Praying for My Husband & Messy Beautiful Love book giveaway


Praying for my husband is something I love to do. I’ve seen God work in our marriage and answer prayers directly over and over again through our fourteen years together. In the spring, my husband knew that he was going to need to make a job change due to anticipated upcoming schedule changes at work. I can’t tell you how much I prayed for him and over him. And I’m so thankful for him. God has answered our prayers and continues to do so.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Darlene Schacht, although she hardly needs an introduction!

Darlene Schacht is the well-known Time Warp Wife whose purpose in ministry is to encourage wives to put God first in their lives. She inspires us to love our husbands and children, and to be good homemakers. In doing so, we bring glory to God. God has created each one of us with a purpose, which is first and foremost to glorify Him. When we live as Jesus lived in obedience to the Bible, we bring glory to God, bring peace to our home, and draw closer to our husbands in the process. 

Darlene is an Evangelical Christian who has been married to her husband Michael for over twenty-five years. They have four children and two adorable pugs. Their lives are basically surrounded by three things: faith, family, and books. 

I had one interview question for Darlene about this book:

The book starts and ends with prayer. Why is that important to you?

“Have you ever heard the saying, “All we can do now is pray?” Unfortunately that’s an attitude that’s common in our society—if everything else fails, let’s turn to God, it’s worth a try.

What we fail to remember time and again is this,

“[God] is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
We serve a God who created the moon and the countless number of stars. We are intimately connected with Him, and He is intimately connected with our lives. He knows the situation (and is at work in our lives) before we breath the first word in prayer. He loves us more than we’ll ever know and He wants the best for our marriage.

There is power in prayer because there is power in the One who loves us.”

Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.


I had the privilege of reading Darlene’s book and it is now available for purchase. Her raw honesty and Biblical marriage advice will keep you turning page after page. Today I’m so excited to be giving away, not one, but two copies of this beautiful resource!!

This book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages (Thomas Nelson), delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.

You can visit Darlene’s website at:, but before you do, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow for Whimsical Wednesday, when I host a blogger linkup party for 100% Christian encouragement!


For more prayer/ marriage resources, check out:

7 Ways to Pray for Your Husband for 7 Days

Prayer Changes Marriages

A Prayer of Thanks for My Husband

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5 Back to School Prayers

Today I’m sharing a roundup of back to school prayers. If there is one thing I find myself doing more of during this back to school time of year, it is praying for my kids. And our family.  And myself. And their teachers. And the bus drivers….and…and…and. :) I know you get it.


back to school prayers

So here we go:


1. A Prayer for Back to School

I wrote this prayer last year and it has been well-loved on Pinterest. You are welcome to print out the graphic or share the graphic on your blog or Facebook page.



school day prayers

2. School Day Prayers

My awesome friends at Tommy Nelson are offering this fabulous printable of School Day Prayers with Bible verses to pray over your children. Love this!

3. Back to School Prayer Tool

The Back to School Prayer Tool really could be used any time of the year. The tool takes the 8 colors of a standard coloring box and uses them as reminders of prayer needs.

4. 31 Days of Prayer for your Children

I really loved this free printable prayer calendar I found on Carrie Austin’s site. An entire month guide of praying for your child! This would be so easy to slip into your phone reminders and you could even continue the pattern of prayer each month.


5. Prayer by Color Bookmark

After the Back to School prayer tool was well-received, I created this prayer bookmark last year for using as a reminder of how to pray using this method. If you click here, you’ll find a .pdf of 6 bookmarks to print and share with your prayer group, mom’s group, etc.



I’d love it if you would share your prayer ideas for this back to school season. If you’ve written a post on your blog for this topic, feel free to leave your link so we can all take a peek!

See you tomorrow!


5 Creative Ways to Read Morning Devotionals

With the start of school, our family has the opportunity to evaluate how to begin the mornings well.  Sometimes the morning doesn’t seem like the best time to spend with God- especially if you’re not a morning person. I’ve confessed to you before that I try to be a morning person. But that’s hard to do when you don’t even like mornings.

However, I know from experience that no time with God in the mornings is a bad idea. So even a few minutes is better than none. I love to pray before I even get out of bed and read while having coffee. I have other focused times carved out of my schedule to spend more time with God throughout the day. But back to mornings…today I wanted to share 5 creative ways to read morning devotionals. Some may be ideas you’ve done and maybe you’ll find a new idea or two in the mix.

1. Have someone read aloud during travel time.

If you have a school dropoff routine or maybe a regular daily route you must drive, then this is a great time to utilize for reading or listening aloud. Have the carpooling team take turns or designate a “reader of the week.”

2. Use an audible devotional.

If you drive alone in the mornings, one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling, is available in audible app format to play on Kindle and Apple products, as well as an audio cd. How cool is that!

3. Have a grab bag of devotionals.

Last year, we all had our favorite devotionals and the kids each had a personal devotional for bedtime reading. But for mornings, we kept a stack of books on the microwave stand. Right now it looks like this:

stack of books

Having a few options and not feeling like it has to be the same pattern each day can be a great way to keep interest of all those participating.

4. Keep a devotional in the bathroom.

Hang it beside the bathroom mirror to read while brushing your teeth. Read it while you’re waiting for the shower water to get hot. Or other things, which I’ll leave to your imagination.

5. “Devotional is on the table.”

So you might typically say “Breakfast is on the table” right? But my favorite new way to easily read a daily devotional is the Jesus Calling Perpetual calendar. Whoever thought of this idea deserves breakfast in bed for a year. Seriously. Take a peek at what is on our table now:

devotional calendar for table

Don’t you just love it?! We sure do! Although my highly spiritual children *might* have been known to fight over who gets to turn the page. Just maybe. I won’t say for sure. And while this children’s version is working great for us, what if you placed the regular Jesus Calling perpetual calendar in your kitchen window or beside the sink to read and meditate on while you wash dishes? or on your office desk?

Jesus Calling – 365 Day Perpetual Calendar

I found another that would be a GREAT teacher gift (at only $5!)

School Days for Teachers – Perpetual Calendar

Some of my other favorites are available in the perpetual calendar format, but just one more I had to share is from one of my favorite Bible studies! I was so happy to discover this:

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Perpetual Calendar

From now through Sept. 1, the Jesus Calling Collection is 40% off with the code JCOFF40 through this link.

So how wonderful would it be to have my Extraordinary Prayers for Everyday Living in this perpetual calendar format? Vote yes or no in the comments to answer that question.

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With that, bloggers, I’m super excited to have you for Whimsical Wednesday. I hope you found lots of whimsy above and can’t wait to read all of your encouraging posts!

Don’t forget to vote! I need to know if I’m crazy or this is something you would really love to have.:)



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