What is Life’s Biggest Blessing 

Love never fails. 1-Corinthians 13:8

It makes me so mad when marriage and family is laughed at and jokes are made about husbands and wives. Granted, they are kind of funny sometimes. However, with so much negativity surrounding marriage, it truly is sad how something that God created holy and beautiful in the beginning of time is laughed upon.

It truly makes me sad when I hear a marriage fall apart. I immediately pray for that couple to give it another chance. I have hope in God that there can be restoration. Only with God can people find love for each other again. Scripture says that love never ends, never fails. If so, then when a couple married each other, they did love each other at one point. Therefore, there is hope!

When I think about it, even if I had all the money in the world, all the fame, and whatever it is people crave for in their lives, I wouldn’t trade it in for my faith in Jesus, husband, and children. Nothing in this world is more important to me than those three.

To me, that is truly my life’s biggest blessing. They are my priority above anything and anyone else. Where are your priorities? What do you consider your life’s biggest blessing? Is it Jesus and your family or something/someone else?

It’s crucial to answer that question honestly. Because it WILL impact your life in all ways possible.

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50 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16

Sitting at the dinner table with my parents, we were remembering how 15 or so years ago a family did a very kind thing for us.

It was a nice evening to go redeem our free Pizza Hut vouchers for reading lots of books in school. We were excited because we rarely, if ever, went out to eat somewhere. As we arrived, my mom locked the door before my dad had the chance to take out the keys. As realization over what happened hit them both, they sadly called the locksmith to open their car. This cost money. Money that was not exactly in the budget of our family, living off one small salary.

The evening continued but with a different mood. Mom had tears sparkling in her eyes as we sat waiting for our pizza. As our delicious food came, the waiter gave us something else besides personal pan pizzas that we earned.

“The family next to your table left you this.” The waiter handed my dad bills in the exact amount we paid to the locksmith.

A random act of kindness. As a child I was worry-free of money problems. However, now I realize just how much it meant to my parents.

As Christians, Jesus calls us to spread love and kindness. He wants us to show the world what true love is.  Some call it community service. Others call it charity. I want to call it The Random Act of Kindness Challenge. I am challenging myself and my family to do this. And I challenge you.

My goal is to do a random act of kindness at least once a month. The 1st of the of the month perhaps? You choose a day/date that works for you! Spread Jesus EVERYWHERE and bless them with God’s blessings. It will go a long way! The world has enough evil in it, so why not go an extra step and do some kindness?!

I challenge you to start today!

Need ideas?

Random Acts of Kindness

Prices will vary from free to more expensive 

  1. Pay for someone behind you at a drive-thru
  2. Pay for someone’s groceries standing behind you
  3. Visit a nursing home and spend some time with lonely folks
  4. Donate clothes, books, or other various items you don’t need to someone you know might need it (in good condition, of course)
  5. Help someone unload groceries onto the cash register
  6. Pick up trash in a dirty area
  7. Donate food to a local food bank
  8. Have a personal business? Give away a service or product to someone for free with no strings attached (photo shoot, knitted items, crafts, landscaping, car repair etc, etc)
  9. Send a thank you note for someone you know (teacher, pastor, neighbor, etc)
  10. Mow your neighbor’s lawn if they’re away for some time
  11. Shovel snow for someone
  12. Give a small gift to a coworker
  13. Send someone flowers who least expects it
  14. Take a meal to someone who just had a baby or someone who is sick
  15. Leave a tip for the cashier at the store
  16. Or leave a bigger than usual tip for the waiter/waitress
  17. Send in a treat for your child’s class for no special occasion
  18. Let someone in front of you in a line (grocery store, restaurant…)
  19. Wave and smile to people on the road
  20. Volunteer in a school
  21. Put away stray grocery carts
  22. Do something special for your parents or simply tell them you love them
  23. Look up a local address and send them some cash in the mail
  24. Donate diapers (the most needed item for needy families)
  25. Buy toys for local children for Christmas
  26. Or donate to Operation Christmas Shoe Box
  27. Offer to babysit your friend’s kids so they can have a date
  28. Help someone move
  29. Or give away boxes to someone who you know is moving
  30. Buy something at a yard sale for more than the asking price
  31. Bring a snack to work to share with everyone
  32. Call someone you haven’t called in a long time
  33. Put someone’s cart away so they don’t have to
  34. Bring someone coffee or lunch unexpectedly
  35. Encourage someone who is having a bad day
  36. Start a chain of compliments on your favorite social media
  37. Call someone random, apologize for calling the wrong #, and tell them “God bless you”
  38. Send someone an encouraging email or text
  39. Call your grandparent (they can get lonely)
  40. Host a fun event for you children and their friends (they will never forget it I assure you)
  41. Ask someone what their prayer needs are and pray for them
  42. Write a company (preferably a small one) a letter telling them what you liked about their product
  43. Send someone an e-card
  44. Hold the door for people (especially moms with strollers)
  45. Make a scrapbook for someone or a keepsake of sorts (they will keep it forever)
  46. Host a fundraiser for something you are truly passionate about
  47. Give a compliment to a stranger (make sure it is genuine though)
  48. Send a letter (a real written one) to a friend you haven’t talked to in ages
  49. Do something nice for someone you think doesn’t really like you
  50. Introduce yourself to someone new in your church, town, school, etc so that they feel welcome

