About 10 years ago, I read Debi's book, Created To Be His Helpmeet. When I read it, I felt like I really failed my calling. I had been married for about 6 years at that time and my marriage and my life was in shambles, literally. I read her book and with each passing page, more tears poured fourth. I wanted a glorious marriage. One that Debi wrote about.
I talk with women that have found Debi's book to be too high a standard to live by. Women that just feel hopeless, who feel they will never measure up to Debi. I am living proof that I could read a book like hers, apply the wisdom to my life, and with much willingness to be used of God, have a glorious marriage and a joyful life to show for it. It is possible. With Christ all things are possible.
I may not have made all the right choices like Debi did from the start, but I did not give up when I new I was a mess. My book is a collection of stories that reflect the struggles I had and how I overcame through Christ. It is book of HOPE to those who are hopeless. It is a book that tells you how to get out of the slump, how to get a vision for life, and how to keep yourself from slipping into despair. It is a book to show you how to get started in your journey with fun practical skills in homemaking that have been passed down from generation to generation. Skills that have been thrown by the wayside in our modern culture.
I was not a perfect wife or mother to start with and I am still not perfect, for that matter, but by the grace of God I have such an incorruptible joy and purpose for life. Through my book, it is my earnest prayer, that other precious women and girls out there can know the same purpose and joy I have experienced.
I wanted to send out a special thank you to all of you out there that have been praying for me while I have been writing and publishing Living Virtuously. There were times I felt discouraged and times I knew the devil was trying to get me to quit. Behind the scenes there was a lot of drama and a lot of persecution. It has not been easy, especially when you know you are doing something that is meant to help heal marriages, help increase people's joy and faith. The devil does not want people to be healed or to have faith in God. His goal is to steal, kill, and destroy souls, marriages, and families. I never gave up because I knew I had to do this to help people. No matter what the cost. It is time to take back what the devil means for destruction and find true peace and joy in your lives.
We do not get anywhere when we take no action. If I would have been offended by Debi's book, just let her book fall on deaf ears and feel that it was unattainable, I would not have a happy life today. It takes initiative in order to get your marriage or life where it needs to be. Because I had to struggle so much, since my life was such a mess, I feel that I can help others also gain victory in their lives. I pray that my book will be a blessing to others. Today is the last day to enter the contest to win a copy of LIVING VIRTUOUSLY: A Wife's Guide to Keeping Her Heart & Home.