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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Completing Him Challenge Begins Today - Come Link Up!

Here's the Topic Schedule for those who want to link up each week:

June 7 - announce to your readers you are participating by posting the button on your site and leaving your link below. Optional: Embed the HTML from this video in your blog post!

June 14 – Post Pictures from your dating days (or tell us all about it!). Think about one thing you used to do or have as a couple that you have lost in the shuffle of life. How can you regain it?

June 21 - Remember Your Vows - post pictures of your wedding day. We will review the sacredness of this day.

June 28 - Ask your husband every morning how you can pray for him that day. Bonus: Fast and pray for him one day this week.

July 5 - Admire Your Husband. Write this post and then show it to him! He will smile!

July 12 - Make a list of 5 things you currently do and ask him to prioritize them for you of what is important to him. For example - a clean home, home cooked dinner, coupon clipping, service at church, having friends over for dinner, watching/doing sports with him, etc.

July 19 - Make him a priority. Ask him what his favorite dinner, dessert and drink are. Be sure to serve him all three one night this week. Bonus: cook his favorite dishes all week long!

July 26 - Support his vision. Discuss his vision for your family. Where does he see your family in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years. Share with us how you let your husband lead.

August 2 - R-E-S-P-E-C-T! No complaining, criticizing, rolling your eyes, nagging, or giving him any friction this week. Enjoy a week of peace in your home!

August 9 - Kiss Him Like You Mean It (and be sure the door is locked!)

Link Up!
If you are a blogger post this button to your site and link it here:

Optional: embed this video in a post!

If you do not have a blog and you plan to participate, let me know in the comment section and then comment each week and let me know how it goes! I will be praying for each one of you by name as you join me in this challenge!

Walk with the King!

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Blogger Laura said...

Oh Courtney, I LOVE this! I definitely think I am going to have to link up tomorrow. Such a wonderful and loving idea.

June 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger becca said...

I am planning to participate! Even though I don't use my blog a lot and I restrict things for privacy (like posting family pictures) I will certainly be able to do this!

Thank you!

June 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Jen at Soulfull Cafe said...

this is aWeSoMe!!!!!!
I love challenges. And you, Courtney, are just the woman to give them! Bless you!
I pray that God will be mightily and graciously at work in all our hearts as we do this challenge. And I pray that our husbands will be pleased with us, and will notice the change in our hearts, as we seek to serve him better. In Jesus' name, I pray.
And can I get a load "Amen" sisters?! Let's praise our awesome God today!

June 7, 2010 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger ~BA~ said...

I am such a blogger newbie - but I got the button on my blog!! I don't have a picture of me on my blog yet - but I am working on it :-)

And I am in!! It is on my blog :-)


June 7, 2010 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Mel70 said...

I have been waiting for this since you announced it! I am so excited to work on being a better wife. Now if only I could figure out how to grab the button.......

June 7, 2010 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Lucas and Levi Boucher said...

I'm in. just dont have my our blog to link to; only the boys I have for my keep family informed of our life. But I will participate. Excited!!
Thank you!!

June 7, 2010 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Daina said...

Thanks for the challenge! I'm in, it is always great to have challenges like this, to help keep us focused on our priorities! Thanks Courtney, for your faithfulness!

June 7, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Mominpa said...

Could you tell me how to "link up" I have a blog-- but I don't know how to put a button on it! (blush)...



June 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Hooray everyone! Thanks for joining me in this challenge!! I am praying for you all by name!!!

Mel70 and mominpa - Right click and "copy save as" the button onto your computer. Then upload the button onto your blog. After it's up in your draft/editor - click on the picture and then click on the chain picture (it's the link button) put this link into the box that pops up:

Then come back here and click on "click here to enter" and leave your blog address and your name!

So glad to have you along! Hope these instructions work :-)!
Much Love,

June 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous AngelsMama said...