Have your own ideas? Share in the comments!

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Focus on THIS in your Marriage

There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:

 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. 
Ecclesiastes 4: 8-12

These verses are truly inspiring. Marriage is really quite an AMAZING blessing if you think about it.

Yes, you have to deal with another person’s imperfections on a daily basis. It can be quite tough.

But think about the all the positive aspects! If we focus on the good instead of the hard, life becomes much easier! Marriage gives us:

Someone to walk life with through all the hardships.

Someone to share the joys in life.

Someone to to help you up if you fall down, and no, not just literally.

Someone to keep you warm at night (is this a euphemism in Ecclesiastes?!).

Someone to kiss in the morning.

As well as someone to come home to each day.

The list goes on and on!

With so much negative in this world, as well as so much pressure on marriage, let us focus on all the positives, shall we? Don’t let the devil destroy something so sacred and beautiful, given to us from God to enjoy.  Make a list of all the wonderful aspects in your marriage. Then, dwell on them. Every day. If you think about it, there sure are PLENTY! Our human mind wants to think about the negatives more, but God calls us to go beyond our human minds. He wants us to and Him to supply us with true love as written in the famous love chapter: 1 Corinthians 13.

May God bless your marriage!

 
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When a Pastor is Accused…

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter: 4:8

At first I was shocked.

Then I was mad.

Then, I was simply enraged.

And thereafter, I was judgemental announcing what he truly deserves.

Lastly, I realized what I did wrong. I was not merciful nor graceful like Jesus.

When a man, such as a pastor is arrested, I assume everyone’s first reaction is sheer shock. How can that be? How could he have done that? No way!

Then we probably start yakking our mouths of how terrible he is. I know so, because I did so myself. However, I forgot to be like Jesus. I forgot that God is just.

If a man does something wrong, we are so quick to bad mouth. If he did something wrong, then yes, he deserves justly punishment. Our God is a just God, and He believes in justice. Yet, that does not mean he is not in need of Jesus Christ. We are all humans. We all make mistakes. We ALL need Jesus no matter how many good or bad things we have done in our lives.

As in the example of King David, when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and then killed her husband, God punished him by taking away David’s son. David repented in his terrible sin of adultery and murder. HOWEVER, he had to take the consequences for his actions. In Psalm 86 we hear David’s cry for help:

Lord, listen to me and answer me.
    I am poor and helpless.
Protect me, because I worship you.
    My God, save me, your servant who trusts in you.
Lord, have mercy on me,
    because I have called to you all day.
Give happiness to me, your servant,
    because I give my life to you, Lord.
Lord, you are kind and forgiving
    and have great love for those who call to you.
Lord, hear my prayer,
    and listen when I ask for mercy.
I call to you in times of trouble,
    because you will answer me.

I really like this video showing God’s love ‘The Good-O-Meter”

After you’re over the initial shock and after you have finished being mad, say a prayer or two for that person. If they have done something wrong, then they need repentance and they need Jesus. God is in control, and knows what necessary punishment is needed for each person’s actions.

If they haven’t done something wrong, then they still need Jesus, and for the truth to come out about innocence. Either way it goes, he needs Jesus. God wants everyone to be saved. The devil wants everyone to perish, especially the righteous. Satan is conniving every single day how to bring down a true Christian. He wants the Christian to turn away from God and be on the devil’s side.

