Rebecca Stark is the author of The Good Portion: God, the second title in The Good Portion series, a series written to encourage women to immerse themselves in the depths of Christian doctrine.

The Good Portion — God explores what Scripture teaches about God in hopes that readers will see his perfection, worth, magnificence, and beauty as they study his triune nature, infinite attributes, and wondrous works. 

Rebecca also blogs at Out of the Ordinary.

                         

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Round the Sphere Again: Sanctification

Through Marriage
Martin Luther on Marriage as a School of Character by Matthew Barrett at The Gospel Coalition Blog.

Life was hard. Family life was hard. Marriage was hard. And yet, Martin and Katie loved each other tremendously. They viewed marriage as a school of character, whereby God uses the hardships of daily family life to sanctify us. 

In Singleness
The point of this next piece is not so different than the point of the one linked above: Living with others helps us learn to live unselfishly (Paula Hendricks at True Woman Blog).

I lived alone for about six months and I loved it. I could have everything just the way I wanted it, and since I’m an introvert, I had no trouble being happy doing things all by myself without interruptions. Now I have two adult children living with me and sometimes I wish I didn’t, but all in all, I think living with others requires that I “look not only on [my] own interests, but also the interests of others.” It forces me to be more Christ-like.

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Reader Comments (3)

One thing I find when the kids are all home is that they stay up later than when they were younger, and sometimes, I get frustrated because there's still activity downstairs when I want to go to sleep. But I always remember what my mother said, that some day, I might be sitting in an empty house wishing for company, so I should enjoy it while I have it.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim Shay

Things left out around the house are my biggest complaint. Yes, I know it's petty.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Reading the book revealed that I'm a perfectionist too, I'm sorry to say. I hate having stuff left around, or dishes left on the sink/counter instead of putting them in the dishwasher---which is right there. See? Just writing about it gets my hackles up.

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrosemary

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