I don't have a blog, but I still plan to do this. Although some of things may be a little different on my front, But I am going to do it & become the best wife (& mother) that I can be. I know my husband doesn't expect too much from me, as I am disabled and some days can not get out of bed, but I always try my hardest and 99 times out of 100 theres a hot meal on the table for dinner, sometimes even lunch and breakfast are hot meals, depending on everyones schedules!

Thank you for this Courtney, your blog and your messages have been a HUGE help to me & to my family! Good luck to all on this challenge & do not give up! We're all capable of this, so dont give up!! Stay strong & make yourself into the wife that completes him!!!

Thanks again Courtney

June 7, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Megan A. said...

Waaa! This one makes me sad. I'd love to participate with the non-blogging aspects and totally plan on doing what I can, but my sweet husband deploys to Afghanistan in a few weeks and I won't get to kiss him like I mean for whole year! But I know he'll feel better knowing he is covered in prayer and that the homefront in organized and taken care of!

June 7, 2010 at 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Brooke D said...

I am so excited to join you in this challenge Courtney! I will be praying for you as you pray for us! Thank you again for your ministry!

June 7, 2010 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

OH Megan :-( I'm sad with you!!! I am so thankful you married an honorable man who defends our country! I am praying for his safety and for you as you are without him!! Be strong!
Much Love,

June 7, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger SKA said...

Hi Courtney,
I'm Sarah from over at CLUTCH - a blog for young pastor's wives. Just wanted you to know that I've posted the button and a blog post about the summer challenge today on both my personal blog and at CLUTCH. I'm encouraging my PW readers to join in the challenge as well! Thanks for doing this, it's a great way to have a positive summer focus!


June 7, 2010 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger The Waites Family said...

I linked my facebook page, I hope that's ok. My blog is mostly for grandparents to keep up with the grandkids. Let me know if that's ok.

June 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

Great idea, Courtney, and I'll be stopping in to see what you share. It's an excellent challenge. I'll send my readers over to jump in!

June 7, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Marcie Fowler said...

I'm so excited about this challenge! I just started my blog and I'm so exctited that I started it just in time to start this! What a wonderful God glorifying challenge this will be! I will be out of the country for some of this challenge but, will do my best to complete them where I am :)!

June 7, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Helen said...


This morning I woke up so exhausted. I went to the bathroom and... exhaled. I knew my husband was leaving for work in an hour and I knew the right thing to do would be to make breakfast for him (especially since he normally leaves for work at 3.00am way before I wake up)... but all I wanted to do was to go back to sleep. Exhaled again. The verses started popping up in my mind and there was this inner battle inside of me.

I chose the right thing. I made him breakfast without even feeling sorry for myself. But I was confronted by how little I actually do serve my husband (using my busier work schedule as an excuse).

I read about your challenge this morning and I knew I had to do it. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Thank you.

June 7, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Sherri M - NH said...

Thanks Courtney! I don't have a blog but I am going to participate in the challenge...when it comes to posting pictures etc. I will just post stuff on my facebook page and let my "friends" know!

May the Lord transform each one of us!

June 7, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Mel70 said...

OH NO!! So I figured out how to link up...and I got several error messages and was told it could not go through. Well, it did... 3 times! I am rather embarrassed..and hopeful that it won't take much for Courtney to fix it. It is incredibly encouraging to see so many wives taking part in the Summer Challenge.

June 7, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't blog (yet) but I follow on Facebook and posted it there. I'm very excited to do this challenge and find how I can be a better wife. Thank you so much for all you do Courtney! God Bless you!
Erin Cline

June 7, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger BluRayn said...

I put the link button up on my (much neglected of late) blog! Becca, I'm right there with ya, hopefully this helps us get blogging again!

I gotta be honest here...when I first saw the post about this I rebelled at the thought...'becoming the woman HE needs??" Pah! What about ME!!! Yes, that's what I thought, at first!!. However, God's been working on my heart in this area for awhile now so I know there's no coincidences and this is definitely a "God thing" as I call it! :)

Thank you for doing this! I look forward to the challenge...and it'll help me get my blog back on it's feet!

