Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Shack and other assorted news


I've really been meaning to blog, but things get in the way . . . sooooo here's what I've been wanting to say.

First of all, one of the BEST books I read all year was The Shack by William P Young. If you haven't read it, you must, it is taking the world by storm. I will say the beginning is a bit hard to read through because of the horrific circumstances BUT it is so worth the read to get beyond that part to the incredible encounter Mack has with God. It is a life-changing novel! Run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore. Check out the website too. www.theshackbook.com

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And now here is another website you might want to check out as well, nothing to do with the book but some really great music and photo's and thoughts to reflect on.

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Just have to share a few photo opportunities from the holidays:
from Aimee and Justin's






from Jenni and Scott's







from Melissa and Patrick's








and one from my birthday: We went to Maggiano's in Raleigh.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Differences


Rob read this to me from Devotions for Men on the Go. I thought it was so humorous I would share it with you as a little Happy New Year "gift".

Loving the Fairer Sex
Here's a shocking news development: Men and women are drastically different from one another!

Consider these differences:

Nicknames: If Laura, Suzanne, Debra, and Rose go out for lunch, they will call
each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra, and Rose. But if Mike, Charlie, Bob and
John go out they will affectionately refer to each other as FatBoy, Godzilla,
Peanut-Head, and Useless.

Money: A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he wants. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she doesn't want.

Bathrooms: A man has six items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, toothpaste,
shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Holiday Inn. The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man
would not be able to identify most of these items.

Arguments: A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says
after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Offspring: Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows
about dentist appointments and romances, best friends and favorite foods,
secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of short people living in the house.

We men have a tendency to become frustrated with the differences between us and the "fairer" sex. That's why God instructed us to treat our wives with love and understanding rather than impatience.
How do you typically respond when your wife does or says something you see as irrational, hypersensitive, or overly emotional? Do you become frustrated, or do you simply throw more love and understanding her way.

Jesus, give me the grace it takes to truly and unconditionally love the woman in my life!