Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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Messy Beautiful Love is on sale tomorrow. Hooray! And we have to celebrate with a giveaway, don’t we? :)

Comment on this post to be entered to win one copy of this new book. One winner will be chosen this Friday (Sept. 19) and then a book will come in the mail from HarperCollins. (Yay for snail mail packages!)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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This ebook was provided by the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Reading this book was like talking honestly over tea (no coffee, thank you very much) with the author. It was easy to read in that sense, though the subject matter wasn’t light and fluffy. I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter to see what relationship lesson she would share, some I knew from experience and some I have yet to work through.

I really think I needed to read this book. I needed to hear that marriage takes work and grace, that it’s both messy and beautiful to love your spouse enough to stay committed to your wedding vows. I think every wife could use that message, on good days as well as bad.

I’m looking forward to Darlene’s other books and keeping up with her blog (The Time-Warp Wife) as well.

It’s amazing how much development happens in just months. Alex can now move around in a circle while on his stomach and push himself backwards too, so he’ll probably figure out forward movement soon. He sits up well on his own, which works out nicely since he’s almost outgrown his infant car seat and will need to sit in shopping carts regularly.

He didn’t appear to enjoy solid food at first, but like his older brother Tim, he showed more interest once it was time for finger food. Now he gets small pieces of many of the things we’re eating at our meals.

His bottom middle teeth came in mid-August and we’re waiting for the top two to show. Sleep has been more predictable with cooler nights and the break in teething. Sometimes daytime sleep is postponed in favour of being with family, but he catches up later. Still waiting for the elusive “sleeping through the night,” which might only mean a 5-hour stretch at his age…

Favourite toys include a counting caterpillar, teething toys, Duplo blocks and soft rattles.

Jesus told them, β€œThis is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

Author Darlene Schacht is giving away a lot of cool goodies when you pre-order her newest book, Messy Beautiful Love!

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I’m halfway through another Darlene Schacht book and I’m so excited to read this new one!

For more info, see Darlene’s original blog post!

I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

I cried out, β€œI am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

(New Living Translation from BibleGateway)

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