17 Ways to Love Your Husband for 2017


While we celebrate the month of love, ponder this list of ways to love your husband, originally published February 14, 2014.

Fun Tip: Whatever the day’s date is, choose that number to work on for that day! Love your husband, he’ll love you for it!

1. Be kind.

2. Be funny, lighthearted.

3. Be easy to get along with.

4. Remind him of his great qualities.

5. Use your eyelids. There are somethings you don’t need to focus on.

6. Be prompt.

7. Pray for him.

8. Support his dreams.

love19. Listen to him.

10. Ask questions about him.

11. Make sure you have date night regularly.

12. Talk calmly about things that bother you.

13. Come along side him and understand his frustrations.

14. Sometimes cook for him.

15. Kiss and hug often.

16. Talk to others about how wonderful he is.

17. Put the best connotation on everything he does. Give him a break.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments and Happy Valentine’s Month.


Day 29: 99 Words on the 2016 Election

flag6Approximately 90 hours from now, we will hear results from the 2016 election.

If I had it to do over, I would ask for grace to speak only  life over our country and the outcome of this election. If only we had all done that over the past six months. . .

The good news is, “It’s not too late!”

It’s not too late to declare “God’s will be done,” and “God bless America.”

We can proclaim this and this alone for the next 90 hours. We can rest knowing that God will hear the unified voice of His people. He will bless America!

99 words.

Thanks for reading!

To get caught up from Day 1 of my efforts to write 100 words or less during the Write 31 Days Challenge, click here.

Day 28: 200 Words on Favor


This is Day 28 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. I have attempted to say more with less words. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

These inspirational sayings were inspired by the wonderful book called Favor, The Road to Success by Bob Buess. When I was blessed to be the teacher and principal of a wonderful Christian school in North Carolina, our class started each day by repeating these words together. They are in my heart, and I often go to sleep or wake up with them going over in my mind. They are scriptural; they are available to all of us who  accept them as true.These are best said out loud once a day, every day until they become our beliefs. It is our beliefs that God responds to.


teddy-bearGod favors me today.

God is with me today.

God is helping me today.

I am someone very special to the Lord.

Good things are happening to me spiritually today.

Good things are happening to me financially today.

Good things are happening to me in all my relationships today.

I am looking for ways to favor others today.

Today will be a great day because Jesus lives big in me today

And every day!

I have the mind of Christ today.

I have the mind of Christ today.

I have the mind of Christ today!

Day 27: 264 More Words on Filling Up with God’s Word


“Fill up with My Word, and My Life will flow into every area of your life.”

When I heard these words many years ago, I saw a picture of something you might see in a science lab. It was an upright clear tube with branches coming out of each side. I drew a picture of this on an index card and labeled each branch: family, church, work, ministry, friends, business.

I had favorite verses that I memorized and meditated on throughout the day, and I visualized His Word flowing into each area.

When I began to teach school at our church school, I knew the Lord was leading me to teach His Word to the students. We learned a verse for every letter of the alphabet, and reviewed these so often that every child from kindergarten through 8th grade could easily quote the verse and reference when prompted with any letter of the alphabet. I like to think that every one of those students could do well at this even today.

Take a verse each day and meditate it ten times. Do this ten times throughout the day so that by the end of the day, you have said or thought this verse one hundred times.  God will speak to you through His Word, and His Word will affect every area of your life!

“Fill up with My Word, and My life will flow into every area of your life.”

Click here for a list of the A-to Z verses.

Your life will be  enriched by having more of God’s Word in your heart.

To get caught up from Day 1 of the Write 31 Days Challenge, click here.


Day 26: 270 Words on Disparaging Others


This is Day 26 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

During this challenge, I have attempted to say more with less words. Staying close to the 100 word mark was much more challenging than I imagined. I let this one go on well past the 200 word mark because it’s that important to our happiness and the happiness of others.

