Hope for Marriages!!!

Marriage on the Mend by Clint and Penny A Bragg

There truly  is hope out there for all broken and lost marriages, Clint and Penny Bragg are living proof that a broken and lost marriage can be healed. It is not going to be easy to rebuild a marriage, it will take alot of work for the husband and wife to restore what has been lost. This book is a very hand y tool to have when working toward restoration in a marriage. It provides hope for those who feel all is lost and there is nothing else they can do to save what they have lost. Reading about the Bragg’s and their amazing story gives us a ray of light in the darkness that surrounds us. I recommend this book to anyone struggling in their marriage.

 

 

I received this book for free for blogging by Bookfun.

Lose yourself to find yourself!!!!

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

On the outside it looks like Carmen Hart has everything a wonderful job as the beloved meteorologist and a husband who is the all time favorite football coach. Together they look like the perfect couple a nice house, going to church every sunday faithfully. But on the inside Carmen is struggling with so many doubts in her life that she is not sure if God is truly there for her. Suffering so many painful secret losses it weighs her her heart down that sh starts to rethink being married to her husband. One day into her life walks her young 17yr old runaway sister Gracie, who had decided she was done living with their mothers life choices. Running to the one place that was a happy memory for her, Gracie found herself squatting at the boarded up family motel. The only option Carmen has is to open her home up to her sister and possibly open up her heart to love again. As the two sisters struggle to learn to love each other and some how find out a connection between them. The loss of Carmens job, makes her rethink her life choices and she chooses to restore her aunt’s motel back to it’s  original state with the help of her sister. As they restore and bring it back to life, it seems that it is also bringing back to life Carmens marriage and providing healing for both sisters.

Somtimes we have to lose ourselves to find ourselves, this book shows how this works to restore what we lost.

Received this book for free from blogging for books.

Love heals three generations!!

The Greenfield Legacy by

Meredith Resce, Paula Vince, Amanda Deed, and Rose Dee

Four Women, One Story that spans three generations. After giving up her daughter for adoption Mattie struggles with herself and can’t seem to love another person again. Through the encouragement of her parents she married and had another daughter Connie. Not realizing how much not loving her second child would effect everyone she closed herself in and withheld any emotion. Years later Mattie receives a letter from her oldest daughter asking to meet. It isn’t till after they meet that things start thawing out in Mattie’s heart. Meeting her oldest daughter child and seeing how she has treated her youngest daughter and grandchild. Now there is struggles for her Granddaughter’s Navy and Brooke, each having to learn to forgive and trust someone else, maybe even finally find love.

Will each of these women learn the lesson that is right in front of them and heal the wounds in their hearts in time to find the love that is right in front of them.

 

I received this book for free for blogging in for a review.

A look at True Beauty!!

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs

If your looking for a fresh look on life take a moment to read these 31 reflections on love, faith and friendship. Each of these reflections take us on a journey of dealing with common issues that all women face. Each chapter has a story, encouragement from Scripture and reflection questions. Lauren Scruggs truly is able to express how it feels to struggle with insecurities in life. After suffering severe trauma from being hit by a spinning propeller blade in 2011, everything she knew in life was tested. Feeling like she would never ever come back to some kind of sense of normal she turned toward God who showed her where real beauty comes from. Now thru this wonderful hope filled book, Lauren shows us how to find the true beauty deep in ourselves.

 

This is a must read for all women struggling with finding their true beauty in life!!

 

 

 

“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???

“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.

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.