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If there is a misconception that makes me roll my eyes every time I hear it, it’s the one where people believe that when the Bible says a wife shall submit to her husband it means she must give up all will and obey her husband, as if he were some kind of tyrant and dictator. They believe she must completely disregard herself and her own opinions. I have heard so many people say they won’t marry because they will not obey any man, or be beneath any man. However, as Christians, the Bible calls wives to submit to their husband as the church submits to Christ.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”
Ephesians 5:22-24 ESV
Sure, there have been very screwed up teachings in the past about this, but those teachings are not what is taught in the Bible. If someone is teaching that you must stay with your husband even is he is abusing you, that is not right.
Today I want to share a sermon my pastor preached this Sunday. It explains exactly what God meant in Ephesians 5:22-24. While I sat in church listening to this sermon I thought, I just had to share it. If you have never been taught what the Bible says about marriage and the wife’s role, I urge you to listen to the Sermon here or watch the sermon here on YouTube.
And even if you have been taught before, I still suggest you check this out just to refresh your memory and see God’s perfect plan for us explained. I know you will be truly blessed and edified by it and you will learn what God truly meant when He asked the wife to submit to her husband.
Over the years I have to realize I have a rather interesting reading habit; it’s either I read a book for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and finish it in less than a week or I snack on a book here and there and finish it after a few months. Never anything in between. Ever! I have no explanation for this.
However, this year I set a reading goal of 16 books (I know, seems small and achievable, but last year I didn’t complete it). So far I am seven books in and it is June. I think that is a decent place to be for the point in the year we are in. I think I can manage to catch up and actually complete my goal this year.
So, in order to combat my usual inconsistent reading pattern, I have lined up the books I plan on reading ahead of time in order to give myself a time frame to complete them, thus, staying on track. I am in it to win it this year!
Without further adieu, here’s my upcoming reading list:
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
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Right now, I started a book my coworkers lent me. I just happened to walk by her desk and see this book, the cover caught my attention immediately. It was a beautiful blue (my favorite color) and has the image of a young girl with her back turned in a red blouse. It’s written by Erika L. Sanchez. I am only a few pages in and it seems promising.
It follows the story of a young Mexican girl who lost her older sister and how this shapes her life and relationship with her family. That is all I can say about it for now, and I would say anything else, even if I knew because I don’t like spoiling things.
Note: I have come across some explicit language, over the years and much ready I can gloss over the words as if they aren’t there. But, if strong language offends you, I’d say skip this one.
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
Written by Tony Reinke, this is a book I have been wanting to read for a long time, pretty much since it came out. Knowing I live in the day and age where we are all addicted to our phones, I must admit, I too can be a bit addicted to my phone and am fighting to stay off of it for as long as I can. I know that in the long run, the time spent on my phone is not necessarily fruitful.
I think this book can help give me the biblical perspective to help me overcome the need to constantly check my phone because deep down I know I can be using my time better and I can use my energy on many other things, fruitful things.
This book is actually written by the same author as the previous book and it has a similar topic. You see, I really am trying to fight this constant need to be on my phone. Here he looks at how we are affected by social media. Social media is something I definitely see myself struggling with.
I see social media this alternative world where everyone feels the need to share everything and anything they agree with and this is great but I find myself being angry at people posting their arguments and completely disregarding what opinions others may have. I gave up arguing on the internet a long time ago (it most definitely it not fruitful).
Sometimes social media triggers my argumentative side and I want to stay away from that ugly side of me. Not only this but the image we portray on social media is nothing short of a facade. We only show what we want people to see and hide our true selves.
Why spend all this time on social media, if all we do is present an image of ourselves that isn’t even us? These are the thoughts I fight with when it comes to social media and I am curious to see what this book has to say.
A Wedding in Haiti
Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American author who I admire very much. She has written many works taking place in the Dominican Republic and reflecting what it was like to live in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo era. If you do not know, Trujillo was a dictator in the Dominican Republic who ruled from the ’30s to the ’60s. He was eventually murdered and his reign of terror was officially over.
However, not every Dominican saw his time as a president as cruel and I think as a Dominican it is important to know our history and Julia does a great job of showing us a glimpse of what this time in the Dominican Republic was like.
In this book, she writes a story of her relationship with a friend of hers, a Haitian. Dominicans and Haitians are known for not getting along, so I look forward to reading about her relationship with a dear friend of hers, Piti.
Because I can always use better grammar. I mean, come on, I run a blog! I need to have good grammar! I read my good reviews of this book and am looking forward to reading it. It is written by Benjamin Dreyer who is Random House’s copy chief, so he knows English grammar well. We can all improve our writing. And, I especially can if I plan on taking my writing to new levels.
I don’t think I mentioned it before in my blog, but I enjoy writing short stories and hope to one day be able to write a book of them, and if I intend to do this, I need to brush up on my grammar and work on my writing style. I think this book will be a great tool.
I hope you enjoyed this post and make some reading plans of your own. I definitely intend to make better use of my time, and planning out which books to read and putting my plan into action, I believe is one way to do it. Do you have any reading goals, any book recommendations? I would love the hear them, so feel free to comment below, and until next time…
I love learning. I always have and maybe it’s because I was placed in Pre-K at a young age and was basically in school for over two-thirds of my life but I just love to learn new things.
