Monday, July 29, 2013

Marriage Monday: The Two Pillars of Marriage {Link Up}


Marriage Mondays


Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I hope you had a chance to read my post from last week on whether we should look at our husbands with a magnifying glass or rose-colored glasses.  If you missed that post, I encourage you to read it here.  


We drove over 900 miles this past weekend to attend my niece's wedding in Northwest Ohio.  My sister's second daughter, Anna, married the young man who had stolen her heart, Matthew.




It was a simple, sweet wedding!




Matthew's pastor gave one of the best "marriage messages" that I've ever heard.  He told Matthew matter-of-factly that Anna's greatest need is not beautiful clothes, an elegant house, or a fancy car, but unconditional love. Then, he told Anna just as plainly that Matthew's greatest need is not a large flat-screen TV, but simply unconditional respect.  

He went on to say that virtually all problems in marriage come from a violation of these principles.  Conflicts arise when the wife feels that she is not being loved unconditionally or when the husband feels that he is not being treated with respect. 

All humans are naturally selfish and enter into marriage hoping and believing their spouses will make them happy.  A more realistic prescription for a healthy marriage involves learning how to die to self and focus on meeting the needs of our marriage partner. For wives, that need is primarily love and security, and for husbands, that need is primarily respect and admiration.






How are you and your husband doing in the Love and Respect department?  If you're struggling in your marriage, try applying the two "pillars" (love and respect), and watch the magic happen!  :)



Your Turn to Share:

How have unconditional love and respect made a difference in your marriage?? Please share by leaving a comment here or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged and built up as wives!



Also, thank you for voting for my blog in the Top 25 Moms with Big Families Blogs Contest!  I was able to stay in the Top 25 for 2013!  Thanks so much for your support!  :)    




If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!


Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!






marriage mondays












Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is Mine

Happy Wives Club


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The Alabaster Jar
















TheBetterMom.com




http://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/

Growing Home








Courtship Connection






































I Choose Joy!




Wise-Woman-Builds

Messy Marriage















Wifey Wednesday button












http://judithwholeheartedhome.com/wholehearted-wednesday-linkup/





Missional Women
























Please link up your blog post on marriage below by entering the url of your specific post. Where it says "Your Name" enter the title of your blog post, not your personal name! Thanks! :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Why I Love Lilla Rose: Let Me Count the Ways!




Love the flexi-clip??  Ever thought about selling Lilla Rose Hair Jewelry?  It is fun and a fabulous opportunity for young single women or mothers at home to earn an income!





Right now, Lilla Rose is offering a never-before-offered special deal for new consultants! Through the end of July when you sign up as a consultant, your shipping is totally free on your enrollment kit!
Plus, when you sign up as a consultant I will send you a special item from my own inventory as a thank you gift! 


Why I Love Lilla Rose:

1.  The products are beautiful and well-made and work in all hair types!  The innovative flexi-clip makes it simple to create stunning hair styles in seconds!

2.  Sharing Lilla Rose hair jewelry with people is fun, especially when they get excited about finding a clip that works in their hair!

 3.  Lilla Rose is a fabulous company to work for!  They are committed to excellence in every way and are so helpful to customers and consultants alike!  

4.  Lilla Rose is a young company with Huge Potential!  This is a ground-floor opportunity to get in with a company with enormous growth potential!  Many people have never heard of Lilla Rose and many cities don't yet have a consultant!  YOU might be the first Lilla Rose consultant in your town and you can start building your own team!
  
5.  Flexi Clips practically sell themselves!  Some consultants have literally sold flexi-clips right off their heads!  :)  I've found that if I can get ladies to try a flexi-clip in their hair, they almost always want one!  Once they buy one, they will want more!  Soon they will start telling their friends about the amazing flexi-clip and your business will be off the ground and running!
6. There is no pressure to sell!  You can become a consultant with the goal of building a steady home-based income or with the goal of funding your own flexi habit!  ;)  Consultants receive a free replicated website, and there are no monthly fees or sales quotas!  The only requirement is that you have $29 in sales for the entire year! This is easily accomplished!
7. You earn a minimum of 30% commission on all sales, plus you receive the same discount on products you purchase!  With increased monthly sales, you can earn as much as 45% on your sales, plus qualify for bonuses.
8. You have Options and Flexibility with a Lilla Rose Business!  You can sell to friends and family, you can sell totally online, or you can sell at home parties and craft shows!  The possibility of earning a part time, or even full time income is there, depending on how much time you have to put into it.
9.  You can get started for as little as $49.95 plus sales tax!!  With that investment, you receive 5 flexi-clips to demonstrate, give away, sell, or use for your own family!  So, there's nothing to lose!
10.  It's FUN to have your own personal stash of a wide variety of flexis!  :)

