Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Murmurings: Listen, Pray, Love

This  past weekend my husband and I attend our church's couples retreat. Even though he is not a member there (yet) when he has gone to church he always attended there. I must say that I really enjoyed the retreat and the time that we had together alone. We were are able to connect with each over through conversations with other couple of all different years as well reconnect with each other. It was nice to hear that other couples have struggles and obtain feedback on what worked for them and may some of it will work for us. There are 3 things that I learned from this weekend, listen, pray and love.

  • Listen. I think that I have always listen to my husband, but I do not think that I have listen to the point that I have processed what I was hearing to respond appropriately. The couples there who has 20, 30 one that had 50 all said that you have to learn to listen to your spouse and that listening is just not hearing what they said but it also includes knowing their body language and knowing when to respond and when to wait to respond. 
  • Pray. I have always prayed for my husband and my family, but I feel that I might not have been praying the right pray. I think that my prayers were the not specific enough. I learned that I need to be specific in my prayers if I want a specific response. I also learned that prayer together is important to strengthen your marriage, your family and your faith.
  • Love. I learned that even though that we say in our marriage vows, that we will love forever, it is never specific in what that love will look like. I realized that love will change over times and there are times you may question what that love is. As a couple you need to look at what your love will look, work through the different season of that love and focus on that love even when times are hard. 
I am sure that as we meet more with the couples ministry and start to learn more my list will grow as we mature and grow. I am excited for what is to come for my marriage and family as I learn more about my husband.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Murmurings: A Centered Holiday

I love the holidays but sometimes it seems it is always about the hustle and bustle. I love seeing the lights, going to the parties and building the family traditions, but sometimes I just want to sit at home and look at the lights on my tree and cuddle under a blanket and watch holiday movies. I am going to try to find a balance with all exploring the real reason for the season and all the fun of the holiday season. I am going to do this by doing a daily reading plan about Christmas  to give me more insight as well sharing with my daughter the real meaning of Christmas. I think that this will give me more peace, a closer relationship to Him (which would be a present in itself) and more stability to endure the hustle and bustle of the season. I love this time of year and will cherish all the memories made. What will you do this holiday season to be more centered?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Murmurings: Thankful

I am really working on my relationship with God and I feel
that I am growing each day.I am so thankful for all the things that He has done as well as what He is going to do in my life and those around me. There are several things that I am thankful for, but I am going only list 20.

  1. God 
  2. My husband, for his peace, laughter and love.
  3. My Gabby, for her smile, laughter and hugs.
  4. My mom
  5. My Golden Girls---my girlfriends I have known since college
  6. Gabrielle's Godparents for how they love her.
  7. Kelly--For always being there
  8. My church family--for allowing me to grow my gifts within the church
  9. My consumers--for helping to love the simple stuff
  10. Ben--for always accepting me for me and telling me stores are closed. 
  11. My bed
  12. Prayer that gives me peace
  13. The ability to cook--I love to entertain and share with others
  14. My mind--for allowing me to think, sometimes to much.
  15. The internet---love social media and maybe spends to much on it. 
  16. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter--for allowing me to grow and explore all of Sigma has to offer.
  17. Television and cable--Since I fall asleep to it every night
  18. Candles--love a good relaxing meal
  19. A good paint job on my nails
  20. Creativity
I have loads more, but I did not want to bore you. What are you grateful for?