June 7, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I just found your blog and am in real need of your Completing Him Challange. My marriage is at a crossroads right now. We (at least I think we) take our covenant vows very seriously so we know there is no out. I need to do everything in my power (with the Lord's strength) and your challange will be a good place to start. I know I can only change myself and there is oh so much that I can change to make our lives better. I won't be posting on my blog....just too personal and not common knowledge the struggles we are having but will enjoy sharing here.
I look forward to hearing everyone elses journey too.


June 7, 2010 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Nancy M. said...

Thanks so much for hosting this challenge! I really need to get back in the right place!

June 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

This looks really awesome Courtney! I just found your site today through a couple friends of mine and I really appreciate the message you are putting out through your blog! I am looking forward to following you!

June 7, 2010 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous tina p. said...

I'm in!!! Can't wait to participate!

June 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
OpenID discoveringthemeinmommy said...

wow, great ideas!

June 7, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger BeechemBrightSpots said...

Thanks for the challenge! I'm excited! I'm linked up but I'm not sure how to embed the video...any tips? Thanks! Kim

June 7, 2010 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

You are so amazing, Courtney! I really, really need this right now - how did you know?! Thanks for sharing this!

June 8, 2010 at 12:19 AM  
Blogger Michelle' said...

Well hello again - I have a beautiful update for you and those who prayed and have been and hopefully still are praying for me and Joe (and our 5 kids). After winning the tickets to the 'Woman Inspired Conference', staying truly committed, seeking any and all Godly advice, searching in the best self-help book ever (my Bible) and falling to my knees in prayer at all hours - Joe and I are officially back together and recommitting after 1 year and 1 month from the day he left. It actually happened this past friday night upon him asking me out for a date! We are still 5 hours apart, but he will come 'home' as much as he can on weekends for now, til we figure the rest out. So this couldn't have come at a better time than now - thank you. May God keep blessing your sweet life. Sisters in Christ - Michelle

June 8, 2010 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Tia said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your blog! It is so encouraging in so many areas I seem to struggle with! Becoming a heaven-minded homemaker is the desire of my heart and doing it for HIS glory! I've been struggling after adding our 4th little blessing to the mix, feeling behind and defeated, but spending some time reading through your blogs and watching a few vlogs has really encouraged me to get my focus back! Keep walking with the King and encouraging the rest of us! God Bless you!

June 8, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Anonymous SHawn said...

I would love to join this challenge, but I do not have a blog. Please count me in!!! What a great way to spend the summer and strengthen my marriage.

June 8, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger MelissaD said...

I'm game!

June 8, 2010 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I want to join, too! I have a blog, but it's a "baby blog" so I think I'll just participate via comments if that's okay!

June 8, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't blog, but I want to participate in this wonderful summer challenge.

June 8, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Stam House said...

What a wonderful challenge! I just link you up! Looking forward to what God as in store for all of us this summer!!


June 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm in Courtney! Sounds exciting! I really needed to hear your video message this morning. I'm preparing for a week of vacation with Brian's family and struggling with my attitude. Pray for me!

June 8, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I would love to join this, but i don't have a blog so i'll just follow you this way if that is ok!!

Can't wait i am so excited..

Thanks Michelle

June 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger L.C. said...

I just linked up but mine will be modified since he is deployed at the moment, so the "actual" stuff to do for him won't happen on my end as I can't fed ex him his favorite meal haha. BUT this is good for me since he will miss our first wedding anniversary (aug 2) so can't wait to get started!

June 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger rebecca said...

Good Morning Courtney,
I'm in for this challenge even though I don't have a blog.
This is such a great idea and something I need to be challenged on with my hubby reaping the benefits:)))

June 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Kim from Canada said...

Hi Courtney,
I followed the link over from Raising Homemakers (which I found through Generation Cedar). This is a great challenge and I am looking forward to the weekly links! I do have my own blog, but am taking a hiatus as I wait for a baby to arrive - any day now!

I will be here regularly to read and learn, though!

June 8, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger mom-2-4 said...

