Who are You Friends With?:The Husband Journal Entry Number 17

blog pictures 012Ephesians 5:33 However, each one of you also must love  his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

By the verse I picked out, you may be a little confused about how this applies to friends.  I am really looking at the last part of the verse.  The wife must respect her husband.

There are many ways to do this, but just hear me out on this one.  I just don’t have any male friends.  Let me clarify. There may be friends from church that know both of us.  But I will NOT go out of my way to have my own male friends. That is just showing respect to my husband.

Even if we have a mutual male friend,  I don’t call this person.  I don’t engage with males in conversations for the most part.  Even if my husband and I are with a male friend, I just listen and let my husband do the talking. I may make short comments on what they say, but I refuse to engage in a wholehearted discussion. And definitely my husband will hear every short comment I say if we are talking with a mutual male friend.

I never, never allow myself to be alone with a mutual male friend.

I will not go to a girlfriend’s house while the husband is there.  That just puts me in an awkward position if for some reason, she has to leave for the bathroom or something like that.

I also do not open my house door and allow a mutual male friend wait until my husband comes home.  How would that look?

Long ago the Lord convicted me about respecting my husband while I was engaged to be married to him.  I had a couple of male friends before I got married and basically, stopped any kind of contact with them during my engagement and never looked back.

Consider the friends you have and ask the Lord to guide you with your friendships.  Ask the Lord for wisdom in dealing with mutual male friends.

In Christ,

Charlotte

Chicken Casserole: Four Ingredient Recipes

Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

Four boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked with chicken broth

2 cans of cream of chicken soup

2 tablespoons of butter or seasonings

Crushed Nabisco crackers (2 sleeves)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shred cooked chicken and place chicken and broth in a 8 x 11.5 inch casserole dish. (I cook the chicken in a crockpot on low for six hours with broth or until done). Mix with 2 cans of cream of chicken soup.  Add seasonings or 2 tablespoons of butter.  Top with crushed Nabisco crackers.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes.  Servings 4.

Bon Appetit!!

Charlotte

This Week’s Goals for this Georgia Girl July 28, 2015

I am setting goals after participating in MoneySavingMom’s Mornings Makeover Course……….I want to live with some intention in my life.  I think setting goals is the perfect way.

Personal Goals

Be consistent with bible study time in the morning. I read online Dr. Charles Stanley’s daily devotional and She Reads Truth devotional.

I hopefully will start a women’s bible study at church next week called Keep It Shut.

I want to read a book a week.  This week’s book is Crystal Paine’s The Money Saving Mom’s Grocery Budget.

Marriage Goals

Do one fun thing with my husband that HE wants to do. We didn’t get this done last week.  We have had multiple doctor’s visits.  Trying next week.

Trying to adopt a foster infant in our care.  July 30th is such an important day for us.  We will know if we can move forward with adoption.

Hospitality

We are taking breakfast to church for our Sunday school class.

Trying to help a parent out with school clothes for their child.

Business

  • I am trying to come up with at least three substantial posts each week on frugality or family.
  • Be consistent on the Husband Journal series.
  • Read one good post on how to blog better.

That sums up my goals.  Now if I can just do it!!  Just a side note, I have greater passion for life now that I am setting goals.  I don’t know why, but that has been true lately for me.  There seems to be more enthusiasm to see my progress each week and to look what I have accomplished from prior weeks and to keep myself accountable.

Charlotte

God’s Handiwork: The Husband Journal Entry 16

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Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God handcrafted your husband.  He designed him beautifully with intricate detail and probably had YOU in mind as he worked tediously over his creation.  Yes, you and your husband is God’s handiwork.  And what a design!!  I am sure God was happy with himself and joyously smiled to boot when he finished!!  All of his works are wonderful.
Praise God today for his workmanship and then thank him for your husband that he designed your husband with you in mind!!

Books I am Reading July 23, 2015

I finally finished reading Dr. James Dobson’s The New Dare to Discipline book.  Keep in mind that the books I read come from the library. I rarely buy books.

The thing I loved the most was true parenting experiences that he listed in his book.  He would talk about parents that he encountered and problems that they had with their children and then he would comment on their experiences.

While there was great advice of course, I think that my take away was the fact that disciplining teenagers is quite different from say elementary school children.  He doesn’t believe you should spank children beyond a certain age. Also Mr. Dobson discusses parenting questions that he has received over the years.

Another take home message was that monetary reinforcement for chores is a good thing.  Implementing chore charts are good ideas as well even for the very young.

There were lots of good points for parenting children.  The above is what I took away from the book.

My next book to read is Crystal Paine’s book on The Money Saving Mom’s Budget.

Other books I have read are 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by Wise Bread.  Read my review of that book here.