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February 19, 2016 Meeting Recap

What an awesome craft we made at our meeting!  We did photo transfers on wood with a picture of us and our hubby.  They turned out so beautifully!  Here’s mine, and a link with instructions below.  This would make such a great gift.  Maybe if we start now they’ll be ready for Christmas…

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How to Transfer a Photo to Wood

Photo Transfer to Wood


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Hope to see you at our next meeting and Men’s Ministry Event


At MOPS, I eat food I didn't cook on plates I don't have to wash.:

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Friday, Feb 19 at 9:30!  We will continue our theme of “Flourishing in Marriage” with an amazing creative activity:  photo transfers on wood!  If you haven’t seen it already, please look for an email from Sarah about this activity.  To participate, you will need to send her a photo of you and your hubby so that she can get it printed and prepared for Friday.

Also related to our marriage theme, Our Father Lutheran Church is hosting a Men’s Ministry Event on Saturday, Feb 27th.  It sounds great for our husbands to relate to what we’ve been discussing too.  Here’s the blurb from the church:

“Men’s Ministry is cooking up another men’s breakfast and hosting another fantastic guest.  On Saturday, February 27th, breakfast will begin at 7:30, and our speaker will begin at 8:00.  International speaker, Dr. Micah Parker, will be covering the topic “Discovering How to be a Godly Husband.”  He is engaging, and will challenge all men (MARRIED OR SINGLE!) to live the life God has called them to live.  So bring a friend, father, son, nephew or neighbor…as we all look to grow His kingdom!”  Any questions can be sent to Micah Steiner at msteiner@oflc.net.  Our very own Christene’s husband Derek is one of the planners of this event, so please see Christene or Derek with any questions as well.

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Prayer for Husband

A dear mom in our MOPs family recommended this to me and I wanted to pass it on for our theme this month, Flourishing in Marriage. It’s sometimes easy in this season of life to focus on the kids and their needs, but we need to remember our husbands too!


Heavenly Father,I ask you to surround my husband with your peace during this trying time in his life. Everything is demanding his time and attention and he feels torn in so many directions. With all of the extra distractions and frustrations in life, it is easy for him to forget how much you love him. I know you have good things for him. I trust you are in charge of each detail in his life. I know that he is safe in your Hands, and you will never forsake him. Remind him of your goodness and mercy. Let him rest in knowing You are there to care for him when things seem too impossible to conquer.

I pray he casts all of his cares on You because you care for him (1 Peter 5:7). I pray he feel the peace that passes all understanding and is able to stand in the middle of difficult situations. I pray that peace will guard his heart and mind as you bring him through each day (Philippians 4:7). You provide strength when we feel weak, and he isn’t required to “work harder” in order to gain Your approval or acceptance. May we understand your transforming grace as we walk out this life with You. When we fail, remind us we are loved and forgiven because of Your sacrifice on the cross. Thank you for this gift. Even though life can be so painful, we know you have overcome this life and you are with us in our sufferings. I pray my husband will feel Your nearness during the dark times in his life.

I pray for protection over my husband in all areas of his life. At home, I pray you bless him as he leads his family. Thank you for his desire to bring you glory and to teach our children Your truths. Show me ways to bless him and support him in this. Help me to honor him, esteem him, and appreciate him. I pray you bless the work of his hands as he provides for his family. Guard his steps and and keep his heart safe while he is at work and away from home. When he feels discouraged, I pray he looks back over his life, and sees how faithful You have been. I pray this gives him peace, richer joy, and more stability in the middle of stressful times.

Thank you for the covenant of marriage, and the blessing of family. I am so grateful for my husband and I thank you for bringing him into my life.

In Jesus’ Name,

– See more at: http://www.nittygrittylove.com/a-prayer-for-your-husband-when-hes-stressed/#sthash.sTW6mo36.dpuf

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February 5, 2016 Meeting Recap

Our new theme this month is Flourishing in Marriage.  How perfect with Valentines Day right around the corner!  Today we had a panel of our Mentor Moms and husbands to answer questions and share with us words of wisdom.  Many thanks to Bob and Linda, Jeanine, Bob and Pat, and Alli for your thoughtful answers and guidance!

Tips from our panel for keeping your marriage fresh and new:

–Look at each other when talking so it’s clear you’re listening.  Really engage with the other person during the conversation, don’t just passively listen.

–Don’t get too engrossed in the children that you forget about each other.

–Make time for date nights at least once a month.

–Sometimes men want to fix things, whereas women might just want someone to listen and care.  Try to understand your communication differences and needs.

–Show love in the little things.  For example, put notes in spouse’s lunch, light a candle with dinner, fill spouse’s coffee cup.

–Find humor and fun even in stressful times.  Plan getaways with just your spouse without the kids.

–Treat your spouse like you treat your friends.  Speak with respect, say thank you, give compliments, put spouse’s needs ahead of your own (at least sometimes!).

–Consider strict bedtimes for kids so you have time together in the evenings.  Just being in the same room is great even if not doing the same activity.

–In times of conflict, remember you made a commitment to your spouse and need to work to honor it.  Often conflict can be around money, so be on the same page with spending, especially on big ticket items.  Don’t spend the whole paycheck, try to budget and save.

–Be available to listen if your spouse wants to talk.  Your home is a sanctuary, some spouses want to discuss work and stressors at home, some don’t.

–Bob H mentioned that he learned 9/10 consider their wife to be their best friend, whereas 1/10 women consider their husband their best friend.  Men sometimes don’t have the same community as women do for support and friendship.

–Share bedtime duties with kids.  Have one on one time for each parent with the kids.  Make sure each spouse has time to pursue his/her own goals and interests so they maintain their identity.

–Bring your faith into the home – do devotions with kids, pray with them, have meaningful discussions at the dinner table, take kids to church.

–All marriages go through challenges.  The grass is usually not greener on the other side!  As Bob O says, “There’s always somebody worse out there!”  Push through the times of conflict as much as possible.  Don’t be afraid to try counseling.

–Teach by your example – kids and spouses can learn this way.  Live the way you tell your kids, show your faith and love.  Be forgiving, generous and loving; work together to teach this to your children.