I'm so glad I found this summer challenge! I came across your blog through the new one "Raising Homemakers", and I've already been blessed so much through your 'Led by the Spirit' summer challenge- so hey, bring on another challenge! This one for husbands is so wonderful, and I know both my husband and I will benefit from. And, it just so happens that the challenge ends on my anniversary- August 9th, we'll be married 13 years! So this challenge is very timely.

June 8, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
OpenID tgmagazine said...

I found out about this challenge through Raising Homemakers. I am going to try to accept this challenge - don't use my blog very much (on my list to do soon) - so hopefully I will remember each week to check in and comment. Heather

June 8, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
OpenID tgmagazine said...

I found out about this challenge through Raising Homemakers. I am going to try to accept this challenge - don't use my blog very much (on my list to do soon) - so hopefully I will remember each week to check in and comment. Heather

June 8, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

Count me in! I don't blog, but am going to participate in this challenge. We've recently come to a crossroads in our marriage and I've had the rather difficult realization that a successful marriage doesn't depend on being whatever a "perfect" wife is supposed to be, but rather being the wife your husband needs you to be. Can't wait to see how God will use this challenge to strengthen my marriage!

June 8, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger twinsz said...

Count me in. I don't blog, but who doesn't need to improve your marriage. My husband and I have so much going on, but I know that our marriage would be better if I did what I needed to do. Thank you so much for this event.

June 9, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I'm in! I'll be doing a somewhat modified version of this, as I'm currently engaged (wedding date is Nov. 27 of this year!). Hope that's ok. I want to work on becoming a good wife right from the start, and this is the perfect opportunity for me to help strengthen our relationship.

June 9, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courtney...this is a great idea! I'm few days late...but still linked up. Thanks! :)

June 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Courtney...great idea! Thanks for your constant challenges to be the best wife I can be. I'm excited and have linked up on my blog! :)

June 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Anonymous Growing in Grace (California Coates) said...

This is wonderful Courtney! Only the first link I put up, I missed a letter, can you delete my first entry?



Growing in Grace

June 10, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Growing in Grace (California Coates) said...

This is wonderful Courtney! Only the first link I put up, I missed a letter, can you delete my first entry?



Growing in Grace

June 10, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Cynthia S said...

Wow, seriously? Jesus commands you to subjugate yourself back into 1959? Glad I'm a Jew.

In all seriousness, I think your heart is in the right place, but it does worry me that this is ALL about what HE wants. Uhh. What about what you want? What about taking care of yourself? What about, you know, some mental challenges so you don't commit hari-kari because *everyone in your life thinks you are their servant?

Sorry, I know you mean well, but this post really made my skin crawl on behalf of all married couples who work toward a PARTNERSHIP in their marriages.

PS if this comment actually makes it onto the site, I will be impressed.

June 10, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto Cynthia S.

June 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you aware you are the topic of conversation at today?

June 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are quite the talk of the town, Courtney. Care to comment?

June 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Just wanted to leave a little note of encouragement after reading a few of the recent comments. As a woman who has experienced divorce, & has learned SO much (the hard way) about what marriage really should look like, I believe what you are encouraging us to do is right on, and totally Biblical. All who claim to follow Christ are called to be servant-hearted, and that especially applies to our families. And anytime marriages not only survive but thrive, then Christ is glorified in that. So thank you for encouraging wives to respect and honor our husbands and grow our marriages. I pray that the women who don't understand this would come to realize how much even they themselves could benefit from these very practical ideas. Again, thank you.

June 10, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

I'm totally in!

June 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hi Courtney. Just wanted to encourage you today. You are doing an amazing thing...encouraging wives to be the husband GOD calls them to be. It isn't popular in our society today..which is why it is touching a few raw nerves...but know there are hundreds of women who desire strong Godly marriages and desire to love and serve their man..the man God gave them. We who love Christ know and believe that submit isn't a dirty word.

June 10, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

For all of you joining the Challenge - welcome - I am so excited to take this journey with you!!!

Cynthia - I welcome this discussion and will address it tomorrow on the blog.

Anonymous - yep - I am aware - thanks!