Please don’t let your faith falter. That is exactly what Satan wants us to do: to have doubts in church leadership and in God. But, we are all equally subject to the devil’s schemes. Our protection is God, and God alone. In an unsettling time, call on Him. Only Jesus can give you peace in your heart. It’s hard. No one said it will be easy. Even the strong fall, and that’s what makes it so scary to be without God’s Word and prayer in each day. No matter how weak or strong of a Christian you are, the devil wants you. He saw Job, a righteous man, and the devil tempted him to curse God by taking everything away from this righteous man. End result? Job stayed faithful to God. In troubling times, look up to God like Job did.

We have tools written in the Bible for what we can do:

 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:13-18 

Regardless if a pastor is guilty or not, he still needs our prayers to be saved. At one point he was praying for us, and now WE can pray for him. That is the beauty of Christianity: our love for one another, no matter what happens. That is the beauty of the Cross: mercy and grace. Paul calls us to pray for our leaders. How often do we do that? I’m guilty of not doing it often enough!

 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior,  Who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Pray for this man to rise again. That is our Christian duty: to pray. To encourage. To love. Regardless.

God bless you my brothers and sisters. Just know that there is no one stronger than our God. In the end, He will win over evil. And that truly comforts my soul.

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3 Reasons Why Children Should Play Outside More

The Great Outdoors vs Entertainment Screens:

A Battle of the 21st Century

The directions were to write a make-believe story. As the three third grade girls sat staring at the ceiling and at each other, their papers lay blank. On my other side, the boy was writing ferociously. After a few minutes of intense writing, I couldn’t help but ask him to see his progress. With great enthusiasm, I was excited to see what kind of story he had concocted on his lined paper. As my eyes made out the nine-year old boy chicken scratch, I realized his story came straight from a video game. As I probed him for answers, he admitted the story was from a video game he was playing last night. My heart fell. These four children either could not come up with a story of any kind or they copied one right out of a video game storyline. The imaginations of our children are disappearing with the appearance of TV, video games, iPads, computers, and the like. Our children are spending less time outdoors, getting necessary exercise and developing their imaginations and problem solving skills.  Instead they are trapped indoors with their screens, flickering back entertaining images at them.

As a mom, I am constantly reading parenting articles. There is always so much advice on how to be a great parent. What are the best way to discipline? What are the foods our children should eat and not eat? What kinds of books should our children read? The list of questions goes on and on. However, one of the most popular topics discussed in the 21st century is how much screen time should our children be receiving, and what can we, as parents, do to fight the battle of letting children’s lives be taken over by the myriads of screens?

To begin to solve this media crisis in our modern world, we need to establish screen time rules in our families. Some technology time is not bad. The problems arise when our children spend a total five to seven hours a day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts are constantly establishing guidelines, so that can be a starting point for parents “In addition to limiting all entertainment screen time — including TV, the Internet and various smart devices — to less than two hours daily, the guidelines recommend children under age 2 get no screen time.” If children spent only two hours of screen time, just imagine the possibilities of other activities they could be doing! They could be enjoying running around on a playground, playing various sports (and there are SO many to choose from), or playing other outdoor games like hopscotch, jump rope, and all those fun games that we played as children. If more time could be spent outdoors, our children would be healthier not only physically, but cognitively as well.

Being active outdoors significantly reduces the risk of children being overweight and obese. I turned to The Centers for Disease Control for some statistics. CDC points out that “obesity among children aged 6 to 11 more than doubled in the past 20 years, to 17 percent of children in this age group. The rate of clinically obese adolescents (aged 12-19) more than tripled, to 17.6 percent. The recommendation is one hour or more of physical activity. Frankly, 60 minutes does not even seem like a lot. When we were children, some of us stayed outside until it got dark. According to The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution, our inactive lifestyles are one of the main causes of the rising overweight and obese children, as well as adults.

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As parents, we can model being away from all of our own screens and spending time with our children, bonding in the process. There are so many ways to have fun together. We can choose activities that are best for our families taking into account children’s ages, our families’ interests, and activities we can afford. There is such a wide array of activities and sports from simple activities such as taking leisurely strolls, playing in the dirt or sandbox to more advanced forms of exercise such as Each family can decide what works best for them.  As we engage ourselves and our children in physical activity, not only does it benefit our waistlines, but our minds as well.

