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You Need A Bubble Bath

You need a bubble bath!

Women living well bookI am greatly enjoying the book, Women Living Well, written by Courtney Joseph. Courtney has an amazing ministry where she shares about her life, faith, and raising children, as well as marriage. Today I want to share an excerpt from her book:

You Need A Bubble Bath 

“Go take a bubble bath.”

“You should go to bed early tonight and get some extra rest.”

“Let me get you a warm cup of coffee and a book, and you sit down and take a break.”

No one ever says these things to you, do they? And so, I’m guessing you rarely treat yourself to any of these. You rarely allow yourself to relax. I know this because you are just like me.

I mistakenly believe I can go and go and go without consequence. A bubble bath is something completely free that only you can give yourself. It is something we do alone and a place where we can stop the rush, hush, reflect, and see clearly. I know there is a temptation at the end of a weary day to turn on the television and have a snack. This is a common stress reliever, but it doesn’t get us alone with God and it doesn’t give us the peace our souls long for. Television is empty. God’s word is full.

Bubble Bath Basics An awesome bubble bath takes planning, so here’s what you need:

1. Privacy – all children asleep and husband aware that you don’t want to be interrupted.

2. Hot water and loads of bubbles – preferably ones that smell yummy!

3. Some soft classical music.

4. A hand towel rolled up as a pillow.

5. A cold drink to set aside the tub.

6. Your Bible, a good Christian book, or simply quietness – reflecting on your day and talking with God in prayer.

Optional: space for a candle

Now sit back, relax, and be alone with just you and God. Twenty minutes, and voila! You emerge a new woman. Do not wait until the house is clean the laundry is all folded. It will never all be done! Give yourself permission in the midst of your busyness to have a few moments of peace.

By: Courtney Joseph To learn more: visit or you can order Courtney’s book at your favorite book retailer.Thanks Courtney for being our guest we love you and we all want to be women living well. Hugs, Lynn Leave a comment and you are entered to win a copy of Courtney's book.

Hope Rush

Dear friends, today author, speaker and dear friend Cynthia Ruchti joins us with her wonderful words and new book, Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices. I hope you find her words encouraging and strengthening as we continue to seek Abba for our hope. Leave a comment too as I'll choose two names to receive a copy of her new book. HOPE RUSH

Hope rushI wonder how long it took Eve to find hope again. The Bible shows us some of her misery—her shame, her hollowness, her sense of abandonment, the emotional distance in her marriage, her grief over losing one son and becoming the mother of a murderer in the same moment… We can imagine the rest. She and Adam stayed together, somehow working through their disappointment in one another.

Throughout unnaturally long lifespans, they slogged through the dailies, the joys and jolts of family life, the challenges of wringing a living out of an earth that no longer cooperated as it once had. When did hope return for Eve? And where did she find it?

In the eyes of her newborn, Seth, a child whose name was chosen “because God has given me another child in place of Abel, whom Cain killed” (Genesis 4:25, CEB)? Or was it months earlier when she first felt new life stir within her? After Seth became a father and his son Enosh was born, a small phrase was shoe-horned into the biblical account. “At that time, people began to worship in the Lord’s name” (Genesis 4:26b, CEB). Did Eve reclaim hope through worship?

My husband is a fan of gold rush reality shows. Mining for gold in the Yukon. Mining in South America. Mining in Alaska. Mining under water. Mining in 1849. I assume within him is a latent pioneer/prospector spirit that enjoys watching the pursuit of the prize without getting frostbitten, muddy, bug-bitten, or killed. A common thread in the shows is the harsh reality that the gold is rarely lying there on the surface, waiting to be collected like ripe blueberries waiting to be picked from the shoulder-high bushes in our yard. The miners have to dig deep, move boulders, sometimes bulldoze acres of frozen tundra or mucky jungle to get to the hidden pockets of gold, the little flecks that add up to a fortune. Why would we assume the hope we’re so hungry for would be any different?

Yes, at times, the nuggets of hope are lying right there on the surface. Easy pickings. But sometimes we have to move boulders and plow through permafrost to find that small flash of wonder that tells us there’s more, if we keep digging. Eve may have waited a very long time for her first glimpse at a bright speck of hope. But did she catch the brilliance of tenderness when God clothed her in an animal skin? For all His disappointment in her failure, His love would not relent. He cared that she felt ashamed. Hope laced the edges of her existence from Day One. Well, Day Six.

If you and I have to dig for hope, looking hard and long for reasons to be grateful, joyful, hopeful in the middle of our current circumstances, why should that surprise us? And why would we think hope would be diminished in any way by our having to search for it? Proverbs 25:2 tells us, “It is the glory of God to hide something and the glory of kings to discover something.” A kind word buried in a husband’s rant about his bad day at work. A last, startlingly colorful bloom hanging on one more day despite the cold snap. Good numbers in a lab test. One more chemo week conquered. An aging parent remembering our name this time. Digging for hope? That’s what starts a hope rush—finding treasure buried under acres of barren-looking life. 

Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women and writers. The epigraph of her latest nonfiction—Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices—reads, “To the wounded, the worn, the wondering. And to those who let us see their scars so others can discover Hope’s hideout.” For more about this or other books and speaking topics, connect with her at or

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