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A Summer of Growth in the Lord

5/26/2015Posted by Melissa and Helene

 

Yesterday was Memorial Day, and you know what that means!  Summer vacation is just around the corner.  Kids are excited to be out of school for a few months, but sometimes it can be a stressful time for mom. It doesn't have to be.  Let's try to think of summer vacation as an opportunity to spend that quality time with our kids that is so hard to find during the school year. We aren't talking about expensive trips or impossible bucket lists either. Whether your kids stay at home with you, alone, or in some kind of child care, structure is necessary to help parents and children make the most of the mounds of free time stretching out before us.  We hope these suggestions help you to have a fabulous summer with your little (or not so little) ones.

Don't let the days slip away from you.

God Hates Divorce

5/22/2015Posted by Helene

 

We've been talking about marriage for two weeks: sex, faithfulness, encouragement, books about marriage.  You might be wondering why.  The answer is simple. Railing against divorce seemed so much less helpful than trying our best to strengthen our own marriages through what we write, as well as the marriages of you our readers. See, we hate divorce.
Does hate seem like a strong word?  Melissa and I have seen what it does to our friends and family members.  The damage is economic, educational, medical and psychological.  It stretches not only to damage the marriages of multiple generations within a family but also damages the marriages of those around us.* 
For all that we like to think of this as a new problem, it's not.  God hated divorce long before we did.

Top 10 Couples: A Book Review

5/20/2015Posted by Melissa

 

A few weeks ago, we talked about the biographical method of Bible study, and how we can learn from the lives of Biblical characters and apply their lessons to our lives.   In preparation for our discussions about marriage, I read a book that takes that theory and applies it to couples.  In The Top 10 Most Outrageous Couples of the Bible, David Clarke takes a look at ten marriages in the Bible and what we can learn from them.  Some of the lessons are positive (you should do this in your marriage), and some are more negative (please don't do this in your marriage), and all of them have the advantage of being grounded in Scripture while still being applicable to our 21st century lives. 
In his section on "The Good and the Bad," Clarke has several chapters about Jacob and his two wives.

"I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me."

5/18/2015Posted by Melissa

 

Most of the time, our posts here at Maidservants of Christ are perfectly appropriate for readers of all ages.  But today in our series on marriage, we'll be speaking of the more intimate parts of the marriage relationship.  If your child likes to read over your shoulder, today might be the day to read in your room.  
When I was preparing to get married 13 years ago, one of the lessons that was pounded into my brain from many different sources is that love and marriage are hard work, and I couldn't expect the infatuation I'd enjoyed for our 2 years of courtship to last.  That's all well and good, but somehow I got "infatuation" and "passion" all mixed up.  So as the years went by and we had children, I thought it perfectly natural that sex was happening less often.