 

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Children’s developing brains learn to problem solve and expand their imaginations when they play outdoors The U.S National Library of Medicine reports. Children need real-world stimulation and interaction, so that when it comes time to sit down and write in the classroom, their creativity can leak out on paper because they have been exposed to nature to let their minds grow. Even though some video games are considered “realistic”, a virtual world can never substitute real world experiences. From my own childhood memories, I remember playing teacher, doctor, and police. My mind was at work, creating lesson plans, prescriptions, and tickets for bad drivers. If my parents did not limit my TV and computer time to one hour each, I would have not experienced creating these worlds.

In addition to weight control and cognitive development, playing outdoors allows children to be exposed to a variety of bacteria as well as Vitamin D. Bacteria sounds like an evil word in our day, however, it is crucial to be exposed to various bacteria outside in order to build a human body’s immune system. Don’t believe me? Google it and you might be surprised how important it is to let children play in the dirt and what not. Granted, wash their hands when they come inside, but don’t stop your children from having some fun outside, digging in the dirt. Remember how you did it as a kid? Did I mention being outside gives you the necessary dose of Vitamin D? No need to gulp Vitamin D pills anymore.

Some parents might argue that kids are bored when they go outside. It makes sense. Their imaginations have been so suppressed by technology, they do not know how to entertain themselves anymore. Their imagination is being stifled by plots from cartoons and video games, so when it comes time for them to make up their own stories, they struggle. Again, I flashback to my own childhood and remember how the worlds of prince and princess would be my world outdoors. The swing would be my airplane taking me to faraway places. The sandbox would turn me into an architect. Do children even know how to play make-believe anymore?

Another huge concern might be the safety of our children when they are outside. We constantly hear in the news of devastating news happening all over the country. However, when we were young, we were always outdoors and criminals and bad people existed twenty, thirty years ago as well. In our media driven world we are so afraid of what could happen. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be careful. For safety reasons, there should be supervision at all times, especially for the younger ones.

Which can bring about another issue that parents are simply too busy to supervise or to enjoy the outdoors with their children. I know, I am a parent myself, with hundreds of responsibilities. However, it pains me to see my children stuck inside all day long. Sometimes, laundry just has to wait. We can’t let TVs and video games babysit our children all day long. Then why have children in the first place if we can’t even spend time with them?

Parents, for the sake of our future teachers, doctors, and politicians, I ask you to engage our children in the God-given gift, the beautiful outdoors. The best part is that your children will thank you one day when they are healthy and creative adults. They will have a story to tell their own children how they played hide and seek, cops and robbers, basketball, and baseball. Their favorite memories will be how they took hikes, won sports trophies, and ran around on the playground. Engage them in the great outdoors, in nature and they will forget they even had an Xbox in the first place. You won’t regret it, I promise.

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5 Lessons from 5 Years of Marriage

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

If you were anything like my husband and I before we got married then you thought something like this…
We are so in love and he/she is so perfect! We will never argue or fight. We will never hurt each other. Ever. Etc etc.

Sound familiar?

Except when real life together started, we all decide to show our true sides. We forget our silent promises of perfect behavior.

Lesson #1:

God will test your marriage.

Have you noticed that as soon as you get married, trials come your way? There’s always something or another. Finances, tough pregnancy, learning  other’s preferences, so on and so forth.

But lesson #2 is such:

Trials are meant to strengthen your relationship.

Yea, life isn’t going to perfect. Sorry. However, going through tough stuff together is meant to strengthen your love for each other. The love before you got married, that euphoric love will wither away. NOW, is where the real love is supposed to grow.

#3

Satan will try to destroy your marriage.

God created marriage when He gave Eve to Adam. Satan didn’t like that. They were too happy living in the Garden of Eden, enjoying God’s gifts. That made the devil so jealous. So he decided to destroy their happiness. He succeeded. Adam and Eve were kicked out of garden because of their sin. And what makes you think Satan doesn’t want to destroy your happy marriage too?

And lesson #4 is this:

Selfishness will only make you disappointed.

