I have been invited to speak to a small group of ladies at a marriage retreat. In the 45 years we have been married and the 50+ years Stan has been a preacher in the Lord's church throughout the world, we have never been asked to be guests at one of these events, nor even attended one! We have never received an invitation in all our lives and so I must conclude they were waiting to see if our marriage worked out! (Either that, or someone reported us bickering with each other and decided to wait 20 more years to invite us to deliver a lesson on marriage). Stan's lesson to the men is VERY good and I hope he will stop as he rushes through to his office, and make a video about it, that I can post here.
Since this invitation to the retreat, I have been busy all last week trying to get the lesson written, so if you have not heard from me via letter or email, that is the reason. When the weekend is over, I will play catch-up with my social life and correspondence. As usual, I over-did it by putting the lesson in Open Office and making it into a small booklet to give away, and of course am dealing with the script jumping around each time I add something and the subsequent task of getting it printed and stapled together.
You see the painting, above. The name of it did not transfer to my pictures when I saved it so I do not know the artist or date. I chose it because that is really how I think ladies classes should be: a dignified lady sitting at a table with other ladies, sipping tea, passing on helpful advice, answering questions, pointing the way to success in the home and family. I don't know about you but I cringe when I see a woman speaking at a pulpit, even if she is speaking to women only. I feel very uncomfortable doing that, although I do not mind speaking at a tea party or ladies class or to friends. So, I hope this small group of ladies will allow us to have this lesson at a table or in a living room.
The lesson is called "Staying on Board" and Has a nautical theme using seafaring terms from the Bible. I will try to post it here when it is completed. Since I do not charge anything for the cost of material, I cannot send a copy by mail but you may download and print it when I post it here. (If I can get some help from my personal in-home computer techs).
In general, women will find it better to stay on board and get through rough times. If there were more women willing to share the details of hard times in marriage, it would reassure others who feel their marriage is being threatened by the pressures of the world.
In this lesson I describe two Bible couples who endured out-of-this-world stress. I hope to reveal some of that on a video which I will post here. I am not saying I can get it done within the hour but maybe later on today.
Thanks for coming here today, and thanks to a couple of you who are so loyal with your contributions. I do not want anyone to contribute if they cannot afford it, but I do appreciate your offerings because I know that no one in the US has excess of money anymore! Everyone I talk to is just struggling to survive, so when someone sends $10 I am thinking they could have put a meal on the table with that, and yet they graciously contribute it. Well one thing you will never see, is us living extravagantly with other people's donations, so you know it is used well and deeply appreciated. I usually show you the patterns and fabrics I buy 😊 and I list the cost of the ingredients of sewing projects so you can see how to make a dollar stretch.
Contributors as well as regular readers have an open invitation to tea or to be overnight guests in my home, and are welcome to phone, skype or email, provided we can work out dates and times. There is no charge for that!
Here is a video summary of the lesson on Marriage:
Applicable Nautical Terms:
Aboard, Afloat, Adrift, Afore, Anchor, Afloat, Ashore, Aground,