June 10, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger SKA said...

I went and read through the comments on ScaryMommy's post... Many of them commented on the fact that marriage is a 2-way street. As a Christian wife, who is also a pastor's wife, I fully and totally agree. It takes two to make a happy home.

But I strongly disagree with their opinion that all encouragement to be selfless should be toward the men, or that the challenge should have been directed to both genders simultaneously. Somewhere out there, I hope, a man is encouraging men to be kind and thoughtful and caring to their wives. But Courtney is a woman, writing to her fellow females about their half of their marriages, not their man's half - so a challenge to women is totally appropriate!

I have to say that my husband and I are among those who call their marriages an "equal partnership". We both work, we have always shared the housework, and we are both fully engaged in parenting. Neither of us is the "house drudge"... He takes care of me, and I take care of him. We intentionally work to build each other up at home and in front of our friends - so neither of us ever forgets how much we are loved and adored by the other. But I don't see Courtney's post as advocating inequality at all.

There's so MUCH selfish meanness and overwhelming egotism in society today... what's so repulsive in one woman talking to her readers about spending a summer trying to be nice at home? Is that really so infuriating? This isn't 1950's subservience - it's choosing to model a daily focus on meeting the needs of others...

Thanks Courtney, for taking what some may see as an archaic concept, and giving women a chance to put wheels on it.

June 10, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger SKA said...

Oh yes, and to ANONYMOUS - if you really want Courtney to genuinely comment on the outpour of sarcasm and ridicule on ScaryMommy's blog, why not go ahead and sign your real name?

Otherwise it just looks like you're being petty and trying to bait her into a reaction while hiding your own identity.

June 10, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um...SKA....calm down. Anonymous asked if she "knew" that she was the topic of discussion. She didn't aske her to comment. Bloggers tend to want to know if their posts are cut and pasted to other sites.

June 10, 2010 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

Well I was wondering what I was going to do my Friday confessional clog on with Glamazon.. and I just found it... I cannot believe the things they said...deep breath in and out... can I lay hands on them and not in a prayerful way?? If I promise to pray for whatever I break?? Pleaseee

June 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

~John 15:18-20~

(18) If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.

(19) If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.

(20) Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.

Keep your head held high, Courtney. You are teaching the Word of God and have done nothing wrong. Your heavenly Father is proud of you and so are we.

So much love to you, girl <3

June 11, 2010 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

[deep sigh]
where do I start?

I just read all the follow up comments at scarymommy and blogfrog and my heart is saddened at what some of these women posted. I definitely fall short of what God wants from me as a wife - but at least I am trying rather than ignoring it and watching my husband distance himself from me. The worst moments in my short marriage were when I felt like I deserved something and it was up to him to understand and accommodate me.

I disagree with the 50's remark. You don't have to grow your own potatoes to make your husband's favorite meal. My husband and I both work 90 hour weeks juggling many things. I do not have time to take care of everything as I should but it does not mean that I can not respect him and help him.

I know you have already got a lot of encouragement - but I wanted to make sure that I communicate a THANK YOU from my heart. I love your blog and it is inspiring me to be a better wife to my wonderful husband.

June 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Mary Joy said...


I am in 100% support of this challenge!!! Last week I came to a not so pretty place in my life when I realized that I needed to put my blog aside for a little while I get my life back in balance.

In my heart, becoming the help-meet that my husband needs comes only second to being the daughter of Christ that I am meant to be and the two are actually spun together...

Due to some personal health issues (which I go into more in my last blog article) my life had started to get quite out of balance and I wasn't addressing the needs he has for me to fulfill like I should. So after much heart ache and introspection one evening...I made the decision to stop blogging until I can get my priorities balanced out in real life not just in my heart. Some of my friends were shocked...the great ones understood and stand behind me 100%. Then I found your blog just the other are the true encouragement I need right now. So I am committed to this challenge...right now...through soon as I am back up as a blog I will write all of the challenges there. Thank you for stepping out and challenging us to be women of God's Word!!! Sadly, women like you-determined to be holy daughters of our King, who are not all talk, are so hard to find today!

