Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ITWW {26}

Into the Word Wednesday is a link up and blog hop where fellow Christian bloggers share something they have learned this week while Into the Word. If you are a Christian blogger, feel free to connect and follow other bloggers who are sharing their recent steps of their walk with the blogosphere! If you are not a blogger and you are interested in reading more biblically based posts, scroll down and click until your heart desires.


Exposed & Pursued

You have searched me, Lord, 
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; 
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
Psalm 139:1-2

I have been searched.  
My heart isn't hiding anything.  
My mind isn't keeping secrets.  
My motives are exposed.
My intention wears no disguise.

I am known.
Every mistake and error.
Every good deed.
Every shameful secret.
Every hurtful word.
Every prompt ignored.

When I sit and when I rise
My next move is obvious. 
From still to propelling.
From quick to hushed.
From complacent to on fire.
From training to championing.

My thoughts are understood.
Obvious.
Discerned.
Recognized.
Noticed.

{{YET STILL}}

I am loved. Sent for. Prized. His. Sought out. Chosen. The Apple of His Eye. In His Likeness. Valuable. Pursued. Reachable. Worthy of Rescue. Made for His Glory.

The enormous, vast, and omnipotent God who spoke galaxies into existence is still personal, intimate and in love with lil' ole me even though all my flaws, faults, and failures are known.  Lord, let me always marvel... 

We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:

Sarah at Fontenot Four
Kelly at The Houtz House Party
Becky at Tales For Ashes
Kelly at Exceptionalistic
Falen at Upward Not Inward


Share about ITWW on Twitter :: HERE :: 

Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world.


Linking Up Here: 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Birthday Prayer

AJ ~ age 4

Father in Heaven,

Thank you for blessing me with a son 8 years ago.  Thank you for entrusting me with his care.  I am waiting (im)patiently to see how you will use those characteristics of his that annoy me so much....the boy can't sit still for a minute!  I am so grateful that you have instilled in him a great vision for his life at such an early age.  I am grateful that I get to nurture that vision in him.  I pray that he will never lose sight of you while achieving his dreams.  Thank you for his smile, his giggles, his silliness, his love of music, his love of reading, and his love of animals.  I know that you will use those characteristics to shape a great man of God.  Father, thank you for wrapping your arms around him tightly this past year as he walked through a very hard time in our family.  Father, continue to protect him and help him adjust to all the changes in our family over the next year.

Amen
AJ ~ age 8

HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY AJ!!!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Fab Five {28}


Every Friday we reflect on our week and post Five Fabulous things.

Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!


We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.

Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!


1) This week I am grateful for:

Falen:  God showing up and showing out in a big way this week.  Huge.  I'm blown away.  No  more doubting

Laura: One-on-one time with each of my kids this week.
2) This week I enjoyed:

Falen:  Hanging out with these two beauties at Panera last night.  
Me * Katie * Amanda

Laura:  Mani/Pedi from my 5 year old.

 3) This week I learned:

Falen: About my next must have book!!  Blogged about it ::HERE:: along with a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.  Go enter.  There's still time.

Laura:  It's not a project, it's a process.

4) This week I accomplished:

Falen:  Finishing two different 21 Day Bible reading plans and a very difficult Respect Dare, and reading  more of I Am Not But I Know I AM.  Good stuff!!  Here's a peek:

Laura:  LOTS of packing...moving in 8 days...

5) I am looking forward to:

Falen:  #CoffeeAndJesus in the morning with an incredible group of ladies. I'm certain that my favorite weekends are the ones where I get to meet with women who are so on fire for Christ.    

Laura:  Girl time with my mom tonight, my son's birthday party tomorrow, and Spring Term starts Monday (that doesn't sound fun, but I am looking forward to getting back into a routine).
 
We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, please share something the positive from your week.
We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
Have a great weekend!!

A few times people have mentioned their interest in a Fab Five post structured like ours.  If you post a Fab Five Friday post, share it with us!  We enjoy reading them!


