Do you remember the book UnStuff? I read it almost two years ago now and I was fortunate enough to be able to read it with some friends, too. It's a great book if you haven't read it, go buy a copy and sit down and do it. And while you're out there buying books, get The Fruitful Wife, too.
I needed to read this book. God convicted me of something that I had said while in Bible study a few months ago. I am happy to say that I was wrong, completely and totally. And I am so thankful that God used Haley DiMarco's book to show me, because that means that there are other people who can experience exactly the same revelation.
So, here's what I was wrong about, I thought you couldn't have all the fruits of the spirit at once. Turns out that not only can you, but you should and it's pretty easy to get, if you're willing to put in the work. And the work is clinging to Jesus.
The Fruitful Wife goes through all the spiritual fruits in Galatians 5:22-23 and shows how they relate to our lives as wives. She shows clearly the areas that we struggle in and how they can look when we are living a life that is dependent upon Jesus and looking to share the fruits of the spirit.
Each chapter is a different fruit, my favorite being gentleness. I was encouraged to read that I do not have to be bullish during moments of sharing the truth. God is gentle with us during times of correction and I feel like that is what The Fruitful Wife has offered me, a moment of correction from wrong thought and wrong action. I hope that it also means that I will experience more fruits in my life so that I can share them with not only my husband but with the world as well.
A copy of this book was shared with me for purposes of review from Crossway via NetGalley.