Bonnie Roberts - The above photo was taken at Irene Latham's Poets in the Sky with Cupcakes, where Lynn Roberts (no kin) and I were pink twins. One day when you are older and your children have started their own families and have moved to another city or state, or when your friends become elderly and pass away, your wife is the one who will still be right at your side. A I am promoting Lynn's new book, SOULS to KEEP, the cover of which is on the front of our spiffy pink sweat shirts, provided to us by Lynn's guy, David.
Everything has to look as perfect as possible for that moment when she says a€?I doa€? to her husband at the Church altar or the Ceremony.A It is right and normal for a woman to desire to look gorgeous for this long-awaited moment in her life. But, there always comes a point in the ceremony when I peer into the eyes of the beautiful young bride and tell her:A a€?Today you look so beautiful in your white wedding gown. But a day will come when your body will begin to change, when wrinkles will start to appear, and gravity will begin to move things from where they used to be! When that day comes a€” and it will come a€” the most beautiful thing youa€™ll have to offer your husband will not be your body but a godly, beautiful, unfading SPIRIT. Most of these giggles come from people who are middle-aged and who see wrinkles when they look in the mirror.
A I need pink to brighten up my face, and I love looking like a pink popsicle and don't mind as long as Lynn looks like one, too.
Parts of their bodies that used to be strong and firm are starting to droop, and they feel tempted to lament when they look in the mirror.A Thata€™s why ita€™s important to remember that the most beautiful thing a wife has to offer her husband is not her body but her SPIRIT.
A It IS unusual, Irene, to have a new collection launch and reading in a Pumping Station Museum, but, hey--I like it.
This word means to assign, to designate, to allocate, orA to intentionally give something to someone. The good news is that when the body begins to show signs of age, the human spirit remains remarkably free from its effects.
It refers to a calculated decision to show attention, awareness,or consideration to someone else. In this case, it refers to a man purposefully showing attention to and consideration for his wife. Because Peter uses the Greek wordA aponemo (a€?givinga€?), this strongly suggests that the husbanda€™s attention, awareness, and consideration dona€™t occur accidentally.
The word a€?hiddena€? is the word kruptos, which describes something that is hidden or veiled from the eyes. The word a€?hearta€? is the Greek wordA kardia, which is the Greek word for the physical organ of the heart. He tells husbands that they are to give honor unto the wife as unto the a€?weaker vessel.a€?A The word a€?weakera€? does not mean inferior or substandard.
Just as thephysical organ of the heart is hidden from human sight, so the inner man is not visible to the natural eye.A By using the wordA kardia (the Greek word for the a€?hearta€?), Peter is giving us a powerful insight regarding the human spirit.
This is the Greek word asthenes, which actually carries the idea ofA something that is fragile and of great value, like a priceless, beautiful, hand-painted porcelain vase that must be treated with supreme care.
A Here she is reading a poetic sky passage from SOULS to KEEP at Irene's launch of her latest poetry collection THE SKY BETWEEN US.
She is to be given a place of high honor in his life, as if she were a fragile and priceless vessel. Lynn Roberts read a poetic "sky" passage from her new novel during "open mic." A For those living in Birmingham, Alabama, you can now purchase a copy of Lynn's novel at Jim Reed's bookstore!
Similarly, whatever is produced in the human spirit determines the ultimateA outcome of a persona€™s life. A Thank you, Irene, for such a creative, fun way of launching your book that gave so many of us a chance to share our poetry as well.
If a persona€™s spirit is filled with darkness, it will pump darkness intoA every part of that persona€™s life. When you and your wife approach a door, open the door for her and let her goA through the door first.
Although these people spend hours adorning and grooming themselves, what is inside them is projected clear through their outer adornment.
If you step through the door first and then let the door slamA in your wifea€™s face as she follows behind you, you give her the impression that sheA is of little value to you. Since they are actually unkind and inwardly ugly people, their inner ugliness ruins the effect of their physical beauty and causes them to be perceived as unattractive people. A Irene treated many of her poet and writer friends by launching her new book with a "POETS in the SKY with CUPCAKES" celebration at a most unusual site, the Historic Cahaba Pumping Station Museum in Birmingham. This word clearly describes the hidden part of the human being that never grows old or experiences the effects of aging.A Wives as you began to grow older, your Husband will look upon you with greater respect than ever before.