Linking Up With:

 Faith Filled FridayOh So AmeliaFavorite Things FridayHigh Five For FridayThat Friday Blog HopWomanhood With PurposeFellowship FridayFollow Who Social Hop#MTMixerYou Like Me; No Rules Weekend Blog Hop

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ITWW {25}

Into the Word Wednesday is a link up and blog hop where fellow Christian bloggers share something they have learned this week while Into the Word. If you are a Christian blogger, feel free to connect and follow other bloggers who are sharing their recent steps of their walk with the blogosphere! If you are not a blogger and you are interested in reading more biblically based posts, scroll down and click until your heart desires.

Fear < Love

There is no fear in love.
But, perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19 {emphasis mine}

If these verses tell me my love is always a response, why do I determine whether or not it is earned before I give it?  Reading these fairly common verses was almost like a kick to the gut. I found myself listing out fears,which became three pages before I knew it.

Fear that:
things will never change
this will always hurt
my children will label their childhood with the negative
addictions will always trump me
I will fail at leading my children spiritually
I'll never have a biblical marriage
addictions will be inherited
I'll never be covered by my husband's prayer
He'll never love Jesus

As a self-proclaimed person-who-doesn't-struggle-with-fear, this was a shock to me.  I gave voice to things I felt but didn't know how to name. These fears wore masks of bitterness and resentment.  When they surfaced, love was the last thing on my mind. They dictated my tone, approach, respect, attitude, and behavior.

So, wait a second...  
If there is no fear in love, 
why do I let a long list of fears dictate my behavior? 

This was a huge revelation to me.  No more letting these fears wear masks and dictate my emotions and behavior, attitude and approach.  I have perfect love in Christ.  The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead maintains permanent residency within my heart, leading me, and loving me.  This perfect love casts out each and every fear.  I, then, can unconditionally love with the same sacrificial and fearless passion.

These now exposed fears have no power to choke out the truth any longer. I believe in a God who can take every fear I listed and flip it into a miraculous testimony of power and greatness.  I believe in a God who takes the seemingly impossible and makes it possible.  Bring on the cycle of perfect love!  Adios fear!

What about you?  Do you have any masked fears?  Do you struggle with fears dictating your behavior? Do you know the perfect love offered to you through Jesus Christ?

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and 
do not let yourselves be burdened again 
by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1 {emphasis mine}


We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:

Sarah at Fontenot Four
Kelly at The Houtz House Party
Becky at Tales For Ashes
Kelly at Exceptionalistic
Falen at Upward Not Inward


Share about ITWW on Twitter :: HERE :: 

Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world.


Linking Up Here:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Altar Ego :: Giveaway

Not sure if you know this or not, but I'm a huge fan of Pastor Craig Groeschel.  Not only because he's my pastor, but because he has an impeccable ability to relay God's word to me personally in a fresh way that penetrates my heart.  I haven't heard or watched a sermon or even read a book of his that didn't leave a mark on my soul.  He has a way of challenging me to live bolder for Christ, reminding me of the basics that I too often forget, and encourages me to stand firm in my faith.  Since going to Lifechurch, I can 100% say that I have found my identity in Christ.  Identity was such an incredible lesson for me.  I think that is why I am so excited Pastor Craig has a new book coming out!


Description:  You are NOT who you think you are. In fact, according to bestselling author Craig Groeschel in Altar Ego, you need to take your idea of your own identity, lay it down on the altar, and sacrifice it. Give it to God. Offer it up. Why? Because you are who GOD says you are. And until you've sacrificed your broken concept of your identity, you won't become who you are meant to be. When we place our false labels and self-deception on the altar of God's truth, we discover who we really are as his sons and daughters. Instead of an outward-driven, approval-based ego, we learn to live with an 'altar' ego, God's vision of who we are becoming. Discover how to trade in your broken ego and unleash your altar ego to become a living sacrifice. Once we know our true identity and are growing in our Christ-like character, then we can behave accordingly, with bold behavior, bold prayers, bold words, and bold obedience. Altar Ego reveals who God says you are, and then calls you to live up to it
Source: Amazon

Guess what?  You can pre-order it on AmazonGuess what else? Amy from Not Your Average Baby Blog is having a $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway. Want to enter? 






