Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY His & Hers Coffee Mugs

My hubby and I have been in a phase of trying to find new and fun things to do together. It can be really easy to get into a habit of sitting on the couch night after night and watching our favorite shows. But we both know that our marriage was made for more than that. We want to invest into it by doing entertaining things that don't always include a television.

That leads me to our craft night Saturday. I love that my hubby is adventurous and that we don't always have to do super manly things to enjoy each others company. He really is up for anything and I love that about him. 

Back to craft night Saturday. Something we both love a ton is coffee. So I thought creating our very own his & hers coffee mugs would be a great way to spend time with each other while creating an item we will use regularly.

Here are all the supplies you will need to put together your very own craft night mug for you and your love to enjoy!

First your going to want to grab two of your favorite style mugs. I found both of these at Wegmans for around $3 each. Cute and inexpensive....yes please!

Next you are going to need to find an oil based sharpie in your favorite color. I picked up a silver and a gold from Walmart (and I think they were in the same package).

Start off by wiping the mug down with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any of the oils from your hands. Then figure out what it is you want to print across your mug. My hubby and I laughed as we tried to come up with good quotes and ideas. We finally settled on what we wanted and wrote them out.

Let those sit over night (for about 24 hours) so that the sharpie marker sets better. Also, a little tip to drawing, if you make a mistake, no worries. You simply need to use the rubbing alcohol and it will wipe right off. 

Finally you will place the mugs in the oven for 30 minutes on 425 degrees. Make sure that the oven is cold when you place the mugs in and allow them to warm with the oven. This will prevent them from warming to fast and shattering. Once the 1/2 hour is finished, allow them to cool in the oven as well.  

And that's pretty much it! Fill her up with your favorite coffee and enjoy with your sweetie!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! It was such a fun little project that I was able to share with my hubby. And now we have mugs to drink our favorite beverage out of every morning. You can't get more perfect than that! 

What types of fun projects do you love to do with your better half?

If you make your own mugs I would love for you to show me over on Instagram! Just tag me so I can see your lovely creation!

And for more fun date night ideas, check out this post I wrote for fun Valentine Date Ideas!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Tips for Organizing Your Weekly Meal Plan

Last week I posted all about the benefits of meal planning. This week I wanted to let you all in on some of my favorite tips for getting that plan together and organized so you can reap the benefits for your own homes! 

Meal planning has seriously been a lifesaver to me in so many ways (all of which I explained last week). But getting myself organized to plan my meals seemed like such a daunting task at first. I stressed about the amount of time it would take, keeping up with the desire to eat what was "planned" for that day, and the details of how to get it all done well.

I honestly had nothing to worry about once I started up. I love the saying, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!" Not that meal planning was an elephant per se, but you get the picture. If you have a daunting task, the easiest way to start is simply just to start. 

So here are some of my best tips!

Gather up a few of your favorite cookbooks

Simple enough! When you have some of your favorite cookbooks together, you're able to search through them and pick out some of your favorite foodie finds. Taking time to look through a bunch of your cookbooks can help you find recipes you never knew were in there. Maybe you want to try something exotic. Indian, Mexican, African even?...looking through your books can help you stumble upon some delicious finds!

Tab your cookbooks

This tip is super helpful during your first day of searching. Every time you find a new recipe that you either want to try or did try and fell head over heels for, place a sticky tab on that bad boy so you know where to find it again.

Write down page numbers as you organize your list

This was a, learn as you go tip, that I picked up quickly after my first week. I wrote the title of each delicious recipe down on my organizing sheet during the first week only to realize when that cook day came around, I had no idea where the recipe was located. So write those page numbers down to help dial down the stress.

Copy your ingredients as you go

I tend to start by writing down my plan for Monday and then jotting down each of the ingredients I need for that meal. Writing as you go helps you to stay organized and it makes sure you don't miss anything you may need for the recipe. Then I simply repeat for each day of the week.

Just because you wrote the meal down for Monday, doesn't mean you can't eat it on Wednesday

This was important for me to learn. If there is ever a day where I'm just not feeling what was planned, I can always swap it out for another day. These meal plans are not set in stone. They're suppose to be a helpful tool, not a hinderance. So have fun with it!

