Saturday, November 19, 2011

This Weekend's Musing

"For a Christian, Jesus is the man in whom it has indeed become manifest that revolution and conversion cannot be separate in man's search for experiential transcendence.  His appearance in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross."
-Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer

Friday, November 18, 2011

Library picks

Ah, the holidays.  A fun time of gathering with friends and family....that also comes with a lot of busyness!  I haven't been carving out as much time to read as I would like, but that just comes with this season.  We did go to the Library today, though!  Here's what we picked up:

My picks:

- At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson.  I actually checked this book out about a month ago and got as far as The Garden chapter before I had to take it back.  I've never labeled myself as a history buff, but I really like Bryson's writing style-it's not boring.  This book makes me really, really thankful for things I have in my home.  Like floors.  And beds not stuffed with straw or goose feathers.  *shudder*


-Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker by Kevin Mitnick.  I thought this looked interesting.  I'm hoping it's not filled with computer jargon that I don't understand.  I really, really want it to read like a good crime television show and be interesting enough for me to dazzle Hubs with information while we are in our holiday travels.  The forward is by Steve Wozniak of Apple...isn't that enough?  We'll see.

Daughter's pick:

-Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving Poems by Nancy White Carlstrom.  This has been a cute book so far, starting out with a poem about a Thanksgiving pageant.  I'm really looking forward to reading more of these to my girl...it's so fun to watch her discover all the cool things about the holidays.  I can't wait to watch her unwrap Christmas presents!

Hopefully I'll get time to read these while we are on a mini Thanksgiving vacation (Hubs took two comp days...woo hoo!)  Happy holidays to you all...and happy reading!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wifey Wednesday: Marriage Resources

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
-Proverbs 27:17

What are your favorite books for improving your marriage?

No...seriously...what are they?  I am sorely lacking in resources for Wifey Wednesday and I want to be more faithful in posting.

My two favorite books thus far are Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas and Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs.  I am also enjoying the podcast and blog at the Stupendous Marriage website, but I'd love to know what books have changed the way you look at marriage and at your husband.  I am personally hoping to score The Power of a Praying Wife for Christmas this year.

Sharpen away!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wifey Wednesday: A Good Thing

"He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."
-Proverbs 18:22

I've been mulling over this verse most of the week.  It seems that many articles and conversations I've read and had have focused on marriage, people's desires for it and what to do with disappointment when it hasn't happened.

It breaks my heart to talk to friends and family who really, really desire marriage but have no prospects in sight.  I told one person this week that I would specifically be praying for him to find a wife.  It would be a very good thing for him and fulfill one of his lifelong dreams.

Which brings me to today's challenge for the wives reading this:  Are you something good in your husband's life?  Do you portray the Lord's favor, or are you more like this proverbial wife:

"A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day." -Proverbs 27:15


Ouch.  Nothing like preaching to yourself!

Many people desire marriage....good marriages.  People root for and admire others who have good, healthy marital relationships...who show that finding a wife is a good thing.  As wives, lets make that true in our relationships.  Let's pray for our husbands.  Let's make them a priority in our lives.  Let's rejoice in how they love us now and how they have loved us in the past.  Let's celebrate the favor the Lord has bestowed on us in marriage.  People are watching and desiring such a "good thing" in their lives.  Be a good example.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Joy!

"Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!"
-Philippians 4:4

I am blessed to be part of the She Says gang at Family Life.  Every month, a bunch of us women get together and record a podcast about a topic that pertains to women and their faith.  This month's podcast is about joy: something we all desire much of in our lives.  You can check out the podcast here and/or browse the archives here.

Find some way to rejoice today, whether it be in the sunshine, a baby's smile or the simple but powerful fact that the Lord is with you no matter how hard your circumstances press in around you.  Rejoice!