When I was a little girl, my mom said she would always find me curled up somewhere with a book in my hand. There’s something magical to me about getting lost in a story on pages. I have been a dreamer from early on and I loved being inspired by the stories I would read. I always became the main character. I was meeting talking bears in the woods or floating down a river in the wilderness with Huck Finn (Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors). There’s just something about books that make me happy!
Flash forward several years later, and I find myself with the same love for books, but a different taste in what I’m reading. I think it is important to continue to read and to allow ourselves some self-growth. The truth is, we are never too old to stop learning and we simply just do not know everything there is to know. With that in mind, at this season in my life I am feeling the urge to dream big on what entrepreneur possibilities lie within my future. This is what brings me to my first book The Magnolia Story.
If you have thought about reading this book I highly encourage you to do so. Chip and Jo’s Story inspires me to take risks and to trust that God has plans for our lives bigger than we could ever imagine. Their story to success has been quiet a journey and not as easy as it appears on HGTV! My husband knows everything going on because I just HAVE to talk about the details of what I’m reading about them, but don’t worry I won’t spoil it for you!
The second book I’m reading is Letters To My Daughters by Barbara Rainey. You may recognize her husband, Dennis Rainey, from Family Life Today radio. The couple has written several books, this one which I learned about on a podcast. This book contains Barbara’s answers to tough questions from several different young wives where she addresses the reality of marriage. She covers how husbands and wives operate as individuals but must also learn how to work in harmony to have a successful marriage. I don’t know about you, but Joshua and I have been married for 3 1/2 years and we are still not pros!
Lastly, I’m not quiet as far in my third book, but I’m focusing on my marriage a little more. The Argument Free Marriage by Fawn Weaver is a book I also learned about on Family Life Today. This book asks for you to spend 28 days in learning how to live together without bickering, blame, angry outbursts, or silent treatments. Do any of those hit home with you?!
I hope you feel inspired to better yourselves this Monday. I know I do. As I’m focusing mainly on growing in my marriage, I am praying for any of you that feel like you are at the end of the road. Just remember that God has bigger plans. Don’t give up on your husband or your wife. Take difficult seasons to learn their needs and learn how to communicate your own. Hint: When God is the center, all else falls into place 🙂