Sunday, August 23, 2009

The End of Summer

Wow! Summer is gone! It's crazy! Of course once OneCamp is over it always seems that the rest of summer flies by!

Each weekend have had something going on, except this weekend. It was a relaxing weekend! The 8th I had a surprise birthday party to go to. That was fun :) It was a bunch of us education majors. Then that next weekend we had the OneCamp planning retreat. We went down to Palacious Friday night and came back Saturday. Then once we got back we went and helped Joey's cousin paint his house. Then that night we had our friend Leah come over! It was a very fun and eventful weekend! :) Then next weekend (29th) we have a wedding to go to!

Not much has been going on with me. I've been trying to get housework done so I don't have to do it right when school starts. School starts Monday!! The awesome thing is that my first class on MWF isn't until 12!! Then Tuesday Thursday classes aren't until 9:30!! And I don't have any field work this semester! YAY!! That means no getting up early!! :)

This semester I am taking 4 education courses and 1 normal class. Classes: Emergent Literacy, Survey of Exceptional Children( it's a class about special needs kids), Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction, Social Studies (how to teach it to Elementary kids), and Texas & U.S. Government.  Should be interesting :)

I haven't finished reading Sinner yet, my 3rd book this summer. So I haven't/didn't met my goal of 3 reading 3 books this summer. I'm half way through it so it shouldn't be long before I finish. I will continue to blogging my thoughts on "The Excellent Wife". Maybe not so often as I would like, but I will keep posting :)

Have a sunny day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Having the Right Attitude

So I just finished reading a chapter in The Excellent Wife and some things really stuck out to me.

One of the points in the chapter said that:
"God has prepared good works for the Christian wife to do."
It states Ephesians 2:10 and then goes on to say that the works that God has prepared for wives to do not only includes what you do in your relationship with your husband, but your attitude or heart's motive. One line I really liked was "It will help you to have the right attitude if you focus on what you are supposed to be doing, not on what your husband is supposed to be doing." Instead a wife should look to see if she is doing the good works God intended for her to do.

I thought this was a really interesting little passage because how many times do you see wives nag at their husband that they aren't doing something, or doing something wrong. I am guilty of this. I have learned with Joey that he will get done what he says he will and he will do the task in a way that he thinks is best. The controlling, sinful side of me wants to have him do the task right then and do how I do it. Thankfully Joey forgives me when I start to nag and by God's grace I am trying to become better.

Another passage I wanted to share from the book was:
"The focus of the Christian wife is to be on God rather than herself"

Since one of a wife's role, I believe, is to take care of the household, it is really easy to get overwhelmed and start to react selfishly. Being honest, that has already happened with me. There are times where I've thought "Why do I have to do all the sweeping" or "Why do I have to do___ "-fill in the blank. In reality, everything I do should be to please God, especially if it is my God-intended role. That selfishness can lead to anger which can lead to fighting about something, that if you just thought that you were pleasing God with what you are doing, would have never happened in the first place. As Christians we should do everything to glory God, so ladies why can't that be sweeping or scrubbing toilets. Although I hate toilets, taking care of the home God blessed us with shows Him that we are thankful and glorifies God. What I mean is taking care of the gift we were given shows we appreciate it and we appreciate the gift giver.

I hope some of the passages from the book helps you or helps you to see something in a different light.

I am enjoying The Excellent Wife so far and I am excited to learn more about how my Father wants me to be.

Sorry guys, this is mostly to women, however there might be some things mentioned that can apply to your life too. I am going to continue posting as I read through the book. I just want to post things that really stick with me, that I can really relate to or things I want to get better at.

Have a nice evening!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Ordered it!

Yesterday I looked 3 different places and called 3 to see if they had "Feminine Appeal", the book I mentioned in the previous post. No luck! Sadly and very frustrated I gave up and came home. Fixed on ordering it on Amazon.
Well the same woman that told me about that book also recommended "The Excellent Wife" by: Martha Peace. So I decided to order it instead! So my copy should come in the mail sometimes next week! Yay! I'm excited!! I want to post some thoughts/reflections or maybe things I really like in the book when I read it. Just to share it with you! We'll see! :) Have a lovely day!