I’ve Reached My Limit

Good morning, friends.

All week, I’ve pondered what I would write for today’s post. I started one post, but it never felt quite right. Then, I decided I just would not write today, but that was not right either. I simply could not get an idea to gell in my head…….until…..

I made a cup of coffee, walked carefully to my computer and slowly sat down in my chair with a pillow and heating pad to my back. I clicked over to Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday linkup and immediately I knew that I would write a FMF post. The word prompt for today is LIMIT. Sweet mercy!

 

Do you recall what God made very clear that my OneWord for 2016 was to be? If you read that post you may remember I said that if I did not take my OneWord seriously, God would make sure I paid attention to it. The word was REST. Well, I thought I was taking it seriously, but apparently my ‘seriously’ and God’s are on two very different planes.

You see, the realization that I am not WONDER WOMAN hit hard and furiously this week. I know, you already knew that, but I’m a slow learner. God made dead certain that I reached my LIMIT this week.

 

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Since the middle of December I have wrestled with four different health ailments. There is no need for me to describe them in gory detail, for that would be TMI! Suffice it to say, each one has caused me more than a bit of angst. I have always been a very healthy person, rarely going to the doctor for anything other than my yearly check up. So, for me to be hit with four different medical problems, each requiring a trip to the doctor’s office, is huge.

The latest issue has been with my back. I’ve never had back problems before, but 3 weeks ago today I was walking through my office, on the way to the gym to swim, when out of nowhere, I felt a mild pain in my back. I didn’t think much about it….I did not consider that I should LIMIT my activity at that moment. By the time I got into the pool, my lower back felt like someone had put a band around it and tightened it to the max.

A normal person would have thought, “Hmmm, maybe I should not swim. Maybe I need to rest and get it checked out.”

Not Wonder Woman. Nope! I swam and went about my daily activities for 2 very uncomfortable weeks. Slow learner!

I worked at the pharmacy on Monday of this week, and by the end of my 9+hour shift, I was nearly in tears because of the pain in my back. On Tuesday I went to the doctor. He diagnosed me with sacro-iliac joint inflammation. Sounds harmless, huh? Do not be fooled. It is wicked. He started me on a short course of an oral steroid, and on Wednesday morning I felt a lot better. So, what did I do? Yep, Wonder Woman went on with her usual life, not LIMITING herself very much.

I woke up on Thursday morning and knew immediately that I would not be able to go to work that day. I had reached my LIMIT and knew that I must REST. I hated like everything to miss work, but there was no way I could stand for 9 hours. So, I literally spent most of the day in bed, which rubs against the grain for me. Yet, in those hours the Lord sweetly reminded me that He created the human body to know and inform us when things were off kilter…when we have reached our LIMIT and need REST. The problem is that I am often too-danged prideful to listen and heed.

The reality is that I am 51 years old and my body has LIMITS. They are different than they were when I was 30, or 40. It is time to trade in my Wonder Woman bracelet for the knowledge that REST is my friend. Jesus ministered so sweetly to me yesterday as I RESTED…..through my husband, a sweet friend who brought dinner, the prayers and words of my editor, and time spent with Him.

Do you recognize your LIMITS? Do you listen to your body and heed its call for REST? Trade in that Wonder Woman suit today, friend!

The Loft Link-Up ~ Love

Hello! Welcome to The Loft. I’ve been a bit under the weather of late, so I am going to offer you a beautiful, moving video with one of my all-time favorite hymns, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” which was written by Stuart Townsend. I encourage you to take 4 minutes, turn off all other distractions, and really focus on the words of this amazing song. It’s all about LOVE, people, the magnificent LOVE of God the Father and Jesus the Son.

 

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Truly, friends, His wounds have paid MY ransom. Have they paid yours?

 

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February 10 ~ Love

February 17 ~ Contentment

February 24 ~ Pot Luck – Any post, any topic!

March 2 ~ Listen

Just a reminder that the link-up goes live on Wednesday morning at 5am and will stay live until the following Monday at 5pm. If you link up at The Loft, please do not link-and-run. We want to create conversation and community, therefore, we ask that if you linkup one post, please visit two others. There are some beautiful people who link-up each week, and visiting their posts is the best way to get to know them.

 

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A Revelation Journey ~ Chapter 2 Intro

Good morning, fellow travelers. I’m glad that we are on this Revelation journey together and I’m hoping so much that you are learning a lot. Every jot and tittle of Scripture is intended to teach us, and grow our faith in Christ. Just like food must be eaten in order for it to bring nutrients to the body, so Scripture must be taken in if we want a strong and vibrant faith.