I am praying for you!!!

Joyfully in Jesus,

Mary Joy

June 11, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger The Carsons said...

This is a perfect and timely idea for my marriage right now. Thanks!

June 11, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Michelle' said...

Sarah -
I couldn't have said anything better myself - thanks for speaking out for all of us that are relishing this challenge with a beautiful smile on our faces. What's wrong in wanting to love your husband strong and with a strong desire knowing God will bless it fully. I have somewhat empathy for some of these women and it's apparant they are not 'that' happy in their situation. I will be praying for them.

June 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Michelle' said...

Thank you so much for the verses you posted here! What a beautiful reminder of how God says we are separated from the world and those that are of the world will not understand and will persecute those of God. This is exactly how He said it would be. I'm smiling from ear to ear to know Courtney and others are this close to Christ. I am writing all these verses down and putting them into my 'verses to memory' journal so that I can always reassure myself that no matter what the world has to say, I am on the right track! Hugs to all - Let's lift up His name even HIGHER!!

June 11, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

a good friend directed me to your site... also saw some of the hate directed at you. My heart is with you 2day.

There will always be "swoopers and poopers" - never let that discourage you from sharing your own process of growth :)

June 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're welcome, Michelle :-)

And yes, let's lift His name even HIGHER! Praise and love to our King. We love you, Jesus!

June 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger mom-2-4 said...

I think these other women who have posted negative comments have done so because they do not have a personal relationship with Christ, or perhaps they just don't have a strong relationship and don't know the correct Biblical (God's) view on marriage. If a person is not saved they have not been born again, they do not have the mind of Christ, so all this talk on submission and selflessness is foreign to them and will make them mad. We, as Christians, who have been born into the family of God, would be more understanding to what the Bible says about marriage. We are fullfilled when we follow God's plan for marriage. And as Christians we are to be Christ-like, and Christ showed us what unselfishness really was when he died on the cross. We are to have an agapa love like Christ did, and the word agapa means an "unselfish, self-sacrificing concern". Self-sacrificing! So I know that Courtney is right on with this challenge and those who oppose it are really just opposing Christ.
Julianne :)

June 11, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Royalbird said...

I love this idea! I actually got it from another blog that was blasting it (Scary Mommy) but I think it's great. Although, I'm not sure how to grab the button or the html for the video, since you didn't include that anywhere. Anyway, I also saw the side button to raising homemakers and that looks really great too. I think I might just follow you now!

June 11, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger ~Amy~ said...

I love this idea and signed up...sorry I am a little late!
I added the button to my blog, but somehow signed up through your linky twice...sorry! :)
Thank you for your faithfulness!!

June 11, 2010 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I am really excited about this. This is an area that I struggle with,but God has put it in front of me lately telling me through different avenues that I need to work on this. So thank you for this challenge. And I am loving GMG! This is my first year to do it and what a difference it has already made. I really appreciate you for sharing your faith with us and helping us with our relationship with God and our family. Thank you.

June 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I woke up at 2 am last night. God called me to the computer and through a friends blog I found your challenge. I stayed up until 5am reading your blog and watching your videos. I am ready for the challenge and ready to live for the King. God's Riches Blessings to you!

June 12, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

I have to say thank you again to all of you for your sweet support AND for joining me!! Monday is coming quickly and I can't WAIT to get started!

May God bless all of your marriages this summer as we start this journey! I am praying for each one of you by name!

Much Love,

June 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger A Loved Wife said...

So... I'm totally late to this event since I just discovered your blog about 20 minutes ago, but I have to say that I cannot wait to do this!!! This also could not have some at a more perfect time as the past couple of days have been rough for me mentally and emotionally.

So I'm just gonna jump in both feet and bless my husband!! I wont be able to do all of it on the exact date, as I am going to Ethiopia for three weeks (!!!!) but I am going to try to find a way to fit in the weeks I miss somehow.

God bless and keep on doin' what your doin'. No matter what the nay sayers say!!

