Yesterday we started a fun discussion with Sara Horn, author of several books. AND we kicked off a drawing for a free copy of Sara’s newest book, My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife. We’re taking entries all week. Simply subscribe to this blog, or like my Facebook page to enter. How easy is that! You can do both on the right side bar:)
So back to Sara:
How has God blessed you in being faithful to pursue the passions and ideas He has placed with in you?
I think the biggest blessing God gives me in this journey is when I hear from a reader, or from a military wife, who has read something I’ve written, or heard me speak somewhere, and shares with me through email or Facebook how God has used it to encourage them. How they’ve applied something I shared with them and it’s changed their marriage for the better. Or they’ve grown closer in their relationship with God. That is an incredibly sobering and humbling realization – that God gives me the opportunity and the blessing to help point someone else to Him, and yet it’s also the thing that puts the biggest smile on my face and I always have to say “Yay God!” when I read one.
How did you get past the tough days that came with this project?
How did I get past the tough days… the days that I walked through the experiment itself and struggled with whether I was actually practicing submission in my marriage, those were the days God often reminded me that it’s really about the journey and that growth never happens easily. It’s always borne out of hardship or challenge. And I do believe I grew through this (and continue to). Then there were the days I was trying to finish the book by my deadline, right around Christmas (for the record, it is NOT fun to have a deadline around the holidays), working days on end in my office and barely seeing my guys and feeling guilty that I wasn’t spending enough time with them. I could not have done it without my husband’s sweet encouragement and support.
Tell us about the most unexpected blessing in writing this book.
Well, the biggest surprise for me with this book was seeing my husband change just as much as I did, if not more. I wasn’t expecting that. I wasn’t even remotely counting on that.
But it happened, and it’s been such a blessing to see him grow more comfortable in leading our family and not so quick to just let me always be the one to handle decisions and plans. And this will be hard to put into just the right words, but I know you have a lot of military wives who read your blog who will understand, as we start our third deployment (he left last week for nine months), I have absolutely no doubt that I am loved. I know saying that will maybe imply that I haven’t felt loved in the past which isn’t true at all.
My husband is one of the most loving guys on the planet! But there is something that has happened through this year-long experience and it just clicked for me a couple of months ago and I told him that he absolutely makes me feel 100% loved. Through the words he says, the things he does (and no, he’s not bringing me flowers home every day.)
I can only think that it’s something in his heart and something in mine that has been freed through this process of learning to love each other God’s way over our own. And that is definitely a blessing.
Thanks for stopping by today for our interview with Sara Horn. My So-Called Life as a Submissive Life is a fun, yet thought-provoking look at what has become a controversial subject in today’s world.