3 Holidays to Celebrate as a Couple

Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Ecclesiastes 3:13

I love celebrating various occasions! It doesn’t have to be something crazy important or grandiose. Life is all about the little things anyway, right?

Yes, the wedding anniversary is important and birthdays…and Christmas and Easter.

But why not celebrate other holidays together, especially as a couple? Celebrating doesn’t have to be anything expensive either!

It can be a small gift or card. It can be a fun date to spend time together. It can even just be a dinner just the two of you at your favorite restaurant. It can even be a dinner right at home set up fancy (you know, your best dishes, music, candles, and your favorite fancy meal). I mean, be creative! It’s YOUR celebration!

‘The Day We Met Anniversary ‘

Ok, I know not everyone remembers the exact day you met. Some of you might have even known each each since diapers days! But that’s not a problem. Think back to when you first noticed each other in that special way. Summer of 2000? Pick a day in June. The 15th maybe? And make it your holiday! Why not, right? Replay the fun memories of when you just met/noticed each other.

‘I Love You Anniversary’

Now this day I hope you remember! After all, you said the important words that anyone longs to hear. Well, and if you don’t remember then just follow directions from celebration #1.

‘Engagement Anniversary’

Maybe you’re already celebrating this one? But if not, why not add it to your list of holidays? You got engaged after all. Quite a big deal I think! Celebrate it. Maybe even replay the scenario if possible!

Have any holidays that you and your spouse celebrate as a couple? Share with us!

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The Most Important Key to a Happy Marriage

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

No human being is perfect. No relationship is perfect. No one’s life is perfect.

That said, when we live in such an imperfect world in our imperfect human bodies, we’re all going to make mistakes. ALL of us. But what comes next is what can make  it or break it. We can either hold grudges and hate our spouse (or someone else) for a mistake they made. Or we can forgive them.

Ha! Easier said than done! Right?! That is where God’s grace comes in! Without God’s great love and mercy we won’t be able to do anything! I absolutely love the parable in Matthew 18:21-35 about the unmerciful servant:

21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.

24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.

25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.

26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’

27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’

29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’

30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.

31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.

33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’

34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.

35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

If God, an absolute PERFECT being forgives us for all our evil sins, then how much more should we lowly humans forgive people for their sins. If we can’t forgive, God doesn’t forgive us our sins. It’s as simple as that. Hey, no one said being righteous is easy. Yet, if you think about it, harboring anger is MUCH harder. It destroys you, bit by bit.

So don’t let your relationship suffer because you want to keep holding anger and unforgiveness bottled up inside you. Ask God to help you let it go once and for all. And never bring it up ever again. You’re not perfect either, so why should you be angry when you make mistakes too? Forgive and move on, and your marriage will be much better off!

P.S. This song by Natalie Grant really touched my heart when I first heard. Also, it contributes to the inspiration for this post:

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Should you skip reading any parts of the Bible?

If you have ever read Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, you might notice that there are A LOT of laws written in those books. As I’m reading through these chapters, I notice myself glazing over the words. And the #1 thought that keeps coming up in my mind is, “THANK YOU, Jesus!”

If not for Jesus dying on the cross. And now, living because He is the one true God, then we’d be doing these sacrifices year after year…after year. Can you even imagine? Yet God’s plan is perfect and He made Himself easily available! We can come to Jesus and ask for forgiveness at any time, any day, any where! Isn’t that simply awesome?! I sure think it is!

And as I skim over the sacrifice laws in Leviticus, I don’t feel guilty because I know the IMPORTANT sacrifice has been made already 2,000ish years ago on the cross by Jesus Christ. And the kinds of lambs and rams they used back in the day… Well, let’s just say, it does not matter anymore all thanks to Jesus.

Yes, maybe I’m wrong in doing so and thinking this way. Maybe I should read all those laws, but I’m too busy and happy thanking Jesus. What do you think? Is it OK to skim over the sacrificial laws when reading Scripture? Tell us your opinion in the comments.

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Love Song

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Psalm 96:1

I don’t know about you, but I looove music! Can you just imagine this world WITHOUT music?! That said, music can bring about memories associated with a certain song (or musical piece).

Do you and your loved one have a special song you share? Maybe a song you both liked when you were dating/engaged? A song played at your wedding?

If yes, great! If not, find a song you both like and share it during special moments of your life to bring back good memories! Or maybe even play it when you’re going through a tough time together! There’s a reason God gave us music, right? Music is a wonderful way to lift our spirits!