Linking up here:
Tuesday Tango

Friday, January 18, 2013

Saturday's Song : Link Up {10}

Join


for


***

Saturday's Song is a Blog Hop where bloggers who love Christian music share the music that God uses to speak to them! So, turn on your radio, Pandora, Jango, or pop in your favorite CD, and get your post ready for next week's Link Up!!

This goal of this Blog Hop
is to broaden your view of
Christian music using a different
theme/challenge each week.

If you are a blogger who loves Christian music, join us in connecting with other bloggers and sharing our love of Christian music with the blogosphere! Enjoy!!

This week's theme/challenge:
A SONG RELATING TO YOUR JOB/PROFESSION/CAREER

I have always been in love with the law.  But God really used this song to ignite the flame of passion within me.  I have a passion to work with prisoners and be advocates for them.  I do not know how this will fully play out in my life, but I do know that I am mixing my love for the law with my passion to advocate for prisoners and am in law school.  I envision a future in criminal defense, but only God knows the plans he has for me.
Honestly, I still get chills every time I hear the verse in this song about the man waiting to die in prison crying out to God.  God speaks lovingly to him...a prisoner!  God loves us no matter what we have done.  We are His children and He will love us because we are his children, not because of who we are or because of what we've done.
Enjoy 'What Love Really Means' by JJ Heller!


Sorry, I almost always insist on posting videos that include the lyrics but
I just really love the official video of this song....hope you do as well <3

Next week's theme/challenge:

Any Family Force 5 song that speaks to you....
Don't know any of their songs?...here's a LINK...check them out!

Get your post ready for next week's Link Up!!

Is there a song that relates to your job/profession/career? Tell me all about it!



Let's get this Link Up Party started!
We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about
a song that relates to your job/profession/career.

Saturday's Song Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post that follows the weekly theme/challenge.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!

Fab Five {27}


Every Friday we reflect on our week and post Five Fabulous things.

Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!

We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.

Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!


1) This week I am grateful for:

Falen:  The post office and Laura over at Missional Women:
Missional Women

I won a giveaway on her blog of 12 books.  The first four showed up this week, and I am so pumped about it!


Laura:  Technology:  the YouVersion app with all their bible reading plans and the Elevation Church app with their sermon archive!
2) This week I enjoyed:


Falen:  Hearing my baby girl turn down a free manicure with her friend to go to church.  She said, "Mom, God is more important.  I mean, c'mon, I do my nails all the time."  (she was talking about at home.)  Warmed. My. Heart.

Laura:  Taking my son to his first basketball clinic.  He has never shown much interest in sports.  It was a blessing to see him active and enjoying basketball.  And the best part was that the clinic was at a local church and they began the clinic by reading Philippians 4:13, told the boys they weren't allowed to say "I can't", and ended the clinic with a prayer.


 3) This week I learned:

Falen: The importance of this statement: "Cultivate your own relationship with God, and God will influence others through you."  When he is the center of everything, the life that orbits around will be increasingly peaceful, regardless of the level of chaos.

Laura:  This week I was reminded that it's NOT always about learning something new but many times it's about remembering what you've already learned.

4) This week I accomplished:

Falen:  Getting a temporary crown.  I really worked myself up about it.    I even took this cheesy picture while I was there.  Ha!


Laura:  Turning OFF chat on Facebook.

5) I am looking forward to:

Falen:  Serving at Church Online again - Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. (CST) - www.lifechurch.tv. 

Laura:  Leadership retreat with my church Saturday morning, Kairos reunion on Sunday at DCI, and spending all next week with my kids before Spring terms starts (even having one-on-one time with each of them).
 
We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, please share something the positive from your week.
We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
Have a great weekend!!

A few times people have mentioned their interest in a Fab Five post structured like ours.  If you post a Fab Five Friday post, share it with us!  We enjoy reading them!


