Happy Monday truth-seekers! Did y'all have a nice weekend?  How was Father's Day for your loved ones?  We had a jam-packed weekend of fun starting on Thursday night with our Father/Daughter Dance at church.  Our theme was "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and before the dance started, we made this giant rainbow balloon arch.  It was so cool!

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On Friday, we headed to the beach with Ashley and Adam and their girls.  It was the first time that we've gotten to spend a whole weekend together with both set of twins and I was surprised at how well they all did.  What was so interesting was Adeline and Claire (Ashley's oldest twin) played together and Maralee and Camryn (the younger twins) played together. Talk about some interesting birth order conversations!!!!

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Adeline & Claire

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Maralee & Camryn

Yesterday we went to eat lunch with my family after church and then Raleigh and I went to see Man of Steel.  The movie theater was busting at it's seams for Father's Day and the movie did not disappoint.  It is one of our traditions for me to see all of these action/superhero movies with Raleigh.  He is an adorable nerd and I have to admit I've caught the bug too.  After that, we went over to Kari Beth and Gunter's to eat pizza with the Price's. The girls just love hanging out with John Turner and riding his John Deere tractor!

Anyway, I wanted to say hello today to tell y'all two things.  First, Kathi Lipp is letting me give away two of her books that I talked about recently, Praying God's Word for Your Life and Praying God's Word for Your Husband.  I'll run the giveaway until next Friday, June 28th.  You can enter through Twitter, Facebook, the blog, or by simply telling a friend! It's easy and all the instructions are below:

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I shared here about how Praying God's Word for Your Life has impacted me but I didn't share much about Praying God's Word for Your Husband. Here is a short description of the book:

praying gods word for your husband Women often offer up polite prayers to God without any real hope of seeing change in their marriage, their husbands, or themselves. Kathi Lipp directs women to Scripture and shows wives how to pray God's Word boldly and in full confidence of seeing God-sized results. With a light touch and an approachable style, Lipp shows women what a blessing it is to pray for their husbands, addressing specific concerns, like praying for his:

  • parenting;
  • career and finances;
  • relationship with God and others;
  • emotional health;
  • future;
  • and more.

Kathi shows readers how to stop feeling helpless and start making a difference in their husbands' lives through bold, expectant prayer, whether they are new believers or have been walking with God for years.

Truth-seekers, I want to be honest with y'all.  This has been such a transitional year for Raleigh and I moving from Montgomery to Dothan.  We still don't know why our house hasn't sold in Montgomery and it scares us. We are trying to be smart with our finances and our future decisions here in Dothan and it has been our constant prayer since last March to sell our house.  But, it still hasn't happened and it has caused pressure on our marriage.  While we still desperately want to sell our house, we've come to realize that we can't let that burden interfere with how we are with each other. I love my husband and he loves me and we are doing everything that we can to sell that house but we've realized this: only God can sell our house.  Not us, not our Realtor, only God.

Selling our home is nothing compared to the girls' premature birth, but it has been such a major hurdle for us spiritually this past year.  Since we've realized that only God can sell our house, we've surrendered all of our brokenness, dreams, and hopes to him.  It has been painful to not get what we want, but he is drawing us close to him and building our character so we can have hope for our future.  He has caused us to put a halt on our plans and trust his.

So, while I'd love to ask you to pray for our house to sell, I'd rather ask that you pray for us to trust God's plans. This is the prayer that I seek in these two books for my husband's life and my own life.  It's also the prayer I seek for your life.  We have to let go of our earthly plans and believe that God is a light for our paths.  Only when we sacrifice our fleshly desires do we get to a place where we seek him fully and completely.  This process is painful and not very much fun. But, now that we have recognized why this is happening - so we may live more intimately with Christ - I can't say I regret it.  Raleigh and I have grown through this process, as individual and as a couple, and I guess we needed it.  Maybe you need that too.

Finally, I'd like to say that I'm sorry if my posts over this past year have been a little depressing.  It hasn't been on purpose but it's just been this season of life.  I wrote this post last week about being happy because we really must find joy through our sufferings.  God's peace surpasses all understanding and covers our worries, pain, and heartaches.  It's the only cure for all the ugly in this world. It's my goal to rest in peace more than a pit; to see light instead of darkness, to hope instead of despair.  Our purpose in this fleeting life is to love, share, laugh, work, and play. It's so much better if we do this with a light heart.

I hope you enter in this giveaway, friend.  These books truly are a gift that I'm delighted to share with you.  Have a blessed and happy Monday.

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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