I am joining Marcy from Ben and Me for 5 on the Fifth link-up today. I was thrilled when she included my post Loving the Broken Girl in her October line-up. Each month she has shared some wonderful posts and I’ve found some incredible bloggers. I’ve been working my way through sexual abuse and marriage the last month. I’ve read some AMAZING posts from incredible bloggers. It’s hard to choose just five, but these are my 5 favorites posts read in January.
I met Heidi online through my friend Angie. I love the way she encourages through her words. Her family is traveling the world for a year … or more. I’m selfish and want her to come home! Heidi wrote a beautiful post titled “Finding Sabbath Rest: Finding the Untapped Power of What If” in January. I loved her perspective on “What if?” What if we did something and something GOOD came out of it? I loved the encouragement to look at things differently.
Rebekah had me in tears. As I read The Day I Took My Ring Off I began to reflect on the 21 years of marriage with my husband. I realized that when I made my relationship with Abba the top priority, then I was able to love my husband properly. Loving him changed our marriage.
Alison wrote about boundaries in marriage this month. She gives five good boundaries for couples to incorporate into their relationship. Although we don’t personally feel the need for the parameters she sets, they are still good guidelines, especially for couples where there has been unfaithfulness.
When something goes “viral” I’m usually late to the party. There’s something in me that just will NOT jump on the band wagon. I’m stubborn and I refuse to read, watch or listen to someone just because someone says it’s a MUST READ. Somehow I
managed to find Sarah’s “Christians, Stop Staying Pure Till Marriage” viral post from December. It resonated so much with me because I’m still trying to siphon through archaic teachings of modesty and sexuality and how they affected my marriage. I really, really related with her comment, “Purity isn’t lost in the moment, it’s an essential key to a happy (and lasting) marriage.” I am going to be chewing on this one for a long while!
and last but not least…
I have no image for the last post. Ann Voskamp has inspired me through some tough times in the last few years. Lately she’s had several guest bloggers share. This month Sally Clarkson wrote about a longing for home. I wept as she told the story of young friend. Her words hit right into my heart, “You all have a place to belong. You are a part of each other.” I know that the deepest longing of my heart has been a place to belong. To be part of a family. I wept as I realized Abba gave me a place to belong.
That’s my five posts for this month. Visit the 5 on the Five link-up for other blogger’s favorite 5 posts from January.