Impact of a Morning Routine I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it. Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours. I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, quiet time, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings - hopefully, most mornings - you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, read your Bible, or pray for twenty minutes. Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep. (I'm a recovering "snooze alarmer"). It Takes Discipline Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again? If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up … [Read More...]
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Everyone has an Opinion
Once your special someone pops the question, you begin to eagerly call your family and friends and share the exciting news.
*Cue advice hurled from every direction*
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all about learning from others and listening to the wisdom of those who have gone before. But I do believe you shouldn’t heed and practice every single piece of advice given to you, even the most well intentioned.
You have to do what is best for your situation and your relationship. With that said, I do believe there are excellent marriage resources out there that can help set you off on the right foot for all the whirlwind experiences that this new chapter brings.
You Need these Marriage Resources
I’m so thankful that we had many godly men and women support us as we prepared to get married. My Father in Love gave Micah and I several books to read together before we got married and I’m so thankful he did! In addition to these books, we have received several others through the course of our early years that have been instrumental in our relationship.
Even if you aren’t in a relationship, these books are fantastic resources for your personal development and I promise you they will help you understand yourself and people in general much better!
These marriage resources are invaluable when it comes to learning more about how men and women think. I refer back to them often and am a firm believer that every home library needs these.
I wish I had this book when I was in college. It was so eye opening for me and it gave me so much relief knowing that I wasn’t an abnormality. My identity was something I have struggled with for most of my life and this book gave me so much clarity and understanding. Micah and I read it together and we were able to finally understand our personalities and how we can grow in our strengths. If you have never read a personality book, you need this in your life!
52 Things Husbands need from their Wives was exactly what I needed when I went through it. I was at a point in my marriage where I felt like I wasn’t quite jiving well with Micah and I couldn’t put my finger on it. It was the little things that were throwing me off but piling up precariously. Reading this book was eye opening and gives you a glimpse into the mind of men. Every woman needs to read this whether you are in a relationship or not! Jay Payleitner has also written 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands and 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad for the men in your life!
Both of these books were instrumental at the beginning of our marriage! I’m so thankful that they were given to us. Out of all the personality books I’ve read, For Women Only was one that helped me “see” into the way men think! It was eye opening and gave me clarity when it came to understanding Micah. He read For Men Only and he thought it was very helpful to understand women better. 😉
This! This book is excellent for pre-marital counseling. Actually, I’d say it’s great for ANY stage in your marriage! Who wants to turn down extra advice for more intimacy in marriage?? Not I! Do yourself a favor, and get this book. You’ll be glad you did. 😉
Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money is a MUST for every person that has to deal with money in any form. Whether you’re single, dating, still at home, in college. You name it. You must get it. This book along with Financial Peace University revolutionized our spending and enabled us to pay down serious debt and actually build up a savings account. It’s NOT easy at first, but it becomes easier as you constantly remind yourself of the end goal and where you want to be. It’s worth it to deny yourself now knowing that it will be worth it in the future. Boy, has it been worth it! We’re not exactly where we want to be yet financially, but we’re on our way and I’m so thankful we were introduced to this book!
Another excellent read. We went through Crazy Busy in our Sunday School class it was a great springboard to the philosophy we have in our life now of living simply and intentionally. We were able to narrow down our priorities and get us laser focused on what we want to accomplish in our family. I highly recommend this book for reading early in your marriage!
I can sing the praises of this book for days. This book has helped me in my homemaking even before I knew I wanted to be a homemaker. I refer to certain chapters several times a year. If you’re wanting practical advice on personal development, you need this book in your life.
There’s Always Room for Growth
No matter if you’re single, dating, or married for 30+ years, you’ll always be growing. There are thousands of marriage resources out there and it can be very overwhelming. I recommend just picking one! Start with one and move on from there. If you want even more guidance, go ahead and pick a topic you’d like to work on first.
One of my favorite parts about marriage is constantly learning from each other. Marriage is refining and sanctifying and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Don’t forget to check out the previous posts in our 5 part “Cultivating Romance in Marriage” series:
Do you have any favorite marriage resources? Share them below!