Linking Up With:

 Faith Filled FridayOh So AmeliaFavorite Things FridayHigh Five For FridayThat Friday Blog HopWomanhood With PurposeFellowship FridayFollow Who Social Hop#MTMixerYou Like Me

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Captive

When I read God's Word I relate it to my life.  My life right now is the study of law.  So when I read about taking thoughts captive in 2 Corinthians 10:5, I immediately envision capturing bad guys and throwing them behind bars.  But these thoughts come out of my mind.  Am I the bad guy?  Seems contradictory to say the bad guys are capturing the bad guys.


In Christ I am a new creation.  The old is gone and dead.  Those thoughts and those desires that keep popping up are not really me.  They are the old me that Satan is trying to revive and get me to breathe life into.

The new me, the real me...doesn't really want sex outside of marriage...that's the old, dead me.  The real me  will endure the loneliness and pain of being single because I know the glory of His promise is worth the wait.

By renewing my mind through His Word, the real me will recognize those thoughts as the old me and I will have no problem locking them up and throwing away the key.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ITWW {24}

Into the Word Wednesday is a link up and blog hop where fellow Christian bloggers share something they have learned this week while Into the Word. If you are a Christian blogger, feel free to connect and follow other bloggers who are sharing their recent steps of their walk with the blogosphere! If you are not a blogger and you are interested in reading more biblically based posts, scroll down and click until your heart desires.

James 1:3-4 reads:

because you know 
that testing of your faith produces perseverance.  
Let perseverance finish its work 
so that you may be mature and complete, 
not lacking anything.

Testing of my faith produces perseverance in me.  Let perseverance finish its work so I may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  Lord, let me not miss a thing from this experience/lesson in my life.  As you are with me through every endurance, let me not miss a lesson.  Your faith fills my soul.  Your wisdom teaches me daily.  You are enough for me.  Through this life, you sustain me.  Let us be a team of greatness!  Amplify my spiritual senses.  I wanna see you everywhere, in everything, in every place, in every situation.  Peak my interest in even the mundane.  Lead me.  In the precious name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

We are all being taught something.  I know what I am being taught right now, and it is wrecking me.  Through this though, I do not want to miss a thing.  When this peaks and passes, I know I will be a changed person.  I don't want to miss a single lesson through this.  Wherever you are in your walk with God, what are you being taught?  How are you changing? 


We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about what God is showing you in the Word or in your life. Please also stop by and see what God has been teaching each co-hosts this week:

Sarah at Fontenot Four
Kelly at The Houtz House Party
Becky at Tales For Ashes
Kelly at Exceptionalistic
Falen at Upward Not Inward


Into the Word Wednesday Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post about what God is teaching you this week.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world.



Linking Up Here:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

ZZZZzzzzz.....


I have so much trouble falling asleep.  As soon as I hit my pillow, my mind wanders into awful places and entertains all the thoughts I fight off all day long.  I've tried so many different things...leaving the television on, leaving music playing, listening to sermons, praying till I fall asleep, and honestly, for a while, I was even drinking just so I could sleep.  The thoughts take over...even while I pray.  It's become such a problem that I avoid going to bed because I know I'm just going to lay there awake and miserable.

I had zero intention of posting about this problem, but tonight my daughter got out of bed about five minutes after I left the room.  It then hit me that she has been getting out of bed a lot lately.  And every time she gets out of bed she tells me it's because she can't fall asleep.  It's heartbreaking to me because I have NO clue how to help her.

I find it funny that what I really want to type to our readers right now is....any suggestions on what I can do and how I can help my daughter?  But I know the solution....Surrender.  I am still so very haunted by this movie clip from Eat Pray Love.  Select your thoughts!  Master your thoughts!  Stop trying and surrender!  That is such a foreign concept for this habitual multi-tasker and control freak.  I find myself thinking...how do I surrender?  That question defeats surrender!!!!!  Still my mind?!  How in the world do I do that?!  Seriously!!!

I'll be honest with you, I have ZERO answers right now.....this is all I know and where I'm starting from.....

