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Hey there! I’m Marilyn, and I can’t tell you how happy I am that you’ve stopped by.
If you were here in person, I’d give you a big hug. So, the beautiful girl kissing my cheek is my daughter, Rebecca. She’s a wonderful woman who has learned to persevere through some tough times. Rebecca loves God and has lots to share about her own struggles and victories. She’s going to introduce herself in a minute (age before beauty) so stick around. I’m going to share some very personal, and to be perfectly honest, embarrassing things about why I hoped for a miscarriage when I realized I was pregnant with Rebecca, but first… Read More
How Self-Pity Wrecks Romance and How to Overcome it
S elf-pity doesn’t draw people to us. It repels them. It doesn’t make the object of our desire want us more. It makes them want to run. Self-pity is often a mechanism for manipulation. We hide, hoping . . . Read More
A Critical Spirit: How Much Damage?
There’s a lot of negativity in the air these days. When I say “in the air,” I’m not . . . Read More
When You Wonder if You Married the Wrong Man
Have you ever wondered if you married the wrong man? Maybe you’re convinced . . . Read More
3 Tips That Will Help You Handle Your Kid’s Pain
Kids cause pain, and I was one of those mothers who wallowed in it. I felt every little . . . Read More
What does God’s Word say about things like how to win an argument with the devil? Or using peace with God in spiritual warfare? Read More
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The Struggle for Love: The Story of Leah
The Struggle for Love is the story of the Old Testament character Leah.
Two sisters married to the same man. A man who loves only one.
Leah didn’t want a marriage without love. A strong and capable woman, she had determined to live a life of service as a midwife, bringing other women’s children into the world, allowing her father to breach tradition and betroth her beautiful younger sister first. But that was not to be.
Forced by her father to pose as her sister, Leah goes to Jacob’s wedding bed. When Jacob awakens to find Leah instead of the beautiful Rachel, he tells Leah that he will provide for her and do what a husband must, but she will never have his love.
Rejected by her husband and her relationship with her beloved sister broken, will Leah be able to keep her faith in the God of Abraham through the tragedies to come? Will Jacob see Leah for the woman she truly is? Will these two wives of the patriarch mend their relationship before it’s too late?
Enjoy this beautiful story of a woman overlooked by history but not by God. In Genesis 29:31 the scripture says, “When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved—” God was watching over Leah. And He’s watching over you.
I was a Stranger
Have you ever thought about the innkeeper who sent Mary and Joseph to the stable because there was no room in the inn?
When he stood before God, do you think he wished he’d slept in the hay and given Mary his own bed?
Imagine knowing for all eternity that you sent Jesus out to sleep with the cows and sheep!
In I was a Stranger, Marilyn Parker looks at Matthew 25 where Jesus, in His own words, warns that whatever we do to one of the “least” of His brothers or sisters, we do to Him. She draws on her forty years as the wife of a pastor—who regularly brought unannounced strangers home for a meal and a place to sleep, hosted ministers and missionaries, and kept the door open to his congregation—for both sobering and side-splitting stories about her family’s experiences.
Marilyn also addresses the heart of the Christian, the church, and the country towards immigrants and Muslims, people with different lifestyles and worldviews—the strangers among us, for whom Jesus so freely gave His life.
I was a Stranger is full of practical advice on how to entertain people in your home. AND it includes Cooking for Company, a cookbook full of stranger-tested recipes Marilyn used to feed all of those wonderful people.
Be sure to check out the Best-in-the-World Brownies recipe (it really is the best!), Cowboy Cookies, and authentic green-chili beef for burritos!!
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