Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Taking Up of the Cross in Marriage, Free Ebook & Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” ~ Luke 9:23

Mike Mason, author of The Mystery of Marriage, likened marriage to an oak tree standing in the living room. On his honeymoon he was filled with the terrifying idea of the giving up of his privacy forever and thought he had made a grave mistake.

I can totally identify with Mr. Mason. When you are married, it’s like the oak tree is always there—no matter what you do.

Read the rest over at The Alabaster Jar where I'm guest posting today on Jolene Engle's 31 Days to a Better Marriage Series. 

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Be sure to read my blog this Friday or follow me at your favorite social media account above to download your free Ebook of all posts in the 31 Days to a Better Marriage series from 30 different Christian bloggers which I'll be giving away on this Friday, November 1 (& permanently after!) after the series ends tomorrow.

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Now it's time for 
Wednesday's Prayer Girls & Link-Up Party!

Each Wednesday I like to offer to pray for your non-confidential prayer request or praise in the comment section below. Please enter a prayer if you would like me to pray for you (and pray for one another!) and I will reply to your prayer there.


If you're a Christian blogger, we all would love to see what you've been writing! Enter your blog link below to join the party!
Walk by Faith,


  1. Praising God that my daughter (blind) had the opportunity to use her gifts by singing for a benefit for a foundation that awards Seeing Eye dogs. May all the glory be given to God!

  2. What a great post! Juana, I went to Meredith for a year and a half before transferring to UNC-G (in the 80's). I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom of 20 years, with my youngest having 3+ years until they graduate, and we live in Greensboro.I'm also a blogger, and I'm going to join your linkup today. Thanks for sharing your heart today!

    1. Oh Marty, I'm SO thrilled you wrote. Maybe we can meet someday! I'd love to speak in Greensboro soon. My college roommate lives there. The sausage people! Neese's! Thank you so much for linking up! Have much in common we have! Your pic doesn't look like you're old enough to hs for 20 years!!!! Love, Juana

  3. So much going on that needs prayer. It would be too long for me to list it all. But please do not stop praying for Wayne and friends housing situation.

    1. Absolutely, Jana! Heavenly Father, we praise and thank you that you've provide things like computers that bring us together with other like-minded people to pray. We love you. Lord, we lift up Wayne in what looks like he's nearing being with your face-to-face. Lord, we still ask you for his healing but if not, may he be comforted now in his assurance that it is far better to be with you where this is no sickness or tears. Guide all who care for him how to minister to him and may he continually be nourished in his body, and in his spiritual man. We also ask for housing for Jana's friends. In Christ's blessed name we pray, Amen.

    2. Thanks Juana & praise be to God!

  4. Just read your post over at The Alabaster Jar, sweet friend! Soooo good! My favorite quote was “To take up the cross of Christ is no great action done once for all; it consists in the continual practice of small duties which are distasteful to us.” This is so hard for my selfish self but I pray & know I'm certainly better at it than I used to be! Grace, grace!

    1. Hi Em! Thank you so much for reading it:-) May the Lord pour His grace on us abundantly as we seek to live for Him, Emily in everything we do, are, have, and suffer! No greater field for self-denial than in our roles as wives, for sure!

    2. Your profile pic is beautiful just like you are!


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