"Be still, and know that I am God."  Psalm 46:10

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28

This is my new ringtone<3

Ever have trouble sleeping?
Ever struggle with Surrender?


Linking Up Here:
Titus 2 TuesdayHeart + HomeTime-Warp WifeTeach Me TuesdayGFC Blog HopDomestically DivineSimply BetterTeaching What is Good

Friday, January 11, 2013

Saturday's Song : Link Up {9}

Join


for


***

Saturday's Song is a Blog Hop where bloggers who love Christian music share the music that God uses to speak to them! So, turn on your radio, Pandora, Jango, or pop in your favorite CD, and get your post ready for next week's Link Up!!

This goal of this Blog Hop
is to broaden your view of
Christian music using a different
theme/challenge each week.

If you are a blogger who loves Christian music, join us in connecting with other bloggers and sharing our love of Christian music with the blogosphere! Enjoy!!

This week's theme/challenge:
LOVE

Love has been a major theme for me lately.  'How He Loves' is my favorite song EVER!  I even wrote a blog about it HERE.  I continually have to go back and read that blog to read the words God spoke to me that day <3
Enjoy 'How He Loves' by David Crowder Band!



Next week's theme/challenge:
A song relating to your job/profession/career.
Get your post ready for next week's Link Up!!

Is there a song that God uses to speak to you about Love? Tell me all about it!



Let's get this Link Up Party started!
We would LOVE it if you linked up with a post about
a song God uses to speak to you about Love.


Saturday's Song Blog Hop Rules:

1. Write a post that follows the weekly theme/challenge.
2. Follow the host and hostesses via GFC.
3. Grab a button to put on your blog - the more the merrier!
4. Check out (and comment) other people's blogs.
5. Be blessed by all the sisters and brothers around the world!

Fab Five {26}


Every Friday we reflect on our week and post Five Fabulous things.

Sometimes it is not always easy.
But, we do it!

We ponder on the good of our week.
We encourage you to do the same.

Share with us!!
We love reading how your week has been too!!


1) This week I am grateful for:

Falen:  Friends who go with you to donate blood and friends who send you handwritten cards of encouragement, friendship, love, and Jesus!  

 Laura:   The nighttime devotional book I've been reading with my kids every night.  It's a wonderful way to start discussion with my (almost) 8 year old and to develop the way my 5 year old sees the world.  And it's been a great way to illustrate to them that even when we are tired and running behind, we always make time for God...especially when we are grumpy and really don't want to.

2) This week I enjoyed:

Falen:   A lot!  But, above all, what I enjoyed most was the massive reconstruction happening in my heart.  God has given me new insights, more revelation of His truth, new opportunities to serve and glorify Him.  This week, I have enjoyed having my heart renovated.  Out with the gunk!

Laura:  Movie night with the kiddos!

 
3) This week I learned:

Falen:  Soooo much!!  Most recently (less than an hour ago):  Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness. Psalm 86:11    Interesting, it doesn't say Teach me so I can be faithful...  God is faithful.  He will never forsake me.  He will never leave me.  HIS faithfulness is what I need.

Laura:  God will meet you where you are.  He will relate His Word to your life in ways only you will understand.

4) This week I accomplished:

Falen:  A lot of time in the word of God, a lot of time studying, a lot of time surrendering, a lot of time trying to put together all the swirling thoughts in my mind.  

Laura:  Homework, bible study, and some relaxation before the all out madness of Spring Semester hits.

5) I am looking forward to:

Falen: #CoffeeAndJesus in the morning!  Love seeing my ladies every other Saturday morning!  And even though it is next month, I am soooooo looking forward to this!!!
Laura:  A fun weekend with the kids and helping them pack up their rooms to move in a few weeks.  I am also looking forward to experiencing the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals at school on Tuesday.
 
We look forward to hearing from you every week.
So, please share something the positive from your week.
We love to learn about you, engage with you, and get to know you.
Have a great weekend!!


