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#365: Last Post May 30, 2012

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This is my last post.  I have mixed feelings about closing.  Focusing on what I love about being married has made me a happier person and wife.  I’ve enjoyed the family and dialog of marriage bloggers.  I set out to write a finite blog: 365 things I love about marriage.  Now finding myself at the end I’m sticking to the plan.

I asked my husband what I should do for the last post and he suggested sharing some of the things I learned.  As usual, he is a smart man. 🙂

THINGS I LEARNED

1. Marriage is truly wonderful.

2. I really love my husband.

3. It’s hard to say goodbye.

4. I like blogging.

5. It sometimes takes 2 years to do a 365 blog!

6. I’m thankful for all your comments and support.

7. It feels good to keep a commitment whether it is marriage or blogging.

8. Lots of folks love marriage like I do.

9.  Blogs take a lot of time.

THINGS MY HUSBAND LEARNED

1. He should keep his mouth shut.

2. Things he says will end up on my blog and he won’t get any credit for it. 🙂

MY FAVORITE POSTS

#33 The Garage Door Buzz

#95 Sausage Crumble

#116 Inside Jokes

#133 He Lies To Me

#140 How He Does Ballet When He Irons

MY TOP COMMENTERS

Thank you!

1. Sis at Passionate Christian Marriage

2. Luisa at Live Simply

3. Mkultra at Orange Spice Drop

4. Witty Wife at The Marriage Project

5. Mother of Wonder at Labor of Wonder

6. Debbie at Shadows of Love

Thank you to God for my life.  Thank you to my wonderful husband Walter to whom this blog is dedicated.  Thank you to those of you who read and followed it!  I will leave this blog up for a while. Please come visit me at my other blog: Artsy Wanderer  🙂

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#363: Movie Mondays – Love Comes Softly May 28, 2012

Cover of "Love Comes Softly"

Cover of Love Comes Softly

Year: 2003

Genre: Romance/Western/Drama

Description from www.IMDb.com: A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800’s suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? 

Wife: For our last movie review, I wanted to choose a movie about marriage.  Husband suggested War of the Roses.  Really?  A cynical movie about divorce?  I don’t think so.  Instead, he agreed to review Love Comes Softly.  Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this is one of my favorite movies.  I have secretly wanted to own the entire series and I am not a movie collector.  What do I love about it?  It is clean, engaging, sweet, and faith-based.  And, it’s a love story!  Kathryn Heigl is excellent as usual. My husband teases me about this movie.  He calls it “Love dies a slow and agonizing death.”  Yes, he is both cynical and funny. 

Husband: I liked the storyline.  The male lead was a good man.  He was God-fearing and had the correct priorities.  He was patient and he waited.  There were no explosions so I only gave it a 5.  

Husband-Wife Compatibility: 7.5 (Wife gave it a 10)    

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#362: The Rainbow and God’s promise May 27, 2012

 

I didn’t marry until I was 43.  I had almost lost hope.  I just want to tell you that love and marriage can happen to you.  Pray for it and if it is God’s will it will happen for you.

The rainbow is a symbol of God’s promises to us.

I will put my rainbow in the clouds to be a sign of my promise to the earth.

Genesis 9:13

God is great!  Halellujah!  Praise him!

 

Prayer for a strong marriage May 26, 2012

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Father, I pray that we would speak the truth in love to one another, honestly and openly sharing our feelings. Grant that we might find great delight and joy together. Deepen and strengthen our friendship. I pray that we would be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. Teach us to be sensitive to the needs and hurts of the other and help us to minister to each other in these areas. I pray that our marriage will glorify You and be an example of our intention for marriage. (Eph.4:15,25; Prov 5:18; Eph. 4:32 Prov. 17:17; 1 Cor. 10:31 Matt. 20:28)

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#358: My fave marriage blogs May 23, 2012

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Wedding Photos (Photo credit: Sean Choe)

We are quickly making our way to post #365 on this blog.  I want to remind you about all the great marriage blogs out there, especially those on my blogroll.  My absolute favorites now are:

1. Happy Wives Club

2. Peaceful Wife’s Blog

3. The Romantic Vineyard

4. The Generous Wife

Enjoy!

 

#343: Book Review – Sacred Marriage May 8, 2012

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas had a profound effect on me.  The message is that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy.  Marriage brings me happiness, but not always.  If you look to marriage only to make you happy, you will be disappointed.  Humans are lacking and we all have a hole inside, a loss, a yearning.  That lacking is supposed to be filled with God.  If we don’t fill it with God, we try to fill it with other things: shopping, food, power, alcohol, etc.  If we try to fill it with our spouse, no matter how wonderful they are, they will fail.  They too are sinners.  But if you fill that void with God, and have your spouse as a mate throughout your life, things will go much better.

The book looks at how we can use the challenges, joys, struggles, and celebrations of marriage to draw us closer to God and grow in Christian character.  It helps to see marriage as a kind of ministry, and a tough one.

“This is the reality of the human heart, the inevitability of two sinful people pledging to live together, with all their faults, for the rest of their lives.”

The book asks us to use the challenges of marriage as opportunities to learn more about God, to understand God more and to learn to love him more.  Marriage should push us to be more of service and to be less selfish.  Confronting our own selfishness has enormous spiritual value.  The focus should be on changing ourselves not our spouses.  It’s about spiritual growth and marriage is just the context.  It’s an excellent book.  Here’s a closing quote:

“Just as celibates use abstinence and religious hermits use isolation, we can use our marriage for the same purpose – to grow in our service, obedience, character, pursuit and love of God.”

Cover of "Sacred Marriage"

Cover of Sacred Marriage

 

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