The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Eyes Wide Open (Closed)

I have two things that I have discovered lately that I wanted to recommend to all of you.  The first is the new Jars of Clay CD, which I believe came out yesterday.  The CD is entitled The Shelter and it is amazing.  This is a band that truly never disappoints me.  There is never a CD that sounds like the last one, there's never a time when I'm not blown away by the insightfulness and depth of their lyrics and talent!  I highly recommend the new album, it's amazing! You can click here to download the CD from iTunes.... promise you'll be blessed.

Second thing I wanted to recommend was a book called Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs.  I love this book and I have read and re-read it.  It's got some really good stuff in there.  The book is almost entirely based on one verse in the Bible, Ephesians 5:33.  I've read that verse a thousand times, but this is an entire book blowing the whole verse and the way I've read it into micro-view.  Without giving away the entire context of the book, Eggerichs goes into explaining WHY God felt it was necessary to point out to men that they should love their wives (love isn't always the "natural" emotion for men) and why He felt that He needed to insist that women "RESPECT" their husbands (He designed us to love unconditionally, but respect isn't typically something women think about in showing that love.)  The book is a bit redundant in the first section, several stories to illustrate and re-emphasize his points, but stick with it, in the second section of the book it gets better.  It's something I will be giving to every couple from this day forward as a wedding gift.  I believe it may be THE key to a good marriage.  It's definitely improved my relationship with Brian.  It's relieved me from feeling the need to always be "in control" (read that as control freak and you'll be more accurate!)  

Anyway, I hope that these two things bless you the way they have blessed me.  They have each been a gift to me in multiple ways.  

Ephesians 5:33
"Each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." 


Sonja Lowell said...

Oh girl, you gave me a good read on this Friday night. Sitting in my sunroom tonight after another Moore Miles, having a glass of wine by myself.. kind of glad that there's no circle party out front, but seriously missing you!! So, you had me laughing and crying with your writing.. I got caught up on it all, and loved every minute! Funniest part for me: ..oh look, there's a chicken...!! Seriously? You are one funny Sasha!!

Kristine said...

I will be heading to check out the new Jars of know that!


It's funny that you posted about the husband respect stuff. We are doing iMarriage in SS right now and it is all about submitting to each other...and loving each other and also respecting each other. It is an Andy Stanley study and it is video driven with has been really good!