Tuesday, August 21, 2012

13 Years of His Faithfulness

The hymn which recurred throughout our nascent friendship, courtship, and engagement was Thomas Chisholm's "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." We sang much in our wedding and made the guests sing for their supper cake, so of course we included what felt like "our" hymn. {If you're reading by email, you may wish to click over to the blog to view the video.}

In our Indian dress for a bridal shower (On a good day, I could wrap my sari in 15 minutes; if I really hurried, 45.)

Happy anniversary, my love!
Thanking God today for my prince of a husband (#7140)
Anniversary blessings also to dear friend Kate, with whom I am delighted to share the celebration. 
Perhaps we could join together in prayers for marriages today?
The books which have helped me grow the most as a wife (in addition to the Bible) are these:
  • The Mystery of Marriage, by Mike Mason: This poetic meditation on the essence of marriage moved me to worship. I know of no other similar book. It is not, however, a book of practical advice.
  • What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, by Paul David Tripp: This book pulls no punches in calling the reader to confess and repent for his or her own contribution to marital difficulties. Tripp emphasizes the purpose of marriage as sanctification rather than self-gratification and makes much our sin and more of God's grace.
  • Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs, by Emerson Eggerichs: This book opened my eyes to key communication differences between men and women (e.g., that I was treating Allen disrespectfully without even knowing it and misinterpreting his words and actions to his detriment).
What about you? Do you have a favorite marriage resource or tip? If you are not married, I would appreciate any insights you've gained from observing married couples.
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