Category Archives: 30 Dates in November

Enjoying the Gift of Work, Day 30

Work existed before the fall, before sin entered the world, but sometimes I forget this. I have worked jobs I’ve loved and jobs I haven’t. Work is fundamentally a necessity in our world, and yet, God designed work to be something that brings purpose and joy to our lives. Yet work in our world has …

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Enjoying the Gift of Food, Day 29

I’ve been dwelling on Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 for several days now. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”  God’s good gifts. The Bible speaks …

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Finding Satisfaction, Day 28

I love being a housewife. I have held several different jobs and I’ve enjoyed work outside the home. In fact, Adam has encouraged me to pursue my work and education, and to do things I enjoy and to pursue my interests. However, I do really enjoy taking care of him. Ecclesiastes 3 says there’s nothing …

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Doing Good, Day 27

From the BHE archive:  We use the word “good” loosely in the English language. We say “good job” when someone has done a task well. We say “veggies are good for you,” because vegetables are beneficial to your health. We say “that house has a good foundation” meaning the house’s foundation is reliable and won’t …

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry, Day 26

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 is one of my favorite Bible passages because it assures me that eating, drinking, enjoying fellowship, and enjoying the fruits of labor is good and godly. Does God want you to be happy? I think there’s a lot of writing out there that says God’s design for your life and your marriage is …

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Eternal Minded, Day 25

Sometimes I forget that I eternity has already begun. This is the paradox of the already-but-not-yet kingdom of heaven. Jesus answers the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21 by saying, “ Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that …

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Thanksgiving, Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers and to all the wonderful ladies taking this challenge journey with me! I am so thankful for all of you. Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 says, What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. …

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War & Peace, Day 23

In addition to being a novel written by Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, what other scenarios include War & Peace? What other role does war and peace play in your life? How about your marriage? Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for everything, including a time for war and a time for peace. I am here to …

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Hating Is a Good Thing? Day 22

Hate is such a strong word. I try not to use it that often. It’s hard to imagine hating anything, but Ecclesiastes 3 does say there’s a time for everything, including hate. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “a very strong feeling of dislike” or “an intense hostility or aversion usually deriving fear, anger, or sense …

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Above All, Love, Day 21

There have been a ridiculous number of songs written about love. There have been a ridiculous amount of movies made about love stories. Love plays a powerful role in our lives. But there is no love like the love of a husband… or the love of God. The greatest Love Story of all includes us …

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Give Life, Day 20

I have to admit. I’ve hit a wall. I’m not sure what to write about with this series and these challenges. I should know something about communication because I was a communications major in my undergrad. I should have ideas about talking because I love to talk and talk regularly. However, I’m drawing a blank …

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In the Silence, Day 19

I love lingering in my husband’s hugs. I enjoy the warmth of his embrace, the quiet strength he infuses, and for a moment, there is no one else in the world except us. In a world obsessed with noise, silence is a rarity. I have to admit, I am not always comfortable with silence. I …

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Tear Down and Mend, Day 18

We all have walls in our lives. Bricks of sin. Wounds that fester and don’t quite heal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married five minutes, five days, five months, five years, or fifty. Sin permeates your life and marriage. There are inevitably things you don’t talk about or avoid talking about because the pain …

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Day 16, Give Up

Do you know when to give up? Do you know how to say “no” to things? I have a tendency to over-commit. I take on too much and then halfway through, I can’t handle it. Instead of being blessed, I feel stressed. Instead of blessing others, I end up doing a haphazard job because I’ve …

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Grace and Space, Day 14

On our honeymoon, Adam brought his computer tower and computer games and I brought books to read. People thought this was strange, but in all honesty, after coming out of a hectic season in our lives, it was incredibly refreshing to relax alone. We got plenty of time together, but Adam and I craved our …

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Embrace, Day 13

Quick Note: If you haven’t been over to the forums since you signed up, please check it out. This is where the daily challenges are being posted. I see a significant portion of members have not been online on the forums since before the challenge started. If you have questions or concerns, please leave a comment …

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Gathering Together, Day 12

One of my favorite things to do is to sit around a table to eat, talk, and laugh for hours. Fellowship is so important in the Christian faith. It allows us to build one another up, relax, have fun, support one another, pray for one another, and to learn from one another. Fellowship is also …

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Laugh, Smile, and Play, Day 10

Adam and I enjoy having fun together. We love laughing. We love making each other smile. We like being goofy and silly. We like spending time together relaxing. Laughter is important in a marriage. There are health benefits to laughter. Laughter decreases stress hormones, increases immunity, helps fight infection, and even can help temporarily reduce …

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It’s Okay to Cry, Day 9

I struggle with my emotions. I struggle with letting myself cry. My husband has beautiful emotions, and always encourages me that it is okay to cry. Sometimes we need to mourn. We need to grieve. We need to feel pain. We often shield ourselves to protect ourselves, but we aren’t doing ourselves any good when …

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Build on It, Day 8

A few years ago, I was showing a friend my beautiful engagement ring and realized two of the stones were missing. I was devastated. I thought this was a sign that I was a bad wife or that I didn’t take care of my jewelry. But see my marriage is more than just my ring. …

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