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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday! {2}

This week has provided us Washingtonians with the most gorgeous weather of the year! Though I love hot summer days, I thoroughly appreciate a cool house. I am thankful that our house is positioned in a way next to a green belt that it does not heat up during the day! When it was almost 90' outside I actually had to wear a zip-up inside because I was cool! AND we had no air conditioning running. Wow.

Two evenings this past week was spent at a friend's parent's house and boy were those two fabulous evenings! My husband and I are thankful to have a home away from home. Total blessing. Fabulous company, enjoyable conversation, entertaining activities, and of course delicious food.

And lastly I want to mention a book titled Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. This was a book recommended to us by two dear friends while we were engaged but on top of several other books we were also suggested to read, we didn't really get around to it. After all the chaos of the last few months (if you're new to the blog my husband and I were living in Japan until being evacuated back to the US with no place of our own to live...) and celebrating one year of marriage, we felt it was appropriate and necessary for us to reevaluated and reorganize our marriage. I need to make note that this realization did not come about because of bad things, just the desire to be intentional and fruitful with our union. Here are a couple of quotes from what we have read so far:

  • If the purpose of marriage was simply to enjoy an infatuation and make me "happy," then I'd have to get a "new" marriage every two or three years.
  • Strong Christian marriages will still be struck by lightning- sexual temptation, communication problems, frustrations, unrealized expectations- but if the marriages are heavily watered with an unwavering commitment to please God above everything else, the conditions won't be ripe for a devastating fire to follow the lightning strike. 
I can sit here and write a book further picking these two quotes apart based off of my experience and witnessing, but I wont. I will say however, that the first quote reminded me of something I learned at a young age which was that love was not a feeling but a choice. The only person that can truly love unwavering and feel that love towards others is Jesus. I'm thankful for this book and the conversations (there are discussion questions at the end of each chapter!) it has fostered between Chris and I. Love my husband. 

What were you thankful for this week?!

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