Good morning! First, I just wanted to say, you probably have realized by now that I have very strong political feelings. I am very open about it, and I do not mince words. I am sorry if I might shock you with what I say. I am a very soft-spoken person, but I am very opinionated on this subject.
I am so excited to share a few things that you might not have been aware of. I wasn’t. I used to listen to Focus on the Family daily, religiously, when the kids were small. I’m not sure when I stopped listening. Just too many other things to do. But recently my sister-in-law told me about a wonderful 2-day message she’d heard by Beth Moore called Embracing God’s View of Your Marriage. Also recently, for our 22nd wedding anniversary, Jack gifted me with an iPod touch. (aren’t those apps just the most fun?!!) So I got back into podcasting again. I just love listening to these podcasts that Focus on the Family gives so generously. I still remember the days when you had to order a cassette tape of something you’d heard. So I am especially grateful for this.
I was just so blessed by this message by Beth Moore. Frankly, though I am married to a really wonderful and sweet man, I find marriage harder now than I ever have. That is no reflection on him. He’s one of those great slow and steady guys, and he has provided a very stable home for us. But neither of us is perfect and being a woman at this age is very challenging, being a mother of older children (meaning adult and near adult age) can often times be more exhausting mentally than raising small children. There are many factors, not the least of which is this world that vies for our attentions in ways that sneak up on us before we realize how much of us it has stolen in terms of time, etc. So, anyway, I just wanted to share this two part message in case it would be of benefit to you as well. I would hope if you subscribe to the FOTF daily podcasts these messages (April 23 & 24, 2009) would still be automatically downloaded into your iTunes by updating once you’ve subscribed, but if not, I hope these links work for you.
And I have more! This morning while I was straightening my hair because it takes almost an hour, I listened to 2 parts of a 3 part message by Shaunti Feldhahn called What Women Should Know About Men which discusses the differences between us. Well, I’ll tell you, I learned some things and am so happy that I did. Though I just keep getting side tracked, my goal is to be a better wife to this man I am married to and when I accomplish that my goal is to be an even better wife for him. Because no matter how much I might get frustrated by the things that I wish were different, he deserves that! I was quite riveted by the first two parts of this message, and I am real interested in the book also that she has written, for women only.
I hope you can access these messages! and if they touch you, tell a friend.