Please contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me if you have questions!  I can send you an email containing answers to the most frequently asked questions.  I'd LOVE to have you joing my team!  :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Marriage Monday: A Magnifying Glass or Rose-Colored Glasses? {Link up!}




Welcome back to Marriage Monday!  I hope you had a chance to read my post from last week on what our faces say about our husbands. If you missed it, you can read it here.  Several said they were planning to take my suggestion  and watch the faces of wives around them as they looked at their husbands. I hope that was eye-opening!  The greatest blessing for me as I did this was watching the face of my pastor's wife on Sunday while her husband (our pastor!) sang the special music.  Her face was glowing with love, joy, admiration and praise to our God! The song was very moving to our fellowship of believers, and the look on her face only enhanced the message of his song!


Shouldn't that be the way it is every day?  The way we look at our husbands should enhance "the song they were designed to sing."  


When our husbands share something with a group of people, especially if they happen to be the ones behind the podium, imagine how our attentiveness, admiration, and non-verbal agreement with what they are sharing can not only encourage their confidence, but promote their message and validate it in the eyes of those around us!  


How did you do this week with our Challenge?  Did you look for the good in your husband?  Did you focus on the praiseworthy, notice his virtues, and let your face reflect your love and admiration for your amazing husband?  I hope so!  

If you had trouble with this assignment, let me suggest something that might help.  You might need to change out the lenses you are using to look at your husband! 

Ever noticed how young couples in love look at each other through rose-colored glasses??  They seem oblivious to the faults that the rest of us see quite plainly!  However, some time after they are married, it's not uncommon for them to change lenses and start looking at each other with a magnifying glass!  Suddenly all of their mate's faults are glaringly obvious!!







May I suggest we flip-flop that practice??  For those of you who are still single and looking for "Mr. Right" or those of you who are in a relationship and wondering if "he's the one," now is the time to bring out the magnifying glass!  Don't gloss over any faults or short-comings -- these will only be magnified once you are married!  Please don't ignore red flags!!  Most women in very bad, abusive marriages had indications of what was to come -- they just ignored the warning flags!

However, if you are married, put away your magnifying glass (or give it to a single woman you know!) and put on your rose-colored glasses!  Look at your husband through eyes of love and eyes of grace!  






Ready for a challenge??  Let's trade in our magnifying glasses for rose-colored glasses!  :)  Let me know how this simple lens change affects your view of your husband!



Your Turn to Share:

Have you traded in your magnifying glass and learned to quit focusing on your husband's faults?  Have you donned a pair of rose-colored glasses and learned to look for the good in your man?  Please share by leaving a comment here or over on my Facebook page, so we might all be encouraged and built up as wives!



Also, would you do me a favor?  My blog was chosen as one of the Top 25 Moms with Big Families Blogs for 2012, and has been nominated again for 2013.  I'd really love to be in the Top 25 again this year!  :)  You can help me by voting for my blog here.  You can vote again once every 24 hours until the contest ends on July 24th.  Thanks so much for your support!  :)    




If you were blessed or encouraged by this post, please consider sharing it with your friends on Facebook or other social media sites.  Thank you!


Link up:

I'd love to have you link up your blog to mine!  Please link up any past or present posts related to Christian marriage.  Don't forget to link back to my blog!  Thanks!






marriage mondays












Blogs I link up with from week to week:

What Joy Is Mine

Happy Wives Club


Photobucket

The Alabaster Jar
















TheBetterMom.com




http://aproverbs31wife.com/category/of-family-matters/helpmeet/

Growing Home








Courtship Connection






































I Choose Joy!




Wise-Woman-Builds

Messy Marriage















Wifey Wednesday button












http://judithwholeheartedhome.com/wholehearted-wednesday-linkup/





Missional Women
























Please link up your blog post on marriage below by entering the url of your specific post. Where it says "Your Name" enter the title of your blog post, not your personal name! Thanks! :)
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