I just decided to go ahead and throw it right on out there in the beginning. I’m NOT a marriage expert. In fact, I probably need as much help in the marriage department as the next person. I got an ‘F’ in marriage the first time around. I was young (21) and dumb and needy and sick. Very sick! I had no business saying I do at that time, but it seemed easier than saying ‘I don’t’. So I did. What a mistake!
Fast forward to me at the ripe old age of 30. I said ‘I do’ again. This time I made a better choice, but still I went into marriage with unrealistic expectations and unexplored issues. Lord, help me, did I have issues! And because we did not seek pre-marital counseling I lived with those expectations and issues for a very long time. I thought my marriage would be like that of my parents, but what never hit me until recently is that Greg and I are not Wayne and Barbara. We have different personalities, needs, expectations, and desires than my parents had. Why that never clicked with me blows my mind, but alas, it did not.
A couple of months ago I was reading a book by Chip Ingram called “Good to Great: 10 Practices Great Christians Have In Common.
One of the chapters in this book is about reading great books. Ingram offered several books that have impacted his life. One of those was a book about communication in marriage. In the moment I read what Ingram wrote about the book, the Holy Spirit urged me to immediately order it, because who doesn’t need better communication in their marriage, right? Communication: Key to Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright is the book, and I will shamelessly give you my affiliate link to the book’s page on Amazon. I want you to order it if you are married or want to be married. Do it now! You will not be sorry.
Friends, this book has rocked my world. It took me two solid weeks to get past the first chapter. Not because the reading is hard, (it is not), but because the material stopped me dead in my tracks and gave me so much to ponder. The first words in Chapter 1 are “Why did you marry?” As if that was not enough, in the same first paragraph Wright asks this question, “What did you expect from marriage?” Two weeks, people! Two weeks it took me to work through those two questions. Then on page 3 I find this:
Commitment is more than maintaining; it is more than continuing to stick it out and suffer with a poor choice of a spouse. Commitment is investing–working to make the relationship grow.
Before you assume I made a poor choice in a spouse, please hear me loud and clear, I DID NOT. Greg is a wonderful husband. He may think he made a poor choice in a spouse, but I clearly out kicked my coverage when I married Greg. What got me from that quote is that all too often husbands and wives just stick it out rather than invest in their marriage. I want to invest in my marriage. I want to up the level of our communication and make our marriage even better. I want the next 22 years to be even better than the past 22 have been.
If I could give every married and planning-to-be-married couple a copy of this book, I would. It is that good, y’all….or maybe I am just that slow of a study when it comes to marital communication. There are some young couples in my sphere of influence who will be walking down the aisle soon and you better bet your sweet bippy that I will be giving them a copy of this book.
This book by Emerson Eggerichs is another one that I recommend and will be giving:
If you feel like you are talking to an alien when you talk to your spouse, if you feel like your husband never listens to you, if you feel like your man never shares his feelings with you, if you just have a desire to have a better marriage, then Communication by Wright is for you. Order it today!
I know there are other wonderful books on marriage and communication out there. I would love to hear your recommendations for books about marriage and/or communication. This is truly one way we can be iron sharpening iron for each other.
NOTE: Affiliate links are present in this post.
I have a confession to make.
I’ve kinda, sorta wanted a tattoo for a few years. In fact, I had planned to get one for my 50th birthday, but then just did not do it. I guess I chicken-ed out. So, when the opportunity came along to try out the cute Armed With Truth temporary tattoos, well I immediately jumped at it. In exchange for this review I received one of their Verse Packs and one of their Designer Packs for my own personal use.
Here’s what I thought about this product.
The first one I tried went on super easy. Their are instructions on each tattoo, as well as the pack itself. With only a few steps and a wet cloth, I had my first Scripture tattoo on the inside of my arm. The only mistake I made was positioning it a bit too far down toward my wrist. Why was it a mistake? My watch slid up onto it throughout the day and rubbed it off.
My next application was just as easy, but was applied a bit higher on the inside of my arm. Armed With Truth says that these tattoos will last 3-5 days. I did not find that to be the case….but maybe I just have old skin. As long as their was no friction/rubbing on the area, the tattoo was really good for 1 day, maybe 2. By the third day, there were areas that had definitely rubbed off.
My third application went equally well and lasted about the same as the second. Overall, the wearability of these tattoos is less than expected for me.