Share with us in the comments YOUR special song!

And here are a few of our special songs:

 

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What Does Your Heart Worship?

He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Exodus 32:4

I like cows. They really are useful animals on this planet. They give us milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, meat, etc, etc. But I’m not exactly sure why Israel made a god for themselves in the form of a cow. Seriously, I think it is so weird that they did that. Out of all animals, a cow?! Why not a pretty animal at least? Like a horse at least. Nevertheless, doesn’t matter what kind of animals it was, the fact still remains that they chose to bow down to another god.

No, not the living God who rescued them out of slavery in Egypt. Not the God who showed His great power in the Ten Plagues. Not the God who moved the waters of the sea so they could escape Pharoah’s chase. Not the God who is feeding them in the desert. Oh no…they choose to idolize a cow!

Then again, I think about it, and realize that we are not much different than the Israelites. We don’t always worship God in our hearts and with out lives.

Sometimes we choose to worship money, famous people, materialistic items. Probably the most common choice of worship is worshipping your own self. It’s all about ME ME ME!

We are probably all guilty of worshipping ourselves.

But God wants our  hearts. Scriptures tell us that God is a jealous God and He wants you to serve only Him! That is the first commandment He gave the Israelites and a commandment we are to live out as well. 

So look deeply within your heart. What or who are you truly worshipping?  

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Having Fun in Your Marriage

May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. Proverbs 5:18

Read a statistic somewhere recently that some marriages end because spouses become bored with each other. And I thought WHAT?!?! That is absolutely ridiculous!

Of course, life becomes a schedule. Breakfast, work, dinner, etc. It gets into a rhythm and sometimes it can become a bit well, boring. BUT, who says you can’t throw in some fun with your spouse here and there?!

God wants you to enjoy marriage, not dread it. If you’re not going to work on it, then no one else will do it for you. Personally, I think having fun together is crucial to any marriage. I mean, you must’ve done fun activities together at some point, right? When you were dating, in the early stages of your marriage, whenever!

Granted, there isn’t always as much time or money, but that still doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun together. No time? MAKE TIME! Nothing is more important than your marriage (besides God of course, yet He is still part of the marriage equation). With two kiddos of my own, I know it can be tough finding babysitters sometimes. However, it is well worth finding someone to sit with your children for a few hours so you can spend quality time together.

No money? There are free things you can do together like taking a walk in the park or having a romantic dinner at home. If you need some ideas then check out my Date Night Ideas (sorry, not all of these are free or cheap, but you can pick out ones that are).

Enjoy your time together!

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Do You Doubt God?

“Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” Exodus 6:30

Recently reading the story of Moses, I could tell the man had a lot of doubts. But I’m sure he’s not alone! We all have our doubts. Don’t we?

When God gave Moses directions to go speak with Pharoah about freeing the Jews, Moses kept asking again and again, “Why will Pharoah listen?”

But God didn’t get discouraged. He was patient with Moses. He kept speaking to Moses. And He didn’t give up on Moses despite Moses’ constant questioning.

Maybe you’re just like Moses. Maybe you keep questioning God over and over again. Why? When? Where? Who? Or whatever question or doubt you have.

Best part though? God won’t give up on you! Even if you feel like giving up, God is still by your side. Some days, I really need that kind of encouragement! If you’re full of doubts and questions, rest assured that in God’s grand plan, it is all for the better!

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The Most Beautiful Moments

I’m not usually the photographer. I leave that for the real pro, my husband. I do everything else from talking to beautiful people who want to be photographed to thinking of poses, as well as editing the photos after they were taken. Whatever else there is, except take the photos.

BUT…I was inspired!

The sunset was beautiful, the grass was lush green (and freshly cut from the day before), my kids were giggling, and it was simply a wonderful, warm spring day! So I HAD to grab the camera and get some shots in before the awesome sun went down!

Life really is made up from simple, yet beautiful moments like these. Enjoy and cherish them all… Seriously! Totally cliche, but I’m being totally serious here.

And enjoy the bazillion of pictures I took that evening…

 

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Oh, how I LOVE sunsets!

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Someone needed to scratch their face apparently…

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Such a caring big brother. Trying to make her look at the camera.

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I must have said, “Roar like a lion.”

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Kids clap…for no reason.

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Or maybe they’re just happy.

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This is where my heart skipped a beat. Or two.

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I think he’s handsome.

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Probably because he’s mine.

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Dimples!!!
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Clapping…all…the…time!

