Hope for all Wives!!!

The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith

Is your heart longing for a deeper connection, but you seem to not be able to find it anywhere. Did you walk into marriage all ready to find fulfillment in intimacy and found the opposite of what you was looking for. Then The Unveiled Wife is the book for you.

Jennifer Smith delves into the deep topic of intimacy in marriage in her book. As a young bride she dreamed of the happiness that comes from marriage. But as the days and weeks passed them by it seemed that it was not ever going to happen. Their time together was marred with much pain and disappointment. Crying out she asked the big question we all ask “What am I doing wrong?” It was if there was a veil hanging in between them, a barrier that was blocking her from feeling the fullness of love God give us.

Her love story is told thru this book, how she was able to find healing and become an unveiled wife. If you are feeling alone in this journey of marriage you are not there is hope out there for all wives.

Love without Limit’s by Nick Vuijicic with Kanae Vujicic

Love without Limit’s by Nick Vuijicic with Kanae Vujicic

Love without Limits is a remarkable love story of true love conquering many obstacles of life. Nick Vuijicic is an over comer of so many odds one of them being born without limbs. Deep down inside he struggled with what many young adults have a deep longing to be a spouse and have a family of his own. Until one day at a speaking event, his eyes caught the sparkling eyes of a very beautiful young lady.

Kanae was a young lady brought up in two very diverse cultures, who also struggled with insecurities of her own. Having dated off and on, she knew what she was looking for in a husband, but never thought she would meet her husband at a ministry event.

Their first meeting seemed like they had known each other for a long time, but it will take time for them to finally be able to see what brought them close together.

This book tells the love story of Nick and Kanae and continues on into their life as young parents. It is a story of hope for all of us out there, even if there is obstacles to overcome.

“I recieved this book from Blogging for Books for this review”

“A Valentine’s Day thought” What is Love to you?

What is Love????

Today is a day that love is shown in many ways to the ones we love the most. As we go about buying flowers, chocolates and a card just to say I Love you, it raises a question in mind What is Love to you??

Growing up love to me was romance, flowers, sweet words whispered in my ear by a handsome boy. As a  young adult I dreamed of being married to my prince charming who would sweep me off my feet and carry me off to my dream house. But when reality hit me smack in the face, it was a shock to me that my prince was not what I dreamed he would be. My prince was a flawed human as much as I was, we both had problems that we needed to work on to become a better mate. for each other.

Those flaws and mistakes in our marriage caused alot of hurt and pain in my life. There have been days I have cried my heart out just wanting to be loved and held by my hubby. Wanting my hubby to surprise me with something special, like flowers and chocolates, longing for some romance in my marriage. All the time I was thinking of myself, but not seeing that my hubby was struggling at the same time.

It was after seeing my dear hubby placed in an ambulance for a stroke that I realized I needed to take a deeper look at things. It wasn’t that I didn’t love my hubby,  I just wasn’t able to see what I had in front of me.  I needed to love my hubby like Christ loved us, sacrificing what I wanted in our marriage to show my hubby that he was the most precious thing in my life. No matter what happens in our health, he will be the one that was given to me by our Heavenly Father to love .

My dear hubby forgets about special things like getting a valentine’s gift for me, but love tells me to not hold a grudge and just love my hubby for what he does do for me. Like he tries his best to cook supper for me when I work late or goes looking for the best price on a item I am very interested in.

I have learned Love fights for healing in a broken marriage. It takes a stand for what is right and stands up for the innocent and does not care if they are noticed for what they do. It takes a chance  and can see what we can’t see, that there is hope out there for all of us. Love also wraps their arms around the unwanted and shows them that they are special too. Love is truly a sacrifice, giving up what you want to show the other person that they are very much precious to u.

One of my favorite songs right now is The Proof of your Love by For King and Country. It says  “If we don’t love we have not gotten anywhere.”

Love to me is seeing my husband smiling when I make him something he likes to eat. What is love to you???

Slaying the Debt Dragon by Cherie Lowe!!

“Slaying the Debt Dragon” by Cherie Lowe

Are you drowning in a mountain of bills, struggling with financial issues, then this is the book for you. We are not alone in this battle, there is a way out.

After taking a deeper look at their debt of over 120,00.00; Cherie Lowe was in shock and over whelmed by it. Cherie and her family did not go out and just spend the money on expansive items, it was regular everyday things that raked up the debt.

Thinking it would take forever to pay all of their debt off, but by placing their trust in God and lots of hard work they paid it off in a shorter time than expected.

Cherie shows us how they fought back and was able win the battle with debt in her book. She was able to not just pay it off, but also strengthed her marriage and her family in the long run. She arms us with the tools needed to fight our own debt dragon.

This book is must read for all out there struggling!!!

Thank you to Tyndale for providing this book for an honest review!!!

“Romancing your Better Half ” by Rick Johnson!!

“Romancing your Better Half” by Rick Johnson

If your looking for some kind of hope of keeping intimacy alive in your marriage, this book is for you. Keeping your romance alive is very much easier then we all think. Rick Johnson shares the secrets of pursuing romance with his wisdom and wit. By using very practical and insightful advice Rick Johnson helps us understand how to communicate more effectively with our spouse, understand each others needs, while taking our everyday lives and incorporating romance into it. By just taking this solid advice and putting it to use in our marriage’s we will be able to strengthen our marriage.

This book is very much a must for all marriages no matter how long you have been married, it provided so much insight into things it is very much a blessing.

Many thanks to Revell Reads for providing this book for review.

A Love Story!!

