i would spend our recess time reading, writing, and doing what ever homework i could. i was the class book-worm who would often times be encouraged by my teacher to put down my work and go enjoy myself, but to me, learning was enjoyable, and in the midst of the books is exactly where i wanted to be.
and now, 15 years later, i am still that girl. any chance i get i read, and any chance i get i write. but it can never seem to be just one book at a time. my philosophy has become “the more the merrier” and often, when i pick up a book to read it, 2 or 3 others spark my interest at the same time and i find myself juggling my reading time between them. some may think this to be a chaotic mess of books streaming together to be one big confusing book their heads, but to me, this is normal. and had i the rule of one book at a time my mind would get chaotic and i would loss focus quickly.
currently, my reading is limited to 3 books, and i love each one of them independently for the encouragement they bring me daily. while i’m at the beginning of all 3 i thought i would share with you some keep points from each that have really spoken into my life.
The Power of a Praying Wife
Stormie Omartian- “prayer is the ultimate love language. It communicates in ways we can’t.” “Talking to God about your husband is an act of love. Prayer gives rise to love, love begets more prayer, which in turn gives rise to more love.” “Prayer brings unity even if you aren’t praying together.” “There are times when we are just to listen and not offer advice, to support and not offer constructive criticism.” (reference: Proverbs 29:11 & Ecclesiastes 5:2) “Part of making a house a home is allowing your husband to be the head so you can be the heart.” “Your greatest expectations must be from God, not your husband.” “Love is diminished if we dwell on the negatives. Love grows if we focus on the positive.”
48 Days to the Work You Love: Preparing for the New Normal
Dan Miller- my dad suggested this book to me the other night when we were chatting on the phone and Chris immediately hopped on Amazon to order it. the next morning Zach and Jody Gray wrote about it on their blog and i knew it was going to be a good read. “Work is not a curse of God but one of the benefits of walking in His will. Finding the work you love is not a self-serving goal; it is a required component of fulfilling our true calling.” “The fruits of a fulfilling life-happiness, confidence, enthusiasm, purpose, and money-are mainly by-products of doing something we enjoy, with excellence, rather than things we can seek directly.” If you love, absolutely love what you are doing, chances are excellent that you will succeed.” –Dr Thomas J Stanley “The work of our hands and of our minds is acted out prayer, a love offering to the living God.” – Richard Foster “To work is to pray.” -St. Augustine “When you get to heaven, God is not going to ask you why you weren’t more like Mother Teresa. He’s likely to ask you why you weren’t more like you. Your responsibility and source of real freedom and success is to discover who you are.”
Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together
Mark & Grace Driscoll- chris and i have been reading this book together at night since we were married. it has become and special part of our day that we both look forward to. “Friendship is an integral part of a truly Christian marriage and a safeguard against emotional adultery.” “Perhaps the only major Christian theologian to speak much about friendship was Augustine (AD 354-430) ‘To make conversation, to share a joke, to perform mutual acts of kindness, to read together well-written books, to share in trifling and in serious matters, to disagree though without animosity-just as a person debates with himself-and in the very rarity of disagreement to find the salt of normal harmony, to teach each other something or to learn from one another, to long with impatience for those absent, to welcome them with gladness on arrival.'”