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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Good Parenting or Good Marriage? Which is More Important?

For those currently aged 18-29, being a good parent is important, more important than having a successful marriage. According to Pew Social Trends, 52 percent of today’s 18-29-year-olds say being a good parent is “one of the most important things in their life,” whereas only 30 percent say having a successful marriage is one of the most important things. ~http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/04/9779/

Wow. Sadness fills me as I realize how far our culture had deviated from God’s word. Nowhere in the Bible does it say being a good parent is more important than having a successful marriage.

MP900427929Marriage should be honored by all…Hebrews 13:4

So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. ~Matthew 19:6

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…He who loves his wife loves himself…For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. ~Ephesians 5:25, 28, 31-33

Do we see the importance of marriage from these passages? If marriage is comparable to Christ and the church, the importance simply cannot be overstated. The two become one flesh.

The most important legacy we can give our children is the modeling of a good marriage. We have elevated the love of children higher than the love of spouses. And that’s just plain wrong. Within strong marriages, we raise our children to the best of our ability. And then we let them go to find their places in the world.

Our spouse, according to God’s plan, is with us until death do us part. Having to live with someone for perhaps sixty or seventy years means we must work hard at developing a good relationship.

Within that loving, strong relationship of marriage, we nurture our children. The marriage relationship comes first. It’s time America returned to biblical principles.

It’s time wives began respecting their husbands and husbands began loving their wives as Christ loved the church.

With two people with an airtight commitment to God and one another, good parenting becomes much easier.

When we get our priorities straight, God will be well pleased.

And so will we.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 6th, Weogufka Center, Authors’ Day

Had a great day yesterday at the Weogufka Center that is dedicated to supporting Alabama Writers and Artists. I got to visit with some authors and met some wannabes too. It's always great to share your passion with others and speak words of encouragement while receiving encouragement.

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These were the authors invited: Brenda Ladun from Birmingham Alabama; Col Alton Barnes, Sheila Hollinghead (me!) from Opp Alabama; Annie Brown from Birmingham Alabama; Ron Tew from Pensacola Fl; Cabot Barden from Talladega Alabama; Sandra Davis from Gulf Breeze Florida; Charles Davis Gulf Breeze, FL; Rick Watson from Empire Alabama; Michele Linn Boartright from Sylacauga Alabama;  Joe Teel  from  Brent Brook Mission; Tiara Hawthorne  from Brantley Alabama; Denise Cook-Godfrey from Sylacauga Alabama; Noah Sanders Hanover Alabama; and Pamela Ree Pearson from Sylacauga Alabama

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Review of The Beloved Daughter

The Beloved Daughter was not an easy book to read. It opens with North Korean officials arresting a father, mother, and, their twelve-year-old daughter, Chung-Cha, for their Christian faith. When a soldier slams the daughter’s head into an iron stove and the father is ordered to renounce his belief in God, I cringed and searched my heart, wondering how I would react in similar circumstances.

And it only gets worse from there. After she is tortured while held in solitary confinement, Chung-Cha is told her father denied Jesus and hanged himself. Released into Camp 22 where the prisoners are even forbidden to supplement their meager food rations by hunting insects or rats, Chung-Cha questions her belief in God and embarks on a journey of survival.

After several years of a wretched existence, life gets worse when Chung-Cha is returned to solitary confinement. Yet, what men see as bad, God turns to good. Chung-Cha is befriended by a Christian woman in an unlikely turn of events. After years of deprivation, betrayal by friends, torture by her enemies, can Chung-Cha’s faith be restored? And what will she do if it is?

This was a heart-breaking story that made my tears flow, not just in sympathy for the terrible trials the characters endured, but also for faith that triumphs in the most hellish of conditions.

The Beloved Daughter is a powerful book that is both riveting and heart wrenching— a story that will never again let me take for granted the blessings we have in America.

(I was the proofreader for the book and was paid for my services.)

This book touched my heart so much that I pledge to give 50% of the income from my own book sales during April and May to help Christians in North Korea. You can find my books here:

Sheila Hollinghead on Amazon (My books are also available on Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and other places on the web.)

Information from The Beloved Daughter:

beloved daughterThe Beloved Daughter was born out of Alana’s compassion for the persecuted church. Writing Chung-Cha’s story was a life-changing spiritual experience for Alana, which solidified her prayer burden for suffering believers in North Korea. Alana comes from a long line of missionary woman and is the fifth generation in her family to be involved in Christian ministry. You can connect with Alana at Alanaterry.com.

Be a Donkey FOR JESUS

Believers in persecuted countries are starving for the Word of God. For every copy of The Beloved Daughter sold, one dollar is sent to Voice of the Martyrs for their Bibles Unbound program. When you purchase The Beloved Daughter, you are helping to send Scripture into restricted nations, just like Chung-Cha’s father did as a Bible donkey.

Sign up at BiblesUnbound.com to be a Bible donkey yourself !