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My Annual Warning for Men/Husbands

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

Life ChangeValentine’s Day is just 7 days away. This is a warning devotional for men who might need the reminder. After 39+ years with my wife I write with some experience. What do we plan to do this year brothers? Traditionally this is a holiday where men are supposed to show their love and affection for the women in their lives. So men – what do we have planned? If nothing is planned yet – this is our warning to get something planned – ASAP. The following are some thoughts. If you are a wife reading this – you might want to print it for the man in your life!

In The Message version of the Bible – we read from Paul’s Epistle today’s passage: Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting.

Here’s a plan for February 14th – just a suggestion or two! Start by getting a nice card – it can be store-bought or homemade. If you have little ones – get a sitter for the evening of the 14th or a night you plan to celebrate this holiday. Make a reservation by this weekend or soon for a nice restaurant (McDonald’s will not cut it – doesn’t have to be the Chart House or Ruth Chris Steak House – but something nice). Buy something – it doesn’t need to be from Zales! You could buy some flowers – a small box of candies – a piece of jewelry – something! Bring it with you to the dinner – or have it delivered while you’re having dinner. The key here is that you get the sitter – you make the reservation – you go out of your way to purchase something for her. Most women aren’t so concerned with what you get them – rather they are impressed when you take the time to plan a nice evening with them – and you take the initiative to take care of all the details. Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Is Coming Brothers!

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

Valentine’s Day is just 19 days away. This is a warning devotional for men who might need the reminder. After 38 years with my wife I write with some experience. What do we plan to do this year men? Traditionally this is a holiday where men are supposed to show their love and affection for the women in their lives. So men – what do we have planned? If nothing is planned yet – this is our warning to get something planned – ASAP. The following are some thoughts. If you are a wife reading this – you might want to print it for the man in your life!

In The Message – we read from Paul’s Epistle today’s passage: Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Continue reading

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Husbands – Love Your Wives

Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church – a love marked by giving, not getting. The Message

profileToday is the one week warning to all men – whether you have a wife – a girlfriend – or a daughter.  Valentine’s Day is one week from today – February 14th.  From a man that has lived the last 33 plus years of my life in a home filled with only women – I’m suggesting – I’m warning – I’m giving insight – don’t forget Valentine’s Day.

A card would be nice – a nice start – for all of the women in your life (see above).  After the card you might want to think of the main woman in your life (wife/girlfriend) and what she might appreciate.  Some might like to go out to dinner (not McDonald’s or even Panera Bread).  Some place nice – maybe a place where you have to make a reservation (which shows you had to do more than show up for the evening).  If you go out for dinner – try to dress up some – like if you were meeting someone important at work.  Know your wife/girlfriend.  Take the time to plan ahead and show them how important they are to you.  Know their love language and talk to them in it! Continue reading

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