I'm doing a little bit of blog thinking and have recently moved our manymeadows.com blog over to this one. Still unsure what my plans are. I'd like to get back to posting...at least occasionally.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, Dirk and I had the opportunity to share during three breakout sessions during a marriage seminar. This is the hand-out Dirk compiled for the men. Have any more thoughts or suggestions to add? Wives, your input is encouraged too!
For the Men
LOVE your wife…with actions and words. Ex: open her car door, praying, reading your Bible, tithe, help put the children to bed.
Be the head…not the tail! (or the butt) Spiritually lead her!
Tell her she’s beautiful.
Listen better….turn off the TV or gaming system.
Write love notes
Bring small gifts…it really is the thought that counts!
Give her longer kisses…not just the peck on your way out the door.
Leave work at work.
Continue to pursue her…even though you’ve already caught her.
Hold her hand.
E-mail and text her
Take her on surprise dates
Take care of the cars
Finish those home repair projects (or hire someone to finish them)
Read your Bible and pray out loud for your family
Give her lots of cuddle time
Be her best friend
Tell her you love her often….and tell her why.
Share your dreams with her: Family Vision
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This week Dirk and I are focused on material for sharing at an upcoming marriage seminar. This is a previous post from March, 2008. Share your thoughts?
In the message, Craig Groschel says that the Church has emasculated our men, our warriors. I totally agree, but I think we women have had a lot to do with that. Even emasculating our own husbands.
We train them to put the seat DOWN after they use the toilet.
We purchase hair removal products, “encourage” them to pluck their eyebrows, and talk about the “disgusting rugs” on their backs.
We invite them into our frilly, pink, lacy bedrooms (or living rooms—hey! I’ve seen some!)
We relegate “their stuff” (hunting trophies, pictures of the guys, military things) into the garage, their bathroom, the closet.
We “encourage” them to speak nicely (translated: “act like me, a mommy”) to our children, even when they have misbehaved. “Honey, you’ll hurt their little feelings”.
I don’t know about you, but if the tables were turned, and my guy expected me to be like him….well,…..it makes you think.
Maybe some of us shouldn’t wonder why when he:
Doesn’t want to be at home
Won’t go to church with us
Craig encouraged us girls to be Warrior Princesses, to stand by our Warriors . I’m thinkin’ there are a lot of us that just want to be The Princess, or maybe The King.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Dirk and I have been invited to participate in a break-out session as part of a marriage conference next weekend. The subject we were requested to share about:
I'll be sharing some thoughts this week from our preparation.
Our relational discussions really don't have to end up in a blow-out fight if we have some guidelines and boundaries in place. Then we can be in control of the argument, rather than the argument controlling us.
Here is a hand-out we are working on.
Believe your mate has your best interest at heart
Listen. Ask yourself, "Is there any truth to this?"
See the discussion as an opportunity for understanding rather than for winning.
Remove sarcasm, cynicism, and anger from your words and tone.
Stay on topic.
See the issue as "our" issue, not "his" or "her" issue
Keep the discussion only between you and your mate
Take responsibility for yourself and your actions
Recognize your limits. If things are heating up, agree to a time-out.
Finish the discussion. Don't leave it open-ended.
See your mate as the adversary
Belittle, insult, call names or use abusive language
Label or compare ("You are so ________" or You are just like your _________")
Try to have the last word
Shut down and use the silent treatment
Put up defenses and retaliate verbally
Tear down the other's character and personality. Keep it about behavior.
Use the D word (divorce)
Threaten, yell, scream, slam doors or throw, hit or break things
Walk away or leave the house (except for an agreed upon time-out)
Bring up the past or former unresolved discussions
Blame or make accusations
Generalize - "You always", "You never", "Can't you just...?", "You are so..."
Make assumptions about what you think your mate is saying. Ask direct questions.
What do you think? Any additions or suggestions?
Can these guidelines help to control the argument rather than it controlling us?
Posted by Robin Meadows at 2:27 AM
Sunday, February 14, 2010
It has the power to save our souls. James 1:21
It is our life. Deuteronomy 32:47 ; Psalm 119:37 ; Proverbs 4:4
It is Truth we can trust. Psalm 33:3 ; John 17:17
It keeps us from sin. Psalm 119:11
It revives and encourages us. Psalm 119:25 ; Psalm 119:28
It is eternal. Psalm 119:89 ; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 59:21 ; Matthew 24:35
It is our guide. Psalm 119:105
It is a source of hope. Psalm 119:74 ; Psalm 119:81 ; Psalm 119:114
His Word is so much more than this! What is it to you?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Yep. Today is my birthday, and I’m now double-nickels (as my husband, Dirk says).
I’ve been around a pretty long while.
-Barbie dolls and hula hoops
-permanent press fabrics
-cassette and 8-track tapes (know what those are??)
-remote controls and portable phones
-home computers and hand-held calculators
-power steering & brakes
-Alaska and Hawaii were not even states
The year I was born
-automobiles were required to install seatbelts
-the first oral contraceptive was invented
-the first cans of Coke came out (they were in glass bottles only, before)
-the first McDonald’s and Disneyland was opened
-gasoline was .23 a gallon
“In God We Trust” was added to all US paper currency
You can laugh about all that now, but you’ll be thanking me when I can save you 10% at Ross on Tuesdays! Just saying.