UPDATE: Darlene has just launched a New Blog! http://www.marriageprayers.today
Craig and I are coming up on our 15th wedding anniversary! I can't believe the time has passed so quickly yet, if we are really honest, some of those times seemed like eternity. You know what I'm talking about, those really messy times, those moments when you just wanted to throw your hands in the air and call it quits. There have been times when it was so messy that I didn't think I wanted to even begin to clean it up but rather just walk away from the yuck. Can you relate?
But, then there have been those beautiful times. The times where you can see the residue of the mess but see the beauty that comes from the ashes. You can catch of glimpse of redemption, a ray of sunlight around the dark cloud, the glimmer of hope that peeks through the tears. Its those times that you take a deep breath and know that everything is going to be okay.
No one ever promised that it would be easy, this thing called marriage. Did you really expect two people that are made up so differently, with so many faults, actually giving 100% of themselves 100% of the time? We are selfish people, with selfish motives, we are born sinful and we stay that way until eternity. So, what made you think that marriage was going to be a bed of roses? If you are like me, I wanted to live in a cartoon. Actually, I wanted to live at Disney World - no joke. I imagined my prince charming high on his white horse swooping down to whisk me off my feet. (Mine drove a red Chevrolet Z71 pick-up truck.) My rags would be made to riches and I would live happily ever after. But, what happens when Prince Charming falls off his horse? What happens when your riches turn back into rags or that carriage turns back into the pumpkin? Its easy to give up.
I remember a couple of years ago, I started following The Time Warp Wife. I liked her style! She was real and down-to-earth. She didn't sugar coat anything but always found a way to meet me right where I was in my marriage. She encouraged me through her writing to love Craig like I had been called to do. She has no idea who I am, outside of cyber world, but I feel like we could sit down with a cup of coffee and be instant friends. She has been such an inspiration to me over these last couple of years when my life seems to be really messy, like kindergarteners and finger paint kind of messy.
I recently saw a post where she was looking for members of a Launch Team. I jumped at the opportunity, only because I love her and her writings. I filled out the form and they graciously asked me to join the team. What a blessing, what an honor! So, I get to help her promote this awesome book, Messy Beautiful Love!
I am looking forward to reading this book and plan to start right now, actually! I've heard from other Launch Team members that its hard to put down and one woman read it in one day! I am also looking forward to seeing how this book changes lives, ultimately redeeming marriages through the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. I'm so excited for Darlene and I love how much she has poured her heart into this book!
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And, please share your marriage redemption testimonies with me, I'd love to post them!