Have you missed any of our lessons in this series that I call The End! A Revelation Journey? If you need to get caught up, please click here to be taken to pages where you will find all the posts linked in reverse order. Simply scroll to the very last post, which will be the kick-off post for the series from January4th, and begin reading.

Are you part of the Facebook group for this study? It is there that we continue the conversation begun here. That group gets some extras like videos and conversation. I would love to add you to the group. Simply send me an email to info@leahadams.org and ask to be added to the group. You will then receive a response email from me with a link that you must click on in order to be added to the group.

 

Chapter 2 intro

 

We are ready to move into Chapter 2 of The Revelation, but before we do, I would like to set the stage. There are few things that are important for you to know on the front end that will help you as we visit the seven churches. I would like to take you back to two passages in chapter 1 in order to teach this information. In Revelation 1:11 Jesus tells John to write what he sees and send it to seven churches. He goes on to name the specific churches that He desires to receive this Revelation:

Ephesus

Smyrna

Pergamum (a.k.a Pergamos)

Thyatira

Sardis

Philadelphia

Laodicea

As with everything in the Word of God the choosing of these churches was not by accident. These seven churches were in Asia Minor, known today as the nation of Turkey. The cities in which these churches were located were geographically positioned in somewhat of a circle beginning with Ephesus, the most important of the seven. Each city was part of a key postal district in Asia Minor. When mail or government visitors would come to Asia Minor, they would dock at Ephesus and begin their visit to each of these strategic cities, moving clockwise. Jesus lists the cities in the same order that they are positioned geographically. It is likely that when John finished The Revelation it was sent by messenger to Asia Minor and delivered to the churches in the order they are listed.

 

The End!

 

 

We find the second bit of background that I want to emphasize in the Revelation 1 description of Jesus. John described Christ using several descriptors in verses 12-20. We will see many of these descriptors used strategically as Jesus greets the seven churches. He chooses the descriptors that are pertinent to the spiritual state of each of the churches. Let’s read that passage one more time, just to jog our memory.

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,

13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.

14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,

15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.

16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,

18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.

20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Finally, as we study the seven churches there will be a common outline for each of Christ’s messages to the churches:

  • Introduction/description
  • Commendations
  • Rebukes
  • Solution to their problem
  • Consequences of not correcting the problem
  • Blessing that comes with correcting the problem/overcoming

It is important to note that there will be a church here and there that is missing one of these points. We will consider this further as we study each church. I believe with all my heart that, while Jesus was addressing actual churches in John’s day, these messages are extremely pertinent to the church in 2016. Without fail, you and I will see today’s churches in these seven portraits; you will see your own church. We are wise to study this material prayerfully, asking the Holy Spirit to lead and teach us. Let’s engage!

  • Was there anything in today’s material that strengthens and encourages your faith?
  • The study of the seven churches is fascinating, yet sobering, because they cover the spectrum of churches that exist today. Will you humbly and prayerfully ask God to reveal anything within your heart and your church that needs addressed?

Hope for When America Seems to Be Hopeless

I don’t mind telling you that I feel like we are in a sad, sorry mess in America today. I have not lost hope, but rather, I see the landscape for what it is….a disaster looking for a place to happen. And happen it will, if America does not hit her knees in repentance for the atrocities that we have perpetrated on what was once the most blessed nation on earth.

• God and the Bible were expunged from the classroom in the 70s
• 21% of all pregnancies end in abortion (operationrescue.org)
• Not quite half of all marriages in the US end in divorce (CDC statistics)
• The US Supreme Court arrogantly ‘re-defined’ marriage to include homosexual unions
• Obamacare has driven us further down the path toward socialized medicine
• The church has vilified and demonized those with whom they disagree, rather than showing the love of Jesus to them
• We sit on an $18 trillion budget deficit (try that with your personal budget!)
• Our borders are as porous as a sieve, allowing our enemies free entry
• Many of the current crop of presidential contenders are terrifying
Millions of young adults have walked away from the church

Where is hope to be found?

 

Hope for America

 

 

May I share with you how hope seeps into the crevices of my heart on a daily basis? I find my hope in God’s Word. Drink deeply from them, friends.

Psalm 83:18 ~ ……..you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

God is still ruling and reigning over all the earth. Just because we fail to acknowledge His sovereignty and supremacy does not mean that He has ceased to rule and reign. He is still on His throne turning the pages of the Kingdom calendar exactly on schedule.

 

Daniel 2:20-22 ~ Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; He removes kings and sets up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.

