We have different names for animals when they are gathered together.
A pride of lions. An exaltation of larks. A flock of goats. A parliament of owls. A leap of leopards. An ostentation of peacocks. An intrusion of cockroaches. A stand of flamingos. A murder of crows.
A group of ladybugs has a lovely name: a loveliness.
A loveliness of ladybugs.
Fun fact: gardeners love to see a loveliness of ladybugs because ladybugs eat garden pests.
Even one ladybug is lovely, as it can eat quite a few pests. A loveliness of ladybugs, though, will eat pests throughout all the garden instead of just at one spot at a time.
We can do a multitude of things to grow in our marriages. We pray. We read books. We read blogs. We try to grow, and we learn from how things went. We reflect. We recalibrate our next steps. We connect with other women who will come alongside us in our struggles, to cry with us in our frustration and to celebrate with us when we do well.
Doing one thing is lovely. Progress is progress, after all—no matter how small or slow the steps are. Even lovelier, though, is when we do more than one thing. Instead of making progress in just one area, it helps us work on multiple areas of our marriage at once.
Just like a loveliness of ladybugs can clear a garden of pests better than a lone ladybug can do, a loveliness of approaches in marriage growth can nurture strong and bright marriages better than a single approach can do.
I love that you are reading here at The Forgiven Wife. I hope you find something here that helps you grow in your marriage.
Please don’t let reading here be the only thing you do. And don’t let this be the only place you read. A Christian wife who wants to work on her marriage has so many great blogs to help her on her way.
Each month I am going to share links to blog posts by other Christian wives to encourage you in your pursuit of lovely intimacy in your marriage.
A loveliness of ladybugs all working can help cultivate a healthy garden.
A loveliness of blog posts can help you cultivate a healthy—and intimate—marriage.
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A Loveliness of September Links:
- 20 Steamy Questions to Ask Your Spouse, Love, Hope, Adventure
- 3 Words That Can Improve Your Sex Life, Calm.Healthy.Sexy.
- 5 Reasons Your Libido is Sub-Zero–and How to Bring it Out of Hibernation!, To Love, Honor & Vacuum
- Approach Him in Confidence with Your Marriage Needs, The Generous Wife
- Boring Sex? 4 Ways to Overcome Boredom in the Bedroom, Calm.Healthy.Sexy.
- Discussing Sticky Issues with Your Mate Without Getting Stuck, Messy Marriage
- Does Your Husband Pull You Off Center? The Generous Wife
- Essential Oils for Love and Romance: Tips from 3 Marriage Bloggers, Calm.Healthy.Sexy.
- Follow-Through, Darby Dugger
- He’s Not Pathetic, and She’s Not Frigid: A Plea for Understanding, To Love, Honor & Vacuum
- Honest Answers to Your Questions about Sex, Authentic Intimacy
- How to Move Beyond “Obligation Sex” to Real Freedom, To Love, Honor & Vacuum
- It Takes As Long As It Takes, Hot, Holy & Humorous
- Make the Most Of Ordinary Days, The Romantic Vineyard
- One Thing That Can Kill Your Sexual Confidence, Hot, Holy & Humorous
- Reader Question: What Does It Actually Mean To Be Attracted to My Husband? To Love, Honor & Vacuum
- What Women Don’t Understand About Our Libidos, To Love, Honor & Vacuum
- Who He Is vs. His Behavior, The Generous Wife
If you find lovely October posts that you would like me to share, send them along so I can consider adding them to the next loveliness of links.