I Resolve …

May 31, 2012

in the generous life

Melody won a free copy of  Real Marriage (aff link) for being the 85th poster (Random.org) in the Prayer Helps contest. Do check out all the wisdom shared by generous wives everywhere.

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I’ve been reading The Resolution for Women (aff link) by Priscilla Shirer.

I read a lot of marriage material and I saw this book in the library. I figured I needed to at least “skim read” the book. I’d seen a few book studies of it online and had read a few (mostly) positive reviews. I like to have a general idea of what is going on in current marriage literature ~ 1) so I know what’s going on and 2) so I can recommend the good stuff (and sometimes warn about the bad).

I saw Courageous (the movie that birthed The Resolution for Men (aff link). It was funny and had some good motivational material for men. When The Resolution for Women (aff link) came out, honestly, I was a bit concerned. I wondered if the makers of the movie and book for guys, just felt they needed one for gals too as an afterthought. I rather expected the book to be fairly “surface” with a “twist of Christianese” (and we need another fluffy woman’s book like we need a hole in the head).

I seriously have to repent for my attitude. Not only because it is a really sucky attitude (for a number of reasons), but also because the book is good. No, really, it’s much better than good. I’m thinking about gathering a group of gals and using it for the basis of a study. I would encourage y’all to read the book as well (check your library if funds are tight or go in together with a friend or two to purchase).

Right now – whether you realize it or not – you’re choosing to treat people a certain way, to stay committed to certain activities, to live a certain life, to be a certain kind of person, to not be a certain kind of person. Either way, you’ve made a decision. A spoken (or unspoken) declaration. A defining banner hangs over your life, written in the ink of your own choices. Others can read it, even if you can’t.

You’re already a woman of resolutions.

They’re making you who you are. They’re determining the life you’ll end up living, the tomorrow you’ll end up shaping.

So since making resolutions is something we all do anyway, the question for us to grapple with is not whether we’ll ever dare to make any more of them but whether we’re going to be intentional about the ones we do make. We need to make sure the banner that flies over our lives and announces to the world who we genuinely are is one that says what we want to to say, one that changes things in us and around us for the better.

That’s what this book is all about.  Priscilla Shirer 

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A great idea from Sean (of Family Rocketship) ~ The 90 Minute Date (guest author on Simple Marriage)

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When you’re tempted to measure up today, focus “up” instead and remember Whose you are and who you are! ~ How to Measure Up Nice compilation of scripture to remind us of who we are in Christ. (from Renee Swope)

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Brittney June 1, 2012 at 3:03 am

My name is Brittney and my husband Jeff and I will be married 9 years on June 7th. He is so loving and a wonderful father!

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