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10 Ways To Build Up Your Spouse  

Encouragement and affirmation are essential qualities for every spouse to possess.  It is important to seek ways to lovingly build up your spouse.  Shown below are 10 Ways to express regard and praise your spouse.

1.  Tell your spouse that you are proud to be their marriage partner.

2.  Talk often about things that your partner is interested in.

3.  Through your words and actions create a home atmosphere of peace and joy.

4.  Avoid being a “nag” or a “demanding boss.”

5.  Appreciate your spouse in one specific way each day.

6.  Let your partner know your expectations in a sensitive and loving manner.

7.  Never interrupt during a conversation.

8.  Take your spouse’s hand or arm when you walk together.

9.  Regularly show your partner your sense of humor.

10.  Never let a day pass without saying “I love you.”

Today:  Use one of these 10 Ways or create your own ideas for building up your spouse. 

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7 Motivational Quotes To Help Us Take Action

We all want to be successful in our endeavors and relationships.  Saying encouraging statements out loud can help us take action.  Use these quotes to motivate you in a positive direction. 

1.         “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  Nelson Mandela

2.         “You may delay, but time will not.”  Benjamin Franklin

3.         “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it.  You have to go down the chute.”  Tina Fey

4.         ‘Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”  Peter Drucker

5.         “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”  Pablo Picasso

6.         “So what do we do?  Anything.  Something.  So long as we just don’t sit there.  If we screw it up, start over.  Try something else.  If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.”  Lee Iacocca

7.         “Productivity is never an accident.  It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  Paul J. Meyer

Today:  Say out loud these 7 quotes to motivate yourself toward achievement. 

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10 Qualities of Healthy Relationships

 

We all want good strong relationships.  Healthy relationships are fulfilling, enjoyable, and actually help our emotional and physical well-being.  Although not an exhaustive list, shown below are 10 Qualities of Healthy Relationships. 

1.         Servanthood.  Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve, in order to pay the price and free the world from the penalty of sin.”  Only with Jesus was it a one-way street.  In healthy earthly relationships—marriage, families, friendships--serving is a two-way street.  So if something is only good for one in the relationship that is selfishness, not servanthood.

2.         Forgiveness.  Hurts, disappointments, and mistakes happen in every satisfying relationship.  Without apologizing and forgiving, a grudge wall is built between two people. 

3.         Love or “Value.”  One of the best synonyms for love is value.  When two people value each other from a servant heart and not a quid pro quo stance, that relationship will thrive.

4.         Open Communication.  Totally open communication can be brutal, so avoid it. However, loving, open communication is vital in building a strong friendship.  Being able to share joys and frustrations, both individuals speaking and listening, neither person getting defensive over topics, is essential for healthy relationships.

5.         Self-control.  The Bible says a “fruit of the Spirit” is self-control, without it friendship in marriage, families, others, and life can be difficult.  Various forms of abuse, addictions, and significant personality issues are due to an absence of self-control.    

6.         Patience.  We all can struggle with impatience, driving a car, waiting at a restaurant, shopping, so imperfection with patience is normal.  However, exhibiting patience with others and daily life, is an essential attribute for two people seeking a healthy relationship.

7.         Mutual Respect.  Two people don’t necessarily agree in every area but they respect each other’s viewpoint.  Disagree yes, disrespect no! 

8.         Kindness.  Treating people with gentleness and thoughtfulness is at the heart of a wholesome person and makes all the difference in the world when it comes to a rewarding relationship.

9.         Laughter.  Life has enough drama!  Smiles and appropriate humor are a fundamental quality for any friendship.  Light-heartedness and fun are lubrication for potential friction in life as well as any relationship. 

10.       Commitment.  In society today, loyalty is often a missing component. Commitment means that two people work on their issues by having reasonable expectations and seeking solutions. Loyalty says, “I am not leaving and will work together with you for the sake of our relationship.”     

Today:  Assess all your relationships based upon the 10 Qualities and determine where improvement is needed. 

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MONDAY MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE

Similar to the wisdom of Proverbs, every Monday I will share a practical wisdom quote.  I pray this quote will make a difference in your personal life and relationships.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

“It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy.  Losing your cool makes you tired.  Getting angry a lot messes with your health.”  Joyce Meyer

12 Success Thoughts From 100-Year-Olds  

Certainly, 100-year-old individuals have made some mistakes along the way but they also have tremendous wisdom from their long life experiences.  Shown below are tremendous thoughts from centenarians that can benefit each of us. 

1.  You cannot go too far without passion.  Find a job you are passionate about and pursue it. 

2.  There is nothing that can be gained in worrying.

3. Believe in yourself.  Such belief can propel you to unbelievable heights.

4.  Forgive yourself and everyone around you.

5.  Your relationships are vital to who you will become.  Learn to develop the right relationships.

6.  Laugh.  There is no point in taking life too seriously.

7.  Life is fun. It’s all up to the person.  Be satisfied.  You don’t have to be happy all the time, you need to be satisfied. 

8.  Don’t look at the calendar, just keep celebrating every day.

9.  The only thing constant is change, so you have to learn to embrace it. 

10.   Don’t compare.  You’ll never be happy with your life.  The grass is always greener. 

11.  Concern yourself only with what really matters in the long run.

12.  Happiness comes from a positive attitude, optimism, and living in the now.

Today:  Read the 12 thoughts out loud to absorb the wisdom of 100-year-olds. 

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Monday Motivational Quotes

Similar to the wisdom of Proverbs, every Monday I will share a practical wisdom quote(s).  For President’s Day, I pray these seven presidential quotes will make a difference in your life.  

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”  Thomas Jefferson

 “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” George Washington

 “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

  “Whatever you are, be a good one.”  Abraham Lincoln

 “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Abraham Lincoln

 “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” Ronald Reagan

 “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy

14 Ways To Value Your Spouse On Valentine’s Day

The number “7” in the Bible stands for completeness, perfection, or wholeness.  This Valentine’s Day, complete your relationship and make your connection perfectly wholesome and satisfying.

Tomorrow, value your spouse and help them feel special without spending any money.  Shown below are 14 money free ways to love your spouse. 

1.  Hold your spouse’s hand for at least 7 minutes.

2.  Leave a love note.

3.  Hug your spouse 7 different times.

4.  Tell your spouse the internal attribute that you appreciate the most about them.

5.  Smile at your spouse 7 different times.

6. Share with your spouse your best day ever together.

7. Enjoy discussing with your spouse your favorite mini-vacation or vacation.

8.  Look into each other’s eyes for 7 minutes.

9.  Share a romantic memory with your spouse.

10.  Complete this sentence with your spouse, “I feel loved and valued by you when . . . . .

11.  Give your spouse 7 kisses.

12.  Share with your spouse the first time you felt emotionally close.

13.  Plan and set a date for a special future time together.

14.  Compliment your spouse in a specific way with the words, “I appreciate . . . . .

Tomorrow On Valentine’s Day:  Commit to implementing 7 of the 14 ways listed, or utilize your own loving ways, and help your spouse feel really loved on this special day!

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