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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love

Love is Messy and it is beautiful.
   
Darlene Schacht gets real transparent in this book and explains what christian couples around the world want and need to know....that our marriages NEED to be full of grace and mercy

The beginning of the book shows the messiness of marriage, Darlene had an affair and instead of walking away from the marriage like he could have done, her husband Michael chose to extend grace to her. He loved her through it and they worked together to better their marriage (mind you this is before she started her blog). 

Darlene reminds us that everyone's marriage is not the same. They will never be the same. But we have the same calling to honor God with our marriages and to help others do the same.

Love is a Beautiful Thing

I love this book because it reminds me to always extend grace and see the beauty in my marriage. In Chapter 8 Darlene recants how she & her husband were spending time with friends and one wife completely embarrassed her husband by doing something that many wives (including myself) have done before. "Why can't you do ____?" or "Why can't you be like ___?" It's very disrespectful and very unappreciative to say such a thing because that's hurtful to say such a thing to our husbands. And if your husband is anything like mine, his hurt comes out as anger. I learned this lesson the hard way, so I encourage new wives, wives-to-be, and singles alike to read this book and learn the hard lessons from another person's experience. Learn how Darlene and Michael intentionally choose (regardless to what our feelings may feel) to honor God, their marriage, and each other.

I've been following Darlene's blog for a few years now and I have gleaned so much. This books keeps the gleaning coming. I have learned to continuously see the beauty in marriage. We honor God when we honor our spouses and love them unconditionally.

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Another topic Darlene approaches so eloquently is communication. Communication has to be one the biggest issues in marriage (in my opinion). Many times a simple mis-communication or lack of communication can cause a complete meltdown of a marriage. I can personally attest to this as there have been times where I or my husband forgot to communicate something important and it led to an unnecessary argument. There was a time that argument could drag on for over a day until one of us got the courage to apologize and smooth things over. Now we tend to realize almost immediately that an argument is unnecessary and we have the necessary communications...life goes forward as usual. This is something that all couples need to understand and work at.

All in all, I totally enjoyed and learned from this book. I recommend it to all of my readers, married or not. We all can learn from this book (of course it is definitely geared towards women, just as her blog is). This book is available for sale here on Tuesday Sept. 16th!! If you want to win a copy, enter below



Husbands and wives, learn from the mess and celebrate the beauty in marriage.
Kris


{FYI: I received an advanced copy of this book as a member of the 'Messy Beautiful Love' launch team, I was not financially compensated.}

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Motherhood

Life is amazing you know. God is amazing. He gives us beautiful children who in turn mature and bless us more than we could ever explain in words.

About an hour ago, my oldest daughter wrote my a speech in which she said 
"Mommy I love you.
Mommy I like your cooking.
Mommy I like your tv too.
I love you mommy."

She warmed her mama's heart and brought tears to her mama's eyes. It was so simple and random but it reminds me of the beauty of motherhood. 
{So Caleb drew me a picture of orange scribbles. I feel the love in that too as he gave me big hugs and kisses with it.}

Motherhood as I have learned in the last seven years (doesn't quite feel that long)...is full of hard days, of laundry, cooking, teaching, discipline, late nights and early mornings but its little moments full of love that makes it ALL worth it. The days Gracie rewards me with a smile after pooping up her back makes washing her up and hand washing her clothes worth it. {Yes that has happened more times than I care to count.}

As a parent though we are responsible for our children's hearts. We are to disciple their hearts and lead them to develop their own relationships with God. This is one reason while I read my bible with them, why my husband insists that they read and worship every morning. There was a time (in the not so distant past) when I didn't quite understand the necessity of this as I figured they were too young to understand. However I understand that it is not about how well they understand at 3 years old but that we plant the seeds of faithfulness early and water them daily so that they will grow and we will see the fruit of our labor later in life. 


So mamas I exhort you to plant the seeds of faith now rather than later. Give them a GOD foundation in which their lives are built upon.


Tell the truth (God's truth) daily and love immensely,
Kris


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

3 days to just be a wife

Well for the last three days, my kiddos have been gone to their great grandparents house (yay for awesome great grandparents, right?!). Over the last three nights after work, I've had the time to really spend with my husband. To really go out on dates, two of them actually. I didn't realize just how much we needed that time, even though I had to work all three days and he has to work today, the evenings we spent together have been absolutely awesome. 