So in this post, I want to share a new resource I found out about recently, and by recently, I mean today. It’s provided by Reformed Baptist Seminary. I have learned that they have tons of FREE courses. These courses are prepared by various teachers and are absolutely FREE. If you were looking for a new way to learn more about God and His word, I urge you to check them out.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mother’s our there! Today, I would like to pay tribute the all the mothers in my life and give thanks to the Lord for placing them in my life.
I have had the pleasure of being surrounded by great moms throughout my life. They have all, in some way, contributed to who I am today. Whether by way of some small token of advise or much needed reprimand, I am a lot better today because of them. I am thankful because they have added much wisdom to my life, both, directly and indirectly.
Recently, I have watched many close friends of mine become mothers and I have seen them grow in the process. I always joke that motherhood adds a whole deeper level of maturity, and I stand by that statement. Sure, my friends and I are close in age but they seem so much wiser than me in almost every way, and this I can only attribute to motherhood.
So much work goes into raising a child; from what should they eat and wear to when they should sleep. From teething to “teening” it is a great responsibility, perhaps even above anything else out there.
When and if you are blessed with the privilege of raising another human being, you have to realize that you are actually playing a major role in the shaping of another individual’s life. That is no simple task and because I merely observe all this work from the outside, I want to continue to encourage all mothers out there. You are doing a terrific job! Do not second guess yourself. I hope you do not feel as if your work counts for nothing. What you do is extremely important and can be done by no one else but you -certainly not to the same extent.
I know that one day you will look back, if you haven’t already, and know it was all worth it. And your children will thank you for it.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed”
Proverbs 31:28a ESV
While I am here thanking all the mothers for their life lessons and hard work, I must also thank my very own mother. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without her.
She is probably the strongest woman I know. She has raised 4 kids, all of which through different ages and life stages (our age gaps are no joke) and I cannot imagine what my life would be like without her. Mami, I thank you for always thinking of me, for the “Good morning, Princess” texts in the morning. I want you to know that I will always be here for your and that you are a real inspiration. I can only hope to one day be half as good a mother as you are. I love you mami!
I know not everyone can relate to how I feel about my mother but I imagine, for many of you, there is or has been that special someone in your life who is or has shown a level of motherly love and affection towards you. Someone that you love and appreciate dearly, even if she is technically not a mother. There are many women who have poured into our lives and even though they may not have children of their own they possess those key motherly characteristics. Therefore, they too should be thanked and shown appreciation.
So I urge you, thank your mother. Thank that special mother or mother-like individual(s) in your life. Thank your friends who are mothers and make sure that they know how much you love them and appreciate them for their tireless labor. Show them you love and appreciate all that they do, not just on Mother’s Day, but everyday.
I will again thank my strong mother, my compassionate mother-in-law, and all of my close friends and sisters in Christ who have continually blessed me by simply honoring the Lord Jesus and exemplifying His love through their parenting. I love you all dearly!
‘Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.’”
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I remember a couple of years ago, while I sat in the waiting room of a doctors office, there was a morning show on where the host interviewed a woman who had undergone over 50 plastic surgeries.
It was one of the most bizarre stories I had ever heard. I was a teenager at the time. After reviewing a list of the multiple surgeries she had already undergone the host asked the woman what she planned to do next. Her reply was to correct a part of one of her toes.
That was definitely not the response I was expecting. I find it almost insane that she would go through these lengths just to try and achieve a level of beauty that was a construct of her own opinions and society. Prior to this, I had never heard of someone who wanted to fix or correct their toe merely because it didn’t look right. A toe! Let that sink in, she wanted to correct the way her toe looked to suit her ideal beauty standard.
If there was some sort of deformation or abnormality, I would understand but that wasn’t the case. It was just bizarre and, frankly, unbelievable to me.
That is probably the most dramatic example I can use to show how, as humans, we seek to be perfect but guess what, in this life we will never be perfect.
I can go on and on about how society pushes its ideals onto us as women to look like Barbies and Kardashians and even on men to be drop-dead gorgeous and possess a six-pack, but that isn’t exactly the crux of this post.
I understand a great majority of us won’t go through these lengths in order to change our bodies, perhaps because many have neither the time nor the resources, but what about our personalities?
Do we tend to act a certain way in public solely in order to be viewed as nice or reputable? While there is nothing wrong with genuinely possessing those characteristics, we have to ask ourselves, what are the motives behind our actions?
It can pose quite a challenge to uncover precisely why we do the things we do at the exact moment that we do them. It’s often only later on that we can look back and figure it out. Still, a great way to keep tabs on our motives is to ask ourselves: “does this action primarily draw attention to me or to God?” and “does this glorify me or God?” or “How can this best action glorify God?”
At this point in my life I have accepted that I will never be absolutely perfect, neither physically nor spiritually. It’s simply impossible. Sure, I can train towards an appealing physique, layer my face in mascara and maybe even surgically “reshape” my own toes, but if I look to personify this societal ideal of what perfection
I will always fall short -and if not before people, certainly before God. The same applies spiritually. If I live my life toiling to obtain salvation in my own right I will always fall short. There is nothing I can do, in and of myself that will make me look better to God in any way.