The Song by Chris Fabry

A very beautifully written love story based off of the books Song of Solomons and Ecclesiastes. Jed King, son of the  famous singer/songwriter David King longs to follow in his father’s footsteps. Struggling to  get his career started he takes a singing gig at a family vineyard festival. It is there he meets the delightful Rose Shepard, daughter of the vineyard owner. He falls in deeply in love with Rose, and she falls in love with him. They decided to marry on the vineyard in a small chapel built by Jed himself. It is on their honeymoon that The Song is born out of their deep love for each other.

The Song becomes the hit single for Jed and makes him the newest heartthrob singer. As his singing career takes off he balances his career and marriage. Time passes them and finds Jed spending more time away from home. When he does come home it seems like he is more of a distraction for his family than a husband and father.

Along comes a new singing partner Shelby Bale, a total opposite of his type of music; she adds a different kind of flair to everything. It seems Jed can resist the temptation that has been placed before him, but in a weak moment he falls for the un-forbidden.  When his wife finds out about his indiscretions, she choses to walk away from their life together.

Will Jed be able to find his way back to his first love, Rose; while finding himself and healing for his marriage.

Many Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for providing a complimentary copy of The Song.

 

Secret Santa!!

A few months ago I had several run ins with another coworker at my work. It just seemed that I could not do anything right in her eyes and even if I tried to talk to her, I was snubbed. Well at the first of this month I received a text from our boss letting me know who my person was for a our secret santa exchange. To my surprise I had gotten the name of the coworker that I had been having some struggles with.

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember a bible verse that says something about heaping coals of fire on your enemy’s head. Which is doing acts of kindness to the person who is mean or unfriendly to you. This is not an easy thing to do for anyone, even myself. There has been times I have had to make a choice of continuing to try to be friends and showing kindness to the person that was hurting me or walking away from the situation. Even though I have had to walk away from some situation’s and leave them  in God’s hands, this was not one of those times I could walk away.

I have bit my tongue several times around this coworker, but something was revealed to me about her. After taking a step back and looking at who she was, where she came from and what she was dealing with in her life. I realized there may be more to the story then what we are seeing in front of us. So when I got her name as my secret santa person, I chose to heap coals of fire on her head and bless her with a gift, something I would love to get as a gift myself.

Well I want to wish everyone here a Blessed New Year!!!!!!

“Scary weekend”

This past weekend have been  very difficult for me, after waking up in the middle of the night to hear my dear hubby struggling to breathe. My training kicked in gear as I jumped out of bed and turned on the overhead lights. By then my dear hubby had ripped off his CPAP mask and was breathing on his own. As I evaluated the situation I realized things was not going back to normal, my dear hubby was having stroke symptoms that was getting worse as the minutes passed. This is not our first time dealing with this health problem, my hubby suffered his first stroke several years ago. We have been very blessed to have caught the symptoms and got him to the local hospital in time to reverse the symptoms.

This time around it was very scary for me, the local ambulance service was not available and at one point I thought I was going to have to do CPR on my hubby.  After the ambulance arrived and whisked my dear hubby away to the ER. A dear neighbor checked in on me, letting us know that she was there for us. It was after everything calmed down for me that I realized my decision to take some time for myself the evening before; was one of the best things I had done. Because I had went away for a few hours to visit my former coworkers with another coworker, I did not go to bed at my normal time. Because I am a heavy sleeper, it is very hard for my hubby at times to get me awake. That night I had just laid down and had barely fallen asleep when I was woken up  to hearing my dear hubby struggling to get air into his lungs.

The one thing every caregiver, husband and wife have in common is they stay strong thru so much going on in their lives. They sometimes have to put things aside to be there for the one they are carrying for. This is not easy for anyone who is a caregiver, their lives are centered around the one who they are taking care of. Having a support system is very much a must for a caregiver and their loved one.

I very much struggle with not having family nearby to support me in these times of illness. All of my family live farther away from me, with only my in laws living close by. Having a cell phone has been a wonderful thing in keeping in contact with some very special friends who stand up with me and keep me looking up.

 

 

 

Healing with a Pineapple Upside Down cake!!

Elise Bauer’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake RecipeMy childhood memories are a mixture of wonderful, good and some very harsh memories. One of those harsh memories has to do with a simple mistake in a recipe for pineapple upside down cake. To this day I do not know for sure what I did wrong, but it triggered  a very violent response from my mother. From that day on I did not ever want to try to make the cake for the harsh memory of having  a mixer thrown at me. Several years after I was married, my dear hubby told me that one of his favorite cakes was a pineapple upside down cake. It was at this time I realized I had to face a past memory and make a new memory out of something very harsh. I made the choice to attempt to make a pineapple upside down cake for the second time in my life. My second attempt actually turned out  better than I thought it would.

There are times we have to do something in our lives that carries a very harsh memory, it may be forgiving someone for something they did to us or even just making a cake that carries a bad memory for us. It is a chance for us to make new memories to replace old ones in our lives. This is the time of year of celebrations and giving of gifts, also it is the time to make memories with those we hold precious to our hearts.

“Annoying” Neighbor!!!!!!!

I  have a very “annoying” neighbour named “M”,  she is not what you would call loud and crazy. “M” is just amazing, fun, loveable all rolled up into one annoying ball of energy. My neighbour more than annoys me, she motivates me to do things I would not normally do on my own. One of those things is getting me to exercise and to eat more healthy foods.

When we first met, I never thought we would end up being more than neighbours. First of all she is very much younger than me and has very much a different outlook on life. It started with us sharing a washer so we could get our laundry done, then she bugged me to get out of the house to go for a walk. As time has went by we go grocery shopping together and even have a girl’s day out.

It has been over two years since “M” and her family moved in beside us. As time passed we have gotten to know each other;  we have become friends and I think of  her like a younger sister. She will always be an “annoying” neighbour, but she is also a neighbour who truly cares about the people around her.

We truly need more neighbours like “M”, who reach out and motivate others struggling thru life.