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Not Quite Ready: This week’s post is here. So sorry that the real post remains in draft form. Such an important topic! Please stay tuned!
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Not Ready fo Lent: Anyone else not ready? Colleen over at Martin Family Moments blog starts out this post with:
“Raise your hand if you feel tired, run down, drained, depleted both physically and emotionally.”
I know the Lord wants to refresh me because I feel all those things right now. He is the Source of our refreshment. What I need to figure out is my part. Speak Lord, I am listening.
Colleen ends with this:
“I usually view Lent as a time to give up what I like or what makes me happy. But I think this year, I’m feeling a stronger urge to pause, take an honest assessment of life at the moment, and find a weak spot or two that could use some tweaking. This will require discipline, sacrifice, facing and beating temptations, and growing closer to Our Lord. Sounds like a fruitful Lent. And by fruitful, I mean hard :)”
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Spousal Grief: A couple of months ago I dedicated my 7QTs to a woman named Barbara Curtis. Barbara died suddenly leaving behind her husband, 12 children and many grandchildren. She ran a blog called mommylife.com. Since her death, her husband Tripp has taken over the blog. His posts are both beautiful, poignant and heart wrenching.
As I read his post on Thursday, it reminded me of a Natalie Merchant song, My Beloved Wife. I remember being single and wondering if I would ever be married and if I did get married, would my husband feel the way the man in the song feels about his wife. The experience described in the song seemed like the epitome of how spousal love is supposed to be. That two become one flesh concept must be excruciating as the one pulls away in death.
Tripp’s feelings about losing Barbara are exactly what one would expect given the reality of the Sacramental bond. And, thanks be to God for the possibility of this bond and of such feelings.
for certain of my life
for 50 years simply my beloved wife
with another love I’ll never lie again…”
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One Love: Yesterday we were driving home as a family and I was serenaded by my husband and our son. They were singing One Love by The Thirsting off the album, Universal Youth. I am blessed and thankful that our son received my husband’s musical talent.
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Contraception Correlations: Elizabeth from That Married Couple blog posted a fantastic article that shows the correlation between contraception, divorce and abortion. A good read. Check it out. Great job, Elizabeth!
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Wow, Ouch Hebrews!: I never noticed that the Letter to the Hebrews is so convicting! It is like you are reading along in your bible thinking, “God is love, I love God, la la la,” and then “bam!” you get scripture that makes you rethink your efforts in your journey toward holiness. For example:
“In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons: “My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges. Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline? At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees…..”
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Come And See Bible Study: A few weeks back I shared with you that I had ordered a couple of the books from this bible study series. Oh my goodness, it is such an awesome study! I started with Moses and the Torah. Even the gorgeous cover makes me smile. I am always sharing my findings with my family, starting out sentences with, “Did you know…?” I highly recommend this bible study series!
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