"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea." (Isaiah 48:17-18)
April Cassidy brings an insight into being the woman God intends for you to be ~ wholly dependent upon Him for all avenues of our life.
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"I am a wife who loves God wholeheartedly and who wants to relate my personal, life-changing experience with Jesus Christ and the Bible." ~ April Cassidy
The Peaceful Wife, Peaceful Single Girl, Twitter, Facebook: Peaceful Wife Blog
What is missing in my want-to and my doing? How many times have I said or done something that was not my intent to come across that way; even I am surprised? My tone of voice, my impatient humph or eye-rolling? Am I listening?
I begin reading, and... there it is! Do all as onto the Lord. Of course, I know that ~ am I too comfortable at home? Do I treat others better and those next to me poorly? Not all the time, but I do ~ am I preoccupied, doing what "I" do? One example is bringing my husband to a celebration meal during the holidays with people he did not know well. Getting home and mentioning a conversation, he did not know it was directed to him and had not heard until about mid-way in the conversation. May I be more attentive and inclusive, more aware to all I am missing and not seeing. To be more observant.
Communication is key. To share your hearts, your relationship with Christ will come through your actions. I liked how April shows both sides ~ love for the wife and respect for the husband, in the Lord's design. She begins by sharing her early perception of her marriage and how it was misunderstood. Her husband worked long hours ~ his job, sending out his resumé for work related to his training, and remodeling their older home. April had injured her back and was unable to do what she had fully been doing. She took his exhaustion as ignoring, while he felt he was caring for her, providing and accomplishments for them, being careful of her physical state.
April talks of unmet expectations ~ unspoken how she thought it would be. Responsibility changed their focal from their dating days. I would say this book is like a friend sharing common feelings and how to apply God's Word in misconceptions and to relearn God's principles of freedom and peace that come by following His Word. Through examples, the outlook of her husband's response to respect and her filling from identifying and receiving being loved are expressed.
Not dwelling on changing the other person, but focusing on our following the Lord changes us resulting in a difference in how we treat the other person. The focus is off ourselves, and pleasing in submission to the Lord and His guidance. Value beyond "my way."
Here is what is covered in the chapter contents: 1. Our Story; 2. Finding the Missing Piece of the Puzzle; 3. Let's Be Honest; 4. The Absolute Lordship of Christ; 5. God's Beautiful Design; 6. Recognizing Disrespect; 7. Acknowledging Our Sin; 8. My Husband Shares His Heart; 9. Learning the Language of Respect; 10. A Smorgasbord of Respect; 11. Communicating Our Desires Respectfully; 12. Respecting Our Husbands During Conflict; 13. Sharing the Journey. Appendix: Reaching a Husband Who Doesn't Know Christ; Notes; For Further Study; About the Author.
Gratitude for not having to seek out our own path! God's wisdom far outreaches ours. I looked forward to reading April's book. She was given permission to share the outlook from other women from interaction on her online blog. No matter your age or length of marriage, God desires His design for our lives. An engaged couple would benefit from this book. These subjects might not be brought up during excitement of marrying each other and expecting your relationship not to change from your dating experience together.
author April Cassidy: "I write about being a surrendered wife, Christian marriages, Godly submission, femininity, helpmeet, and modesty."
***Thank you to Kregel Tour for inviting me to be part of reviewing The Peaceful Wife and sending me a print copy of the book. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***