Throughout the ages God has used rulers, kings, and presidents for His sovereign purposes. God’s hand is ever present in government, even when our leaders do not follow God. This has been my only comfort over the past eight years in American government. Enough said.

 

Isaiah 40:21-31 (a lengthy, but oh-so-good passage)

Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; Who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when He blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

To whom then will you compare Me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these?

He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of His might, and because He is strong in power not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God”?

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to Him who has no might He increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

God is not surprised by the state of the world around us. He is not wringing His holy hands over it. Yes, He is saddened by it, but He is not hopeless over it. Neither should we be.

Let us ‘fix our eyes on Jesus’ and not the state of the world.

Let us set our hearts on God and call out to Him for mercy.

Let us have renewed hope that He does all things well.

Seek His heart and stay faithful to the last word you heard from Him.

He is still on the throne!

 

Now, let’s engage. Speak truth and encouragement in the comments section. Remember, each time you comment you are entered for February Engage Giveaway!

The Loft Link~Up ~ Family

Good morning! Today’s topic at The Loft is FAMILY. You are welcome to link up any post you have written~~new or old~~ on this topic of FAMILY. I’m linking up a post from a few months ago that reminded us that FAMILY often looks very different than we might expect.

 

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February 3 ~ Family

February 10 ~ Love

February 17 ~ Contentment

February 24 ~ Pot Luck – Any post, any topic!

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John’s Vision of Jesus, A Printable and a Giveaway!

Today we finish chapter 1 of The Revelation as we turn our eyes to the vision that John saw of Jesus, but first, I want to announce the name of the winner of my January drawing. You will recall that I am giving a small gift to one person who commented in January. I put all the names of everyone who commented in January in a random number generator and the winner is………………. REN who commented on 6 January.

Please email me your mailing address, Ren, and I will get your gift in the mail to you. Thank you to Ren and everyone who engaged in January. We will do it all again in February, so engage in the comments section as often as you can and increase your chances of winning. Now, let’s get into our study.

I Turned and Saw....

 

John, a man in his 90s, is exiled to the island of Patmos because he preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the last remaining disciple, and likely feels certain that his life will end on Patmos. He is the self-described ‘disciple that Jesus loves’, and has been faithful to His Lord. In our focal passage today, we see Jesus giving John a glimpse of Himself…the risen, reigning Lord. What a precious reward for John’s faithfulness to Christ! Let’s join John on Patmos. Revelation 1:12-20 (ESV)

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,

13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.

14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,

15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.

16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last,

18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.

20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

 

There is a LOT in these eight verses, so I’m going to drill down and choose to address some of it (verses 12-16), and leave some until we move into chapters 2 and 3 (verses 17-20).

The End!

 

Let’s begin by considering that John said that the man in the vision was ‘one like a son of man’. This is important wording. In the Old Testament the phrase ‘son of man’ almost always described a human. (Here are just a few references: Numbers 23:19, Job 16:21, Psalm 8:4, and literally all throughout the book of Ezekiel)

In the New Testament, however, this ‘son of man’ phrase was Jesus’ favorite way in which to describe Himself. (Again, just a few of the numerous times Jesus used this phrase: Matthew 17:9; 24:27, Luke 12:10; 19:10, John 3:14) Jesus used this phrase, I believe, to identify Himself, not as God, but as a man. A man who fully understands the human condition, yet never loses His divinity.

Now, let us look at the descriptors John used for Jesus:

  • Clothed with a long robe and a golden sash around his chest
  • Hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow
  • Eyes like a flame of fire
  • Feet like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace
  • Voice like the roar of many waters
  • Seven stars in his right hand
  • Sharp two-edged sword from his mouth
  • Face like the sun shining in full strength

This is quite a vision, and it is no wonder John fell as if dead!

Let’s break it down and see what all of it might mean.

The clothing that Jesus wore was that of a king (robe) and a priest (Exodus 28:4), pointing to Jesus’ eternal roles. He is our soon-coming King, and He sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us.

The white hair speaks of holiness, wisdom and purity, while the flaming eyes speak of a penetrating gaze that misses nothing, and judges accordingly. The feet of brass indicate divine judgment, while the voice is one of power and authority.

From Christ’s mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword, which is the Word of God that gives truth and exacts judgment. His face, shining like the sun tells of the burning intensity of His truth, and the seven stars in His right hand speak of control.

Truly this is a vision of Jesus in all His glory; the way that we will see Him when He returns to rule and reign. That should be cause for rejoicing.

