Christmas Trees, More Trees and Wives

Where did the tradition of Christmas tree lights come from? In the 1500’s, Martin Luther, turned the world upside down by teaching the Bible truth that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. Martin Luther is also credited as being the first person to put candles on a Christmas tree to represent “Jesus is the light of the world.”

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Jump into your Husband’s Holiday World

How many of your husbands can’t wait to put up the Christmas tree and decorate it? Some? But not most. Instead of singing to him, “Mr. Grinch” or making “Bah humbug” jokes when he does not want to take part, it is good to find out what he likes to do. He may not like decorating the tree. Let us not insist he help. If he likes to watch you and the children decorate the tree, then fix him his favorite snack where he can have a front row seat watching his family decorate the tree. He may want to invest in an artificial lit tree to make things simpler. Have you asked him his preference?

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ABC’s of Marriage (Part 2)

I think one of the most appreciated actions we can take toward our husbands is to encourage them. If we are not doing so, then who is? Encourage him in his Cheerleadership role. Show/express appreciation to him when you see his leadership in your home. Verbally express to him (even in front of others) what you notice about his character strengths. Yes, brag on him in front of the children!

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Years ago, I was at a grocery store in Louisiana, and Percy Sledge was checking out in front of me. Percy Sledge sang the 1966 hit song, “When a Man Loves a Woman.Last week, my husband shared with our Sunday School class how he and I met. Barry and I met at a Bible Study in college. I could tell Barry was interested in me, when I approached him to ask if the empty chair next to him was taken. Barry tells others, “In college, God rewarded me, when I got right with Him, by sending Linda into my life.”

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