Trust God to paint your life, He sees you as a beautiful masterpiece, His creation; He is the artist and Picasso has nothing on Him!!

 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

sometimes you just have to flirt (with your hubby)...

 I was just feeling irritated. The more he did it, the more it annoyed me. I told him he was bugging me; this seemed to make him do it more. Why oh why was this man doing this? What possible reason could he have for driving me crazy? When I questioned him later, his answer was simple...I was flirting with you. Nope, I didn't even have a clue! After 25 years of marriage, had we forgotten the fine art of flirting? Was it him...was it me...was it both of us?

Sometimes we are just out of sync, life gets crazy and before we realize it we aren't doing the best at communicating. When this happens something as simple as flirting becomes difficult. It's during those times that we need to get creative and figure out new ways to both communicate and flirt (because seriously every married couple needs to keep the flirting alive).

Notes seem to be one of the most successful things for us. Our dating was a long distance relationship; so notes, cards and letters were vital to us. Now keep in mind this was before cell phones, texting and Facebook. We either had to pay for every minute we talked on the phone or write letters. I remember going to my college mailbox and hoping there was a letter from my man, when on the days there was a letter I am sure I skipped back to my room to soak in every word in private. Letters became our way of communicating so many things. I think that is why we still enjoy writing notes to each other.

Today we have a fun way to not only write those notes, but keep them organized so we can read them anytime. What we use is a notebook that looks like this...

Mr. & Mrs. - Two in One Inspirational Journal
from: DaySpring Cards Inc

 Brian writes to me in the mr. half and I write to him in the mrs. half. We leave it on our pillow when we want to give each other a fun little note. I can tell you when I walk into our room and see that book on my pillow my heart jumps for joy. I feel like I did when I was back in college checking my mailbox. Our notes aren't always long or profound, but they always communicate love! How amazing to read after 25 years that I am still loved and cherished. Even when we are in one of those phases where our flirting isn't going so well, it is a way to say I'm still here and I still do!!

Our new flirting method is working out quite well for us too. We are combining our love of notes and our love of word games into something fun. Years ago we bought some shower crayons...so we could leave notes in our shower. Here is our new game...




That's right...hangman in the shower. Gives me a good reason to get up and going in the morning...wondering what his note will say and did I guess a good letter the day before.

The key to communicating and flirting is to find what works for you and do it! These two ways work for us at the moment. If you have any fun ways that work for you leave me a comment and share.

If you are at a loss for what to say in a note...go to Song of Solomon, 
there is some good stuff in that book!



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Friday, March 21, 2014

Five Minute Friday...Joy

Today is Five Minute Friday. One word...five minutes...no editing. Today's word is JOY.

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When I saw the word for today was joy, I just knew I would write something profound, something that would inspire. I have to be honest though, today this word made me think of one thing...well actually one person,  a sweet, lovable little baby named Ellie. So, I cheated today. I made a video for Ellie, that brought me joy. It took me more than five minutes to make, but it takes less than that to watch. So please enjoy watching the face that brings me joy!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday...Crowd

Today is Friday! One of the first Fridays in awhile that the temperature here in Northern Minnesota is not only above zero, but in the double digits as well. That's two things to be excited about this Friday, the other one is Five Minute Friday. Rules are simple, one word, five minutes, no editing. Today's word is CROWD.

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You've heard it said that three is a crowd. Well, I actually believe that three is a perfect number! If my marriage were just the two of us, we would be in trouble. From the very beginning of our relationship we invited God in.

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him
—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 
Ecclesiastes 4:12

When Brian and I started dating he encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. He drew me a triangle and informed that the closer we got to God, the closer we would get to each other. 


So, three is not a crowd. And because God is the center and there is three in our marriage, it makes us feel connected even when we are out and about and in an actual crowd of people.

If your relationship is only the two of you, then I would encourage you to invite God in. He truly will make your relationship so much stronger.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Five Minute Friday....Willing

Today I am joining  a fun loving group of women as we blog for five minutes on one word. Five Minute Friday is simple, one word, five minutes, no editing. Today's word is WILLING.

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Am I willing?

God gives us all gifts, talents and abilities. He also gives us ways to use them. So the question most times isn't am I able...it's am I willing?

Am I willing to take the risk?
Am I willing to take the time?
Am I willing to serve?

So many times there are excuses given, I would like to but I don't think I can. But it's not always that I can't, it's sometimes that I am not always willing.

Our church is working through a study called Putting Plan B into Action. This week a question that was presented in this study has been rolling around in my head. "What would you do if you were absolutely confident that God was with you?" To this question I add when He shows me what that is, will I be willing to do it?

I am still in a new phase of life, the empty nest, I am still seeking God's plans for me. He has begun to shape those plans, so the question I must ask myself is simply will I be willing to do what God lays on my heart? Will I take that leap of faith, no matter the risk, no matter the time, no matter the sacrifice?

For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13