Sunday, June 8, 2014

Week 7, 8 & 9 of "The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife" book study by Darlene Schacht (Chapter 13-18)

I'm a little behind with sharing the last 3 weeks of The Virtuous Life of a Christ Centered Wife book study I was doing. 

April 20-26 discuss Chapter 13 and 14
April 27- May 3 discuss Chapter 15 and 16
May 4-10 discuss Chapter 17 and 18

Ch 13- A Joyful Wife
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Today’s Challenge: Start a gratitude journal. If you already have a journal, maybe you can find a little space in it to add the things that you’re thankful for. If all you have is a pen and a plain old piece of paper, there’s one thing to be thankful for right there!

Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
"Happiness doesn't come from your spouse-it comes from a Christ centered life."

"Day by day, teach yourself to refocus. In everything give thanks because in doing so we learn to trust God and see His hand at work in our lives." 

Ch 14- A Passionate Wife
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Today’s ChallengeI think you got the idea! *wink*

Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
"Passion is good when our focus is in the right place. If we hunger for a better marriage and strive in our walk with God we can achieve powerful growth. The choice is ours." 

Ch 15- A Radiant Wife

Today’s ChallengeChoose one of the characteristics from the list (honesty, purity, humility, strength, consideration, or kindness) and tackle that one area of your life this week. Or if there’s another characteristic that you feel needs a little working on, then take on that one instead. 

Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
When we live and love the way that Christ did, we reflect the beauty of God's mercy and grace."

"A woman whose heart takes root in the Lord possesses a radiance that lasts longer than her youth ever will."

Ch 16- A Balanced Wife
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Today’s ChallengeIf your priorities are in order and your life still feels out of balance, write down the areas that you need to work on, then ask yourself this question: What can I change, if anything, to improve this?

Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
"There isn't one of use who can do "it all" but we can manage to get a lot done when we put our affairs in order." 

Ch 17- A Good Wife
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Today’s ChallengeToday’s Challenge: Go out of your way to do some good things this week. Consider small acts of kindness as a big way to show love. 

Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
" I grow weary, or do I see these chores as a way to bless others?" 

'we are to dress and act in a way that conforms to God's will..."

Ch 18- A Courageous Wife
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Some things that I underlined and liked in this chapter:
"Courage is the backbone of faith. Without it we can't be a light on a hill that shines through the darkness." 


I REALLY liked reading this book. In fact, its the first "self help" book that I've read completely thru from start to finish in a very long time. I HIGHLY recommend this book because it really helped me see what I could do to personally be a better person and a better wife. I took lots of notes thru out the book so I can continue to reference it and work on my personal challenges for personal growth. 

About the Book
The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife is written in the format of an 18-part study for daily or weekly reflection. Not only is it a powerful tool for personal growth, it’s also an ideal study-guide for small groups!
Each lesson leads you through one virtue at a time, offering you applicable and inspiring ways for a wife to grow closer to God and her husband. The virtues discussed are these:
• Purity
• Self-control
• Love
• Diligence
• Patience
• Kindness
• Humility
• Faith
• Forgiveness
• Joy
• Passion
• Radiance
• Encouragement
• Balance
• Goodness
• Trust
• Courage
Virtue calls us to action. As we exercise each one, they bring our flesh in line with our Spirit.
It’s one thing to know what’s good, and it’s another to walk in obedience to the knowledge that we have received. Not always easy, but obedience to our faith is always worth the effort it takes!

Every lesson concludes with the S-O-A-P method of study, prompting you to dig deeper as follows:
S – Scripture: You’ll be provided with a portion of Scripture to meditate on.
O – Observation: This is a good chance to journal your thoughts. What are some personal observations? If you’re in a group study this might include some things you’d like to share with the others.
A – Application: How can you apply this to your life? Are there changes you’d like to make? Is God prompting you to focus on something?
P – Prayer: Each lesson includes a short prayer in hopes that you will invite God to play a vital role in this personal journey.

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