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Thankful Thursday - A Living Hope

Praise to God for a Living Hope
1Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
We serve a God of hope.

As we closeout 2007 and mark the passing into a new year, my soul fills with excitement. I start to wonder about the plans the Lord has made ready for me. I overflow with hope thinking about lives that will be forever changed through our Lord Jesus. I have hope that His name will be honored in the year ahead.

I have hope that 2008 could be the year of my husband’s salvation. I have hope God will keep watch over my children. I have hope in spite of all the evil in this world I will see the good. I have hope that the Lord will move mightily in many marriages in 2008. I BELIEVE He will!

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Thank you Lord Jesus, giver of hope and peace. Reveal to us just how powerful hope and faith really are. Let our hope bring glory to your name, We pray in your holy name, Jesus, Amen.

Thank you for joining me this Thursday to honor our Lord. I pray you are surrounded by His presence and that 2008 is filled with moments with the King. Be blessed, Lynn

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A Christmas Speculation, Part Three

And now part three. Thank you for staying the journey with me.
Praying and believing,
Dineen


659149_29309835Simeon’s words slid over her heart and settled to a deep ache in her chest. Her son lay content in the old priest’s arms, seemingly oblivious to his true identity. Though the old man had just professed his readiness for death, the awe in his face seemed to rejuvenate his youth.

My Son is the bringer of life.

Mary searched Joseph’s face. Once doubtful eyes now held a deep concern for her. She blinked away the threat of tears. No, this wasn’t a day to mourn, but to rejoice. Her son’s birth had already pierced her heart with a love more intense than she’d imagined possible. How could she mourn what had yet to pass and miss the incredible life she now held?

The angel had said nothing was impossible for God. She’d trust that God would uphold her for whatever came. He’d chosen her to be the mother of his Son. The thought still brought her to her knees in humility. She was nothing. Her son was everything.

And in him all things will hold together.

She’d sensed God’s Spirit continually through the years, words of comfort spoken and peace given.

The memory of that day at the temple rippled away, and she stood once again beneath the cross. Nails pierced Jesus’ hands and feet, and her heart, just as Simeon had said. The ache had never left from all those years ago. She’d simply grown accustomed to its presence.

But now, this pain, this exceeded anything she’d imagined. She’d give anything to trade places with her son. Yet she knew it to be God’s plan, that his Son had come for this sole purpose. Her human mind could not reconcile the need, yet the depravity of her soul could.

For the need of all men’s souls, salvation had finally come.

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Laced With Grace Giveaway

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As 2008 approaches, the Laced with Grace blog team wanted to thank their readers with a little giveaway.

The package will include a Women of Faith study Bible (NIV/Hardcover); Lisa Whelchel’s Bible study tool for busy moms; a coffee mug from “Mugs of Truth“; the DVD “The Nativity Story“; the book “Love and Respect“; and a music CD by Becky Knight, who just released her first CD.

Head on over and sign up for the giveaway. Click on the image:

If you could post a link on your blog to get the word out, we would appreciate it!

Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas. Love and hugs, Lynn

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Thankful Thursday - The Birth of Our Savior!

Luke 2: 6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Jesus

He split time in two.
He is the first.
He is the last.
He is everything in between.
He is conqueror.
He is redeemer of the broken hearted.
He is the restorer of relationships.
He is healer of all wounds.
He knows the innermost parts of my heart.
My Provider.
My Champion.
Powerful Advocate.
He is trustworthy and true.
He holds the stars in His hand!
Wars are waged against Him…..He is victorious!
Lies are broadcast about Him…..He is truth!
Governments try to crush Him…..He is sovereign!
Legislators work to erase Him…..He is ever-present!
Schools no longer pray to Him…..He is our intercessor!
The media scorns His name…..His name gives life.
Evil tried to kill Him…..HE LIVES!

Praise the Name of the Lord!


May your find peace, hope and love in the baby born to be our Savior! Be Blessed, Lynn

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A Christmas Speculation, Part Two

A pondering of what happened behind the scenes 2,000 years ago continues...
Praying and believing,
Dineen


659149_29309835Joseph crouched next to Mary’s prone form. The babe lay nestled in the crook of her arm, either content in her warmth or unaware of his meager surroundings. Joseph knew not which, only that such circumstances were unbefitting a king.

All because of Augustus’ vile decree. They’d barely made it to Bethlehem in time for Mary to give birth. Now his wife lay in a bed of straw and a trough would serve as the babe’s first bed.

He stared at the child—at Jesus in awestruck wonder, then hung his head in shame. Had he failed the boy already? Had he failed Mary? More importantly, had he failed God? He’d almost walked away when he first learned of Mary’s pregnancy, yet God had given him a second chance. Would God give him a third?

