Happy August! Thanks for being a loyal reader/subscriber.
This month, Carey and I are starting a new tradition for our monthly update. From now on, we'll be focusing not just on marriage, but on all family relationships. The three topics we'll cover are family, faith and fun.
By the way, we have a brand-new website for our duo "act." We'd love for you to check it out. And if you know of churches or groups who need a fun program, please pass on our information. (We have a kid starting college now...'nuff said.)
In Texas, we're trying, but not always succeeding, to stay cool. Temperatures are soaring--over 105 this week. Yikes!
Maybe temperatures in your family soar from time to time. If so, we want to share a little tip, in the form of a marriage-themed parody we've created.
Our friend Rich filmed the video at one of our "Happily Ever Laughter" shows at the Granbury Opera House over Valentine's weekend. What a fabulous time we had~we hope to do it all again next year. :)
Maybe "next year" sounds a lifetime away. Maybe you're wondering what the next day, or even the next moment, will bring.
After all, this earthly journey feels so HARD sometimes. The stress and strain of family conflicts, work crises, and political upheaval can tempt us to despair. I've been there. Often.
Friends, God doesn't want us to live in fear. Instead, He asks us to walk in faith.
However, it can be really, really difficult to focus on the truth of God's promises. Early in the morning or late at night--when things get quiet and our minds have a chance to wander--we obsess about our regrets, worry about unmet needs and unanswered prayers, and fret about failed relationships. (Or is that just me?!)
If you are in a place of hurt and in need of God’s healing, here are eight ways to find hope when life hurts, based on Wounded Women of the Bible (Kregel), which I wrote with Tina Samples.
My five-year-old, Matt, worked with a speech therapist on the ch sound, which came out k. The therapist asked him to say chicken. He responded with kitchen. They tried again and again, but it always came out kitchen. Undeterred, she pushed him for one more try. Matt sighed and said, “Why don’t we just call it a duck?”
(By Pamela Spinney, Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Found here.)
At the Dyer house, we're counting down the days. Our new book releases in less than a month!
In fact, if you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we'd love for you to come to a launch party. We're hosting it on the evening of September 29th in Granbury, Texas. More info will be coming soon, but for now, save the date. We'd be honored to see you there!