As parents we always need that time alone to just be Kris and Chris. We need that time to just sit back and nurture our marriage and friendship. And for that I am thankful. Husbands and wives need time to enjoy the base of their family. Because that is what marriage is for the family unit, the base just as God is the base of the marriage. If the marriage is shaky then the family is shaky. So to keep our families stable and prospering our marriages need to be stable and prospering. Sometimes I get so caught up in being mom, that I forget I am a wife first and foremost. These last three days have allowed me to just be a wife, to just be my husband's friend. To really rekindle memories of our love and make new ones. To enjoy mama and daddy time.

Now today I prepare for our children to come home and shower them with loads of kisses because they were well missed over the last three and half days. As a mom I never realized how quiet my house could be. I also forgot how our home could stay clean when the kids are gone (they rarely are ever away from us).

I've also been reading Darlene Schacht's new book Messy Beautiful Love, be on the lookout for the review of this book next week!! As I am reading I will share tidbits of what I am gleaning (so keep an eye on my instagram and twitter accounts).




Tell the truth everyday and love immensely,
Kris

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Messy Beautiful Love

Marriage is messy and beautiful and full of love. My marriage is messy beautiful love. I may not have went exactly through the same thing Darlene has, but I have experienced the messiness in marriage, the beauty of marriage and have had the love in my marriage strengthened because of it.
Darlene Schacht's new book Messy Beautiful Love reminds us married folk that marriage will be messy, it will be beautiful, and love will be strengthened because of it IF you commit to stick through it and allow GOD to have HIS way with it.

This is the book cover!!! So far into reading this book, I am awed by the transparency and the thoughtfulness and the way Darlene pulls me in. It's a warning, it's heart-warming, it's beautiful, it's an example of what the bible meant by husbands loving their wives like Christ loves the church.

Now for the FUN part! When you pre-order Darlene's book, you get $50 in FREEBIES. And who doesn't love freebies! 

What You Get When Your Order One copy of Messy Beautiful Love:

A bundle of 10 eBooks, including Darlene’s newest never-before released eBook, I’d Rather be a Crown Than a Trophy Wife
A set of 31 Printable Prayer Cards
1 Downloadable MP3 song- “Untold Story” by Naomi Striemer


 What You Get When Your Order Five or More:

The bundle of 10 eBooks, including Darlene’s newest never-before released eBook, I’d Rather be a Crown Than a Trophy Wife
A set of 31 printable Prayer Cards
1 Downloadable MP3 song- “Untold Story” by Naomi Striemer
The Messy Beautiful Love Companion Study Guide
25 inspiring iPhone Wallpapers
Words Fitly Spoken – 200 printable conversation starters!


How to Claim Your Freebies

Once you have purchased one book or five, simply email us at: MessyBeautifulLove@gmail.com. Provide us with your receipt/order confirmation number & the number of books you purchased, and claim your freebie package! Please be patient as it may take a day or two for the freebies to arrive.

- See more at: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=4331#sthash.I0ufILTG.dpuf




FYI This is not my review of the book! This is a prelude!

Live each day telling the truth and love immensely.
-Kris

News!!!

So if you haven't noticed, the domain changed!!! Yup I got my own custom domain! 

Other news: I am currently looking to sell some advertising space. Mama wants to return to being a stay at home mom, currently I am working 12 hour shift 3-4 days a week. Being able to legally generate a income is worth a shot. So if you or anyone you knows is interested in buying advertising space, please contact me at kris@kristindaniellebush.com!! Thanks!

So recently there's been some changes to Good Morning Girls as the ministry kind of broke into two with Angela going one way (Loving God Greatly, intended to take the spot of Good Morning Girls) and Courtney going a different way continuing with Good Morning Girls on Women Living Well. So in light of that, I have opted out of leading a group with Loving God Greatly and I have been reading through the bible with Courtney at Women Living Well, we're reading the book of Esther at the moment. I have certainly enjoyed reading Esther and each time I read it, I learn something new. 
I have also been studying with Joyce University, with is a 4 week course delivered via email.

I am also apart of the Messy Beautiful Love book launch!! Be on the lookout for more news and in the meantime head over to www.timewarp.com for WEEKS of giveaways leading to the book release!!!

I am also looking to add contributors to my blog. One person who can contribute recipes and someone else who can contribute DIY ideas. Please email: kris@kristindaniellebush.com! Thanks!!


Everyday tell the truth and love immensely. 
Kris



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Life as I know it

Life has changed significantly here in the Bush house.
Gracie is now 2 months old, so we're finally settling into a rhythm. 
I got laid off from work a week ago, so now my attention is back focused on home.
However with the loss of the income comes the need to refigure things. To scale back again and possibly try to find another work from home opportunity so that I can help with our family finances. 
My mom visited a couple weeks ago. She stayed at our house, we totally enjoyed having her here.

