This has been a busy week for me… trying to finish up some projects that needed to be done like yesterday, while still making sure I’m putting my husband and family first. Yesterday I didn’t do so well, at least I didn’t think I did (have you ever noticed we are a whole lot harder on ourselves than other people?). My mother-in-law was out for most of the day so I volunteered to cook a roast. It’s only the SECOND time I’ve cooked a roast in the oven (I’ve done it in the crockpot, but I don’t know, I think I really like doing it in the oven). My husband asked for a pot roast over the holidays so I found a recipe and it turned out pretty well. But this time my inlaws were home, which made me doubly nervous. What if I overcooked it, and it was all tough?
My plan was to put it in around 1 at 275 degrees and just let it cook until dinner time around 5. So the morning was spent working on a video project, trying to record a video for Wives of Faith (which I still haven’t completed) and the time was just slipping by and I knew I had a phone interview at 2 with a business writer who wanted to ask me some questions about my Pinterest story (he’d seen my book show up as a “pin” on Pinterest and had heard how the book had sold out on Amazon – it took them almost two weeks to catch up).
So a little after 1 (ok, it was more like 1:20), I hurried into the kitchen to get the roast started. Except I didn’t have any of the ingredients I needed! No mushroom soup, no onion soup mix, no beef broth. I was really starting to sweat getting it into the oven on time so it would be ready at our normal dinner time. Thankfully my father-in-law was around and ran out to the store for me while I was back and forth on the phone with my husband dealing with a store order .
So while I waited for the ingredients I needed, I went ahead and pan-cooked the roast on both sides (I can’t even remember at this moment what you call that) cut up some red potatoes and got the carrots ready and sure enough, it was 2 p.m. and time for my interview. Then my father-in-law walked in. So while I’m trying to sound intelligent answering questions about social media and marketing trends when it comes to book publishing, I’m desperately trying to remember what I’m supposed to do with my roast! Because my recipe is on my phone that is now on my ear!
I added a can of mushroom soup, half a can of beef broth and put the roast in the oven. It wasn’t until an hour later (after my phone interview was over) I realized I forgot to add the onion soup mix, so I did that, and then an hour before dinner time I threw in the potatoes and carrots, just praying that the roast would be done but not too done (it was in for about 4 hours total).
It was a bit of a crazy day but I got through it. And the roast turned out pretty good. Though I did have to ask my MIL to show me how to cut it.
I’ve also been hearing from a lot of readers the last few days. It’s always fun to read how God has used the book to encourage someone else to start making changes in their own ways of doing things and showing love to their husbands and families. I’ve heard from several who have loved the book as well as a couple of readers who didn’t like it or are confused by it (those usually don’t come to me in emails but in posts and blogs that I happen to see). One FB comment I saw yesterday was made on a post of a FB friend that she’d made quite a while back and the comment was from one of her friends who had just finished the book and didn’t care for it. She said “I don’t think the author knows what it means to submit to her husband.”
OK, that made me chuckle and my first thought was, well DUH!
I DIDN’T know what it meant to submit to my husband! Did I know I was supposed to, that God has called my husband to be the leader of our household and for me to be his helper – absolutely. But if I were really honest, and if you’ve read the book, you know I am, I didn’t really understand what that looked like and my stubborn, selfish self really fought against it. (I think I warn you at the beginning of the book that I am one not-so-perfect woman!) That’s one of the reasons I challenged myself to do the P31 experiment. And since going through that year, and then writing about it and then continuing to seek God and His direction for my life as a wife and mom, I can definitely say I’ve changed in that department. And my husband can too. And he is also learning what it looks like to be the spiritual leader of our household.
This book is definitely unusual in that it’s sort of a time capsule of one year of my life. But life keeps going and people (hopefully) keep changing. I am definitely not the same person I was who started out in that first chapter. So… I thought today I would take any questions you have about the book or about me or whatever you want to ask. You can comment here with your question, email me at email@example.com or at noon CST, I’ll take questions live on my twitter feed at @myprov31life. If I have enough questions, I’ll do another blog post for tomorrow with the questions and answers included.
Make it a great day! Looking forward to see what questions you have for me!