Always make too much

At first when I started cooking according to the recipes in my meal plan, I thought I was going to have to redo all of the ingredient amounts so I didn't have a ton of left over food each night. But I'm actually loving the left overs. It gives me something easy to grab in the morning for lunch as I'm running out the door and heading to work. Pop it in the microwave and I'm good to go!

Get input from the family

If you're cooking for more than just yourself, ask your family what it is they like as well. You don't have to be the only creative person in this journey. See what they enjoy, what meals are their favorite, and what they would like to eat less of. A quick question at the table can get most of your shopping list organized and they may even think of something you haven't. 

Be adventurous

Like I mentioned before, when you're looking through those yummy cookbooks, have fun with them. Try something you haven't tried before. Be adventurous! Cooking is suppose to be fun as well as nutritional so enjoy yourself along the journey!

I can not rave enough about how much I am hooked on meal planning and how incredibly helpful it has been for my family. It's making me love cooking more, find new spices I've never tried, and it stops me from cooking the same 4 meals week after week after week (which my family is happy about as well). I'm thrilled I started and I plan to keep it up!

Have you started weekly meal planning yet? What are some of your best tips for staying organized?
If you're interested in seeing what an actual weekly plan looks like, let me know in the comments below. I plan my entire week vegetarian style and I get constant questions about it. So if you have any, please let me know! I could even write a post about it in the future!

And for more meal planning fun, follow my Healthy Lifestyle Board on Pinterest!


Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Fabric Vision Board

I am in the midst of trying to fancy up my little office space. At the moment it is a semi dressing room, semi office, semi store all my crap room that needs some major work done to it. So I've decided to start getting it organized little by little. 

At the moment I have a tiny office nock area in the corner of my room. I have big dreams for this area but am trying to work with what I have at the moment. I wanted to dress up this space a bit with some vision boards that will not only help with creating new blog ideas, but also give me a place where I can leave to do lists, photos, and basically anything that makes me joyful.

My first thought was to grab a cork board to accomplish this. But as I browsed through Walmart's craft section, I let the inspiration flood over me and I decided to fancy up the average cork board to give the room a bit more style. 

I created these super easy DIY fabric vision boards to help continue the inspiration in this space. Here's how you can make your very own!

The first thing you are going to need to grab is cork. I found a set of four while at Walmart that were the perfect size for my space. Next pick up four of your favorite style fabric. I am a huge neutral and gray fan so I picked up these all gray patterns. 

Next you are going to take your first fabric and any craft glue that you enjoy and glue the fabric edges around the cork. Make sure you pull the fabric fairly tight so that it is not loose on the cork board. 

After you have your first piece of fabric glued down, create a crease on your next piece and glue it across your first in any angle you enjoy. You can have fun with this and line it up where ever you see fit.

That is basically the entire concept! I decided to go with two but you can decorate all four depending on how large of a space you have.

Lastly place them on your wall and start those vision boards! Since I am all about Comfortable Spaces, most of my boards reflect home deigns that I truly love!

I hope this office DIY got some of your creative juices flowing. I love to create and design areas with a small budget. This was such a simple project that added so much character to my space for almost no cost. 

I'm really excited to see how I can expand some design concepts in this room and as always I'm thrilled to take you along on the journey. I will be continuing to post great ways to organize, design, and shop on a budget for my home office. So keep checking back for some awesome reads to be heading your way soon! 

Are you working on redesigning your home office? How's the creative process going? I'd love to see links to rooms that you are loving in your home! 

And for even more design fun, follow me on Instagram to see some of my favorite Comfortable Spaces! 


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

5 Benefits to Creating a Weekly Meal Plan

I have always been all over the place when it comes down to my eating habits. There really has never been a rhyme or reason behind what or how I eat. It has been more of a, well I'm hungry and this is what I want, so I'm gonna eat it. I never understood the benefits behind meal planning until this year, but I am in LOVE with them now!

I decided to start meal planning after I established a very serious resolution to lose weight this year. We all have a tipping point, and I hit mine at the very end of last year...something needed to be done! I've battled with my weight basically forever and I needed to take control of it, instead of letting it control me.

So in my new found desire to eat better, I decided it was about time to try this whole meal planning thing out. Now complete transparency, it was not something I wanted to do at first. For years I have told myself that I do not have the time, I don't want to be forced to eat an "assigned meal" every day, excuse, excuse, excuse. 

