It may seem unnecessary to encourage generosity during THE season for giving, but my encouragement is to draw your attention to a blogging friend who does this very well.
Meet Lori Byerly, of The Generous Wife blog. She is an inspiration to me and to thousands of other wives. Each day she offers on tip on how to be generous in your marriage. It is never long, nor difficult to understand. And the best part? All of her tips are easy to do. She’s recently updated the look, and I think it’s amazingly beautiful.
Today she is sharing a guest post I wrote at her request. It is another date night idea called, “Time In A Bottle.” So I thought it fitting to post a couple of my favorite tips she’s offered recently. But take time and visit her blog when you can – in fact sign up to receive it in your e-mail! Your marriage will benefit greatly as will your husband. 🙂
How is your “holiday attitude”? If you’re stressed and cranky, ask yourself what you can do to make your day better (simplify, reschedule, let it go, delegate). Take a few deep breaths, put on some worship music, or have a little chat with God. Then relax your shoulders and put a smile on your face.
I couldn’t decide, so today you get two quotes ~
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs
When Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary
This week’s video shared some historical background to the story of David and Goliath. For most of us, this story is a bit of a yawn because we’ve heard it again and again from childhood up. But let me share a thought that jumped out at me …
David was a shepherd boy. He spent hours hanging out with sheep and … slinging stones. That’s pretty much what shepherd boys did. Yes, they cared for and protected the sheep, but basically they had hours and hours and hours of stone slinging … an “ordinary” skill for a shepherd boy.
When David went up against Goliath he used the ordinary skill that he had. Yes, I know, God had to be in that moment and David took the stand he took to honor God, but did you hear me? He stood there – just a boy with an ordinary shepherd boy skill – and took down a giant from a more advanced culture with more advanced weapons.
What about you and me? We are “ordinary” people with “ordinary” skills. We clean, we take the dog to the vet, we stroke fevered brows and plan menus. Can God use us to do the extraordinary? You bet.
What if every day we got up and declared that we act “in the name of the LORD Almighty” and that “the whole world will know that there is a God in [wherever you live]”? What if we trusted that God could bring down the Goliaths of our world using us – “ordinary” women with “ordinary” skills?
I think we do not fully know the effect of what we do as wives, moms, daughters, sisters and friends. The “ordinary” gifts that we have in life can be empowered by God to do great things when we do them to glorify Him. Please do not belittle or think less of what you do because it seems “ordinary.” Just be glad that you have opportunity to serve those around you to the glory of God (and watch for the miracles that come from love and generosity!).
“The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” Thomas Moore
I like this idea in general, but it might have some creative applications given today’s tip. Marriage Stones Perhaps having a few stones around will remind me that the ordinary can be very extraordinary!
When you visit The Generous Wife, be sure to comment and tell Lori I sent you. You won’t get anything special, but it will help me show her my gratitude for the generosity she’s shown me.
Due to the Christmas crunch on my end, there will be no Happy Hour this week. I hope you understand. Have a great weekend!