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What does it mean to be kind?

02/26/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I Corinthians 13:4 says that love is kind. What does that mean for me and my marriage? Honestly, I have never thought about it. Does it mean that I do nice things for my husband? Does it mean I don’t yell at him? Does it mean that I don’t complain when I think he does something and it wasn’t the way I wanted? How about using words of affirmation instead of bruising his spirit?

I think it means all those things and I think they can apply to all relationships, but there is one thing that I struggle with more than anything. Instead of offering grace and saying I forgive you after my husband apologizes, I procede to tell my husband that yes, he should be sorry and ALL the things that he did wrong. How can I show kindess? By showing forgiveness.

My husband and I share the chores around our home. So, another way for me to show kindness is to do the chores that he usually does so he can have some more downtime AND do it without expecting him to do anything for me. 

These are just a couple of things. What about you? What are ways you show your husband kindness?

Be blessed:)


Happy Wives Club

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What I like about Social Media

02/10/2013 - Author: Jennifer

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I do. I say it unashamed. I am grateful for it. It is funny that I love it because I avoided it for a long time. Why? I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. I thought that it was more important to meet people in real life (and it is-more on that later). It also didn’t seem interesting to me.

How did I eventually join social media? I wanted to see pictures of a new baby of who doesn’t live near me. So….I joined Facebook, and I like it. I never could have imagined where it would lead. Since then, I have created  and actively used accounts on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Since I have started those accounts, I have made some amazing friends. I never would have thought that I would meet new people through social media. It started with following a blog that led to another blog that led to Rachel reaching out to me. I am forever grateful for her. I never could have imagined Twitter leading me to a Bible Study and MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers). I always thought that church would be the place I would find community. But, the truth is that in my case it hasn’t — and honestly that is more shocking than social media. What started with following people on Twitter and friending them on Facebook has led to prayer chains and encouragement—on the internet highway and chatting over coffee. If not for technology, I would not have prayer warriors on my behalf and I would not have had the privilege of praying for my new friends. I can honestly say that I have been challenged and grown in my faith since social media. There are incredible articles and testimonies out there that have helped me. I still go to church and meet with other believers, but I have to give some credit to social media–it has helped me so much.

While I love Facebook, getting together and meeting people in real life is imperative. Since meeting these ladies, we get together at least once a month. We talk and encourage each other over coffee. These meetings energize me. We make the time to get together. Not everyone can be there all the time, but we know the value of interacting with each other face-to-face and not just on the computer. I appreciate these times with my gals. Yes, we are busy, but they don’t use that as an excuse! My least favorite phrase–“I am just too busy.” If it is important, you make the time, and that goes with anything—working out, date night, etc. and these ladies do.

Can social media be bad? Absolutely — I have suffered from negative side effects. I compare my life to others after I see their posts.  I sometimes spend too much time on the electronics when I should be spending time with my family. It requires discipline on my part, and maybe even accountability.

Social media seems to get a bad rap. I agree that it can be bad, but it doesn’t have to be. My friend Rachel has a series on her blog called Faith and Technology. I would encourage you to check it out. She has a lot of ways to help you use social media in a positive way.

What about you? What are your thoughts on social media? I would love to hear from you.

Be blessed:)



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Bare

02/08/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

BARE

The longer you know someone, the easier it should be to be honest with them. However, I think that fear gets in the way. Fear of them not liking me anymore or I may hurt their feelings. You want to keep hold of this friendship, and yet, it can be scary to bare your thoughts, feelings, fears to them.

It used to be a lot easier for me to be honest and open, to bare my feelings and opinions, but as I age, it is getting harder. Maybe that is good in some situations and there are levels of appropriateness that needs to be exercised, but friendships and marriages–I think that we should be able to bare our thoughts, feelings, and fears without the fear of judgment.

Why do I fear judgement? I have done it myself. When people have had the courage to be bare–instead of love, there was judgement. I need to be careful and praise them for their bravery and do what I can to help, not judge.

So I will try to do better. To let others be bare and me to better bare–to not put up a facade and let others see me.

Five Minute Friday

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Afraid

02/01/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

AFRAID

The fear never stops. I tell myself–once we reach this milestone or that milestone, then I can stop being afraid. I am so grateful when we reach milestones as my son is growing, but I am afraid that he will not reach all of them. I am afraid that life will be a lot harder for him than I thought. I am afraid that I will fail. I will fail as a mom and he will not reach his full potential.

I hate that I have anxiety. Honestly, I am afraid to stop being afraid–like I let my guard down and make myself vulnerable to failure and heartache. I feel like being afraid keeps me on my toes, but it doesn’t. When I am afraid, it steals of joy and making memories with my son. That leads me to wonder if he knows I love him. Does he know how much I love him and I hope he doesn’t see my fear, but sees love.

Five Minute Friday

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