The truth is, I just didn't feel like doing it. The other waistline could not afford for me not to anymore. So I decided to give it a go. I have successfully meal planned every week so far in 2016 and I have realized the amazing benefits that come along with it. I wanted to share those with ya'll, so that if you are on the fence, maybe I can sway you toward the light!!

Staying accountable to the food you eat through the week

As I said earlier, part of my personal reasoning for starting my meal planning has been to eat healthier and drop a few pounds. My weekly meal planning has been key in keeping myself accountable to those goals. It is a daily reminder, right in the center of my planner, of all the good foods I'm planning to eat all week long. 

It helps with weight loss

When you are deciding to take the time out to eat healthy, creating a plan keeps you on track with that healthy eating. And that leads to weight loss. I'm not even kidding. Since the beginning of 2016, I have already lost 10 pounds. And not biggest loser style where that loss has been all in one week. It's been a gradual thing. But little by little, it's been coming off and I know the accountability that comes from my weekly planning has been playing a huge role in that.

There is a significant decrease in your grocery bill

This benefit was completely unexpected and super appreciated. The way I used to grocery shop, was to basically walk into the store and grab whatever looked like I could use it to cook up for the week with no real plan. This led me to over buy constantly. With my weekly planning, I know exactly what foods I need to purchase to make each meal for the week. This has literally cut my weekly grocery budget in half! And with the extra savings, we now have more money to do fun activities we couldn't before.

Less food ends up in the trash as spoiled at the end of the week

In building off of my point before, my over buying of food was leading to the need to throw a lot of food out at the end of the week. It would spoil before I ever figured out what I was going to be using it for. With my weekly meals being planned out, I only buy the food necessary for that week, so there is never any spoiling.

The daily stress of "what's for dinner" is finally lifted

I don't know if this is a stress for you at all, but as a regular planner, I would always feel a bit of an anxiety to figure out what I was putting on the table that night for dinner. I never fully understood why those feelings would come up and honestly just thought it was normal. My little planning heart is definitely at ease now knowing exactly what's coming up for dinner and all the stress is gone!

Creating a weekly meal plan has been so beneficial to our lives. It has been teaching me how important it is to not only be comfortable in my space but I'm learning how to be comfortable in my own body. Meal planning has become essential to my week and I would so highly recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a go. Next week I will be posting all of my favorite tips for your best meal planning tools so that you can figure out the best ways to try it out!

Have any of you ever tried out weekly meal planning? What were some of the benefits you found along the journey?

For some great recipes to add to your meal planning collection, follow me on Pinterest where I have a great healthy lifestyle board! 

Monday, February 15, 2016

It Was a Day to Remember

We all need to have those truly special days. The ones where you need to step a side for a moment to take a mental snapshot so that it will be sealed on your heart forever. Yesterday was one of those days for me. Each second so precious and overwhelmingly enjoyable. Not really because of the adventures had (although great), but more for the company kept and the laughs shared. 

It started out like any other Sunday, up early for church. But the spirit in the building once I arrived was so sweet. An overwhelming presence of Jesus knowing that it was a special day, filled with love, was all around. It was like coming home to all the beautiful comforts be exhale in. There was peace all throughout the sanctuary and I could breath so easily once in there.

After second service, it was time to lead our monthly outreach meeting. A time I've come to hold so dearly to my soul. Hearts were vastly open to receive what I knew God was trying to speak into our lives for this upcoming season and the spirit in the room was again oh so sweet.

The afternoon was one of family. My tiny little family, as it stands at the moment, consists of my adorable hubby, our exchange student, and myself. After a few small gifts and cards were exchanged we headed out for a family brunch at one of our favorite neighborhood spots. The food was delicious and the company even better.

A quick walk across the road and we were all at the cutest little coffee shop in the center of our town that has only been there for a few months. The decor is inviting and cozy. The baristas were the friendliest. New hang out found! And on a freezing cold day of 14 degrees outside, steamy coffee was greatly appreciated.

In the evening my hubby took me out for our romantic Valentine date. He had booked us a couples painting session at a local paint place. A full room filled with sweethearts painting two canvases to make one picture. The crowd was energetic and absolutely hysterical.