Linking Up With:

 Faith Filled FridayOh So AmeliaFavorite Things FridayHigh Five For FridayThat Friday Blog HopWomanhood With PurposeFellowship FridayFollow Who Social Hop#MTMixerYou Like Me

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Respect Dare Update

It's been a while since I posted on this, but I have to tell you something.


 I quit ya know.  I quit doing the dares.
I didn't tell anyone.  No one asked.

I quit because it got too hard.  I quit because the more dares I did, the more difficult things became. The more I respected, the more I felt disrespected.  The more I stepped out, the more I felt stepped on.  So, 13 days in and I was done.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, 
but against principalities, against powers, 
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, 
against spiritual wickedness in high places." 
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)

I'm going to be completely raw with you right now. I really love Jesus. I want to shine Christ from miles away. I want Jesus infiltrating all of my days, hours, conversations, moments. God has redeemed me, given me an identity, been a Father, extended limitless grace to me through Jesus.  I don't want to shut my mouth about Him.   Yet, when I'm met at the front door with the aroma of unmet expectation and disappointment peppered with a blend of sadness and resentment, I just wanna run like the wind. How much longer, God?  When will it change?  I can't keep going like this.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by 
such a great cloud of witnesses, 
let us throw off everything that hinders 
and the sin that so easily entangles.  
And let us run with perseverance 
the race marked out for us, 
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
Consider him who endured such 
opposition from sinners, so that 
you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Hebrews 12:3

"Why don't you just leave?"
"It would break the heart of God."
"How is all that disrespect any different?"

Shortly after this conversation, my pastor challenged me to live a story worth telling and take the first step by starting something.  So, I picked up The Respect Dare again.  Let me tell you... I should have never let the enemy convince me that it was all for nothing.  Obedience is NEVER all for nothing.  

"Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart
they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed."
Psalm 119:1-4

Even when it's hard, there is more peace in obedience than there is in stubborn disobedience.  Seeing my husband as a soul instead of a man is changing my heart toward him.  The expectation is dissolving.  The sadness is fading into joy.  The resentment is morphing into compassion.

"May my cry come before you, Lord;
give me understanding according to your word.
May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise."
Psalm 119:169-170

When I quit, I was also convinced this book was only for women who were married to men who loved Jesus.  It isn't.  It is for wives.  Any wife.  All wives.  God didn't distribute different instructions for those who don't have spiritual leaders.  In fact, just so there wasn't confusion:

"Wives, in the same way 
submit yourselves to your own husbands 
so that, if any of them do not believe the word, 
they may be won over without words 
by the behavior of their wives, 
when they see the purity 
and reverence of your lives." 
1 Peter 3:5

If you haven't yet, check out The Respect Dare.  Women of Faith is giving away five autographed copies.  Go ::HERE:: to enter and even meet Nina.  If you are at all like me and you struggle with respecting your spouse, you really really need to pray about it, find out what God says about it, and if you still need some nudging, grab our own copy of The Respect Dare.  Forty days of completing dares that challenge us to be the wife God called us to be.... Totally worth it.  

There is even a Kindle edition!



That's my confession.  I quit.  The enemy weaseled its way in and tricked me, manipulated my emotions, and almost defeated me.  Why wouldn't the enemy try to derail me respecting my husband?  Could you imagine the powerhouse for the kingdom of God we would be as a team?!  I may have been tripped, but my feet are firmly planted this time.  There isn't any more room left in my heart for all that pride and self-righteousness. 

Where do you stand on the respect issue?  Have you tried it and felt defeated?  Let's chat!

Linking Up Here:
The Sunshine ProjectThought Provoking ThursdayIt's Almost Friday Blog HopMingle With Us Blog HopLegacy LeaversThumpin ThursdayThoughtful Thursday; GYB Blog Hop; Imperfectly Perfect Grace; Thriving Thursday
Linking up here too:
Monday's MusingsThe Better Mom Monday's Link UpMom's Monday Mingle; A Life In BalanceGrace Laced MondaysRachelWojoMom InitiativeSharing His BeautyMatrimonial MondayNo Rules Monday;  Covered in Grace; Create with Joy
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...