When your wife walks up or down the stairs or when she gets in or out of the car,A show enough consideration for her to reach out and take her by the hand and helpA her. Honestly, they thinkA you arephysically beautiful and are honored to be married to such an attractive woman. But whatA makes you most beautiful to him is not your hair, your face, your figure, or your clothing.


Instead of spending all the extra money on yourself, on your fishing trip, or on yourA personal pleasures, why not sacrifice a few of your own desires and give her thatA extra money to go do something for herself? A If you want to find out how something that looks like a thunderstorm, feels like a thunderstorms, bends cornstalks in wind like a thunderstorm, is complete with "shredded clouds" and lightning strikes like a thunderstorm, but isn't EVEN a thunderstorm, read the book. When you give her a check or cashA and tell her to go buy something for herself, it will probably shock her! He is very aware that another reason you diligently work to look beautiful is that youwants to honor himA  by looking nice.
A It's a very good read, and you'll learn something about being an imperfect human and how it's okay, and, in fact, the kind of soul you want to keep.A I'm putting the last touches on Harry's book. But as sheA realizes that you are making a sacrifice of your own desires to bless her, it will sendA a gigantic signal that you love her and want to bless her.A 4.
A Reading through it tonight, I kept thinking, "What an amazing poet, an amazing human being." A Not all amazing poets are amazing human beings. But the part of YOU that first captured hisheart and continues to do so today is not your body; it is your heart. A You would think poets would be, but some are just word crafters, and not people of love, insight, and inspiration.
SheA works hard to be beautiful for you, and it is only right that you acknowledge itA when she looks pretty.
When the rest of us are still sleeping,A youkneels on the floor in your prayer room to pray and to worship. You weeps before the Lord as HeA deals with you about the attitudes He wants to change in you. If you have sons, you are also providingA a good example to them of the way they should honor their own future wives.A 6. Although the both of you are getting older and yourA bodies are beginning to change,A you are more gorgeous to him today than ever before.
A I think Mule on a Ferris Wheel is only going to publish people and poets like Harry and Jimmy.
When you give her time that is completelyA undistracted, it lets her know that you want to be with her.
I pray that the strength and godliness that resides in myA spirit will manifest in my life, emanating from within me and making me more graciousA and more beautiful the older I get.
When you are at work, remember to pick up the telephone to call her during the day,A just to let her know you are thinking about her. A Here in all its messiness, happiness, and occasional tumult is family life, the world of parents and children, of marriages ended and new ones begun, of the next generation claiming its place.
It doesna€™t take long for you to makeA a quick phone call, but that moment of consideration means a lot to your wifebecause it communicates to her how much you value her. A Looking at the different roles he has filled--husband, father, grandfather--the man in these poems cherishes and celebrates love while acknowledging the pain it can bring. The older I get, the more visible my inward man becomes a€”A and what is seen coming from within me makes me attractive, even though I am getting aA little wrinkled and gravity is having its effects on my physical form. A His 54-page thesis, "Travel for Agorophobics" will be published by Aldrich Press and out by next year! If you always have time to be with everyone else butA never have time with her, you are sending her the message that she is the lowest priorityA in your life.
Can you name some individuals who grew more powerful and more beautifulA the older they became?
So take a few minutesA every so often to write a little note or card and leave it for your wife to find. HowA much time and effort does it take for you to pick up an ink pen and a piece of paperA and write two or three sentences of appreciation to your wife? Ita€™s a small investmentA of time and creativity that speaks volumes to your wife about your love for her.A 10. Always remember special dates, such as your wifea€™s birthday or your weddingA anniversary. Men tend to forget these things, but these are special memories to aA wife and it means so much to her when these times are celebrated with her husband.A Also, dona€™t forget to buy her a gift for these occasions. If you do any of theseA eleven things, you are sending a wrong signal to your wife, for none of theseA actions will make her feel cherished and treasured by you. Even if she smiles and laughs, trying to shrug off your verbal jabs,A this kind of behavior on your part is deeply hurtful to your wife. If there is a conflict between you, wait until you get homeA where you can talk about it privately, but never make fun of her or put her downA in front of others.
