Who wouldn't want an unending love? (Wait...wasn't there an 80's song about that? Maybe that was "everlasting love....") It's a deep desire, a hope, and a dream for many of us.
But love, as we know, isn't dependent only on one person. It has to be reciprocal. And, it's not a one-time feeling that stretches out into eternity without any effort on our part. Life can get challenging. And love can face its own challenges; with illnesses, parenthood, job issues...all these and other problems can take their tolls.
Becky Thompson has authored a book just for moms to help us to maintain our love relationships and our marriages in her new book, Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood. I didn't have to think twice about reading this one, because I had so dearly loved her other book, Hope Unfolding. (You can read my review on that book if you click here on the book title! Hope Unfolding) The author, who understands how the love of a marriage relationship can get buried under life's and parenting's responsibilities, has created this wonderful book which leads moms through a 21-day challenge which is designed to reawaken--and rekindle--that first love of marriage.
In Love Unending, Thompson shares how she observed her dad's incredible, faithful, and fresh love for her mom. One day, she asked him how she could tell women how to keep their marriage relationships vibrant. He answered, "Becky, just tell them to do what I do."
What did he do?
Each day when he woke up, he told himself that this was the first day he was married to Becky's mom.
This enabled him to remember the girl he fell in love with; to start each day without bitterness or yesterday's offenses on his mind; to return to new love each morning. Pretty amazing advice!
Thompson starts with this, and then lays out 21 chapters (plus an introduction and a conclusion) with a devotional, a challenge, a prayer prompt, and reflection (how the challenge went, the husband's reaction, and the mom's heart at the end of the day). Here's a short list of some of the 21 chapters, and the topics they cover:
- Speak kindly
- Thank him frequently
- Reach out intentionally
- Expect gracefully
- Serve joyfully
- Discover daily
- and 15 others, all designed to help us draw closer in our marriages and really see, and appreciate, our spouses
I love Becky Thompson's writing. Her first book encouraged me greatly, and this one is both an encouragement and a challenge. But, it's a challenge which is designed to bring forth great fruit and awesome results.
Pick up a copy. Read this book...and commit to its challenges! Even if you are the only one who changes as a result, you will be a happier and more satisfied woman. (And I think your hubs will be, as well!)
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