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I’m so excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for my friend, Sue Detweiler’s, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage book.
While all 9 Marriage Traits are important, the one that hit home for me was #7: Endurance. Sue writes:
“The stress of life can push our emotions
and our relationships to the breaking point.
Well-placed faith fuels our endurance.
But please know, this race isn’t about survival;
it’s about experiencing God’s best for your marriage.”
My husband and I will celebrate 19 years of marriage tomorrow! (Happy Anniversary, sweetie!)
Has there been stress in our marriage? Oh yes. Let’s see: our oldest son’s diagnosis with autism, cancer battles and deaths of cherished loved ones, top the list.
Has it been about survival all these years? Well, some days, I’d say yes. Especially the more recent days of raising teenagers. But most days, it truly has been about experiencing God’s best for our marriage.
We depend heavily on our faith, as well as friends whose marriages are anchored in faith and set a beautiful example for us daily. Not that it comes easy.
“Rather than burying stress or
pretending it doesn’t exist,
a better tactic is acknowledging it
and looking to God as our source of relief and endurance.”
My husband does this so well. Seriously! I’m the ‘bury my head in the sand’ kind of gal. Luckily, he’s a great communicator and doesn’t stand for that for long. Therefore, I’m inspired to seek, not hide.
I always think of Hebrews 12:1 when it comes to endurance. But recently I read verse 2 in The Message:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in.
Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where
he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—
he could put up with anything along the way.
What are you ‘putting up with today’? I pray you (and I) “embrace the bitter sweetness of endurance.”
Live Author Chat
Join us on Facebook for a live author chat with Sue. It’s this Thursday night, October 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM CST. Fun, fellowship, and prizes! RSVP here.
About the book
Is It Possible to Enjoy a Strong and Healthy Marriage – -Till Death Do Us Part? Yes . . . with God! Sue Detweiler’s new book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Marriage, will help you:
*Heal the broken places in your marriage
*Strengthen your relationship with your spouse
*Understand God’s plan for your marriage
*Revive your relationship with God’s transformative power
If you pre-order Sue’s book by Thursday, October 22, 2015 you will receive great bonuses including a 9 Traits Printable, a Printable of Prayers for your Marriage, a MP3 song titled Healing Rain, a PDF copy of Sue’s last book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, and a $50 voucher towards Sue’s 2016 Marriage Conference in Dallas, TX!
Linking up this week with Suzie Eller’s #LiveFreeThursday.
I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t need to read Reclaiming Home, Krista Gilbert’s Family Guide for Life, Love & Legacy.
I love that Krista has taken on the challenge of empowering us to reclaim our homes. She encourages us to:
“…create a rooted lifestyle where we trade fancy toys that burn out
for simple wooden blocks that last for generations.”
I especially love that she inspires us to focus on our marriages first:
“We don’t want to wake up in the empty nest
and see a stranger sharing our home.”
Isn’t that the truth? I’ll be revisiting that chapter often!
Krista encourages us to reclaim imperfection:
“We struggle with the gap between what we imagined life would be,
what we desperately hoped or hope for,
and what actually is our present reality.”
That chapter really hit home for me as Krista shares about her friends who have a daughter with down syndrome. As a mom to a son with autism, our life is certainly not what we imagined. But it is what God imagined for us. Even knowing that doesn’t stop me from comparing my life to others around me and how “perfect” they appear.
“The two best practices I have learned when fighting comparison
are prayer and gratitude.”
Reading Krista’s encouragement to journal both of those habits has inspired me to do just that.
As a wife and mom, Krista gets that we are all running ourselves ragged and struggling to keep quality time as top priority:
“Reclaiming our homes begins with taking inventory of how we spend our minutes.
The sum of those minutes is, after all, how we spend our lives.”
“Through years of trial and error, I’ve come to the realization that
putting small routines and habits into practice make a huge difference.”
My all-time favorite parts of the book are the practical tips and “Love Dares” that Krista includes at the end of each chapter. You can implement these immediately. Seriously!
I have no doubt Krista’s book is one I will turn to again and again. The struggle to reclaim our homes is real. If you are looking for practical ideas from a passionate author, I highly recommend this book. And what a beautiful Christmas gift it would be to all the families in your life!
Linking up with:
(more to come this week)
What a blessing it is to see your friends’ 10-year dream of telling her story become a reality.
Danise has had hard lessons learning to be Fulfilled and I love the way she encourages us to do the same. Her love for God is so evident as she shares His truths that helped her on her journey.
My favorite part of Fulfilled is Danise sharing her love of roller coasters:
“I love the adrenaline rush as I twist and turn,
hands up, smiling, and laughing through
all the ups and downs.
There is something to be said
about living our lives with that kind of surrender
to God through all the unpredictable twists of life.
It’s a priceless gift to discover a faith
that is so strong that we can enjoy life
no matter the ups and downs we face.”
Can you imagine living life Fulfilled that way?
Danise is also generously donating 50% of the Fulfilled proceeds to The Dream Center, where she is a pastoral counselor. Be sure to check out all the great work they are doing!
Giveaway now closed.
Have a great day!