That is it for today, and for chapter 1. Next week we will begin our visits with the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3. Now, it is time to engage.

  • As you consider the vision of Christ that John saw, which of the descriptors means the most to you in this stage of your life?
  • Was there anything from today’s study that will strengthen your faith for The End and for today?

I promised you a FREE PRINTABLE at the end of each chapter of Revelation. Here is the one for Chapter 1. I hope it helps you recall what we studied and solidify the important points from Chapter 1 in your heart. Click on the link below to download and print.

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Encouragement for When Life is Hard

As I prayed into today’s post, the Lord brought to mind one of the quotes from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does.

“When Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.”

 

I am a fan of political thriller novels, which always involve a main character that perseveres through deception and danger to emerge the hero of the story. This type of novel is packed with hold-your-breath moments where you are not sure if the hero will make it out alive (of course, they will because they are the HERO of the story).

If we were to interview the main character in the middle of the storyline when they are being shot at or tortured, ‘adventure’ would probably not be the word they would use to describe their current circumstance. They might say that life is painful and hard, and they would probably want to quit. Ultimately, though, they persevere, and who they are at the end of the novel is the sum total of what they have experienced in the preceding pages.

Without exception, life for humans can be hard, and it does not always feel like an adventure. There are times of joy and pleasure, as well as times of pain and trial. Some days flow over us like a gentle breeze, while others twist us like a tornado. But, there is hope.

 

 

Encouragement

 

 

For the Christ-follower, there will be a day that you will look back on our lives and become fully aware of what God was doing in the tough times. Until that day, however, you may need a bit of encouragement to keep on keeping on. I want to offer you that right here, right now.

Your Trial Did Not Take God By Surprise

God is not a detached, grumpy grandfather who sleeps most of the time. He is very involved in our lives, orchestrating circumstances and times. When bad days hit, when there is more month left at the end of the money, when the ‘D’ word comes out your spouse’s mouth, when all manner of trials beset us, God is not sitting in heaven saying, “I never saw that one coming.”

In Ecclesiastes 3 Solomon tells us that there is a season and a time for everything under the sun. The good and the bad, everything has a season planned out by God.

Does that mean that God causes bad things to happen to you? No, but He does allow them. We live in a fallen, sin-stained world where bad things are a consequence of that fallen state. None of it is because God hates us, and none of it has God wringing His holy hands in angst. He is a loving Father who has our ultimate good in mind.

There is Purpose in Your Trial

In Romans 8:28 Paul assures us that all things work together for our good if we are followers of Jesus. All things. For Christ-followers.

Romans 8:28 does not say that all things that happen to us are good. It says that all things work together for our good. So, whatever God allows into our lives…physical illness, divorce, death, wayward children, job loss, mental illness, natural disasters, financial problems….whatever it is, God will use it to grow our faith and mold us into the image of Jesus.

Does it hurt? Flitter, yes, it hurts! Is it worth the pain? A thousand times YES! Regardless of what I have to go through, if it makes me more like Jesus, bring it. Trust me, I do not say that lightly. I’m not out signing up for trials and heartache. But, if God has to take me down a path of trial in order to draw me closer to Him, then I bend my knee to it because I trust Him completely.

God Never Wastes a Trial

Not only will your trials grow your faith and conform you more and more to the image of Jesus, they will be something that you can use one day to encourage other people. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) Paul tells us:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

I’ve seen it happen time and again. A woman who endures a divorce she never wanted ministers to another woman going through the same thing. A man with a cancer diagnosis comforts another who has recently heard the C word applied to his situation. A mother with a wayward child is comforted by another mom who has traveled that same path.

We can comfort one another because we have traveled a similar path. God never wastes a trial. Do you need encouragement for when life is hard? Turn to Scripture and begin meditating on the passages I have referenced here. Pray and ask God to give you reassurance that He loves you and is walking with you. Ask another Christian to pray for you.

It would be my honor to lift you up in prayer. Please email me at info@leahadams.org with your prayer need.

The Loft Link-Up ~ Potluck

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January 27 ~ Pot Luck ~ You may link up any post, on any topic today!

February 3 ~ Family

February 10 ~ Love

February 17 ~ Contentment

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I Was In The Spirit on The Lord’s Day!

As I write I am having to resist the urge to rush through this first chapter of Revelation. I know that chapters 4 through 21 are what most people are interested in studying, but chapters 1 through 3 are incredibly rich and deep, so hang in there. We will get to the entire book.

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I Was

 

Today let’s consider Revelation 1:9-11(ESV), but will pitch our tents on the first two verses. Let’s read it together.