Joseph felt Mary’s hand on his cheek, recognized her jasmine scent. He lifted his head. What would he see reflected back in her eyes?

Mary searched his face. A tender smile curved her lips. Understanding and love saturated her stare. “All is well, Joseph, and as it should be.”

Throat tight with his gratitude, he could only nod. Such trust! No wonder God had chosen Mary for such an honor as carrying the Son of God. That he could be half as worthy.

But why him? What did God see in a simple carpenter like Joseph? He leaned over and kissed Mary’s forehead, then did the same to Jesus. As his lips touched the downy skin of the babe, Joseph’s heart surged with love—a love like nothing he’d ever experienced.

He knew then he’d do anything for the tiny baby. He’d sacrifice everything, even himself if need be. Everything he had and was, he gladly gave to the babe put in his charge—to his “son.”

To Jesus.

All fear vanished.

All shame fled.

All trepidation over the future left in the wake of peace.

And Joseph knew all would be well.

Just as Mary said.

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A Glorious Future is Ours!

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Dineen and I are gearing up for 2008. There are some changes ahead for Spiritually Unequal Marriage. We have planned some exciting and challenging posts to begin in the new year. We have prayed over this ministry and want 2008 to be a significant year in your marriage. We are asking the Lord our God to be revealed in the hearts of all of our spouses. We are asking God to manifest His presence in marriages, to free many of us from Spiritual and physical bondage, and to become our highest priority in all that we say and do.

This is no small task but we serve a giant God. Get ready! 2008 will be the year that many of us will experience the glorious presence of God in a new and profound way.

Okay, can you tell I am excited? With this in mind you will see our posting will slow down between now and January 5th. On January 5th (Saturday) we will begin to post a new weekend devotional. This will replace Sunday Smiles. Thank you everyone who participated in the fun time. We hope the devotion will inspire you and provide you with meaningful thoughts and prayers to work through your marriage during the week.

Also, we are praying about a few other surprises and a new series to begin that week.

Until then, continue to join the many of us who participate in Thankful Thursday. Also, stop here on Tuesdays to read more Dineen’s series, A Christmas Speculation.

We have hope for our marriages, our spouses' salvation, and our children. We want to share that hope and it is the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas. We love you with an eternal love. Lynn

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Sunday Smiles- With A Twist - Again

At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

Hope you are intrigued by this interesting optical illusion.

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The first time I looked at this picture I was only able to see the young woman. Do you see the old woman or the young woman? Look carefully. Things are not always as they appear. I find this is so true in the work of our Lord. Often, we can't see what is really going on, however, the Lord sees.

1 Samuel 16:7 (New International Version) But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

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Marriage and the Mistletoe

Mistletoe
Mistletoe, what an amazing concept! Hang a little twig over someone's head and snag a kiss. I guess that makes sense. Nothing says romance like a poisonous sprig of parasitic vegetation.

Kissing under the mistletoe dates back to a 17th century English custom. Back in the day, a berry was removed every time a kiss was made, which meant there were no kisses when there no berries. We seem to have since forgotten about the berry removal - allowing us to concentrate on the kissing!

So on your next visit to the store, pick up this poisonous, good for nothing, parasite and hang it in the MOST conspicuous place in your house. Then grab your spouse, your kids, the dog, the hamster, (okay, not the hamster) and SMACK away!

God bless and Merry CHRISTmas. LynnDogmistl2

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Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday I look forward to giving our God honor by remembering thankfulness. I have so many things to be thankful for this day.

  • Laurel who has hosted Thankful Thursday for the past four weeks. I love you Laurel.

    Next Thursday, it will be my turn. It is the Thankful Thursday before Christmas. I can’t wait to read your posts that day.

    Iris, who is a dear friend and has allowed me to host for four weeks. Iris will be back in January and she will be ready to go. I sure have missed her during her break. I love you Iris.

  • Dineen Miller, the co-writer here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Her commitment and love for others living unequally yoked is passionate and heartfelt. She prays often over many. I love you Dineen.

  • For you my friends, who stop in here to share a part of your day with me, I love you! I pray for so many of you, I feel a spiritual kinship and I can’t wait to meet you face-to-face. I love you my friends.

  • Mostly for Jesus, a baby, who became a man to live and die to set me free today, tomorrow and forever. I LOVE YOU JESUS! You are my first, my last, beginning, end, Alpha, Omega. You are the Messiah.

