Category Archives: Encouragement

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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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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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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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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Words of Life, Day 6

I crawled in bed one night and Adam leaned over and whispered to me, “You’re awesome.” There was no special reason. He spoke these words just because. We didn’t have a conversation that followed. I did smile and say thank you, of course, because his words really blessed me. I fell asleep with such peace. …

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One of the Worst Days, Day 17

When you walked down the aisle on your wedding day, were you thinking about your worst days ahead of you? The wedding day is the fairy tale, right, but not the day you’re puking up your guts because you have the flu and your husband has to hold your hair back? You dream of starting …

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One Spirit, Part 1, Day 11

What do you think when you hear the word “spirit?” Halloween spirit? School spirit? Holy Spirit? What if I asked you to define what it means to be “one in spirit” in your marriage? Praying together? Reading devotions? Going to church? When I first got married, this is what I thought it meant. But you can pray, …

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First Place, Day 7

Friday nights are date nights in the Williams household. It’s our night to celebrate making it through another week and arriving at the weekend. However, sometimes we do a mid-week date night or a Monday night date night. Why? Because sometimes it’s nice to celebrate for an off-beat reason (and there’s less competition for a …

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Are You Boldly Approaching God’s Throne?

Are you boldly approaching the throne of grace? What’s your attitude like when you come before God in prayer?

This is something God has been convicting me of in the month of January. What a way to start the new year! In the midst of new year’s resolutions focused on my marriage growth, my body, my career, my future, my sexuality, and my walk with God, I’ve been getting a great big smack in the head from God – it’s about ME, not you.

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Live Fearlessly in 2015

We are more than conquerors!

What an encouraging and empowering a promise! Read it again. We are more than conquerors! Encourage your husband (or a family member or a friend), “We are more than conquerors!” Give yourself a pep talk, “You are more than a conqueror!” Claim it for yourself, “I am more than a conqueror!”

I make a habit of listening to Christian radio when I’m driving. At the beginning of January, I was driving to work and one of the radio hosts mentioned picking one word to define 2015 for yourself – one-word New Year’s resolutions. I picked the word…

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The Wife Who Fears God, Day 29

This is such an important subject I felt it warranted another look at this verse: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 This post is a little longer than normal so bear with me. Thank you.  Does fearing God mean you’re running away …

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The Wife Who is A Blessing, Day 27

Happy Thanksgiving! I know today is a holiday and I want you to spend as much time with your family as possible. Today’s challenge is super simple. Be a blessing. Proverbs 31:28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.”  Bless your husband today with your presence, your beauty, …

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The Eager Wife, Day 8

What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “eager?” Personally I think beaver, but I don’t think this is what Solomon (or Lemuel or his mother) had in mind when they said, “she works with eager hands” (Proverbs 31:13).

Working with the hands is somewhat of a lost art. Most wives I know don’t sew their own clothes, bake their own bread, make their own soaps, till their own gardens, and keep their homes in ship-shape cleanliness. Before reading the practical half of Proverbs 31, we’ll focus on the spiritual.

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The Spirit-filled Wife, Day 6

Sometimes I wish there was a good wives guide to loving your husband. Meeting the world’s definition of a good wife is impossible. Proverbs 31:12 says, “She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Becoming like the good Proverbs-31-wife would be impossible too, except we have something the world doesn’t have…

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Words of Wisdom: Christ Is Our Center

“What’s the password?”

This is a little tradition my grandfather has. When we are nearing the end of a phone conversation, he’ll ask this question and wait for our response. Of course, the answer is always the same…

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When It Seems Impossible: 30 Dates in November Challenge

How many of you wives consider yourselves as noble and virtuous? How many of you wives sew your own clothes, cook all your own food, clean your entire houses, get up before dawn, buy fields to plant, help the poor and needy, and still have time to be the perfect wife and mother?

I’m guessing most, if not, all of you, would say no. So why did I choose Proverbs 31: A Wife of Good Character for my theme for the 30 Dates in November Challenge?

God has more for you than you realize.

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Labor of Love: 15 Last-Minute Romance Ideas

According to Forbes, “unhappy employees outnumber happy ones two to one.” In a 2013 poll from Gallup about the State of the American workplace, researchers found 70% of workers hated their job or were disengaged completely (and incentives or perks were little help if they were upset with management). With statistics like that, odds are your man could use some encouragement from his #1 cheerleader: you!

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Trading Distress for De-Stress

I am sitting in a car that is not my own. The vehicle is rocking back and forth like a carnival ride. Suddenly a familiar woman appears in the passenger seat and tells me to let go of the steering wheel, close my eyes, and breathe. The car doesn’t stop shaking at first but after I follow her advice, I find the car is still.

I walk into my childhood home where I’m greeted by two Christian women who have passed before me – my great-grandmother and my husband’s grandma. They are baking cookies in the kitchen. They are laughing and talking as good friends, even though they had never met. I keep asking questions in disbelief, trying to figure out what I’m doing here, who they really are, and where I am. The ladies just offer me cookies. I am told a friend who has also passed on is in the backyard. I ask if he is weeding, to which, my great-grandmother replies, “There are no weeds here.”

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Brag on Him!

People brag about their kids, accomplishments, careers, homes, and possessions but how many people do you read about bragging about their spouses? I am a happy wife with a great marriage and I think the world needs to hear more of this. The world needs to be encouraged that strong and good marriages exist. Today …

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