Praying for My Husband & Messy Beautiful Love book giveaway

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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.

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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: www.TimeWarpWife.com, 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!

Rachel

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 Resources to Promote Healing after Divorce

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Divorce hurts. I don’t have to tell you that if you’ve been through it or know someone who has. Perhaps you’ve been affected by divorce because a loved one or family member who struggled through their marriage and legally ended it. Maybe you’ve suffered through it yourself. As I write this post, I have a backlog of email in my inbox from readers; many of which address issues of family struggles, especially including divorce.

I’ve shared with you that almost 15 years ago, my marriage with my first husband ended in divorce. As one of the most difficult periods in my life, I’ve never forgotten how much I needed support to figure things out and understand God’s plan for me. I’m not here to point fingers or delve into all the reasons that divorce happens or preach about my personal beliefs on the issue. I simply wanted to describe a few ideas- 5 resources to promote healing after divorce. These opportunities are ones I would have loved to have when I was struggling all those years ago. And some of them I just don’t know what I would have done without.

1. DivorceCare Classes

My church offers a divorce care class one evening a week at the church for 13 weeks. There is a small fee for the book, but scholarships are available to assist in covering that fee. If you or someone you know is in need of someone to walk alongside you through this crazy hard time, then you can find a class through the DivorceCare website by entering your zip code. You can also contact your local church to see what classes they offer. Some Divorce Care classes include a special class for children affected by divorce; be sure to ask for availability in your area. The DivorceCare website includes information by zip code for classes for children.

2. Focus on the Family and Counseling Services

Focus on the Family has a wonderful library of articles and .pdf’s for those who are going through or have gone through divorce. Biblical counseling can be so very helpful and supportive during or post marriage struggles. I strongly suggest that you first contact your local church for counseling, but I understand that some of you may not have counseling services available to you through your church for various reasons. Focus on the Family has an incredible tool called the Counselor Locator. Their network may help you find just the counselor God has for you during this tough time.  They also offer a free service to speak to a Focus on the Family marital counselor and you can submit an online request for this service. Check it out here.

3.When Happily Ever After Shatters: Seeing God in the Midst of Divorce & Single Parenting

If you feel really alone, can’t reach out for person-to-person help and need to get to the point to where you can even discuss the difficulties of divorce, then this book is a great tool to help you begin to find the words you need.

4. Finding Hope After Divorce (40-Minute Bible Studies)

Recently I’ve been introduced to Kay Arthur’s 40 minute Bible studies and this very helpful book, Finding Hope After Divorce, is one of the studies in the series. These 6 week, no-homework Bible study is a great tool for those who have gone through divorce. This study is one I definitely wish I would have had those many years ago when I went through divorce; Kay has experienced the first-hand devastation that accompanies divorce. She presents God’s promises of healing beautifully and I can’t recommend this resource enough.

5. Read the book of Psalms.

Without attending church weekly and reading the book of Psalms day after day, I don’t know how I would have ever realized God’s love for me and his plan for my life in spite of messy mistakes. His never-fail plan of redemption is beyond our scope of imagination. Trust him. He hates divorce because of the pain it causes, but one has never gone too far to be used by him. As the Healer and Redeemer, he simply wants us to trust him.

I’m working on my individual replies to emails, so if you’ve sent one, please know I will get to you! In the mean time, prayers for you and seek him. He promises to show up. Right there in front of you.

Rachel

 

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Free New Ebook Release Marriage Hacks

Marriage is an increasingly unnatural and confusing thing for most couples today. In light of this, Tyler Ward—author of Marriage Rebranded—recently asked 25 leaders for their single best marriage advice for young people. The level of insight and wisdom he received—compiled in the free eBook Marriage Hacks—is guaranteed to help many navigate this uniquely beautiful relationship called marriage.

I am honored to have been one of the leaders Tyler interviewed for Marriage Hacks and excited to share this incredible new resource with you!

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Marriage Hacks is a compilation of the best marriage advice for young people from 25 leaders including:

  • Gary Chapman, The 5 Love Languages
  • William Paul Young of The Shack
  • Gary Thomas of Sacred Marriage
  • Danny Silk, Keep Your Love On
  • Jeremy Cowart, Celebrity Photographer
  • Jonathan Jackson, Emmy-Award-Winning Actor
  • And many more…

The book speaks to some of the most common questions in marriage including…

  • how to keep things from never going stale
  • how to handle personality differences
  • how to cultivate emotional intimacy
  • how to spice things up in the bedroom
  • what to do when your spouse isn’t as intentional in your relationship as you are
  • and more…

Marriage Hacks is for those of us that could use a little help in navigating this unique practice.

If marriage is hard for you at the moment, this read will simply comfort you to know you’re not alone. If marriage is amazing and fruitful, it will help you sustain. If marriage is confusing, it will offer some insight on this unique union. If marriage feels pointless, it will add purpose and depth.

Be sure to get your FREE copy by clicking above on the “FREE Download” button! Have a great Thursday!

Rachel