Friday, February 17, 2012

Library picks: 2/17

Daughter and I finally made it back to the library after a 2 week absence.  For most of that two weeks one or the other was puking (sorry for the visual) and suffering from the weirdest virus ever.  It would rear it's ugly head, go away for a few days and then come roaring back with a vengeance!  Hubs never got it (thank God) but he took good care of us while we were sickies.  At any rate...we were happy to get back to the old routine.  I think we got out of the house every morning this week, which was nice for me!  Here are our choices for books this week:

Mommy's Picks:

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  I saw this on the new release shelf and nabbed it.  I wrote about his death and the impact it had for Hubs when the news broke, but otherwise I know nothing about the man.  The librarian told me of an interesting instance in the book concerning Corning Gorilla Glass and concluded with the statement, "He was very demanding."  This should be an interesting read!

Daughter's Picks:

She actually has "read" these two before, but I don't argue with a 1.5 year old who didn't get to bed until 10:30 last night because her crazy parents kept her out for Bible Study...too risky!

Can I Have a Hug? by Debi Gliori.  It has bears and owls for characters, it's about hugging and is a super short book.  Perfect for bedtime!

The Feelings Book by Todd Parr.  This one has very colorful illustrations about different feelings the author may have during the day with a cute message at the end about sharing our feelings with the people we love.  My favorite line?  "Sometimes I feel like kissing a sea lion."

Happy reading (and weekend), everyone!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

This Weekend's Musing

"The weaknesses, failures, and sins of our family are the places where we learn that we need grace too.  It is there, in those dark mercies, that God teaches us to be humbly dependent.  It is there that he draws near to us and sweetly reveals his grace.  Paul's suffering teaches us to reinterpret our thorn.  Instead of seeing it as a curse, we are to see it as the very thing that keeps us, 'pinned close to the Lord.'"
-Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wifey Wednesday: Prayer Works!

"God wants you to give Him control over your mind and heart.  While He gave you the ability to feel, He doesn't want your feelings or emotions to rule you in a way that makes both you and your husband miserable.  He wants you to bring all your feelings and emotions to Him-your Lord and confidant-and put them in the hands and under the control of the Holy Spirit."
-Stormie OMartian, The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional

I'm so thankful my mom bought me this book for Christmas.  I just finished The Power of a Praying Wife and am continuing to read the devotions in the evening.

I wish I had acquired this book earlier on in my marriage.  I've learned so much from Stormie's writing and from praying the prayers in these devotions.  As I've spent daily time in prayer for my husband, I've been able to see different aspects of our relationship getting better and better.  God in His grace has opened my eyes to see the good in my husband and to give him grace for his weaker areas.  Hubs has also begun to do the same for me.  We are much gentler and relaxed with each other than we have been in the past and I thank God for that.

I think much of it has had to do with the surrender Stormie writes about in the above quote.  I'm learning daily to bring my concerns, worries and emotions to the Lord in prayer, no matter how small or big they may seem.  As a result, I feel much less pressure to be a "good wife" and I think I put less pressure on Hubs to be a "good husband."  We can both testify to the fact that negative emotions and the desire to "change" each other really stifles a marriage.  Prayer, however, changes both of us: When I pray for Hubs, things change in him, but they also change in me.  Letting go and letting God work in our lives has been such a relief to me as a wife.  While we haven't stopped addressing issues in our relationship, the level of strife when we have tried to address different issues has significantly decreased because I know and have Someone who can handle all of my emotions and I don't have to unload them on poor Hubs.  All that to say....Hubs is still a great listener.  He just doesn't need to carry everything I am feeling!

I encourage you to "cast all of your cares on Him" (1 Peter 5:7) concerning your marriage.  God loves you, hears you and will act on your behalf.