Choosing Humility. Throughout the book, you see an unleveling trust in a higher power. There's an unbreakable faith in The Lord as He moved disciples of His, through the graces and not-so-graceful moments of life. It's easy for individuals to long for the future and what it holds (guilty). Paul David Tripp writes in his book "Awe," [people] never really understood God's agenda between the already and the not yet, and because they didn't their faith didn't rescue, encourage, protect, comfort, or guide them. Tripp's book is a series of intense lessons of the value of what humility can do for your soul. Applied here though, it's the same lesson. The same exercise of portraying pure humility for yoru life, both the good, the graceful, the bad, and the learning experiences ...all to sum up in trusting your story. The already. And the not yet.
Grace in a Marriage. There's a certain level of unsafe territory when your spouse is an entrepreneur, twice the carry-on baggage if BOTH partners are entrepreneurs. You never know what the times will bring, you never know what the economy will present, and you never know when that wild card will lay itself on your table as your spouse brings home yet another great idea. What I love about the Gaines is their indestructible devotion towards their marriage. It's a very real representation of "in the good times and the bad." There's a graceful trust umbrella they hold together over their hearts and marriage. I found I admired that deeply as I realized my husband and I hold the same umbrella, holding it hand-in-hand together. I write this not long after my husband comes home with our third fixer upper of the year. There was one line in the book early on from Joanna that basically said "well, I married him, so I'm in it..." Something along those lines. That kind of grace really acts as a daily glue in a marriage, and I'm in it. Good times and bad.
Faith & Risk ...and the difference between the two. When you accept and follow the ministry of your heart, your life will present itself to you ...by Him. You are not promised or guaranteed greatness. You are not assured financial security or a worry-free career or a get-out-of-jail-free card. You are will be tested to jump off of what seems like an impossible cliff. You will hear His voice lead you towards doors to close and doors to open. You may hear that voice urging a career change, a leap of faith, a jump. You will be guided, at every moment ...but only if you listen. I learned the great difference between faith and risk after reading The Magnolia Story. Having faith means you are listening to Him as you are lead through life's journeys and roads, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense on paper. Taking risks, un-calculated ones anyway, means you are listening to You as your lead yourself through your life's journeys and roads.