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I even squeezed in a few selfies!

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Those eyes…

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Grass must be interesting. Oh, how I love the curiosity of a child!

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I managed to steal a few shots of this handsome man as well!

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That’s the ‘don’t bother me from my yardwork’ look. In case you were wondering.

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LOVE him!

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 Blessings to you all!

10 Family Traditions to Start Now

What makes a family a close family? God of course is the one and only that makes a family complete (hence the blog name: Him+Her+God). But also, I think it’s spending quality time together. Frankly, the more good memories you share, the better! 

A great way to do that is have family traditions! Yes, there are the Thanksgiving traditions, and Christmas, Easter, and other various holidays. Plus, that’s not to say you shouldn’t do something that doesn’t follow tradition or change it up once in awhile, but definitely have some fun ones where you can bond as a family.

Of course, you probably already have some traditions, but here are a few ideas to add to your collection!

Have a day of the week for a Family Walk

Choose one location or rotate between various locations, but have a place where you can take a liesurely walk. It’s a good way to exercise and also to have some conversation. If you have little ones, you can teach them what’s around you (ducks, trees, clouds, rocks, etc).

Have a Game Night

The possibilities are endless with this one from board games to card games to word games and strategy games. Have a variety to choose from, depending on age levels, time needed to play, what kind of games your family likes to play, and the like! And if you are comfortable with the idea, keep an ongoing score to make it more competitive and interesting.

Have a Special Treat Night

What’s your family’s favorite dessert? Make it a tradition to have it (weekly?). Whether it’s ice cream, doughnuts, chocolate cake, whatever. And of course there are healthy options like frozen yogurt, homemade fruit popsicles, smoothies….well, you would know.

Make cleaning a fun family event

If you’re like most people, you aren’t thrilled about chores. Maybe have the whole family pitch in where everyone does what they can do. It gets done faster (possibly) and together it doesn’t feel so chore-ish anymore. Reward the family after maybe for their hard work?

Have Family Trips

This of course depends on budgets, but do family trips monthly or every season maybe. They don’t really need to be expensive. Yet, it’s so nice to get away from home and see new places! A lake, a nice park, zoo, amusement park, museum, a hike somewhere, beach, a nearby town you haven’t explored yet, the list goes on.

Grocery Day Treat

When I was a girl, we went grocery shopping as a family. To this day I remember we would always get a treat to eat on the way back home. For us it was either ice cream cones or Doritos. Your family can choose the traditional treat together.

Go to a certain destination every year

For us, we like to go to Washington DC every year. There’s always so much to do, but of course it will vary for your family. Going back somewhere year after year can be quite fun and you can remember what you did every year from the past years.

Do pictures (and videos)

It’s one thing to remember something fun, but having photos (and videos) to look through is even more interesting! Grab your own camera or hire a photographer and capture moments in your family life, just because. Dress up fancy or something relaxed. It’s your family’s call.

Do Homemade Pizza Night

Feel free to substitute pizza with any other favorite meal, but something you can do together (or certain parts at least). With pizza, children almost any age are able to add toppings AND there is sooo many flavors and varieties of pizzas. The sky is the limit!

Hold an annual Field Day

Water balloons, water guns, frisbee, races, etc, etc. Google/Pinterest for more ideas. I’m sure the kids will never forget field day. It really is too much fun!

What are some traditions YOUR family has? Please do share with us!!

 

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Why Do We Have Hardships?

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20

Joseph’s story is one of my favorites to read! It is filled with so much emotion. It is quite an intriguing plot line with various twists. 

My absolute favorite part is when Joseph tells his brothers who he actually is. What a shocker! What a crazy surprise since they assumed he was dead.

And you know what the best BEST part is? It ends well! It’s almost like a fairy tale…”and they lived happily ever after.” Well, something along those lines. 

For his brothers’ evil actions, Joseph chose forgiveness. It wasn’t easy for him, and we can see that through all the obstacles he throws at them.  Yet, Joseph realizes that everything that happened was for a reason. God used Joseph’s suffering to bring about good. His hardships eventually led to saving a myriad of people from starving to death. 

If you’re suffering right now, remember just like God used Joseph’s suffering for his own good and many others as well, God will do the same with your situation. Be open to lessons He is teaching you through your hardships. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. God promised never to leave us to go through the pain alone. 

“No pain…

Thats’s right… “No gain!”

Sadly, but that is how life works. Endure it with the biggest support you can possibly find…Jesus.

 

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