I am about to tell you something that is going to SHOCK you, especially if you are a Christian woman...
Before I tell you though, I want to say that it has been very encouraging to see the responses I have gotten on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, email, etc regarding our decision for me to stay at home. Thank you to everyone who has lifted us up in prayer. So many other people are going through the same thing we are and it is a blessing to know that we are in the same boat as others.
Brent had an interview today with a company he would LOVE to work for. He has a second interview with them later this week. He also has an interview with a different company on Thursday. Our prayer every day, as we earnestly seek His plan, is that He would open and close doors and establish our steps so that we are right where He wants us. It's not about us, it's about Him.
I realized today, though, that many times I earnestly seek His plan, and not Him alone. May I be seeking my Savior and Who he is and let the knowledge of His plan be secondary.
Now, back to the SHOCKER.
I have never read a Beth Moore Bible study!
I own one, a very short one, but I can't tell you the name of it or how many times I've started the study. I have absolutely no reason for this, I hear wonderful things about her and her ministry to women. I've just never done one of her studies. And this leads me to also tell you that I have never read one of John Piper's books. Another shocker, but not quite as big as the first.
Brent and I are part of a new Bible study group that meets every other Thursday. The group was started because all of us teach youth SS and can't attend any adult SS classes, so we formed our own SS class (or I guess it would be a Thursday School class...haha). We chose to read Piper's This Momentary Marriage. I started it last night and it is amazing. My favorite quote (well, one of them, I underlined nearly every sentence) is:
"Staying married, therefore, is not mainly about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant...Therefore, what makes divorce and remarriage so horrific in God's eyes is not merely that it involves covenant-breaking to the spouse, but that it involves misrepresenting Christ and his covenant. Christ will never leave his wife. Ever. There may be times of painful distance and tragic backsliding on our part. But Christ keeps his covenant forever. Marriage is a display of that!" (p. 25)
We are married to display God's covenant love. How is my marriage, your marriage, displaying that kind of love?