    Have a blessed Thursday. Merry CHRISTmas. Lynn

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    A Christmas Speculation, Part One

    Dear Friends,
    I wrote this story last Christmas—a kind of pondering of what happened behind the scenes 2,000 years ago, the preparation of events mightier than we will ever completely understand. I pray it blesses you this Christmas season. Parts two and three will follow the next two Tuesdays.
    Praying and believing,
    Dineen


    659149_29309835“You can still change your mind.”

    He looked at his father, the embodiment of love. "You know I won’t. There’s too much at stake.”

    Mind focused on the unseen, his father stared past him. “It’s a wondrous plan.”

    As his son, he ached to know the complete picture, but he trusted his father emphatically. Time had proven his wisdom and faithfulness. “Is it time to go yet?”

    His father met his gaze. “Soon. Everything’s almost in place. Donkey’s aren’t the most efficient form of transportation.”

    He smiled at his father’s humor. “”Maybe the next model will move faster.”

    His father chuckled, then turned somber. “Next time it will be a pony that carries you.”

    “I’m glad to do this.” He glanced away. “I only wish…”

    “Yes?” A knowing look graced his father’s glowing face.

    “I dread the separation.”

    His father approached him, his eyes full of love…and pain. “If there were any other way…”

    He nodded. “I know. That’s why I’m going. It is a wondrous plan.”

    Passion filled his father’s voice. “Wait until you see the ending.”

    “I’m ready to go now.”

    His father settled a hand on his cheek. “I’m always with you, my son.”

    He embraced his father one last time. He’d eventually return, but in the meantime he cherished the moment. He stepped back and waited.

    His father seemed to brim with pride as he lifted his hand. “This is my son, with whom I am pleased.”

    Chest swelling with his own pride, he smiled again at his father. “This my father, with whom I have the honor to serve.”

    In a blink, darkness surrounded him. He no longer could see his father, but he heard the wail of a baby.

    And realized it was his own.

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    Does Hair Matter in Marriage?

    One thing I love about our 1Peter3Living group is our willingness to tackle sensitive issues in marriage. Today we are discussing a touchy subject to be sure. I thought I would share it here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage. Does the length of a woman’s hair matter in marriage?

    Believe it or not, like it or not, fair or not, the issue of hair length matters, A LOT! I think what we need to clarify is that the length of hair is not so much a spiritual issue but a gender issue.

    Women consider hair their personal property. After all, we are adults and should be able to choose the style we wish to wear. Makes sense to me.

    So why does it matter to a man the length his wive's hair? What we need to remember is God created men visual. One of the five most important needs of a man is an attractive spouse. This is not my opinion but the opinion of renowned Christian clinical psychologist, Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr. Also, the psychologist I work with at Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Rebecca Saville.

    Here is an excerpt from Dr. Harley’s book: Dr. Harley points out the woman was once attractive but has become lazy. After the marriage vows, she lets herself go. With this said, Dr. Harley simply states: a woman should take pains to look something like the woman her husband married. When a man’s wife looks good, he feels good.

    Now I don’t want to hurt any feelings. The length of hair may not matter to many husbands but often it does.

    Is it fair that men have this need or desire? Perhaps not but it is the way God created men. Is it fair that women have the need to speak 5,000 words a day minimum and our men must listen, perhaps not? It is what it is. If this need is real in your husband, why not give him the gift of longer hair?

    When I realized the five basic needs of my husband and began to meet them, he began to meet some of my needs. It is a miracle.

    Last summer I reviewed Dr. Harley’s book, His Needs, Her Needs. You can read about the five needs of men and women here (click). Or, please read this book, His Needs, Her Needs. It will help you understand the gender differences and the needs of your spouse. It also helped me understand myself better.

    Have a blessed day. Merry CHRISTmas. Lynn

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    Sunday Smiles - With a Twist

    I love these holiday brain teasers. See if you can guess the Christmas carol.

    Chrisch

    Chrisdek


    Christaw

    Christbel

    Christkknigh

    Christl

    Christok

    Christonig

    Christshipp

    (ANSWERS)

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    The Coffee is Hot and Merry Christmas!

    The two words, Merry Christmas, have created a furor this year. Retailers are banning this phrase. So of course, I had to conduct my own field research with regard to the matter.

    I have to tell you the most hilarious thing happened when I said Merry Christmas to a young woman at Barnes & Noble. Find out what she said back to me. (Click here) Join me at CWO, Internet Cafe for a hot cup of coffee. Hope you enjoy this true story just in time for the holiday.

    By the way, Merry Christmas.

    Love and hugs, Lynn

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    To Scrap or Not to Scrap, That is the Question

    Are you a scrapbooker? If so, this article is for you. If you are NOT a scrapper, this article is definitely for you. I am over at Laced With Grace today and my story is about a crazy mixed up way to do that! Join me for a holiday story directly from the Donovan Christmas tree. (Click here)

    For Thankful Thursday, scroll down. Be blessed, Lynn

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    Thankful Thursday

    I love so much about this time of year. I delight in the little things.

