"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
— L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gabby Mom's July Review.

Just a note to start out my review. This is part one of a wonderful package available through Eternal Encouragement. I will be posting part two in Aug. 
For July's Gabby Mom's Review I listened to and read the corresponding articles for Refresh and Rekindle. 
Refresh: A Woman Who Kneels Before God Can Stand Before Anyone

 I was challanged to give God my best time in prayer and study. I was reminded that to be a sucessful wife/mama/teacher, I  need the time each morning to focus my day. That in my life, my priorities are God, Husband and then Kids. If I am not giving God my time, then everything else will be lacking as well. Now, this message really challanged me. I am NOT a morning person, but Mrs. Flem made a point that stuck out to me. We give God our first fruits in tithe. Before we pay the bills, buy the food, go out to eat, we tithe. Why do I not give God my First of the day, when I am at my best. Not after a day of work when I am tired, but the first part of my day. 

My morning consist of forcing my self out of bed, getting a cup of coffee and slowly waking up. I check in on my facebook, e-mail and check on my blogs I follow. I usually so my personal Bible time in the evenings, when I take my nice hot bath. I am always tired in the evenings and like I said before...this message, while hard in a way for me to hear, challenged me.

“Remain in me, and I in will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine; neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers. Such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.” (John 15: 4-7)

Rekindle: Red Hot is So Cool.

Now, my husband and I have a very good, strong, close marriage. We are together a lot more then others couples are and we talk all the time, and I was thinking that I would not get to much out of this message. I was wrong. I got a lot out of it, it was a well said/written message that is a great for all married couples. From ones just married, to married for 50 years (or more)!

Mrs. Flem reminds us that to have a strong marriage we need to be putting our men first ahead of our own, all too often selfish desires, we have all heard the " I have a headache" joke. She gives some very good tips on keeping the fire going. I will not post them here, for the sake of it being public blog, so you all will just have to listen to it your selves!

 On of her points that I LOVE and one we have practiced is to NOT have a tv in your bedroom. She used this quote which I love:
Dr. Paul Pearshall said,
“TV addiction is one of the most detrimental influences on American marriages. It is a shared addiction, which is the worst type, because it sometimes covertly robs the relationship of available time for intimacy, while both partners take unknowing part in the theft.”
She also give a good acrmon for TIME that I though I would share: 
T – Twenty minutes a day to talk alone. That means no children within earshot. We often do this on the phone during the day and most evenings we chat while Randy changes out of his suit.
I - In addition, one hour a week of this same private conversation. This is when we strategize over child training, homeschooling, etc. We usually find that extra time on the phone or while he is changing is enough. But if we only get the 20 minutes a day we find that it isn’t enough.
M – Monthly we purpose to set aside a few hours of a day to spend together having fun. I’m not saying it needs to be without your children, in fact, for 20 years Randy and I did this with the children. However, some people think that this needs to be time without them. It doesn’t even need to cost money. I will leave the particulars up to you.
E – Early bedtime one night a week. I don’t need to explain the purpose of that one! I will tell you that when you have a tradition you will have more passion than if you wait for it to spontaneously grow.

I am looking forward to listening and reading the other 3 of the 5 R's this next month and sharing them with you. I recieved this bundle for free in exchange for my review. All thoughts are mine. :)
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  1. I also am NOT a morning person! I do have my Bible Study in the morning, but I'm still in bed when I have it...against her advice ;) If I get up, it doesn't get done...so it works for me!
    Wonderful review....

  2. I am going to try that, I was thinking that my time would need to be while the kids eat breakfast, but alone might be less distractions :) I am a natural night owl, married to a morning person! :-P

  3. I learned a lot too. Bible study is a work in progress for me. Great review!

  4. Great review :) I'm a big advocate for no tv in the bedroom myself!


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