When we are focused in the idea that “it’s all about me” then you will be one, unhappy spouse. What about giving? Don’t forget how you always wanted to do nice things for each other when you were dating and engaged. Don’t ever stop after the wedding either!

Last, but certainly not least, #5:

God is the only way you can have a happy relationship.

Since God is one who created marriage, He is the One who knows the rules to make it work. Read the Bible daily to keep feeding your soul and pray for wisdom every single day.

God bless you and your marriage!

Enjoy our 5 year anniversary photos! 

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50+ Ways You Know You’re Russian When…

If you don’t yet, I come from a Russian culture which I am very happy and proud to be a part of. I look up to my ancestors who went through so many persecutions because they were Christians. I thank them for taking that hard road, so that today, I can be inspired by their faith in Jesus.
On a less serious note, however, Russians and Ukrainians also have some funny traditions and what not. For some entertainment, with the help of my husband and friends, we created this fun list:

You know you’re Russian when…

Your church parking lot looks like a European and Japanese car show

Your dad owns a track suit or 10

Your mom makes borsht every weekend

Every other salad is served with mayo

You have a huge collection of all the various teas out there

Your grandmother wears a kasinka to all public places

You speak two languages in the same sentence (maybe even 3 if you know Ukrainian from your grandmother)

You get invited to someone’s banya on the weekend

You hear about all the sales and discounts in all the stores

And you go to all the good sales too because it’s ridiculous to miss a good deal

You eat fish in 100 different ways on a weekly basis

Your wedding consists of 500+ guests

And your wedding has 74738826383 different dishes served

You dress up your Sunday best to go grocery shopping and to check the mailbox

You attend every possible youth conference and camp

You sing hymns and worship songs at every get together 

You plant a garden every year with all fruits and vegetables possible

Your mom makes green borscht (when there is shavel) and okroshka every summer

You have your own chickens and possibly beehives

You make kvass and fruit compote in the summer

Your house just might be 3,000+ square feet

Your typical snack consists of sunflower seeds and every get-together absolutely has to have them

You have heard at least one song by Alla Pugacheva

And you have seen all the episodes of “Ny Pogodi” and “Kot Leopold”

You know a brown Winnie-the-Pooh without a red shirt

You eat mom’s homemade bread with every meal

You know how to make every possible recipe using sausage

Your medicine cabinet is filled with herbs (some of which are mixed with vodka to bring out all the nutrients)

And you know all the home remedies out there for all illnesses

You bring pelmeni for lunch

You have 50 letters in your first and last name

You dress your baby in long sleeves and cap in the middle of summer because parents warn you of the AC blowing on them

Your mother packs you katleti for a road trip

Your curtains are lacy

You have a filled with many fancy dishes that never get used but are there for the sole purpose of decoration

Your dad has at least one cassette or CD of shanson music

Your mom saves all plastic and glass containers to use for other purposes (Russians are basically professional recyclers)

You have an uncle fisherman (or grandpa or dad or cousin)

You have at least 30 cousins

Your mom owns a collection of matreshki

You can always find sushki or ruziki to munch on in the kitchen

You know a handful of truck drivers

Your house was built by Russians

You went to Russian school on Saturdays to learn some proper grammar

Your first car was a Toyota or Honda

You remember the first time you tried caviar (and probably liked it)

Your mom made kasha every morning for breakfast

And soup was also served daily

Your mom makes you wear tapochki…even in the summer

You had a Cheburashka stuffed toy instead of a regular teddy bear

You played soccer with all your cousins at family get togethers

You played at least one instrument in the church band

And sang in the youth choir

Your mom always told you after the 6th candy “u tebya popa slipnitsa”

Your grandma’s house has a red & yellow oriental rug in the living room

Your mom cans tomatoes and cucumbers every summer

You call over friends just to have some hot tea

You know at least 20 guys named Alex and can name them from the top of your head

You eat onions and garlic, raw, and not necessarily in a salad

Have more to add? Share in comments!

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Satan’s #1 Goal

Flipping leisurely through a Parents magazine, I noticed a paragraph that really got me upset. I’m that kind of person who doesn’t like to follow the news because I would just be depressed all the time from all the negativity. So I stick to happy things, like Parents magazine for example. But this “happy” magazine got me quite upset at the situation of our world. Not that I didn’t know this fact already, but reading it in black on white was very upsetting to say at the least.

