Today Spencer, our youngest child, turns 12.
However, it seems like only yesterday he was an infant in the nursery when I sat at my discussion table at the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group at East Lansing Trinity Church.
That particular Wednesday morning, Pastor Emerson Eggerichs was our guest speaker. He was there to talk to the moms and gather info and data that would help him in a new ministry he was launching called Love and Respect. He brought to life the male/female differences and highlighted in tangible ways the well known Bible verse Ephesians 5:33 which reads:
“…each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
Following it leads to marital peace.
Disregarding it leads to severe spousal strife.
Emerson and his beautiful wife Sarah took a leap of faith as they launched the Love and Respect Conferences in August 1999 to serve husbands and wives. They are convinced that the insights presented in the conference can turn hurting marriages into good ones, and good marriages into better ones.
I have had the honor of not only speaking alongside the Eggerichs at Hearts at Home conferences, but becoming friends with them and watching first-hand as God took their conferences and their message to a national level. They are the real deal, folks. They live what they preach and are not afraid to admit that they still struggle with living out daily the truths of scripture in a word tainted by “what’s in it for me” thinking.
Emerson E. Eggerichs (yes….that is his real name. I’ve teased him, asserting that apparently his parents wanted to buy a vowel!) was born in Peoria, Illinois on April 30, 1951. He met his wife while attending Wheaton College. Together, they have 3 adult children, Jonathan, David and Joy.
Emerson received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Communications from Wheaton College and Graduate school. He was later awarded his Masters in Divinity from Dubuque Seminary. He also earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Child and Family Ecology. His dissertation was an analysis of effective fathers.
Emerson has donated a copy of his best-selling book Love and Respect to give to one of you who leaves a comment on today’s post. This life-changing book has helped countless people seeking a biblical and successful marriage.
Today, you and your mate can start fresh with the ground-breaking guidance that Emerson provides in this helpful resource. His revolutionary message, featured on Focus on the Family, is for anyone: in marital crisis…wanting to stay happily married…who’s feeling lonely. It’s for engaged couples…victims of affairs…pastors and counselors seeking material that can save a marriage.
Using his breakthrough techniques, couples nationwide are achieving a brand-new level of intimacy and learning how to: – stop the Crazy Cycle of conflict – initiate the Energizing Cycle of change – enjoy the Rewarded Cycle of new passion.
And if you’ll take this biblically based counsel to heart, your marriage could be next!
So, if you’d like to have a chance to receive this practical and inspirational book from Emerson, leave a comment by Sunday at midnight. (as with all of this weeks’ giveaways, you have until then to enter. Winners will be announced Monday.)
Let’s make it simple. Either:
- Tell us your wedding date and where you tied the knot.
- Or, if you are single, tell us why you would like to win this book. Do you need advice on helping someone in a struggling marriage? Is there someone you’d give it to?
I’ll start us off.
Todd and I were married on June 21, 1986 in Lansing, Michigan. It was a sunny and 72 degree perfect day. Although I’d always swore I’d never be a June bride. However, we graduated college the last weekend in May that year. Todd said he’d waited long enough and I could pick any weekend in June to get hitched. So, June bride I was! (I also always swore I’d never have three kids—didn’t want the whole oldest, middle, baby syndrome. Well…can you count? Check out the pic of my family in the upper right corner. How many kids do I have?)
Note to self: Stop swearing you’ll never do something.
God chuckles and oft times proves us wrong.
NOTE: For more on this topic, you may want to read today’s Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today devotion written by my P31 sister Tracie Miles.
Lovingly and Respectfully,