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I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

19 Aug

bundle of the week :: christian marriage

Bundle #34: Christian Marriage

Spice up your love life — in the bedroom and out — with this week’s ebook bundle, which includes 5 faith-based ebooks for married couples. With ideas for rekindling romance, being the best spouse you can be and improving your sex life, this collection is a fun way to rediscover the spark and prioritize romance in the midst of your busy lives.

Get all five of these ebooks for more than 65% off this week only!

The Wife Life by Marla Taviano
Is married life a little different than you thought it would be–or maybe a lot different? Do you wonder if something is wrong, if other people feel the same way about their marriages? Are you sometimes intimidated by wives who seem to have it all together? Marla has been there, and she knows what it’s like to adjust from unrealistic expectations to real life. In The Wife Life she offers hope and encouragement — with her trademark humor and the sensitivity of someone who’s been in your shoes.

31 Days to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire
In 31 Days to Great Sex, Sheila takes you step by step through the process of building a fun and intimate sex life. It doesn’t only focus on the mechanics of sex — though there are certainly exercises that will give you tons of fireworks — but also focuses on building friendship, experiencing real intimacy, and learning to have fun again.

Rekindling Romance Kit by Jason & Jami Balmet
Romance is a big part of marriage, and can be a very enjoyable part at that. But without care it can wither and perhaps even die, relegated to anniversaries and Hallmark holidays. In Rekindling Romance, Jason and Jamie have created the perfect romance kit, with 7 inexpensive date ideas and more than 30 pages of printables to help you reignite the spark!

The Irresistible Husband by Jason Gratehouse
The Irresistible Husband was written to help every husband live up to his potential to be irresistible to his wife. This book is simple, practical and easy-to-read, and the principles within will help you have the marriage that you and your wife have always dreamed of. If your marriage has reached a plateau, or is even in a state of decline, this book could be the spark to rekindle the flame.

Christian Woman’s Guide to Romance on a Budget by Rhonda White
Is your marriage in a rut? Take action with these fun date ideas that won’t break the bank. This is a quick, Christian-based ebook that includes Scripture from God’s Word for your marriage plus tips for a healthy relationship and 33 date ideas to help you rediscover the romance!

The Christian Marriage bundle is only available through 8am EST on Monday, 8/26. Get yours today!


Posted in marriage, resources


30 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 7

Today we’re discussing Chapter 7 which is titled “Choosing to remember no more.” Or as I like to call it … Forgiveness.

I had to laugh — not like ha-ha, more like how’d she do that!? — as I was reading. Lara managed to sum up in one beautiful chapter what took me an entire book to write!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Forgiveness is one of the hardest things we’re called to do … especially when we’ve been seriously wronged.

But.

Forgiveness is one of the most important things we’re called to do.

I believe with everything inside of me, when we call on God to help us through our struggles with forgiveness, He’ll meet us above and beyond our expectations. And truly … a true heart forgiveness just isn’t possible without His help and guidance.

This week Francie is hosting our discussion over on her blog … meet me there?

And if you haven’t yet read To Walk or Stay … hop over and grab a copy now!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in forgiveness, marriage, resources, series


23 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 6

I’ve already mentioned how Lara’s book, To Walk or Stay has had a huge impact on me {like everyone should read it!}, and today I’m honored to host this week’s book club discussion!

I started writing out a post for today, when I felt God lay it on my heart to speak directly to you through video. It’s a longie … but I pray you’ll take time to hear my heart.

And after you watch the video, I’d love to further our discussion in the comments! Discussion questions listed below.

{if you’re reading in an RSS feed, click here to view video}

“Leaving would mean I miss a blessing.”

Tell us in the comments, how do these thoughts on divorce challenge and/or encourage you?

As I mentioned in the video, I’m choosing to be obedient to God’s calling for me in my marriage. What choices can you personally make to reflect God’s design in your own marriage?

It’s all about love! Marriage — even in the most difficult seasons — is about choosing to love. I am a walking testimony to God’s love overflowing through me, allowing me to love someone who hurt me. Which aspect of love reveals your place of greatest challenge, and why?

If you haven’t read To Walk or Stay and this post has peaked your curiosity … hop over and grab a copy now!

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series


9 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 4

Do you think I’m pretty?

Whoa! This week’s chapter hits deep! I think if we’re honest, most of us would admit we come into marriage with insecurities. And we look to our spouse’s to fill our insecurity need.

We need — want — to be reassured and told we’re pretty, beautiful, special, valued, and there’s no other he could possibly desire.

Sadly, it doesn’t always work that way.

Our husbands don’t — can’t — fill our insecurity need. And sometimes — it hurts to write this — we find out we’re not the only one he desires.

Ahhh … but our Gracious Lord. He’s made it clear to us we shouldn’t be looking to another human to find our worth. Our worth, our identity is in Christ … in Him alone.

In chapter four, Do You Think I’m Pretty?, Lara gently guides us through the truths of God’s Word and His desire for us … “He designed you to reflect Him, to know Him, to be consumed with Him — to glorify Him. And when we do, we are beauty.”

True beauty arises from a quiet spirit that finds rest in the character and promises of God. Page 56

This week Kayse shares her thoughts on this chapter and is hosting the study on her blog. I hope you’ll join in … I have no doubt you’ll be blessed!

And if you haven’t read or purchased To Walk or Stay, you can find it right here. Annndddd … if you have read it, maybe you’ll consider gifting it to a friend?

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series


2 May

to walk or stay :: book club – week 3

Today, the lovely Katie Orr is hosting our discussion over on her blog, Hello Mornings.

I’m pretty sure you don’t want to miss out on this:

  • There’s a great discussion happening in the comments!
  • Lara’s put together another great video!
  • And Katie talks about some other crazy-incredible resources!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of To Walk or Stay, you can find it right here.

Weekly discussion hosts!

April 18 – Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing

April 25Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine

May 2Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings

May 9Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt

May 16Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered

May 23Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson

May 30Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out

June 6Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy

June 13Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson

June 20Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue


Posted in marriage, resources, series