Here goes:

I found myself nodding in agreement, affirming that the person in question had seriously erred in their ways. The individual being discussed was clearly a flawed specimen of humanity. Before the conversation was over, together we had identified wrongful actions in two other people.

I left the booth where I had been working and headed to my car. Two seconds into my drive home, I realized I had just spoken negatively about three people. I know better than that. It’s not my style. I’m a positive person. I see the best in others, yet I had heartily chimed in as others were being berated. What could I do to make it right? Flashback to what I did with my students years ago.

“If you say something negative about another person, you have to say 10 good things about them.”

Problem solved.

As I began to try to think of ten good things about these three, I realized I didn’t even know them well enough to name ten things about them. If I didn’t know them any better than that, why speak negatively about them? I had no where near enough information to make a judgement on their actions.

We have no idea what is behind someone’s actions. We judge only from what we can see on the surface, and from our perspective based on our own past experiences.

Looking for the good in others is a mental exercise that can only produce positive results.

The next time you find yourself speaking negatively about someone, stop, and say ten good things about them. Maybe someone will do the same thing for you!

Day 25: 109 Words on Being Happy


This is Day 25 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

Continuing the Challenge of saying more with less, attempting to keep each post 100 words or less.

One of the best things you can do for others is to be happy.

“A merry heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

and when there’s a feast, there is plenty for everyone.

Go ahead and think those positive thoughts, meditate your favorite verses from the Bible, imagine the best that could happen to you today.

Think of what’s really great about the people you know and the people you are with. Imagine things turning out the best possible way.

Go ahead and be happy today.

It’s the best thing you can do for yourself, and it’s going to do a world of good for the world you live in.

Day 24: 111 Words on Getting Out of a Slump


This is Day 24 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

Continuing the Challenge of saying more with less, attempting to keep each post 100 words or less.

Feeling a little low.

Wondering why.

Checking thoughts.

What’s bothering you?

Oh yeah that.

How do I get out of the slump?

Try out a few thoughts.

I feel my mind pushing back against better thoughts, giving reasons to keep thinking about “the problem.” Need to figure it out, make a  decision.

I tried again.

“God helps me make good decisions.”

“There is always a solution.”

“This is going to work out.”

“I will know exactly what to do.”

“This is going to be a great day.”

“I’m going to accomplish things today.”

And I felt better. I moved on through the day. . . very pleasantly, in fact.

So it is working!

Day 23: 107 Words On Filling Up


This is Day 23 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

Continuing the Challenge of saying more with less, attempting to keep each post 100 words or less.

Here’s today’s effort:

Fill up with My Word, and my life will flow into every area of your life.

Your body, soul and spirit constitute YOU! If all of your thoughts centered around God’s Word, your spirit would respond in perfect alignment with God’s will. Your body would be the one carrying out the deeds exactly as God directs through your spirit. We have within our power to choose to line our thoughts up with God’s Word by filling up with His Word.

We may be far from walking this out, but imagine the difference it will make as we fill up a little more each day!

Let’s try it!

Day 16: 117 Words on Believing


This is Day 16 of the Write 31 Days Challenge. To get caught up from Day 1, click here.

We want to believe. We think we believe. We say we believe, but our emotions give us away.

The life we now have is a result of our innermost beliefs. It is only through changing those beliefs that we will  see something different in our lives.

We may accept something as true in our mind and by “faith,” but true believing is deeper than this.

Nurture the belief and allow it to grow until it produces fruit.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24

Day 19: 128 Words On Knowing Truth


If you want to know the truth, look in your heart.  God speaks truth to your heart. You will know what God would say to you. He would never tell you how inadequate you are or compare you to someone else. It is not His nature to tell you how bad things are or that there is no hope. Recognize the truth that is being spoken in your heart, truth that you instinctively know.

Look in your heart for truth and declare it repeatedly until it becomes a new deeply rooted belief. When you renew your mind to a new belief, you will view life from this vantage point, and you will be free.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32