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. -Isaiah 64:6
You see, we may be able to deceive others, perhaps even God’s people, into thinking that we are better than we actually are, but we cannot fool God Himself. We simply can’t because He does not look at us according to the flesh (physically), but rather, according to the state of our souls (spiritually). That is what make the gospel (literally “good news”) so good. God knows that we aren’t perfect, and yet He still called us.
Why did He call us? He called us because He loved us? How can He love us, in spite of our sin and utter disregard for His daily goodness and grace? He can love us because He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into this world, 100% God and 100% man, to satisfy a debt on our behalf that could never have been satisfied by anyone else.
Roughly 2000 years ago, on the cross where He hung died, and the tomb from which he rose again to life, the sins of all who would believe upon Him and the Father who sent Him were paid for and the christian’s eternal security was sealed.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2:9
It can be easy to fall into the trap of the world, telling ourselves that we need to be a certain way and look a certain way, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that we seek God and glorify Him. At the end of the day, He is all that matters, because while this life is fleeting, it’s author is eternal.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
Most everything we know and cherish will pass, just as it has from the dawn of time, but the Lord is forever. His love endures forever and He will be with us until He returns to bring us home. This He has promised.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Previously, I recommended books for Christian women and spoke about a few of my favorite fiction series but this week, I decided to have my friend and brother in Christ, Glenroy, recommend some books for Christian men. I figured it would be fitting to have a male perspective on the books since this post is geared toward men.
A little bit about my friend Glen, we have been friends for many years now. He has a such a serving heart, and I cannot count the times he has gone out of his way to pick me up and take me to church for our regular Sunday service and Bible study. That is only one small example of Glen’s help. He also helped a ton when my husband and I were planning our wedding. In fact, he was a groomsman, even though he did not want to be one. He stated he wanted to sit at our main table but didn’t want the groomsmen title. We made him one anyway and cannot picture our wedding without him.
If you read the prior post on how Mike and I started dating, you have my perspective of how things happened but Mike tells me that before he even asked me to date him, he had gone to Glen for advice and to ask about me. At this point, Glen had known me for a few years and gave Mike the thumbs-up. So, Glen has been there from the beginning of my courtship which led to my marriage and even before that. I trust his judgment when it comes to books and any biblical questions I may have. Both Mike and I are very fond of him and thank the Lord for placing him in our lives.
He is currently involved in a podcast titled “Stop and Think about it” that is run by one of the elders of my church along with other members. I will discuss the podcast further in the future but in the meantime, I advise you to check it out here. Glen plans to soon have a website of his own where he will provide resources for Christians.
Well, now that you have an idea of who my dear friend Glen is, here are his book recommendations. Enjoy!
The Ninety-Five Theses and Other Writings
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Martin Luther. (by Penguin Group (USA) LLC) When Angie asked me to choose some must-read books for men, I was at a lost as to which to choose. This book quickly came to mind. It is not limited to just men, but I believe there are a lot of truths about biblical manhood in this small classic. This book includes an eclectic collection of Martin Luther’s writings and sermons starting with the Ninety-Five theses which launched him to historical notoriety. It is one of the best books of its kind because it allows Luther, through his own words, to express what he believed without modern distortions. The best section for me was the chapter on “8 sermon’s in lent” where Martin counsels against the violence of some of is “so called” followers. The main thrust of his argument is a belief in the sovereignty of God and utter reliance on God. Luther came out of hiding, at peril of his life, to courageously counsel for peace. This is just one of many invaluable sections that demonstrate true biblical manhood and sincere theology that is much needed today.
Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture
Reset. I recently received this book from one of my pastors. It is a small book, but it touched me in a deep way because of its practicality and the depth of its subject. David Murray wrote this book to teach men “how to learn to live grace-paced lives in a burnout culture”. If you or someone you know seems to be burned out in ministry and life, this book could be just what is needed. Murray lays out a clear biblical case for how men can “reset their lives and enjoy the healthy balance of grace motivation and grace moderation.” This not a dry theological book, heavy on data and light on solutions. This book is hands on. Murray lays out a step-by-step method for men to assess where they are in all areas of their lives, what needs to change, and how to create proper routines and biblical mindsets to avoid the burnout that so many of us face today. One of the nicest things about this book is Murray’s use of bible references, personal anecdotes and well-timed quotes from public figures we all know.
Hey everyone, in light of Valentines Day, I thought I’d share how my husband and I started dating.
I met Michael at my church back in the late summer of 2013 and upon our first conversation I immediately knew he was ineligible for dating. I learned three things in our first, very brief conversation; He was in a relationship, he went to Continue Reading
Last week, I went through some of my favorite fiction series. This week, I wanted to focus on books that can help us ladies in regards to spiritual growth. I have come across a ton of books in my lifetime and at first, when I switched churches, I was very wary about the books I would read. So when I would consider buying a new book, I took to the interwebs and researched the author’s bio to see what they are about, and what they believe. The books I decided to share today, I have Continue Reading