God bless!

June 13, 2010 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger kewkew said...

I have just discovered this challenge through Confessions of a Non-Domestic Housewife blog and was upset by the fact that you have had such negative reactions to this, though not surprised. I am curious about what was said, but I don't think I will waste my time searching out those comments. I am with you and am thrilled that you are hosting this. It has come at a much needed time in my marriage. I hope I can get the button to work right, going to try right now after I post this.

June 13, 2010 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger kewkew said...

Okay, I have the button image and a link, but I couldn't get the button to be a link. Not sure why. Looking forward to participating.

June 13, 2010 at 3:24 AM  
Blogger blondieinafrica said...

I am in! I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and since I don't blog, I keep forgetting to get on here and let you know I'm here. :) Thanks for all of your encouragement to be the wives and mothers Christ would have us be. It's very impressive that you have people in such a tizzy over who you are and what you are doing!...Must mean you're doing something right!...The "world" hated HIM too!! ;) You go, girl. ;)

June 14, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Ayla said...

I don't know if it's too late to join up on this challenge but I would love to participate!

June 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I don't blog as I have a husband and two active little boys to take care of. I discovered your blog recently and would love to join you in this challenge. It comes as something especially needed since my husband and I have been so busy in our life together recently. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog and for the encouragement you bring to live a live centered on Christ. Also, while reading many of your posts, much of what you said reminded my of two books. I thought you might really enjoy them. "Helper by Design: God's Perfect Plan in Marriage" is especially pertinent to this challenge and is my favorite marriage book. "Because He Loves Me:How Christ Transforms Our Daily Lives" is about keeping the gospel central in our lives. Both books are by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I think that you will truly enjoy them.

Thank you for your encouragement. I am excited to join you in this challenge.

June 16, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

Not sure if its too late to join, but I linked up anyway and can't wait to see how this challenge will change me and my marriage! Thanks for hosting this awesome event!

June 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger L Harris said...

Jumping in a little late, but I can't wait to participate. Sad I missed the link up. :)

June 17, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Dani Joy said...

Dear Courtney, I finally tried to link up but the Mr. Linky was closed. You you have a 100 limit or was time up? Just for next time I guess. I will link up this week too. Just wanted to keep it in mind.

I thought this was a great idea. LOOks like you had a lot of response. have had fun looking at some of the testimonies!
God bless,
Dani JOy

June 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger teachermomof2 said...

I just found your blog today and love the completing him challenge. I am a bit late, but would love to join you in this journey.


June 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Hi Courtney,

Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I would love to join the Completing Him Challenge! What a great idea!

June 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Let me fix some of that for you:

Let me fix that:

June 28 - Ask your husband every morning how you can pray for him that day, because you know he's going to do something assinine, and he needs some prayers so you don't kill him.

July 5 - Admire Your Husband, after all, he's probably off today for 4th of July, so tell him how great he is at bbqing and sitting around drinking beer.

July 12 - Make a list of 5 things you currently do and tell him those 5 things are now his job.

July 19 - Make him a priority. Ask him what his favorite dinner, dessert and drink are. Be sure to make reservations so he can enjoy those!

July 26 - Support his vision. If he loses his glasses... again, tell him they're on his dresser like always.

August 2 - R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Find out what it means to me!

August 9 - Tell him to kiss your ass when he falls short on the jobs you gave him back on July 12.

June 21, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger jamers said...

I am signed up now! I love learning how to grow together as we grow into who God truly intended us to be through our marriage. Thanks for starting such a sweet summer focus!

June 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Lori - you definately are taking a different approach to your marriage than I am!

I would be curious to see what would happen if you changed your approach and tried this challenge. It sounds like what I suggest is foreign to your marriage. Why not throw some excitement in - I'd LOVE to hear how he responds - let me know if you do try it! (and if you blog I invite you to link up and tell us how it goes for you!)


June 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Mary @Raising 4 Godly Men said...

I finally got my first couple of assignments done. [0= Thank you for being such a blessing and I am really looking forward to applying all these challenges this summer.

