In my previous post, I shared how my journey to She Speaks began and now I'll pick up where that left off...I had listened to my husband and registered for She Speaks. Part of me was excited; I'd been there before and knew I'd be blessed, but part of me still wasn't sure.
Honestly it was a big financial investment and leaving my husband and 5 children at home for 3 days was a hard concept to think about (well except in those moments where I'm tempted to come UNGLUED! Yes, that's a plug for Lysa's new book).
God knew I was uneasy about all of this and brought peace and confirmation in a way only He can; really it still leaves me shaking my head. On March 26, I received this message via email, "Congratulations! You entered Zondervan's Facebook contest and your name was randomly chosen today to be the grand prize winner! You're going to get $1000 Visa voucher."
I'll be honest I read the email and initially thought what is this? Then I wondered is this real? Then I noticed who the message was from - Sheila Gregoire, an author I was introduced to on the Moms Together Facebook page. It was all coming back to me...her publisher ran a Second Honeymoon Contest to help with the launch of her new book. This email was for real...I'd won $1000!! Unbelievable, so I called my husband to share the news!!
He was surprised as well and then asked, "How did you win this?" I gave him the quick answer, "It was a give-away to help launch a book." And then he asked the question, the one some of you may be thinking, "What book?" That day as I answered him on the phone I began to blush and even today as I type my face is as red as my shirt, but I'll say it anyway, "The title of the book is The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex."
So I'm back to the title of this post, Seriously God? I mean really me the girl who never wins, wins $1000, but more than that - Seriously God, I win because of a book about sex? Job, my husband, simply said, "God has a sense of humor!!" He's right because I'm the girl who doesn't hold hands in public and the mom who about crawled under the pew when her son sounded out the three letter word the pastor had spelled in the pulpit. (Yeah, the one that starts with s and rhymes with Chex!)
Eventually I got past all of this and realized I'd won for a reason...the publisher may have selected my name at random, but God knew. He knew the money would bless me and He knew the book was one I needed to read. Since I'm still blushing I'll spare you all the details, but I do want to say the book is worth your time...this is a topic we often avoid, but it's one we need to address. Not just for ourselves, but for our spouse, our family and really society in general. I would encourage you to visit Sheila Gregoire's site and learn more about her message and improve your marriage!! Follow this link - Shelia Gregoire or to purchase this book click here.
So how does this connect with She Speaks...shortly following my husband's words about God's sense of humor, he says, "I guess you don't need to worry about the money for She Speaks." I responded, "Well, me going to North Carolina by myself really isn't much of a second honeymoon." To my surprise he says, "Oh that does more for our marriage than you know!"
That might appear to be a crazy statement that makes no sense, but please hear what he is saying...being who God made us to be and doing what He calls us to is what we need to do, it's what we're created for and as husband and wife it's what we need to support and encourage in one another. Don't worry we are going to get away and be blessed, but Job's words again left me thinking, "Seriously God?" I am so blessed with a husband who believes in me!
Now I come to end of this post, a story it's taken me nearly 4 months to share because really I fear the thought of letting people know I read a book about sex...I mean seriously God! But the conference this money helped pay for is changing my heart; I'm becoming less concerned about what others think and more focused on doing what God says.
So friend, today I used a word I never have on my blog! I bought a book I never thought I would, I read it too and today I'm going to give one away! Not because I have to but because I want to...if you are a wife or will be some day this book is for you. If you're a mom and fear those conversations this topic will create this book is for you! Sheila shares from God's Word and her own experience a message we all need during a time when 50 Shades of Gray and Magic Mike are making too big of an impact.
Honestly I'm again saying Seriously God? as He leads me to do something I've never done, but friend obedience is what it's all about!!
So how have you found yourself shaking your head and echoing those same words? Share your thoughts in the comments and be entered to win a copy of the book for yourself! Post a link to the give-away on Facebook and be entered to win again! (Just let me know you did and leave a way for me to contact you - your blog link or email address.) Stop by on Friday and I'll announce the winners...looking forward to hearing how her husband responds!!