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Chocolate Cake Marriage

Cake and Marriage

A few years ago, I got to listen to this amazing speaker at my MOPS group one morning, who likened marriage to cake. Now, if you know me well, you KNOW I have a sweet tooth, so any mention of cake and I’m all ears…

The short version of the talk: How well you follow the recipe for a cake determines how your cake is going to turn out, and your marriage is the same! It’s only going to be as good as what you put in to it. I loved the visual impact of this, because she even brought two cakes — one gorgeous, yummy chocolate cake, and one that looked like a pile of lumpy goo. Everyone could relate to this concept (hello, we’ve all messed up a recipe before… oh, and it’s CAKE), and she blessed us with many tips and ideas from a Biblical perspective that we could use to improve our marriages.

Chocolate Cake by @Stickelberry
Did someone say cake?

Fast-forward to early this year, when a great friend of mine called and put me and that same speaker in touch to format and publish a book for that very same talk! I can’t tell you how thrilled and just honored I was to be given the opportunity to help get this amazing message from Michelle Sullivan out into the world.

As I started to dive in to formatting, of course I read the book as I worked. My eyes were opened and my heart melted at Michelle’s story, how she was inspired and CALLED to write the book, and even more, I could see how I have failed to follow the recipe for my own marriage.

The Angel Made Me Do It - Chapter 1 from Chocolate Cake Marriage by Michelle Sullivan.
Called to Write

What a blessing this book is — it has spoken directly to me and my marriage, and I know it will speak to yours, too. It is full of so much wisdom, references to scripture, insights on how men THINK, ways to rekindle what brought you together with your husband in the first place… we are talking some REAL content here, topics that you might blush about, but that we ALL need to read.

As real as it gets, ladies.

And as a bonus, you’ll see some of my photos of chocolate cake and even a recipe for Michelle’s famous Mud Pie at the end! (did I mention CAKE?)

Back Cover

Don’t hesitate, get yours today and start reading the recipe every woman needs to get their hands on. God is doing some amazing work through this gifted soul, and is going to bless so many women and their husbands through her work.

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Another Challenge

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Day 1. Inspire

So, I’ve tried this a few times now and have yet to be successful. Have you heard of those photo-a-day challenges? I’ve seen them on Instagram, and have tried (very unsuccessfully, by the way) to follow along and participate, but I usually poop out around day 5. NOT THIS TIME! I’m going to do it!

The picture to the left is my day 1 photo for the word Inspire. I am inspired by color, design and FABRIC. Get me in a fabric store and my mind explodes with inspiration — so many ideas! I always buy more than I went there for, and unfortunately have a lot that I haven’t even touched yet. But they are waiting for me patiently, and will one day become something super cute.

Anyway, back to the challenge. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me fill you in, and maybe you can join me!

The idea is this: At the beginning of the month, someone posts a list of words, one for each day of the month. You are then to take a fabulous picture within Instagram that can be associated with that word. You tag the photo with the specified hashtag so others can follow along and see your pictures, and you would also use that tag to find other people who are playing along. Fun, right? Well, I think so. Told you I was a nerd.

One of my favorite blogs, The Idea Room does this every month (if you haven’t checked out her blog, DO IT! It’s so great!), and she herself admits she doesn’t do very well at sticking with the challenge. I think September is a good month for us all to try something new, or finish something that we’ve started. So let’s get a move on and have some fun!

If you want to play along this month, here is the challenge — she has better directions of course, but be sure to add the hashtag #theidearoom to your pictures! You can search on Instagram for the hashtag and you’ll find the challenge there as well. Oh and by the way, if you’re not already following me on Instagram, you can do that while you’re there too. I’ll follow you back!

Day 1 is almost over, but don’t fret! You can start anytime, and can certainly play catch up. No one is going to boo or hiss, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

HAVE FUN!

 

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