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To put it lightly, last week was difficult for our family. With everything going on I took the week off from the computer and all things social media. Instead I spent the evenings curled up on the couch with my family and a book in hand.
I was currently making my way through the book Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages
by Darlene Schacht. With the extra time I had last week, I poured myself into this book.
As I was struggling last week, with events that were out of my control, I was reminded that I don’t have to go through them alone. Yes, I have a Father in Heaven who is always there, but he also gave me a man who would walk beside me during the hard times here, my wonderful husband. As I reflected on the events of the week and made my way through this book, I was reminded of how precious that relationship truly is.
“You don’t find yourself holding hands after twenty- five years with the one you love by pure chance. Love is deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful and in the end it’s worth every minute that you give of yourself to another.” How true are those words! This quote really stopped me in my tracks and I pondered on it for quite a while. It has to be the line that stuck out most to me in the entire book, and I knew when I read it I wanted to share it with you.
“Messy Beautiful Love” delivers an incredible testimony of grace that offers hope for today’s marriages and a spark for rekindling love.
Love gets messy.
Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up.
“Messy Beautiful Love” is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging your ideas for His, and being prepared for both the best and the worst that marriage has to offer.
When you surrender your relationship to God, then and only then will you experience the blessing of marriage as He intended. This is the blessing of obedience. “Messy Beautiful Love” is an invitation to that obedience. The cynical world says marriages don’t last, but God knows better. Tune out the world and tune in to Him. When you do that, a beautiful marriage is not only possible, it’s inevitable.
Why I love this book…
It’s so encouraging to hear from a woman who has been through the messy times, and came out on the other side with a beautiful love! A love, a marriage, that took work, but was completely and totally worth it! This book is filled with practical advice, wisdom and encouragement. I was definitely blessed by reading it, and I know my marriage will be as a result.
I hope you will read it. I think it’s filled with information and encouragement that every wife needs to hear.
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Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Hi Brenna. This sounds like a book every married person should read. I hope and pray that things are getting easier. Blessings to you and your family. xoxo