• Intentional Living

    Honoring Your Husband: In His Work

    I’m going to start with something somewhat controversial. First, I’m not a feminist, nor am I anti-feminist. However, I think that changes in society and the way we view men and women have affected men, their ability in school, work, and finding purpose. The scope of that idea is too broad for a blog post, and I am honestly still processing the information. However, I think the role of women in supporting men in recognizing their purpose, which includes their work, while always important, is now, more than ever, an imperative. A husband’s role in marriage is to love his wife and family (Ephesian 5:29, 33), provide for his wife…

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    Raising Kids: Generational differences

    I once again had the privilege of interviewing my Dad and my husband. This time I asked them questions about the differences in raising children now versus in the 1980s and 1990s.  Q1: What was it like raising kids in the 80’s and 90’s?  What is it like raising kids today? Dad: I think it was easy compared to now. The demands weren’t like they are now. Kids asked for things but knew they weren’t always going to get it.  My husband: Raising kids now is exciting because there are lots of fun things to do, but it is also scary.  Q2:What were the safety concerns now and back then? Dad:…

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    Honoring Your Husband: In Your Relationship

    Next to God, your relationship with your spouse is the most important relationship you have. I will repeat that. Next to God, your relationship with your spouse is the most important relationship you have. Ephesians 5 provides us with the picture of the Christian household; husbands should love their wives as Jesus did the church, and wives should submit or, in terms more appropriate for our understanding, respect their husbands. Since a married couple has become “one flesh,” it makes sense that the priority following God should be the edification of the “flesh” of the married body. Children, extended family, and fellow believers follow closely behind this paramount relationship. My…

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    Celebrating Dads

    Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there. You do a fantastic job with all that you do for your family.  When thinking of dads we tend to think of their strength and ability to not be scared of such things as spiders and the boogie man. Dads also have a way of staying calm in stressful situations. With all these great qualities we should celebrate dads. There are many ways to do that, but here are just a few:        – Make dad his favorite meal.         – Go fishing with dad.        – Take dad out for ice cream.         – Simply just have coffee and enjoy a visit with…

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    Honoring Your Husband—Spiritually

    In May, we honored women and mothers. It is June, and we shift our focus to honoring men and fathers. In a three-part series, we will discuss how wives can honor their husbands spiritually, in their relationship, and support their husbands’ work. First up, how can wives support their husbands spiritually? It might surprise you to know that the first way to honor your husband is not about your husband😊. Honor God First. The life of a Christian believer always begins with honoring and serving God. The Bible states that marriage is a covenant and should reflect the relationship between Jesus and the church (Ephesians 5:25, 28-33). Our belief in…

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    A Dad’s Perspective: Raising Only Girls. What is it like?

    I grew up with only sisters. No brothers meant a lot of women in the household and just my dad for a male figure. Now in my adult years, it is very similar as my husband and I have only girls. I had the privilege and honor to interview both my dad and my husband on what it was like raising only girls. I interviewed by asking four questions.  Q1:  What is it like raising only girls? My Husband: You get lots of hugs and I love yous.  Dad: Raising girls is probably easier than raising boys because boys can be more of a handful. Boys tend to take more…

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    Raising Godly Men

    Whew….what a task in today’s world! Each day our children are faced with so many outside elements…elements that I myself are unfamiliar with as this generation is exposed to things we didn’t have growing up. I assume that every generation has said that, but I truly feel that this generation faces so much more because it is instantly accessed. And unfortunately, I feel that we have a generation that is greatly removed from living a faith-filled life. Children need a good foundation. Boys especially need to be modeled from both their father and mother. Mothers show their sons what a godly woman should look like and aid in showing them…

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    June Devotional: Dads

    Scriptures: Ephesian 6:4 “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Proverbs 20:7 “The righteous who walks in his integrity–blessed are his children after him!” 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” Devotional Thought: Last month we focused on how as mothers we are the ultimate caretakers and reflected on the many aspects of being a mother. In June our theme is fathers. Throughout the Bible, God instructs fathers to bring up their children through discipline and instruction and ensure they walk in the truth. We…

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    Meeting Your Man Halfway: Couples Hobbies

    I will be honest. I have very little in common with my husband, inside and outside. He is 6’7, and I am 5’3. He can eat anything; I have multiple food sensitivities. He loves the outdoors; I am allergic to everything outdoors. He has not picked up a book since reading the Motley Cru diaries ten years ago; I have a stack of five to ten books I am reading at the same time. So, I am guessing you are wondering what on earth we do together, and it is a good question. We have learned that we have to meet halfway. Over the years, we have both tried things…