Murphy states that 90% of individuals polled have said they would prefer to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Murphy offers a view of death as something other than a "medical event" that need not take place in a sterile hospital and that the time before dying and death itself can be an important part of living in which closure, love, and forgiveness can take place and plans for what the dying person wishes must be put into writing for doctors, other caregivers, and family members.A  The book's scope is far wider than these elements in taking a whole new look at dying and death. And I must ask you again, do you want her to point outA all your flaws in front of other people?


We can't even imagine what the landscape of Alabama literature would be, would have been without you and your labors of love in poetry.A  Congratulations! You would prefer that she speak to you privatelyA about such matters, so show her the same courtesy.A A 3. Never tell your wife there isna€™t enough money in the budget for her to buy a new outfitA a€” and then turn right around and spend a lot of money on yourself, your fishingA trip, your hobbies, grills, tv's etc.
When she sees you do this, it communicates to her that youA love yourself more than you love her. Bill Wilson, consultant with the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, will present on "The Realities of Ministry in the 21st Century." Lots of discussion and dialogue! When you consistently make time for everyone in your life except yourA wife, you are making a very big mistake. If needed, cancel something in your scheduleA so you can give attention to this most important relationship in your life.A A 5.
Too often men act as if they are racing when they walk,A usually leaving their wives to walk five to fifteen feet behind them.
Now, I understandA that you may think your wife walks too slowly, but what is the use of racing in frontA of her if you must then stop, turn around, and wait for her to catch up with you?
ItA takes the same amount of time to get to your destination, whether you walk alongsideA your wife or you walk ahead and then wait for her. She wants to be the one and onlyA woman in your life, so comparing her to other women is not wise and shows greatA disrespect. A I need pink to brighten up my face, and I love looking like a pink popsicle and don't mind as long as Lynn looks like one, too. Your sexual relationship is a time ofA intimacy that is to be shared only between the two of you. Therefore, when youA make jokes about it or talk about it in front of others, you are humiliating your wifeA and making her feel cheap. This is certainly not a way to cherish her or to treat herA like a treasure!A 8.Never lie to your wife or tell a half-truth to cover your tracks. If you violate her trust by lying to her and she discovers it,A your act of deception will affect her ability to trust you in the future.
It may be difficult for her to hear what you have to say, but at least she will know you are being honest with her. If she discovers you have been lying to her, this will result in a far greater hurt than if you honestly admit to her what you have done wrong.A 9. A Here she is reading a poetic sky passage from SOULS to KEEP at Irene's launch of her latest poetry collection THE SKY BETWEEN US. Men who consistently forget these twoimportant dates and yet expect their marriage relationship to stay healthy are either ignorant or stupid. As noted earlier, the word a€?givea€? describesA a calculated decision to show attention, awareness, or consideration to someone else.
This pictures a purposeful and premeditated action by a husband to intentionally showattention and demonstrate consideration for his wife.A If these kinds of thoughtful acts dona€™t come naturally to you, ita€™s time for you to learn how to doA them. The truth is that you showA kindness and consideration to other people, so youA can do the same for your wife as well. After you talk to the Lord,A it is also important that you humble yourself and ask your wife to forgive you as well. Let the Holy Spirit teach you, correct you, and show you how to becomeA more sensitive to the woman you have chosen to spend the rest of your life with. I accept responsibilityA for the role I have played in wounding her and making her feel unimportant. As I follow Your leading in this area, please heal my wifea€™s heart andA bring tenderness back into our relationship once more.
I accept Your challenge to purposefullyA show the honor, attention, respect, and tenderness she deserves. My wife feels loved, respected, esteemed, andA special because I do the things that communicate value to her.
A His 54-page thesis, "Travel for Agorophobics" will be published by Aldrich Press and out by next year!
When is the last time you did something really extra special for your wife toA show her how much you love and care for her?A 2. Have you been guilty of jesting about your wife in front of others or of puttingA her down in front of the children? We can't even imagine what the landscape of Alabama literature would be, would have been without you and your labors of love in poetry.A  Congratulations!
Malm's Grief Retreat following the death of my mother in 2002, and found it to be extraordinarily helpful in my own grief process.



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