    Christmas cards
    Sparkly ornaments
    Hot tea
    A good book
    Mistletoe
    Cold and star filled nights
    Nativity out front
    Christmas bandanas on the dogs
    Flannel PJ’s
    Blue outdoor lights on our house
    Laughter of Friends

    And… especially for a baby who came so long ago.

    Thank you Lord, our God!

    Have a blessed Thursday, Lynn

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    A Hubby Brag Fest

    Img_0087Let me tell you about my husband. He’s around six foot, salt and pepper hair, wears rectangular, black-rimmed glasses, and has a near genious IQ. (Yes, we are talking Mensa here.)

    He’s the kindest, most loving man I have ever met. I’ve always felt cherished in our marriage. He’s a great dad, provider, and all around great guy. He’s affectionate, loves his girls to pieces, enjoys hanging out with his family, and actually saved a binky (a pacifier) from each of our girls as a memento.

    He’s generous, quick to give of his resources, and wants only the best for not only us but for his extended family as well. Part of the reason I fell in love with this guy was because of his big and wonderful family.

    He’s patient, never loses his temper. In twenty years of marriage, I can honestly say I’ve only seen him get really mad a few times, and even then it’s hard to tell. He’s even-keeled, passionate about his interests, loves his work, and is constantly stretching his mind.

    In a nutshell, the guy has it all together. He's not perfect, but he's pretty wonderful.

    Why am I telling in you this? Because I’ve started pondering how God plans to reach a man who doesn’t seem to need anything but himself. He’s the most stable person I know. I’ve heard some fabulous and miraculous stories of people coming to Christ. Most of them usually have a common theme of some life-shaking crisis. And that’s enough to scare a girl out of her chair.

    But when I think about these things and doubts creep in, I remember we have a great big God who can do anything. My “near-perfect” hubby won’t be able to resist when God says it’s time.

    I just can’t help but wonder how the Big Guy’s going to do it. Should be “perfectly” spectacular.

    Praying and believing,
    Dineen

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    Marriage Monday- What Makes a Marriage Christian?

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    Marriage Monday discusses marriage topics the first Monday every month at Chrysalis. Today’s question is: What makes a Marriage Christian?

    The short answer: Two Christians!

    As a believer in an unequally yoked marriage, this answer appears apparent. However, I know of many marriages where both spouses have professed their faith and yet they are living unequally yoked.

    A Christian marriage according to God’s word is two individuals who are living their life for the Lord first, then their spouse and family.

    Luke 10:27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' ; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' "

    To love God is our highest priority. Out of the love of the Lord flows love for our spouse, children, and our neighbor. Our relationship with the King through Bible reading and prayer grows our love for God. When both spouses are living in this love relationship we find the beginnings of a Christian marriage.

    One of the pitfalls many Christian spouses fall into is expecting their spouse to be or act like what they think a Christian spouse should be. What I know to be true is when my husband finally does come to faith he will not be at the same place spiritually that I am. I cannot expect my husband to jump into leading family devotions or think he is instantly ready to be a strong spiritual leader.

    Growing our faith takes time and every person’s journey is different. It is true that often men express or practice their faith differently than women. Readjusting my expectations about my husband’s salvation has saved me from monumental disappointment. I trust Jesus to save my man. For now I follow the wisdom in the Bible to the best of my ability and I don't get lost in unrealistic and unrealized expectations.

    1 Corinthians 7:12-14 (NIV) 12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.

    I continue to pray for my husband and our marriage. If I place our marriage in God’s hands through my prayers, why should I worry?

    Philippians 4:6(NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    Most of the readers here at Spiritually Unequal Marriage would give their right arm to see their spouse come to faith. My heart hurts for them and the struggles in their marriage. However, in many instances our unequally yoked marriage was the catalyst to grow our faith. I am one of those women.

    Outside of my salvation, my husband is one of the greatest gifts I have received from the Lord. One day I will celebrate with the host of angels over his salvation.

    Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

    Have a blessed week and visit e-Mom at Chrysalis for more Marriage Monday. Be blessed, Lynn

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    Sunday Smiles

    At Spiritually Unequal Marriage we explore many difficult and serious topics. We can feel overwhelmed with the seriousness of life because our struggles are sometimes enormous. Because of this fact, I want to share the joy of the Lord with you as well.

    Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


    A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen. 'Careful,' he said, 'CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the! salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!' The wife stared at him.

    'What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?'

    The husband calmly replied, 'I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving.'


    Praise the LORD and laugh out loud today!

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