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“Created to be His Help Meet” by Debi Pearl

“And the Lord God said, It is not good that man  should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him…And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam…and he took one of his ribs…And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man” (Genesis 2:18, 21-22)

I have heard it said that marriage is finding that one person who will drive you crazy for the rest of your life.  I am pretty sure that when I was newly married I laughed at this and, without a thought, applied it to my husband. Eight plus years later it’s not so funny because I have slowly realized that the opposite is true more often than not: “Marriage is finding that one person who YOU will drive crazy for the rest of your life”. That adds a significant degree of personal conviction because, honestly, I don’t know if I could live with someone who was just like me. I can be impatient, quick to anger and I have a tongue sharp enough to cut through steel. I am so thankful that my husband is patient, slow to anger and slow to speak; other wise we would be a volatile combination.

Here’s the thing: No matter how justified I can feel when I am irritated at my spouse I, unfortunately, am not off the hook for my personal actions, thoughts, attitude, and words. Even if I am justified, I still am held accountable for my reaction! No matter what my spouse does God still requires that I act accordingly to what He requires of me as a wife. Of course, this is not what the world expects or encourages me to do which takes an firm resolve in my faith, knowing that following Christ is following His example in all areas of my life including my marriage (especially when things feel distant or choppy). I wish someone would have given me some hint of this before I got married, of course, this doesn’t come with a guarantee that I would have listened but I certainly could have at least looked back and said, “Oh yes….”

The book I keep at hand, the first I had really read about what it looks like to be a Godly wife, is Debi Pearl’s “Created to be His Help Meet”. At first, I really pushed back against some of the things she wrote about, thinking, “The bible doesn’t really require that of ME!”  But I was convicted because Mrs. Pearl was doing nothing more than writing the Truth of the Word. She and her husband have a loving, Godly marriage and it is from her experience and wisdom that she writes.

Here is an excerpt that was very personal for me:

“Reactions are not premeditated actions springing from our best motives, carefully thought out, planned, and weighed. They are emotional responses, breaking loose, like wild horses when we feel hurt, cheated, used, or misunderstood. They are often retaliatory, sometimes condemning, confrontational, or adversarial, and eventually vengeful and punishing. Your reactions break you loose from your social inhibitions and manifest who you really are inside and what you really believe at your core level. ..You can control your future reactions considerably by changing the way you think before you are pressed into a response.” (Pearl 101)

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45)

The book gives many examples of specific situations and practical advice, also ways to start thinking differently about your marriage. I love this book, even though I could hardly make it through the first time without breaking down in tears. I really do keep it next to my bed because it is inevitable in marriage that I will need to be reminded of the basic principles of being a Godly wife (sometimes more often than not!) It is too easy to get caught up in what the world calls marriage, and communication, and equality, and progress, and morality….instead:

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

BBC Top 100

The list has been circulating awhile now so you may have seen this before but the BBC has put out their list of the top 100 books. They estimate that most people have only read six of these. When I first took the test I had read 42. Now I am about to complete book 60, which happens to be Moby Dick (I know more about whales and whaling than I ever thought I would). My goal is to read every book on the list. I thought I could do it by the end of the year but I still have some big ones to get through so I don’t know how that plan is going to work out.

For those who are interested, here is the list: BBC Top 100

There is also a list that is circulating on Facebook and there are a few discrepencies between that one and the one I listed above. Since I started with the list from FB I have decided to go ahead and complete it and then read the few books that are different from the BBC website.

I know the Modern Library has also put out a list. I want to finish both the board and the reader’s choice but I might have to read some fluff after being committed to the BBC….

Here is the link for the Modern Library’s two lists: MLA 100 Best

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