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I have long known that my beliefs are not those of most of my family, friends and acquaintances.  I know this for many reasons, but mostly because Christ told me so, “If the world hates you, know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18 

Lately marriage has been on my mind. My own. Others. Generally and specifically. I’m a newlywed, you might say, so I have a lot to learn still. But I’m searching and looking for God’s will for marriage. He breaks it down fairly simply. (albeit, not what us women love to hear.) Eph 5:22-29; “22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”

Submit. That lovely word that many women run screaming from. But my husband is the head of my family. He is the leader, not me.  Read just a little further, and God also commands husbands to love their wives as their own flesh. Nourishing it. Cherishing it. Give of himself for her. Sanctifying her.  So much for a man to do, and we as women have to allow our husbands to lead us, guide us, as Christ does the Church.

And further, He commands, 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Eph 5:33 

Men, love your wives.

Women, respect your husbands.

Is it that simple?

Can all the relational problems be fixed if men and women just did those two things?

Well…God says so.

Think about it.

As women, our biggest need is to feel loved, cherished.

Men need to feel respected, accepted.

So it must be so.

Combine all the commandments He’s given us, with those two above, and it’s a possibility.

I am a newlywed, but I strive to keep these commandments close to my heart.

What are your thoughts on marriage?

Book recommendations:

Resolution for Women, Love & Respect, How to Pray For Your Husband

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3in30 Challenge

In order to meet my 2012 goals, (read here for those!), I’ve decided to join Megan and Ashley over at 3 in 30 Challenge! Simple concept, really and I love simple! You pick 3 things to accomplish in 30 days. Just three. See. Simple. Then they’ve invited others to blog about their success and progress!

 

My picks to WORK on are:

 Blog/write more frequently

Organize our home so that everything has a place

Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

 

I can’t wait to share how I’ve been doing, so check back! 🙂

 

 

In His Hand,

 

Peggy

 

 

Welcome, 2012!!

The new year as rolled over, and as we change out our calenders, update our files and put away our party fun, I’m sure some of us are also reflecting.

Reflecting on last year, (which was just yesterday), reflecting on this year. Many of us make resolutions, and most of us has tossed them to the side before January is even over. So I challenge you, those of you who’ve made some promise to yourself, that this year…you’ll stick to at least one resolution. I’ve made plenty of them, but I’ll consider a success if just one lasts until December 31, 2012. I know I know…life gets in the way, right?  Well you bet it does, but we can still accomplish so much, when a mind is set to it. So get to settin!

I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for my family and I. I ask you to join us on our journey, by following along via my blog, or facebook page. Both of which I aim to keep up with more often!

In His Hands,

Peggy

 

John 14:1-3

 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I wasn’t going to…but here it is – 2012 Goals!

I wasn’t going to join the Goal club, but I in the end, couldn’t resist writing out a few of my 2012 goals.

In no particular order:

1. Blog/write more frequently

2. Be more active and become fit

3. Organize our home so that everything has a place

4. Make, follow and stick to a budget

5. Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

6. Study my Bible daily

7. Make a dent in our debt

8. Making my Scentsy business pay for itself and then some

9. Keep up on Jeremiah’s scrapbook

10. Make great memories!

Some of those are frivolous, some are not. Every list should have some fun, frivolous type ‘To Dos’ on it!!!

What is on your list?!

In His Hands,

Peggy

PS. I thought of a few more!

Take more photographs

Take my camera with me everywhere

Make something from my pinterest weekly!

Things I’ve learned from 2011

The things I’ve learned from 2011, could also be said to have been learned from 2010. So here goes:

God is in control

I can handle a lot more than I thought…only because God is my strength

Family and true friends are priceless

Be thankful, even in grief

Sometimes, when confronted with a mirror, I’m surprised at what/who I’ve become

Having faith is an action, not a lofty thought

Life is way too short to hold grudges

Life is also too short to not forgive our ‘enemies’

All our best plans, pale in comparison to Gods perfect ones

Learning to let go takes more faith than holding on

What are somethings you’ve learned in 2011?! I’d love to know.

In His Hands,

Peggy

A New Year, A New Outlook

Last year this time, I was praying that 2011 would be a calmer year, less stressful on me and my loved ones.

The loss of my Dad blew that right out of the water. With his passing, it’s been a rough year. I haven’t blogged much about him, but I miss him just as much as I miss my son.

 

So for 2012?

I’m just going to say bring it on.

Batten down the hatches.

Hold on for dear life.

Que sera sera.

The Lord will strengthen me and mine.

We’ve got a few things on the horizon for 2012 that promise to make it another long and rough year. But we will make it, just as we’ve survived the past two years. By the grace of God!

We’re blessed even through our losses, but sometimes I’d like to skip the loss, thankyouvermuch!

I’ll be blogging more often, I hope! I have plans for our home and family, things that are worthy to share!

I’m looking forward to a new year! What are your thoughts about 2011 and the coming 2012??

In His Hands,

Peggy

Simple Traditions

During this time of year, we all give more thought to the traditions that are passed down to the next generations. My family is no different. Some of ours are simple and slightly odd (maybe) but they are fun:

Helping Grandma decorate her tree and making candy or cookies

Go look at Christmas lights

Buy an ornament for the youngest

Make a fun egg omelet for Christmas morning, and whomever gets the walnut is the first to open gifts

 

And some new ones:

Gingerbread houses

Town Square lighting

Christmas at The Heights (our church has an amazingly fun and great celebration!)

Cookie Exchange

 

But in all of that, the most important thing is this…

Quality time with those we love.

No matter what the traditions are, or where they take us, we spend time with family and loved ones. To me, that is the whole point of this season. The hospitality, the generosity, the warm and fuzzy feelings we all get. The memories are what I remember from growing up, not the gifts.

What are your family traditions? Have you started any new ones after getting married, and having children? Please share them, I might just incorporate them next year!

 

In His Hands,

Peggy