A biggie? My husband finally watched a Bollywood movie with me...and he enjoyed it. What movie was it? Gunday with Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. 

What's life like with three children? That's a question I always longed to answer yet I was wondering how long would it be before I could as I miscarried 3x between Caleb and Gracie. Having three children is hard but it is fun. I enjoy seeing my children interact, especially watching Gracie's little personality emerge as she interacts with her siblings. I also enjoy watching the bond that Kaylee and Caleb have. It's beautiful to watch them play and see how excited Caleb is when Kaylee gets up in the morning (he's usually the first person awake in the house besides his daddy). 

As a mom I will admit, it is not for the impatient. Children require time and attention. Especially small children, it only takes a moment of not paying attention for disaster to strike. Earlier this week I went to take out the trash and I left my Caleb in the house since I didn't have a free hand for him to walk with me. While I was walking back, lo & behold, my son was outside walking towards me. My husband was in the back and my son walked right out the front door before my husband could stop him. Thankfully nothing happened to him and my husband was right behind him but its the fact that he walked out the house not knowing that something could have happened to him. I post this so that new parents can know to literally keep an eye on your children. But even more important than that...PRAY over your children, cover them daily. Satan is always looking for any opening to get to them so keep them covered in prayer.

As a wife, marriage is NOT for the faint at heart. It requires more work than you want to do. It requires sacrifice, many times what you want will get scrapped for the good of your marriage. Marriage is like a mirror. It will show you what you need to work on in yourself. We can say oh this is what's wrong with my spouse, yet its not about what's wrong with them BUT what's wrong with you. You cannot change anyone so focus on YOU. Most importantly marriage NEEDS God. If God is not in your marriage, your marriage will suffer. I think every wife needs an active prayer life because we cannot change our husbands and it takes time to really know our husbands yet we can pray to our God who knows our husbands better than we ever will (the same goes for children, especially teenagers). 

{I share this because we need it. People who are hoping to get in life where I am, married with children, need this. They need to know what 'married with children' entails. Having children will totally change your life because they are a gift, they truly belong to God we're just here to raise them in Him and love them like He loves us. They need to know that marriage requires work, its not just a list of dos and don'ts but a life of 'I DO.' Singles who are patiently waiting to get married and/or have children. Know that there are people who support you and applaud you for waiting patiently and trusting God's timing.}


Trust in God for He's working on your behalf before you can see it.
Kris

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lost Time and Dirty Diapers

My life is that of trying to make the most of my time every day. Between homeschooling (our last day was yesterday, THANK GOD), working from home full-time (40+ hours weekly), taking care of my hubby (surgery went well), taking care of the kids (Gracie made 5 weeks Wednesday, Caleb turned 3 on the 30th, Kaylee is officially a 2nd grader), having my mom-in-love at our house for a week, and getting my masters degree (still maintaining a 4.0). Life has been busy to say the least.

Even as I type this post, Gracie is in my arms resting after her feeding. 

One thing that I have learned though in the last few couple of months is that God does NOT give you more than you can stand. Every time I think life getting too overwhelming, God gives me the extra strength and patience to get through the day. He reminds me that I am not perfect when I realize that I've skipped my daily quiet time with HIM, which has happened more than I care to admit. He reminds me that HE loves me regardless to my faults and issues. That its okay to make mistakes as long as I learn from them and not dwell.

I am currently doing the 'You are loved' study with GMG. This study is quite awesome and is very easy to follow along with even if you do not have the access to the book.

Another thing I've learned is to ask for and accept my husband's help. Even though I think I should be able to do it all, Chris knows that I need help and is always willing to help me. Four years into our marriage and I am more than thankful and more than glad we made the decision to get married and STAY married.

Have an awesome week! I hope to catch up soon (maybe over the weekend)!

-Kris

Friday, May 16, 2014

Family Update!!!



So Hi everyone, the little cutie above is Christian Grace Lola Bush, the newest member of the Bush Family! She was born on May 7th weighing in at 6lbs 6oz. As with all newborns her favorite activities are eating, sleeping and pooping (in that order).

