Tiffany -- "Mom, are the ladies of the church still going to give Josh & Kristi a shower?"
Bethany -- "Why?? That's just Awkward!!!!!"
Tiffany -- "Not that kind of shower!!!" ;)
"Let thankfulness temper all your thoughts. A thank-ful mindset keeps you in touch with Me. I hate it when my children grumble, casually despising my sovereignty. Thankfulness is a safeguard against this deadly sin. Furthermore, a grateful attitude becomes a grid through which you perceive life. Gratitude enables you to see the Light of My Presence shining on all your circumstances. Cultivate a thankful heart, for this glorifies Me and fills you with Joy."
Though the fig tree may not blossom,Nor fruit be on the vines;Though the labor of the olive may fail,And the fields yield no food;Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,And there be no herd in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will joy in the God of my salvation.How about you? Have you learned the secret to maintaining a thankful, joyful spirit in spite of your circumstances??
"And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him." (Genesis 2:18)Thus, He created Eve as the compliment, the completer, the helper that man needed to fulfill the tasks that God called him to accomplish on the earth.
". . . the woman, as helper, is an assistant -- the one who helps to achieve the goals of the one leading. His goals become her goals. She cooperatively and effectively assists and renders aid, strengthening the man for his own tasks. A woman has important work to do. She should use her intelligence, talents, and abilities in such a way that her efforts give support and encouragement to her man. This could range from providing a stable, comfortable home to working in her husband's business or to giving moral support of his ministry. In other words, she helps her husband in whatever capacity he most needs her assistance." (p. 14)
"If you are a wife, you were created to fill a need, and in that capacity you are a "good thing," a helper suited to the needs of a man. This is how God created you and it is your purpose for existing. You are, by nature, equipped in every way to be your man's helper. You are inferior to none as long as you function within your created nature, for no man can do your job, and no man is complete without his wife. You were created to make him complete, not to seek personal fulfillment parallel to him. A woman trying to function like a man is as ridiculous as a man trying to be like a woman. A unisex society is a senseless society -- a society dangerously out of order." (p.21)
"God made you to be a help meet to your husband so you can bolster him, making him more productive and efficient at whatever he chooses to do. You are not on the board of directors with an equal vote. You have no authority to set the agenda. But if he can trust you, he will make you his closest advisor, his confidante, his press secretary, his head of state, his vice-president, his ambassador, his public relations expert, maybe even his speech writer -- all at his discretion." (p. 23)
If God created a special woman, perfectly suited to be your husband's helper, would you be that woman?