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One More Step–a giveaway

11/19/2015 - Author: Jennifer

Ok folks. Let’s be real. Life, at times is hard. Sometimes, it just sucks. There are times when I am angry at God. Some days or seasons, it was all I could do to get out of bed, let alone function. Psalm 38:8-9? anyone? Or Psalm 94:19? (Go ahead and look those up, then we can resume).

Have you ever wondered, how can I do this? How can I trudge through life while I have a trial to battle? Have you ever thought that taking one more step is too much? Yeah, me too and so has my friend Rachel.

I met Rachel through social media and attended community Bible studies with her. She is a gem of a gal and her story is one that will give hope, strength, and courage to battle the hard times that come with life. She does this by telling her story in her new book One More Step.

Rachel is not shy about how she takes one more step. Her story is one of vulnerability. Your life may not mirror Rachel’s exactly, but you can be encouraged because she points not to herself, but to God in her easy-to-read book. She uses the Bible to back-up what she says and believes, and to encourage herself and others.

I am blessed and privileged to call Rachel my friend. She was generous to provide a signed copy to giveaway. Just follow the steps below to enter.

Be blessed 🙂

 

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Prayed for Future Husband, Praying for Now Husband

01/12/2015 - Author: Jennifer

Screenshot 2015-01-12 22.57.09Ladies, I know I am not alone. We are told from a young age to pray for your future husbands. We are told to make a list and tell God (basically recite it). Now, I am not saying to not tell God what you think you want. I did it. It sounded so spiritual and Scriptural (Psalm 37:4 anyone)? This was easy for me. (I don’t remember praying for my role as a wife very often, oddly enough). Now that I have been married for a dozen years, I have been humbled by a real lesson:

Pray for future husband=easy. Praying for the man I married and for my marriage=hard.

Not that I have never prayed for my husband or marriage–I have intermittently. They have ranged from blissful lovey-dovey (thank you God for my marriage), asking for God’s favor (please bless this marriage), to desperate (God save my marriage!).

I have asked God a couple of questions when I have prayed:

  • God who is THIS man?
  • Why did THIS happen?
  • Why did I marry him? (I will say that I feel the advice to remember why you got married in the 1st place feels ill-advised when I am going thru a hard season. People change and if he isn’t the same man anymore, I need a new reason).
  • WHO am I? I don’t remember anymore.

I have also been bossy and told God what to do (He is God. He can handle my bossiness):

  • Since You allowed this to happen, help me!
  • My husband does not meet my list/needs/wants that I prayed for or meets my expectations. Open his eyes.
  • He doesn’t get me anymore. Please tell him what I need since me talking is not working.

Why is it hard to pray for my husband? Why do I not devote sometime EVERYDAY to praying for someone that I made a covenant with and promised to forsake everyone else? I have a list of excuses:

  • Facing an unknown diagnosis/future for our son
  • Selfishness
  • Pride
  • Feeling defeated
  • Doubt
  • Life gets in the way. (Social commitments, church, family, etc.).
  • Health issues
  • Family issues (mine and his).

In all fairness, I do also fail to to consistently pray for me. I am a work in progress. I have no excuses.

I type this for a couple of reasons.

  1. I want to be honest and say that praying for my marriage is something I struggle with and I hope that I am not alone.
  2. Go ahead and tell God what you want, but you might be surprised. I married a man completely opposite of what I thought I wanted and honestly needed. Yes, I know saying needed will offend people, but I am just trying to live and learn where He leads and marriage is one of the ways He is refining me. I am trying to go with it.
  3. I can not give up! I can’t give up on this marriage when I don’t get my way or when times are hard.
  4. The Bible says to not stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Wives are you with me? Let’s commit not making any more excuses and be consistent in praying for the most important relationship here on earth?

Be blessed 🙂

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