9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet

11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

 

John, our 90-plus year old author who is a political prisoner on the island of Patmos, is writing to seven churches in Asia Minor. The locations of those churches are named in verse 11, and we will talk more about them in the coming weeks. John is writing to fellow believers in Jesus. Therefore, John is writing to you and me, if we are believers in Jesus. In saying that he is their brother he tells his readers that he is a follower of Christ, which means he is their spiritual brother.

He goes on to say that he is a partner with them in the tribulation and kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus.

The word tribulation is used in the ESV, while the NIV uses the word suffering. The Greek word that was used in the original language is ‘thlipsis’ and it means “to crush, press, compress, squeeze. It denotes grievous physical affliction, or mental and spiritual distress.” (Zodhiates #2568) John was letting his readers know that he was smelling what they were stepping in!!!

As we walk through this world of trouble and trial, it is comforting to have someone come alongside who has walked the same path. When one person has walked the same path as another they can truly feel empathy for the situation. John could understand the trials his readers were enduring.

The End!

 

John told the churches that he is their partner in the patient endurance that is in Jesus. Patient endurance is something that we need in today’s world. The Greek word for patient describes a persevering, a bearing up under. It suggests that the person going through trial can go through without surrendering to or succumbing to the trial. I bet many of you are going through something right now that calls for a dose of patient endurance!

John also says that he was ‘in the Spirit on the Lord’s day’. I do not think it was an accident that John told his readers this tidbit of information. When we are going through trials it is easy to pull away from God, to try to cope on our own, or to be mad at God for allowing the trial. John had made a deliberate choice to keep his eyes and heart focused on God. He was doing exactly what he should be doing in the midst of trial ~ worshipping Jesus.

Let’s take a break here. Next time, we finish chapter one by looking at the vision that John saw on Patmos. Let’s engage!

  • Patient endurance; bearing up under; persevering. Would anyone be willing to share a word of testimony about how God helped you persevere through a time of trial or trouble?
  • Do you have ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ in the faith who support you and encourage you? Are you that ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ support for someone else?
  • Was there anything in today’s lesson that will strengthen your faith for The End and for today? If so, please share it in the comments.

Becoming a Better Wife

January 17, 1995….a day that will live in infamy. Well, at least in the hearts and minds of a couple of people.

You see, that is the day that my husband and I said ‘I do’, and then we did. It was a second marriage for both of us. Now, 21 years later we have lived in 3 houses and 1 apartment, gone on a few vacations, ridden a Harley Davidson Road King a ton of miles, camped, shared a gazillion desserts, engaged in a few episodes of intense fellowship (a.k.a, heated discussions that might have included tears and raised voices), laughed a lot, and are called ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ by two young adults.  It is good.

Has it always been good? Flitter no, it hasn’t. There were hard days. Days that made me want to quit being a wife a million times. Days that completely rung me out and hung me over the clothes line. But, I did not quit. Neither did he, although he probably had good reason.

If anyone tells you that marriage is easy, sister, they are lying to you. Marriage is hard work. It requires perseverance and forgiveness and love. Lots of love, and not always the syrupy-Hallmark card kind. Sometimes it requires tough love. But, oh, is it ever worth it.

 

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My friend, Kaylene Yoder, has put together a resource about which I am so excited. Kaylene’s heart is to help women become the godly wife that God intends for them to be. To that end, she is offering a wonderful study called Becoming a Better Wife. Becoming a Better Wife is:

7-Lesson study that includes the following:

  • an “Action Plan”,
  • Printable “Going Deeper” study, which includes 45 pages of in-depth study,
  • Scripture writing prompts,
  • Journaling prompts,
  • Prayer prompts,
  • Fill in the blanks,
  • Prayers for your husband, and
  • an optional fasting challenge

Each session’s reading material and study should take only 15-20 minutes. 

Kaylene says: “To be very honest, this study will not save your marriage. This study will, however, encourage, equip and strengthen your walk as a wife. It is designed to help you learn how to thrive in your role and become the wife God designed you to be.”

I do not know any wife or soon-to-be wife who would not benefit from this material. So, how about it? Let’s do this together. I’ve purchased the resource because I want to be the best wife possible for Greg. Would you join me and be the best wife you can be for your husband?

As an affiliate (which means I will make a small commission if you purchase through my links) of Becoming a Better Wife, I’m offering you 10% off the $14 cost. Simply use my code LA10 to receive a 10% discount on this important resource. Click the image below to learn more and/or purchase.

 

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