Saturday, January 31, 2015

Choosing Him All Over Again Blog Tour

Today I'm stepping away from my normal crafty posts to share a very special post. I'm very happy to be part of the Choosing Him Blog Tour.  I'm joining nearly 100 other bloggers.  To learn more and to join us click HERE.

Juana Mikels seemingly had it all...a handsome husband, a new home, a high-paying dream job, plenty of "things" and yet she wasn't happy.  She felt like something was missing.  She decided that the fault lay in her husband.  So in her desperate search for happiness and fulfillment, she left him.  As she began her search for the perfect Mr. Right, much to her surprise, she discovered that true happiness was ONLY found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Choosing Him All Over Again is an honest, transparent story of Juana's marital struggles and how the Lord not only put her marriage back together but how He saved both she and her husband.  As Juana says, "It is my delight to share my history with you because my story is a story of God's grace." The book is good for those who are married and struggling, has helps for those who are married to unbelievers, and is an encouragement to those in solid marriages as well.  My husband and I have been married for 30 years and have a solid, loving marriage.  However, I was still challenged by several of the ideas and tips she shared in the book.  All marriages can improve because they are made up of two imperfect people.  If we are not growing closer together, we are drifting apart.

One of the things that she said that really challenged me was when she talked about how we read in Proverbs that the man that finds a wife finds a good thing (Proverbs 18:22).  She says that "wives are intended to be a gift.  Gifts are things we like."  She then says when she's tempted to nag her husband about something she tries to pause and ask herself, "will saying this again contribute to my acting like a gift to my husband?" I always act like a gift to my husband.  No, I don't.  Now hopefully before I open my mouth, I can ask myself the same question Juana does.

Juana shares various lists of helps such as Nine Areas to Focus on During Separation and Reconciliation (some of these very practical tips will help all marriages), Eleven Checkpoints for Refreshing Your Marriage, and Prayers You Can Prayer For Your Husband.  There is even a free downloadable companion Bible Study guide.  While Juana and I disagree on various areas of separation, I found her book very helpful, practical, and definitely worth the time I spent reading it.

Every marriage has its own story.  Juana Mikels wrote her story of how God saved her marriage along with practical teaching on faith and marriage that she learned as a results of her own failure.  Most of all, she points us all to Jesus Christ who has the power to change lives and marriages. You can your own copy of this helpful book HERE or on Kindle HERE.

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