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  1. Dawn,
    What straightforward truth!! When I overhear young mothers saying things like, “Oh my children always come first,” I want to jump into their conversation and say, “Wait a minute you’ve got your priorities out of order!” God first, marriage second, children/family third and then others. Like you pointed out, no matter how loving or adorable our children are they may and often times do break your heart at some point and/or they grow up and move out and on with their lives. We need to nourish that relationship that we will have (hopefully) into the twilight years of our life. Plus our children find security in knowing that mom and dad come first to each other. It’s one of the best gifts we can give our children. A wellspring of truth here, Dawn. Your book is in my reading pile. With surgery coming up that will have me totally off my foot for 6 weeks, I’ll have some time to catch up on my reading!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Bev,
      I have been a daily reader of (in)courage for some years, now. I just have to tell you that your comments after the posts are as encouraging to me as the posts themselves! You are a great writer- (something that I always marvel at- I’m a yakker, not a writer!) and I love the way you always encourage and lift up other women. Such a blessing! Prayers for your upcoming surgery, as well as other concern that you have….. that hit close to home as well.
      Hugs to you!
      Kim

      • Kim,
        Your words couldn’t have come at a better time….I was feeling pretty low – getting ready to go have a root canal whohoo! And they on to my foot surgery next week. Your sweet words of encouragement are truly a balm to my hurting soul right now. Thank you so much. I don’t want to just talk to hear myself talk, so I’m glad that some of the things I write are helpful. God has taught me a lot and if I can help others along this journey called life, then I want to do so. Blessings to you and thanks so much for taking time to lift my spirits!!
        Bev xoxo

    • Bev, wise words spoken from experience! I’m sorry about your surgery, but it’s an awfully good excuse to catch up on that reading list. 😉

    • God has given you such spiritual insight Bev…. Love your posts… So challenging of Godly wisdom. Praying for your surgery and that you will bathe in His presence, peace and love as you recover.

    • Bev,

      All the best for your upcoming surgery,
      I pray it will be a success , and bring you relief.
      Have a blessed day,
      Penny

    • Bev,

      Prayers for your surgery to go well. Your words are encouraging to a lot of people.-including me. You always seem to have the right words to say.

      (((((Hugs)))))

      • Beth,
        My personal prayer warrior….your prayers mean SO much to me. I am more nervous about this surgery as I know that surgeries don’t always go well. I really pray this gives me the relief I’ve been looking for. Thanks for your continual encouragement!!
        Love and (((Hugs))),
        Bev

  2. Dawn, this year I will have been married for as long as I was single, and it’s fun that you mentioned that crossing over in your post today. This “anniversary” is making me think about being intentional, about how I want the next half of my life to look, and also how I want to build into these years of marriage that are ahead.
    So encouraged by these words today!

  3. Dawn,
    I’ve learned from you today that I need to try harder to be a better wife.
    Thank-you.
    Have a blessed day,

    Penny

  4. your advice to married women is excellant. I have been married 50 yrs and it will be 51 in July. Yes there are good times , bad t imes and times we are so busy we are coasting thru. I used to tell my children , you are gonna grow up and marry or leave to start a life, but your father and I will still be here together , so that being said it is important that he come before you. Your needs will all be met and I love you with all my heart, but without him you wouldn’t be here. I am happy to say we raised four happy well adjusted adults who take their marriage’s serious. I thank God everyday for his blessings. Thank you for letting these w omen know, marriage is hard work but well worth it. Will be praying for you in your upcoming surgery. God bless and keep you safe.

  5. Dawn,
    This was just the message I needed today. I have been so overwhelmed with so many other things that I haven’t been nurturing my marriage enough. Well, it’s time for a little QT with my husband. Thanks!

  6. Dawn,

    Your words are encouraging to women everywhere. We must realize that marriage like life will have its ebbs and flows-good and bad. Marriage takes work and like you said some give and take. To have a great marriage one must put God first, then marriage, family, etc. Some ideas to freshen marriages include: date your spouse every so often, pray together, sit and talk over life.

    (((((blessings )))))