Blessings in Him<><

June 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger The Momma Chronicles said...

Super late to the challenge, but God brought me here (via Raising Homemakers) in His timing and I'm starting today.

I am also incredibly thankful to Laura for posting the Scripture from John about the world hating us. Remember - the Cross is foolishness to them who are perishing. I pray they let go of their pride and look to Jesus Christ before it's too late. I will also pray that they have the courage to think of their husbands before themselves... I have to pray that for myself every day. ;)

June 28, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Lisa Grace said...

I'm jumping in late because I just learned about it, but I am going to start at step 1 and keep building. This is FABULOUS!

June 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Just Jenny said...

I'm in!!
I'm sad I just found your sight and will be starting late - but better late then never ♥

I just completed a 30-day Husband Encouragement Challenge on my blog and am ready to try something new and different!

Excited to see changes in our marriage and ready to share it with the world!

June 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Country Girl said...

I love this idea. I just found you this week, typical for me - late. :) But I will be playing catch up and will be on track soon! (I'm new to blogging so some is greek to me)

July 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM  
OpenID hljourney said...

Joining in with you all late here... better late than never! Thx for heading this is up & Challenging us!

July 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger VirtuousSYM101 said...

Courtney, your blog is truly a blessing. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog. God always provides what you need right when you need it. He is always on time. I am glad to participate. Thank you and Be Blessed!

July 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

How did I forget to subscribe to this site for the wonderful daily/weekly email articles that get sent out?! Can't wait to get started on the Summer Challenge! I don't have a blog and, truthfully, I don't really want one right now, so I hope I'm doing this right by commenting in this section.

July 2, 2010 at 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Grace said...

I am JUMPING IN a little late, but so excited to be joining you and the other awesome women who have signed up on this transforming journey!

July 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Leigh Reese said...

I'm joining even though i'm way behind. I don't have a blog but I'm sure glad you do. Thank you for your obedience to God that put you in a position to offer so much wisdom and love behind your advice. I truly feel the love, your blog is not just a space to showcase your homemaking skills, it showcases the God who taught those things to you. Thanks again.

July 8, 2010 at 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Leigh Reese said...

I'm joining even though i'm way behind. I don't have a blog but I'm sure glad you do. Thank you for your obedience to God that put you in a position to offer so much wisdom and love behind your advice. I truly feel the love, your blog is not just a space to showcase your homemaking skills, it showcases the God who taught those things to you. Thanks again.

July 8, 2010 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Joining the "Completing Him Challenge", albeit a little late. What a great way to help put our marriage on the front burner again.

July 9, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
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July 11, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cohen said...

(I had to remove my earlier comment - even I couldn't make sense of it for the typos.)

Oh my goodness - what a treasure! I have read and love every challenge. I regret having missed everything up to this point. Before going back and rushing through from the beginning - maybe I can find a way to incorporate these challenges with those of The Respect Dare e-course that I'm taking.

I'm in my 4th (and FINAL) marriage. I had no idea - emphasize NO idea - how to be married - I was very self-centered and blamed everything on him(s). I will NEVER do that again. Never!

I hope no one minds if I step into the group this late?

July 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

All of you who are joining us late WELCOME! I am so glad you are joining us!! Better late than never right! So dive in and enjoy your marriages!! May God bless your homes!

July 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
OpenID conversatioincaelis said...

Hi Courtney!
Yes, it's late, but I linked up. Now I'm planning to do all the parts right from the beginning of the challenge.
I'm from Germany, so my Blog is written in German. My English is not good enough (School-English ;-)
I'm glad, I found your site!


July 13, 2010 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Patty Wheeler said...

I want to still do it- Can I start now?

July 20, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Cic - welcome and Patty - yes, please join us - the more the merrier!!!

July 20, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Kori said...

ok, I am way late in joining you here, but I'm going to go for it anyway. Thanks for the fab ideas! Time to bless my sweet husband!

July 26, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Cami said...

I just found this and am going to start participating. It looks like a lot of fun.

August 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM  

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