My hubs and I sipped glasses of Chianti we brought home from Italy as the older gentleman next to us offered advice on how to have a happy, lasting marriage. He spoke to us of his 33 years of wedded bliss and how he still truly believes his wife is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen.

Step back, take a breath, and snap that mental picture. I want to remember this night forever.

At the end of the evening we had a beautiful painting to commemorate this amazing Valentines. So much laughter was a part of the night and it's something that I will keep in my heart always.

Once safely home for the night, we put on a Nicholas Sparks film (because it's not really Valentines day without one) and fell asleep while snuggled up on the couch. I could not have asked for a lovelier day. It was perfect in every way. I thank God for every blessing, every moment, and every mental snapshot that I was able to tuck away. It really was a day to remember. 


Friday, February 12, 2016

25 Fun & Inexpensive Valentines Date Ideas

I love Valentines Day. I don't care that people think it is a Hallmark holiday. Any holiday that centers around love and romance is alright in my book. I think it is important to celebrate those we love. And yes I do agree that it should be a year round celebration, but why not make sure you're marking your calendar for a day that is extra special!

I also know that you don't have to go all out, to make the day special. There doesn't need to be hundreds of dollars spent or diamonds exchanged (although I don't really know a girl who would say no to diamonds). The simple and inexpensive dates can be just as meaningful and special. 

So here is a list of some my favorite fun and inexpensive dates that you can celebrate your special someone with.

1) A picnic in the living room // There is nothing like a home cooked meal (or even your favorite Chinese food) laid out on a blanket in your living room. A few candles, some sweet music, and your good to go)

2) A long walk through your neighborhood // My hubby and I love looking at the old homes in our area and going for a long walk allows us to open up to each other and have one another's full attention.

3) Have a snow ball fight // If there is snow where you live, this is the perfect silly afternoon to goof off with your sweetie.

4) Walk through a cute town & their local shops // It's fun to be a part of your local community and sharing that with someone you love.

5) Cook together // Cooking with my husband is always such a blast. Throw on some nice jazz music and let the romance begin.

6) Make homemade chocolate covered strawberries & share them together // Uhhh...yum!

7) Go on a wine tasting // For those of you who have never actually been a part of a tasting, they are actually pretty inexpensive. Depending on the winery, in the $5-8 range for a few different wines.

8) Head over to your local coffee shop // Most mom & pop coffee shops can be super snuggly. So grab a cup and snuggle up on the sofa next to you love.

9) Do something creative // Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. You could also spend time painting pottery or head out to a canvas painting place and let those creative juices flow.

10) Head to the place where you first met // Nostalgia is always fun and reminding yourselves where your love started is super sweet.

11) Make it a movie night // There is nothing like watching something you both really enjoy (and no I'm not suggesting your typical rom com). Make it something you will both find entertaining.

12) Make a coupon book // can have a lot of fun with those.

13) Send your love on a scavenger hunt // Hide those clues all around town and lead your sweetie to the prize at the end (you of course!)

14) Head out for froyo // Nothing says I love you like some froyo in your belly.

15) Read to each other // I love hearing the sound of my husband's voice. It's like a book on tape (only better!).

16) Pray for each other // There is something so sweet about hearing your partner's prayers for you. Pray for your upcoming year and everything that you will both be involved with.

17) Catch up on a Netflix series // Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing them snuggling on the sofa and vegging out with your favorite series.

18) Camp out in the living room // Blow up that air mattress, build a fort, and make it a camp in kinda night.

19) Fill the room with candles & Hershey Kisses // See where the night takes you...

20) Spend time baking your favorite dessert // Sweets can always make your day better.

21) Go antiquing // Sometimes you can find some amazing treasures that you can both fix up together for your home.

22) Take a dance class // There is a Latin dance studio right around the corner from us. What could be more spicy than learning a little salsa together?!

23) Spend time writing and exchanging love notes // Remember those high school days when your heart fluttered over a sweet love note. Bring those feelings back with your honey.

24) Go ice skating // It's super fun to hold on to each other as you glide across the ice.

25) Spend time at a local art gallery // Take the day to add a little culture into your lives (and if you don't understand the painting, you can giggle together as well).

