Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Features from Week 2 {Matrimonial Monday}

I really enjoyed reading through the posts this week.  So many of you have amazing thoughts on marriage.  It makes me think we should all write a book together!

I believe every husband and wife man and woman should read Lori’s post at Be Not Weary.  She explains lust.  She defines in a way that none of us usually thins of but it’s so very true. 

Jamie at Loving When It Hurts wowed me.  There is no wonder that her powerful post about infidelity and healing her marriage was one of the most read last week.  Did anyone else tear up reading this:  ‘My 9 year old would periodically ask me “Did you find your relationship with God yet?”‘

My personal favorite and the other most clicked was by Melinda over at Auntie Em’s Guide.  She wrote about how her husband wasn’t always her best friend.  She suggests that we make friendship with our husbands this week our top priority.  Yes, it should definitely be!!

Thank you all for linking up for week 3 of our Matrimonial Monday link up.  So many of the posts were amazing!!  There were many others that were feature-worthy but there was no Matrimonial Monday button in the post. 

Remember next week to pull a button from below in case Kendra over at A Proverbs 31 Wife decides she’d like to feature you!!

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Jamie, Melinda and Lori, you three can go ahead and grab an ‘I was featured’ button below to feature on your blog!!

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Crossing Values by Carrie Daws {book review}

I’ve never read a typical romance novel. Never. I just don’t get into them. As I began to read Crossing Values, I didn’t expect to really enjoy it. I have an awesome love story with my husband and I never felt the need to read a mushy, over the top fairy tale of a story.

This book is nothing like what I expected. I almost expected that it would be the ‘fantasy’ story with the happy ending. Don’t get me wrong. I do like a happy ending but I am not into the mushy, fairy tale. It’s a clean, Christian love story fit even for a teenage girl. I do wish it had gone further into the faith of the main male character or a little more emotion on the part of the two main characters.

It’s a short, quick read with only 160 pages. It seemed to all happen so quickly. I could have used a little bit more transition with the storyline but overall I still liked it.

Carrie’s second book Ryan’s Crossing came out in August. I’m looking forward to reading more into the saga. I am sure a lot of the kinks will be worked out in this next book.

Amendment to review: As I posted my review on Amazon, there were many people that said they also wanted more from the story.  Could it be because we are so used to the mainstream movies, novels, and stories?  I’m going to go back through this book again with a different mindset.  I’m going to read it as if I were a little sister, a teenager, or a daughter.  If I had a teenage daughter I would certainly allow her to read this book.  The faith in the male character is beautiful.  I hope every young woman finds her Peter!

I’m excited to tell you a little about book then provide you with an opportunity to win your own copy. She graciously sent me two copies. One to keep and one to give away!

 

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Christian romantic fiction that focuses on emotional and family healing.

For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.

As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.

Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade.

Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine?

Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

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Chaos, creativity, & compromise.

If you’ve been in a relationship (married or not), you know that it isn’t all fun and games.  It’s hard work to love someone unconditionally.  As for getting married, the vows we make are a turning point in our relationship.  We are promising these things to each other in front of family, friends and God. 

It can be easy to forget these things in the midst of the chaos that is life.  The jobs, kids, chores, and bills can get in the way.  It takes a lot of creativity and compromise to stay together these days.  It seems like common practice to just quit rather than make it work.  

Walk away from the mundane for a minute and think about when you first fell in love with your spouse.  What do you remember?  How did you feel?  What were some of your favorite times? 

Kendra over at A Proverbs 31 Wife and I are teaming up to help you keep the fire burning!!  Join us for a marriage link-up once a week and share with us how you keep your marriage strong. 

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Into the Word Wednesday {What it means to be free}

It’s the freedom of our country, the freedom of our people, freedom to be anything we want to be, to own a business if we so choose, to live where we’d like, raise our children as we wish…

I went searching through the word this week looking for verses about freedom.  This verse really stood out to me.

You will soon see that the title of this isn’t even really what this ends up being at all.  Freedom and Independence Day is what I wanted to post about yet I was led in a very, very different direction.

We are called to be free.  It is our right to be free.

Now I don’t know the bible by heart.  I know some verses of course but I’m no biblical scholar.  I’m working my way through learning more right now as I’m a work in progress. I didn’t know the next verse would change my entire post.  I didn’t know that the next verse would be blog post changing.

I hadn’t planned on talking about this at all but here we go….

Love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself.  These words keep resonating in my mind.  Have I been loving my neighbors?  Have I taken the time to get to know people, help others, show my compassion?

I really haven’t.  I’ve been so wrapped up in my own despair, my own worries the past year or so I haven’t done much for anyone else.  Of course I’m still a wife and mom but there are many more ‘neighbors’ in my life.

However He has opened my eyes to see that in all this I was already loving my neighbors and they were loving me back.  I just found this verse only just last night yet in the past eight weeks I’ve been changing.  Looking outside myself.  Really seeing how I can be a blessing for another.  I didn’t realize I was doing it.  I’m not mentioning it here to brag about it.  I want to share so you too can see how you may in fact be changing even when you don’t see it!

I’m mentioning it because in the past eight weeks a TON has happened yet I was too worried about other things to see it happening!

  • I met an extraordinary group of ladies through my Good Morning Girls bible study group. Praying for them has been really eye-opening. They do not live in close proximity to me at all but I feel as we’re growing as close as neighbors.  I’m loving them from afar.
  • I made several new friends that do live near me and I’m slowly becoming close with them.  What I find interesting is that even though I’m struggling with my own issues each of these ladies is battling something much more dire in their lives.  I believe they were brought into my life to show me that things could be much worse.  It doesn’t belittle anything my family is battling but it is showing me that if I can muster up half of the strength these ladies have then I’ll be okay!!
  • I’ve started this blog, learned a lot about myself, grown by leaps and bounds.  Made a ton of new blogger friends that have shown me that there is no reason to be afraid of making friends, online or in real life.  Each one has been helpful and sweet in their own way.

So on this Independence Day in 2012…how have you loved your neighbor today?  Have you been doing it all along but were too overwhelmed to see it?  I would absolutely love to hear about it.  It’s amazing what we see when we free our eyes and heart to really ‘see’.

 

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

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1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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