Armed With Truth has a ton of options from which to choose for Verse Packs. I chose the Transformed Mind pack because it included a Romans 12:2 tattoo which is one of my life verses. I shared several of the verse tattoos in my pack with some women whose skin does not have quite the age on it that mine has and I will be interested to know if they achieved longer wear times.
Each verse pack costs $10.99 and includes 10 different Scripture tattoos, so they basically cost a bit over a dollar a tattoo.
The Designer pack that I chose was the In Christ Alone pack. It costs $4.99 and comes with two tattoos of the same design.
Armed With Truth Tattoos can be purchased online from their website or in stores where they are carried. They also have a reward program where each purchase from the AWT site earns you rewards to use toward future purchases.
I want to offer you a 20% off coupon code that you can use for purchasing your own temporary Scripture tattoos. It is such a great way to carry Scripture with you for memorization. Please use the code ‘leahadams’ to get 20% off your purchase from Armed With Truth.
Y’all, there is also a giveaway of some of the tattoos that runs until May 5th, so click the link below to hop over and enter the giveaway of 1 FREE SCRIPTURE PACK and 1 FREE DESIGNER PACK.
This was a fun product to review. I’d love to hear if you have or want a tattoo.
GIVEAWAY WINNERS: Congratulations Brenda Cascio and Mary Tullila! Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for the giveaway.
Good Monday morning!
Y’all, I have been so blessed by my writing sabbatical…blessed with rest, sweet communion with Jesus, renewed excitement about ministry, and perspective. It has been a good, good time and I will definitely plan another next year.
However, when the opportunity to share an exciting new feature of The JESUS Film dropped into my inbox, I knew that it was worthy of a post. Especially since there is a GIVEAWAY tacked onto the feature.
Do you know about The JESUS film? If not, here is a bit of history about it.
In honor of its 35th anniversary, The JESUS Film, the most watched film in history, having been viewed billions of times, has now been re-mastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
The JESUS Film is a faithful depiction of Christ’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection as told in the biblical account from the Gospel of Luke. Virtually every word Jesus speaks in The JESUS Film is quoted from Scripture, with 450 leaders and scholars having reviewed the script for biblical accuracy. Further historical accuracy was ensured using clothing, pottery and other props made with first-century methods to portray a 2,000-year-old Palestinian culture.
The JESUS Film has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Translated Film in history, and is now is available in 1,197 languages. In addition, more than 200 million individuals worldwide have indicated a decision to follow Jesus after viewing The JESUS Film. This story of the film’s impact over the past 35 years will be shown through an exclusive new short feature narrated by actor Ernie Hudson and available on the re-mastered widescreen DVD.
The disc includes The JESUS Film in a total of eight languages English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, German, Korean and Arabic.
- The Making of ‘The JESUS Film’ – A documentary that highlights the attention to historical and Biblical detail in the making of the 1979 film, JESUS.
- The Impact of ‘The JESUS Film – A ten minute celebration of what God has done through the film JESUS over the last 35 years.
For more info on the movement behind this film go here: http://www.jesusfilm.org/
How much better is an updated version of The JESUS film if it is available via STREAMING? A whole bunch, I would say. This will be the first time in the history of the film that it has been available as a download. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft, Christian Cinema On Demand all offer streaming capabilities for The JESUS Film. Check this out: The JESUS Film Streaming Options.
I don’t watch much television, nor do I go to the movies very often, but the opportunity to stream The Jesus Film definitely gave me a desire to watch it. The life of Jesus shines brightly in this much watched, much loved movie….AND it is super easy to access.
Today, I am thrilled to GIVE AWAY 2 FREE STREAMING CODES that can be redeemed at ChristianCinema.com to download the film. Here’s the skinny on the giveaway:
- Simply leave me a comment ON THIS POST with your name and the state and country in which you live. That’s it.
- The giveaway will run from today until Wednesday morning when I will draw the names of the 2 winners.
- If you post about the giveaway on social media, come back here and leave another comment telling me you posted. Then, you can be entered for the giveaway a second time. Two entries max. One for commenting, one for social media linking.
There is no better time to watch The JESUS film than right now at Christmas. What a beautiful reminder of our Savior and a great time to share His Story with others.
This post and giveaway are sponsored by Jesus Film and the FrontGate Christian Blogger Network. The opinions about how it will serve our home well are my own.