Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Workaholics’ Wife

I haven’t posted from The Workaholics’ Wife in a while on the blog, although I do on the Facebook page more often. This came to me some time ago, and I thought it might encourage someone today.

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Several years ago, in the midst of a small church disagreement, a wise young minister reminded us that we can’t pray for - and against - the same thing, cursing with one prayer and asking for a blessing with another. Our homes and marriages are the same.

We can not be so angry at our spouse that we ask God to “teach them a lesson” and ask God to make our home prosper in the same breath. We can not ask Him to tear them apart and bring favor to our marriage.

When we married, God made us “one flesh.” We can’t be against ourself.

So stop the madness. Be on his side. Ask God to give you compassion for your husband, for God to change your perspective, to change your heart. Pray that you’ll understand how much your husband adores you, how he would rather be at home with you instead of at work. Pray that he understands that you love him and miss him, that it’s the love you have for him that frustrates you when he’s not at home.

Pray God will put a sure foundation under your marriage,  and restore the love you felt for each other on the day you married.

Ask for forgiveness, and pray “change me, change my husband, and change our circumstances.” God never disappoints.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Backyard Birds

As we prepare to move, I'm taking time to be intentional about spending time with God in nature, which feeds my spirit, mind and body.  The birds this time of year around Lake Guntersville are beautiful so to enjoy observing them from the back deck has come very easy.

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak have been visiting a few times a day. There's a male that sits and eats at his leisure, and often a female comes close behind him. Of course I don't know if it's just one couple, or 10, but I like to think it's just one that comes back to visit again and again.



Of course the Cardinals are out in all their glory! Mating season brings out all the bright colors, and the way they interact with each other is sweet. I've heard that sometimes the males will feed the females, but I haven't witnessed that myself yet.



There are many other birds that visit the feeders on a daily basis. The Tufted Titmouse and Finches are too many to count. There are a number of Nuthatches, Chickadees, and several Doves that come in coveys to feed on the flat feeders or on the ground below with the squirrels. I've seen (and heard!) a few varieties of Woodpeckers, and we saw a mature Bald Eagle the other day, soaring overhead.




I know that some of these varieties of birds will stay hear year-round, while others, like the Eagles and Grosbeaks will move on along and return with the cold weather in the fall.



Like them, we are moving along too. I'm looking forward to seeing what birds I'll find at our feeders at the new house, and look forward to building a habitat for them to thrive in. Stay tuned! I'm hoping the next post will help transition us into the new home!

-Marina