I truly hope that all of you have an incredible Valentines day. And remember, it's not about what you do that day, but who you are sharing the day with. Show extra love to the person who means the most to you and have a very Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 8, 2016

What I've Learned in Two Years of Marriage

Guess what?? Today I am celebrating 2 amazing years with my incredible husband! Through everything we've been through thus far, I am so thankful to be on this journey with him. He has been a shining light in my life and no matter what, I couldn't imagine my life without him.

I did a post like this last year all about the things I had learned in the first year of marriage and it helped me so much to get it out as well as helped so many of you, my incredible readers. So I thought, why not add to the list! Here are all of the amazing things I have learned over the second year of my marriage!

Pray! If prayer is not a part of your regular routine, you will struggle. Josh and I thrive a thousand times stronger when we allow time to pray with each other and for each other. If there is even the tiniest crack in your marriage, then the enemy will try to take you down. You need to create a strong foundation of prayer and continue to build each other up as you go.

Let your spouse be them. If you are consistently trying to push your spouse to be someone they are not, resentment will grow among you. When you were married, you married all of them. So let them be themselves and do what it is that is important to them (even if you're pretty sure you'll never fully understand why they love it so much). The point is they love it, so cheer them on.

There are going to be hard times. Now that we have that settled, we can realize that those difficult times are not there to take us out but rather to strengthen us. If you allow yourself to learn during a hard season, then growth will happen. And growing together is what builds a marriage.

Don't let other people run your lives. It is super hard coming from my people pleasing background to not want to cater to everyone, but at the end of the day your family is you and your spouse. Your focus needs to be on making each other happy over everyone else. There are going to be thoughts and opinions galore on how you do things. Shake them off and focus on what it is that is best for your marriage, not other people.

Always leave time for date night. We are having a really cool experience this year hosting our exchange student. She's lovely and its fun having our family grow for the year. However, somewhere in the shuffle of things, we sort of let date night slip for a while. It is so super important to get that alone time with each other and date night has become a priority yet again!

It's ok to do things apart from each other. I would say that Josh and I are fairly independent people who can both travel the world completely on our own and be 100% comfortable in that. But since we've gotten married, we've very much been in that honeymoon phase of doing everything together. This year we have branched out more from this behavior, going on a few trips alone. And that's ok. We do not need to be attached at the hip to know that we love each other. We can do things on our own as well as together.

Make time for the silliness. Sometimes life just happens and things can get pretty serious really fast if you let it. You need to leave time for the sillies. The jokes, the laughter, and the playfulness needs to be a part of your every day life. Laughter truly is some of the very best medicine. Laugh together. It will make you love each other even more.

Always remember that you are partners. This journey can be a long and very stressful one, but that is why God gave you a partner in your spouse. And one is not better than the other. Rather, you compliment each other so that you can grow into incredibly strong people. When you work together to accomplish each life task, you get through them easier. And its a lot more fun too!

This past year has been a blessing (and went by way too fast). It was filled to the brim with excitement and new adventures. Each day my husband and I learn a little more about who we are in our marriage and as people. I couldn't imagine sharing this journey with any one else. I pray that these will help you as they have helped us over the past year!  

Friday, February 5, 2016

5 Great Bible Verses to Help Strengthen Your Marriage

A few days ago I wrote this post about how marriage can be really hard sometimes. If we are not careful, the enemy can sneak up in there and tear apart something that was meant to bless your life and bring you joy. 

I fully believe that God has already given us the tools to make sure our marriage stays the blessing it was always meant to be. He speaks to us through His Word and encourages us with some incredible truth about who He is in the midst of those hard days. 

Coming up with a prayer strategy is an incredible way to uplift your marriage and fight the right battles to keep it strong. I wanted to share with you all some verses that help me regularly when I'm having a particularly hard day. Speaking the Word of God over my marriage places God in the center and builds up our lives to seek His will for us first.

So here are my five Bible verses that help to strength and grow my marriage!

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances 
you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
Colossians 3:13

"But the Lord is Faithful,
and He will strengthen and protect you 
from the evil one."
2 Thessalonians 3:3

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
Philippians 4:12-13

"Trust in the Lord with all you heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all you ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7

Now, these particular verses may not say the word marriage in any of them, but I know that when I'm having a rough day I need some peace, and forgiveness, and strength. All these things God brings to me when I call on Him, and He can do the same for you in your marriage as well.

