Tuesday, November 17, 2009

30 Day Challenge Over! Give-Away Begins!

I just checked my calender and realized that yesterday was the last official day of the 30 Day Challenge. Oops! I have been praying for all of us and hoping that this has helped build good habits of speaking sweetly about our husbands to them and about them. Many of you have shared your failures and your victories and I know we have all been blessed knowing that we are not alone in our struggles. Marriage is hard; it is just plain work some days.

Now the fun part has come! This is my first give-away and I'm really excited! I found these two books online. I own them both, "Sacred Marriage" and "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage" both by Gary Thomas. Gary Thomas is my all time favorite author on the subject of marriage (and I have read a lot). I thought it would be perfect for our subject. Both winners will get one book.

And the WINNERS ARE....


Hip Chick

and

Mrs. Lukie (aren't you glad you delurked?)

Please email me at sbfirefighter@qnect.net so I can get your mailing info. I will try to contact you on your blog as well.

Congratulations!

Thanks everyone for doing this again. Now is the time to give me your thoughts on the Challenge. Tell me if and how it has affected your marriage and if you are glad that you did it. Love you all, Sisters! You are awesome!

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11 comments:

Amber said...

I just want to thank you for your honesty in your posts. I admire how you keep growing in your walk with the Lord and you keep pressing on. When I have hard days your blog is one of my favorite places to go. In fact, the day of the 30 day challenge it significantly turned around my day. That was a terrible day. I know God used that as my heart cried out. Today I was reading your post about the miscarriages (as well as all the pregnancy ones) & could relate to it very well. That was so sweet about God's gentle reminder. I had one just before my current pregnancy.The saddest thing was telling the kids and seeing my son's pain.

Grandma Becky said...

The thirty day challenge was great. I bit my tongue a couple times. I've found different ways to approach things instead of being negative. I find that it's helped our marriage a bit. Will keep on trying to be positive. I just need to remember that what I do for/say to my husband can also be said to the Lord. How we live/serve our husband is a direct effect on our relationship with Christ. If we can't love our spouse and honor him, how can we honor God?
Thanks for your encouragement,Stacie, and your prayers. We all need each other's prayers to pull us thru. Life is hard and without each other, we'd be a basket case! Hugs--Becky

Camille said...

What a blessing you are Stacie! May the Lord daily give you His grace to follow after Him with your whole being. I am sure you are a real treasure to your husband! :)

Blessings,
Camille

hip chick said...

Thank you so much. I must admit I haven't done the best with this challenge. I don't know what has come over me lately but I've been kind of grumpy and tired. Even my husband has asked me a couple of times what is wrong and why I am so grumpy.
When I turned on the 'puter this morning and saw that I had won your giveaway and then realized that the gift was a book on marriage I realized that it has got to be God working through you. I really need that book!
thanks so much for doing this challenge on your blog and helping to keep my accountable.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Amber, it was so tough watching my children grieve and knowing that if I would have waited two days, I could have spared them the pain. I'm so glad you are on this journey with me!

Grandma Becky, thanks for your prayers as well!

Camille, you are the sweetest person ever!

Hip Chick, I needed that accountability, too. I have had some real challenges lately and it has been tough. I also think hormones play a big part in whether I choose to hold my tongue or not. I know I can't blame them, but knowing that those days are tougher, I need to be on guard and asking the Holy Spirit to fill me up. So glad that God is leading and you won the book!

christy rose said...

Congrats to the winners! I am sure they will be blessed by both of those books!

Mrs. Lukie said...

Stacie,
Again, thank you so much for posing the challenge to us (and yes...I'm very happy I delurked!) I wish I could say that I had succeeded in the challenge, but there were many days there where I don't know what came over me, but I just didn't care and was selfish in my actions & words. Marriage can be tough ;)

I am really looking forward to reading the book and you are so incredibly generous!

Thank you for your integrity, honesty & encouragement along the way.

XO,
Sarah

RaD said...

Definitely glad I did it again (and glad I asked)! Have you considered doing it annually?

Anyway, my mouth runs away with me often. I grew up in a very judgmental household. So judging became so routine that you just let your thoughts fly without regard to who you harm. As that has tamed down for me criticizing others it is unfortunately something I will do from time to time as a defense mechanism. That last time we did this a lot of that left as I learned that I have control over old bad habits. This time I didn't have too much trouble getting into the habit and the past two weeks have been so of the best for us so far!

Thanks Stacie!

PS

Have you ever read any of Jimmy & Karen Evans' books? There's some good stuff in there as well!

J said...

WOw. I can't believe it's already over! The first day I thought I'd never make it to the end. Dare I say I am more in love with my husband today than I was 30 days ago? Something about really zeroing in on all the ways he is wonderful, etc. and working hard not to be SO negative (hmm...didn't even realize how bad until I took the challenge)...I'm thankful. Not even sure I realized how my heart was changing. Last weekend I took my youngest and went out of town with a friend and her youngest. For the first time ever, I spent an entire weekend with a friend and NO husband bashing went on. (That's kind of embarrassing to admit) Thankful for the ways God has worked in my heart during all of this! Thanks for challenging us!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Stacie,
I'm so excited to read all these wonderful comments. They are encouraging me so much! God is clearly using your blog in a powerful way.

I think I started off strong in this challenge, but the last week has been tough. Doing this challenge again has been good for me, because I'm more aware of my attitude towards hubby. I think we should do this annually, like Ruth suggested.

Love ya, Jackie

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Ladies, I am just so encouraged by all of your testimonies. God is so good when we follow His ways!

Let's continue to walk in the Way.

He is amazing and all the praise, honor and glory goes to Him. Thanks again for joining me. I too, think we should make this an annual thing! Remind me next October, ladies!

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