It seems that at every craft show there is always that one woman who comes up, picks up a book, looks at the back of the book and quickly returns the book to the table saying, “We are good! We’ve been married for “X” number of years and we really don’t need anything like this,” and rushes off.
My husband and I have been married for almost 38 years. I am the author of the book A WIFE AND A WITNESS and I am re-reading it myself and here is why. We just returned from our annual “anniversary trip” early this year because my wonderful husband, Bill, will soon began immunotherapy treatments for stage 4 melanoma. We are in need of prayer, we are in need of unity, we are in need of time away to reflect and recharge and renew before we begin the hardest thing we have ever had to do in our marriage, fight for Bill’s life. We are in unchartered waters for us. Although we have a strong marriage and have had for many years, when we first received his diagnosis, there were some things that became issues that made me forget some of these very same qualities and teachings that I already know from experience. My gut reactions mimicked some of the things I would have done in earlier days, before I knew better.
Do you have a favorite place you like to go just to get away? For Bill and me, that place is Michigan, specifically Mackinaw City area and the Upper Peninsula. We’ve been going there for many years of our marriage beginning with our honeymoon. We have favorite places to visit. Favorite places to sit and watch the boats and the bridge, and favorite places to eat that fill our itinerary for our trip. This time, things were different. Whether we were focused on the nature of the trip, relax and rest before our lives become crazy this week, or whether we just ended up in different places that drew our attention more, we saw our favorite places with extras added! What are extras added? The things that have changed in the past 38 years, if you were to look at pictures of our honeymoon compare to today, there are a lot of extras added. There is the museum added to the lighthouse, the trolley tour, the ice cutter museum, the bridge (Ironworker) museum. Things that have either been added to sights we have seen before or things available now that we did not know about until now. The point is, we took a trolley tour! We heard about these new things from someone who did the research and could tell us about different sights that we had not encountered before. We felt that we knew the area pretty well from over many years of doing the same things every time we visited. It wasn’t until we let someone else take us around the town we discovered places we did not know were available for us to see. A WIFE AND A WITNESS is a book that will give you “Extra’s added!” It will take what you already know about marriage and take you to see scriptures that will excite you and challenge you. It is not designed to tell you what you already know but to bring you to deeper insight and deeper exploration of your marriage through peeking into ours! It is a book that is helpful to every marriage on whatever level your marriage is on. Just as we found out on our trip north, we found extras added new goals, new places to visit (we didn’t get to see them all on this trip) we left Mackinaw with hopes of new adventures when we are done with treatments and all that they will entail. Instead of constant reflection of past trips and past memories, we are flooded with new experiences from this trip and new hope for more. Let this book give you extras added to your marriage as you dig deeper and look for answers to questions you did not even know existed!
Because she fell in love, Joy Bowser chose to marry a man who was not a Christian, and in the uplifting A Wife and a Witness, she provides insight for other Christian wives who face the same challenge. A Wife and a Witness is the story of one couple's struggle to follow Christ together. Join Christian author Joy Bowser as she fearlessly shares her marital experiences in order that readers might be encouraged and inspired by her candid vulnerability. Whether you are a Christian whose husband isn't a believer, or a wife desiring to improve your relationship with your spouse this book is for you! A Wife and a Witness outlines specific Biblical concepts to help build a stronger marriage especially if your spouse is not saved, and profound insight into whati s necessary to keep your trust in the Lord, allowing him to work in your day-to-day life and in your home.
To encourage all wives to pursue and achieve better marriages. To especially minister to Christian wives to be witnesses of the saving grace of Jesus to their husbands, their children and those around them.
A WIFE AND A WITNESS
My ministry is a ministry of encouragement. It began as a ministry to primarily married women (but also men) who find themselves in "unequally yoked" marriages. It encourages the Christian believer to keep her/his walk true and in that, she/he will be the kind of spouse that may lead their mate to the Lord. From either video, power point or a beach ball presentation, the point is made that a marriage needs the spiritual power of both spouses to "hold up" a marriage. it is not the work of one person on their own. This message would be good for young married groups, a Bible Study for married women or even for those who are contemplating marriage. Scripture is used to show how God can use wives and husbands as He did Esther, "For such a time as this."
What's In it for me? Sunday School teacher training and recruitment. Looks at what can be gained for a teacher spiritually, by being open to being used to teach others.
Encouragement ( The marrow to our body) Takes a look at Bible Scriptures as they relate to encouraging one another.
Share Your Witness- From the story of the Woman at the Well. How God used one woman to turn the town upside down!
Scheduling events for 2019
Cabin fever Home and Garden Show
April 13, 2019
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Liberty Center Public Library
Liberty Center, OH 43532
Though you may never have been through what Joy went through, you can easily adopt the concepts she presents. Joy offers Biblical principles to help your marriage…” L. Purpura, Bryan ,OH
March 31, 2016 These are the words(wow, oh my, yes and Amen) that came to mind when I started reading A Wife and A Witness. This book is not for the faint of heart, it will cause you to pause and think about if you are treating your spouse the way they should be treated according to God's word. Joy is trying to keep women from falling into the pitfalls that most women seem to succumb to when one spouse is saved and the other is not. But, I also think this book is beneficial to the wife who has a saved spouse. Even if our spouses are saved there are traps and pitfalls that we succumb to that are listed in this book. I'm enthusiastic about marriage, so I was excited to read this book. Anytime someone writes about how to heal, restore, reconcile or how to avoid the baits that Satan will place in your path to destroy to marriages, I'm ecstatic to read and share with someone else. Get a copy of this book, don't sit on the sideline and watch your marriage wither away. Get in the fight, put on the whole armour of God and let Satan know he's a liar. A Wife and A Witness is a 10 star book, but the highest I can give is 5.
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Other books coming:
Move Off This Mountain!
A Mom And A Mentor