Other updates: This mama is now working from home thus my prolonged absence, it takes up quite a bit of my time however I rest in the knowledge that God put this opportunity together for me and that I am able to contribute to our family's finances in a major way. 
With me now working from home (as an Accountant) I will be limiting my book reviews to only those I really like. I will be participating in the Good Morning Girls summer book/bible study "You Are Loved." I will still be blogging as well (about 2-4 posts a month).

So now I am working from home and resting. My husband and I's four year wedding anniversary is in 11 days and our son's 3rd birthday is 3 days after that. So this month has been quite busy for us and next month will be just as busy with my husband having surgery in June (we thank you for your prayers).

( Caleb excitedly learning to hold his sister Christian)

(Kaylee excitedly holding her sister Christian)

With Love,
Kris

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A Balancing Act

So in the last week, life has changed drastically for our family.
No, baby Christian has not made her grand entrance yet, lol. She's still hanging out and cooking.

But this stay at home, homeschooling wife and mama has picked up working from home as an Accountant/HR personnel for a new corporation, which means learning the ever balancing act of being a Work from home wife & mom versus just being a stay at home wife & mom. 
Initially I thought this would be an easy process, however I was so far from reality. The truth is that it can be quite tiring. Especially if I don't prep the night before and manage my time well. Time management has never before been as big a deal as it is now. It's the difference between a smooth running day and a frustrating day.

Even though I am working from home, I also go into the office (which is about an hour to an hour & a half away) one day a week which may increase to two/three days a week. Of course this is all dependent on my hubby's work week.


So this is what I've learned about balance this week...it is OK to ask for help and to take that help. It does not make me any less of a mom or wife to ask for my husband's help. The other thing, I learned is that my husband WANTS to help, which is absolutely awesome. He doesn't mind if he has to mind the kids for an entire day because I have to go into the office, nor does he mind helping with meal time because I may be on a conference call. I am so thankful for him and his support of my career.

This act of balancing work with homeschooling and family life, is not easy but I am more than ready for the challenge. And after my first week, I am confident that I will be able to balance pretty well. 

So tell me, if you are in the same or similar position in life, how do you balance it all?

~Kris

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A God First Life







I think in life there are three types of Christians. Those who are actively putting GOD first in their lives. Those who want to put GOD first but can't quite figure it out. And those who care more about their fleshly desires than putting GOD first in their lives. 

It may seem kind of harsh to think of such categories, however when you really think about it, its not too far off. For those of us who are actively pursuing a relationship with GOD yet need the help with really putting HIM first, a book to help you would be The God-First Life by Stovall Weems.


This book looks at Christian life as if you were a babe in Christ trying to figure it out. You know you want more you just don't know how to obtain it. Then read this book and it will help. One thing that I love in this book is on page 99 in which the author breaks down the Lord's Prayer:


In breaking down the Lord's Prayer as such, the author helps the reader to see that while they may not pray this exact prayer they can get across the same effect of Praise, Purpose (us doing God's will), Provision (God providing for us), Pardon (asking for forgiveness), People (praying for others), Protection (asking for God's protection), and closing out with Praise.

Then the author goes further and reminds us that even in the Lord's Prayer we are putting GOD ahead of ourselves. 
Another topic I enjoyed in the book is the chapter "You've Got to Feed Yourself." Many Christians, regardless to whether they just got saved yesterday or been saved for years, are not always aware of the need of daily fellowship with God beyond prayer. Yes, prayer is important but the only way to truly hear God's response to your prayers is to learn who HE is through studying HIS Word. Many times, God's answer's to your prayers will come through reading HIS Word.
I have gotten plenty of responses to my prayers while studying HIS Word. The Holy Spirit teaches and its our job to ask for instruction in the Word.

"Be careful of approaching the Word with your own agenda"- Stovall Weems. 
So often we do just that, we bring our issues and desires to the Word of God and try to make God's Word apply to what we want. If we want revenge on someone, we'll try make God's Word apply to that situation. If we feel we deserve blessings, we'' try to make God's Word apply. However God's Word does not exist to be a genie but to be instruction, to correct, to admonish, to guide
And to be honest, I used to think this was normal, because I watched people do it everyday. They would take a Scripture out of the Bible and make it apply to their situation, whether it did or not. They would tailor the Bible to fit their lives instead of taking their lives and circumcising it to align with God's Word. Yet this is the very thing the author warns us about.

Whether you're a new believer or a seasoned believer, you're never too old/young to live a God-First Life. Many of us lead a me-first life not realizing that it is what holds us back. We look at how we can benefit from God instead of coming to HIM in humble servitude.

~Kris


[I received this book through the BookLookBlogger program in exchange for my honest review.]