Are you struggling in your marriage? Are there days when things just seem too hard? Let us call on the Lord together to bring us peace, show us how to forgive, protect us from the evil one invading our marriages, and make our paths straight. And as always, if you ever need someone to pray with you, please feel free to email me whenever you need to. So much love my friends!

And for even more encouragement, follow along with my Pinterest Board all about Wisdom and Truth

Monday, February 1, 2016

Marriage is Hard

This month is a very special month for me. Not only is it the season of love because of the upcoming February 14th date, but it just so happens to be the month I got married. In exactly one week I will be celebrating 2 years of marriage with my incredible husband. So this month I wanted to spend some time talking about love, marriage, and all that goes along with that.

I also want to spend some time getting more personal with y'all, my amazing readers, so that we can get to know each other a little better. One of the very best parts about having a blog are the opportunities to grow in relationship with those in this community. And I personally want to treasure and build those relationships as we all continue along on this journey.

So in moving more into the realm of personal, if I'm being completely honest right now, I'd have to say that I am extremely tired at the moment. It was a fairly long weekend with a roller coaster of emotions coming out of it. There were amazingly fantastic highs and super rough lows. 

My lows came from the relentless arguing and bickering that seemed to hold my husband and I captive this weekend. The both of us are extremely stubborn and that is fantastically shown when we get into a "heated" discussion. We both want to be right. We both want to win. And because of that desire, neither of us ever win.

My highs came from the opportunities to worship God amongst the chaos, the thrashing waters, the stormy seas. I was able to head out with my Connect Group to Dare to Be, where we had the ability to encounter God in a massive auditorium of women who's hearts were all crying out for the same thing. We all just wanted to be a little closer to Jesus. 

I also was able to spend all day in church on Sunday where my pastor said something that made my heart begin to better understand the situations in my life. First off, my husband and I walked into the building that morning still boiling from another "discussion" we had in the car. (I know we're probably the only couple that does that...argues on the way to church and then walks into the building pretending to be the perfect couple, right?!) 

But as I tried to storm off and head to my ministry, my husband grabbed my hand and said, "Let's pray, so we can move on from this and enjoy our day." He didn't say much in his prayer, but he didn't have to. The peace that surpasses all understanding, entered that space immediately and we were able to continue the day.

Later in the service our pastor said, "God has given you provision that can both bless you and bite you." What he was saying was that God has given us the things in life that we need to be beautifully provided for. Those things were always meant to be a blessing to us. But if we don't keep them within the healthy boundaries set for us by God, they can end up hurting us in the end.

My husband was absolutely put in my life to bless me and I him. I know that for sure. But when the two of us continue to follow our own stubborn wills instead of God's will for our marriage, it truly starts to hurt us in those moments.

We talked about it after service and realized that we are allowing the enemy, to make us enemies, even though we are suppose to be partners. We are allowing the enemy to step right on up and whisper his stubbornness, frustration, and lies right into our hearts. And it needs to stop!

Now I'm not saying that after this discussion we have it all figured out and now we are perfect. Quite the opposite really. This is something we are going to have to work at every single day, because believe me when I say marriage is hard. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. 

But it is also completely worth it because I would not want to spend my life with anyone else in the world. My heart is completely wrapped up in everything that my husband is and the man that God is molding him into. 

I know there have been so many times when the couple fighting believes that it is just too hard and they let go because they didn't realize that the enemy they were fighting wasn't their spouse. I want to urge you, if you think I am speaking to you in this moment, your spouse was never meant to be your enemy. And as hard and as frustrating as things can be at times, they need your grace and forgiveness in all areas because that is exactly what God gave you.

I love how Mrs. Clara puts it in the movie War Room when she discusses learning how to fight the right battles. If you have yet to see this movie, stop what you are doing and go buy it right now. It's life changing. But she talks about fighting her battles in prayer instead of fighting with her husband. She could not be more right! We need to start fighting the right battles.

As we begin discussing marriage and love this month, I really want to give y'all some practical steps on how to fight the right battles, scriptures to help you along the way, and invaluable life lessons I've learned throughout this journey. But even more importantly, I want to pray with you. If you and your spouse are struggling through something (big or small), my email is linked on the right side of the page. Please click that button and send me a message so that I can pray with you and encourage you along the journey. There is nothing in the world that would bring me more joy!

And when marriage does get a bit hard, this always reminds me that it is all worth it!

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