Hi Laurie and the rest of the Leading Ladies!
After suggestion of Cassie Birtles and Kortney Cox, I am writing on this forum. I've been reading the ladies book club books for awhile, but hadn't ever left a comment on what I was reading. I'm not part of the ladies bookclub in person yet, but I plan to be. You get what you picture, right???!!!
I ABSOULTELY love the book I just finished up, A LifeLong Love, by Gary Thomas. This book has been truly eye opening for myself!!! One of the things that smacked me right between the eyes was when he was talking about imagining when our kids have spouses and how we would want them to be treated....ouch!!! As a mom of two young boys, I know how I want my future daughter-in-laws to treat my boys, but am I treating their dad the way I want them to be treated??? That completely blew my mind!! What a way to start looking at how I treat my spouse, because little eyes are always watching. I need to be a godly example of not only a mother to my boys, but also a loving, godly wife, who supports and encourages their dad.
There are so many great parts to this book, but another part that really made me stop and think was he was talking about the Holy Spirit and having a marriage that is sustained by the Holy Spirit. He also states that many people are frustrated in their marriages, because they are trying to live as if the Trinity isn't part of the equation. We ask too much of our spouses and not enough of God's Holy Spirit. He says one quote in there that just really struck me, "You'll have far more success and satisfaction in your marriage if you start asking more of God and less of your spouse." How true is that??!!! I need to be on my knees praying for more of God and less of how my spouse can please me or help me. I think of a song that I used to sing in Sunday school all of the time, "Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer." It is a privilege that I know that I often skip over or don't realize until something happens that forces me to my knees. Having that intimate relationship with Jesus is important and it starts with prayer. The closer we get to God, the closer we will be together!!
I love how this book as really opened my eyes to what marriage is supposed to look like in God's eyes. Not what the world says it should look like. It also showed me how truly selfish I am in my own marriage and how I can change that. So that my marriage could be an example to other marriages around me.
It all starts in the home and families staying together is the key to changing our world, one home at a time.
I look forward to writing more on the forums and for the AWESOME books from the ladies bookclub!!! Can't wait to join you all in person!!