This is the quote I read, and even though the magazine did not make this sound as a bad thing, I thought it was quite upsetting:

 Ironically, heterosexual couples are increasingly wary of getting wed while same-sex couples are fighting for the right to marry.

As soon as I read that, my heart just started aching. The devil is scheming every day to prevent marriages from happening and from staying together.

Since day 1 of humans on this planet, Satan has been scheming away to break apart humans with God; and husbands and wives from each other. God gave Adam a wonderful gift. Man was given a female counterpart to complete his life. Yet, Satan was not happy when he saw the happy couple, living in God’s bliss in the Garden of Eden. His jealousy did not allow him to let Adam and Eve live peacefully.

First, he lies to them.

Then, Adam starts blaming God for giving him a faulty wife when God asks Adam what they have done.

Then, God expels them from the Garden for their disobedience to God’s   Word.

And since then, Satan still doesn’t rest. He wants to break apart any marriage or prevent it from happening in the first place.

I don’t want to get into numbers, but rates for all these are quite high: cohabitation, divorce, same-sex couples, prostitution, unfaithfulness, pornography, and so on.

It breaks my heart that Satan seems to be winning. Family, the building block of society, is being ripped apart. What was once considered taboo, is now the norm.

But there is hope. JESUS is our hope. Our choice is to use His power to strengthen our marriages or we can let Satan keep breaking us apart, one family at a time.

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20+ Ideas to Stay Connected With Your Spouse

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I absolutely LOVE weddings! Pretty sure I’m not the only one. Yes, I know, it has been FIVE years since my own wedding, but weddings still excite me! Everything about them. All the little AND big details!

The dress. The rings. The flowers. The first look. The first kiss. It’s all so enchanting!

When someone books us to do the photography for their wedding I get extremely enthusiastic.

When we drop off the kids, it’s then just the two of us. It’s almost like a date in a way except we have to “work” on this date. But we get to work together on the same team. I help him. He helps me. And for me, it’s quite enjoyable.

Do you and your spouse have something special you can collaborate on? Hobbies, charities, sports, etc that both interest you? The possibilities are endless! But the point is to do them TOGETHER! Have fun and enjoy being married.

I decided to generate a list, because I just love making lists. List is my middle name. If not, then it really should be.

Hobbies

  • Fishing
  • Gardening/landscaping
  • Photography – people, wildlife, landscape/nature
  • Videography
  • Collecting – whatever it is you want to collect (seashells, coins, art, etc)
  • DIY projects
  • Board/card/strategy games
  • Cooking/baking
  • Collaborating on writing a book/blog
  • Singing in a choir/band
  • Music lessons
  • Road tripping
  • Exploring new places
  • Puzzles

Charities/Good Deeds

  • Church events
  • Small group ministry
  • Soup kitchen
  • Trash collecting
  • Visiting the elderly/nursing home
  • Fundraising

Sports

  • Tennis
  • Roller skating/blading
  • Ice skating
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Racquetball
  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Jetskiing
  • Boating/sailing
  • Fishing
  • Bowling
  • Running marathon(s)

 

 

Ideas to Connect

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What God REALLY Wants From Us

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

I’ve been a bit off the grid, at least with the blog these past two weeks, but for good reason I assure you. I was taking a Teaching Writing class, and I learned SO much! It was an amazing experience to write with 10 other teachers side by side.

The most important fact I learned was actually not how to teach writing (which I definitely did learn as too, don’t get me wrong) but how important relationships are. In two weeks, we learned so much about each other through our writing pieces and conversations. As the summer class came to a close, we were sad for it to end. Yes, some of us even got teary eyed as we shared our final reflections about what we have gained in this class as teachers (and not only as teachers).

It made me think one very important lesson. What does God really want from us?

Does He want us to be sinless? Does He want us to go to church? Does He want us to be helping charities?

There are a lot of things people think God wants from us, and ones I mentioned above are important, BUT the most crucial thing He wants is a one-on-one relationship with Him. That is the reason He created humans in the first place! He wanted someone to have a relationship with. Don’t ignore God’s great desire to have a personal relationship with you. Jesus calls everyone to His loving arms:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” John 6:40

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:20

What do YOU think God wants from us?

What God Really Wants From Us?

 

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