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In my life this week…
This week I learned that two different couples we know are in distress. Real distress. Divorce-talking distress. It always makes me wonder...what happened to their love-story.
Then today, I accompanied our 7 yr old daughter to her church retreat (she is getting ready to celebrate her first reconciliation in a week). Afterwards, we stopped in the parish gift shop where I found a prayer card...this prayer card...
A Wife's daily prayer: As a wife, I beseech thee, Oh Triune God, make me cheerful, trustful, unselfish, thrifty, and an affectionate companion. If I am blessed with Motherhood, I ask the additional grace of patience and good example. May our family be modeled upon the Holy Family. Amen.
On the back, these were listed...
TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL WIFE:
1. Avoid arguments. Your husband has his share from other sources.
2. Don't nag.
3. Don't drink or eat to excess.
4. If you offend your husband, always ask forgiveness before you retire.
5. Compliment your husband liberally. It makes him a better husband.
6. Budget wisely together. Live within your income.
7. Be sociable and go out with your husband.
8. Dress neatly & attractively for your husband, & keep your home clean and cheerful.
9. Keep your household troubles to yourself.
10. Pray together and stay together.
In our homeschool this week…We continued our theme unit of Egypt and watched "The Prince of Egypt" as our family movie. It made me think...
Why do we as Christians expect an easy path? When I think about how people were treated for their faith in the time of Moses...seems like what God requires of us today, of me, is quite...do-able.
This also came up in my Roman History class. We were required to view and discuss Quo Vadis. This film (we watched the 1951 version), and based on the novel, discusses Marcus Vinicius' journey to Christianity. It discusses the Roman's distrust and persecution of Christians, the violent ends that came to some of the apostles...
I find this humbling.
The years after the boys were born, I was so angry by what I felt then was the "hand" I had been dealt. And watched as even certain "family" members gleefully rejoiced that fate had handed my husband and I children with special needs. I felt punished by God. I realized two things since then:
one: God is not in the punishing business. and
two: I have no idea what real punishment; what real persecution is.
I have a path that is different than others. But my path is still 1000 times easier, more so, than so many...I am reminded again to be thankful. to be grateful. and through accompanying my daughter today as she continues her journey towards her first confession, I am reminded of God's grace and goodness he offers us through his mercy and through his forgiveness.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…even if your homeschool is secular...prayer helps...alot.
What’s working/not working for us… what's working: The more I give to God, the better it gets. what's not working: my grad classes this semester...it's the second week and the workload is already terrifying. I will just keep on keepin' on and see how it goes.
Things I’m working on… Keeping in the forefront my marriage and my love story that I started with my husband 13 years ago.
I’m reading...books for history class...and Ephesians...and Exodus.
I’m grateful for…my marriage and family.
I’m praying for… my friends
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Linking up with The Homeschool Mother's Journal at The Homeschool Chick. and also linked to:
A wise Woman Builds her Home.