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Proverbs 31 Wife Handbook (Volume 1) Paperback – July 14, 2004
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She is also the founder of several blogs, including the very popular: MomsofFaith.com
Besides all that, she is a chauffeur, friend, maid, chef, business owner, lover, confidant, mentor, teacher, seeker, nurse, boo-boo kisser, cat lover, coffee drinker, Starbucks follower, Mexican food addict, jean loving, sometimes loud mouth, opinionated, outspoken, web designer, iphone carrier, a teensy bit anal retentive, chocoholic, Survivor fan, Bible believing, animal lover, reptile and crawly things hating, speed walking, honest, working her way back to skinny jeans, and... One heck of a strong woman! (Among other things)
My Testimony: the short version...
To share my whole testimony would be like writing a book--which I actually plan to do. However, I thought it would be an encouragement to you for me to share a little of what made me--me!
Since I was born my life has been in turmoil. I suffered years of molestation that started in toddler-hood and went on through my pre-teens. The crimes of sexual abuse committed against me were by multiple strangers, and some of it by two people who were not strangers, and should have been safe. Some of the sexual abuse I endured was so sensitive that I blocked out up until my 20's.
I also grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who was unable to be a proper mother and moved us around way too often. I was homeless many times as a child and lived in the car, missions and anywhere my mother could finagle. My entire childhood was spent not really knowing where my next bed would be, and never really building lasting friendships. There was a lot of pain and abuse. I was also tormented at school. I just never had an escape.
Puberty was even more fun. I lost my virginity to rape, was still in poverty, lived with several strange people, lived in a children's home for a bit, then met my husband.
We had a turbulent relationship from the beginning. There were parties, drugs, and lots of alcohol. I soon became addicted to drugs. Then came an unplanned pregnancy when I was 18. Of course, I kept the baby... I immediately stopped all drugs, alcohol, and even caffeine!
Had the baby...now my wonderful, beautiful, funny, strong, and fabulous teenage daughter.
We did not marry right away. When she was about 14 months, I started to watch Christian TV. You see, I went to church on and off as a kid and asked Jesus into my heart when I was 8. I always knew Jesus loved me...but I never really knew more than that. So, I wanted more than TV now...Rob and I started to go to church. We got married after 5 years together.
Things went good for a bit...then we began to have problems and eventually stopped going to church and separated. During our separation we agreed that we would remain faithful and try to work things out--from a distance. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.
My husband had a relationship with another woman and was doing hard core drugs with her on a daily basis.
I was hanging out with a bad crowd and doing drugs frequently as well...all along wanting to have a happy life.
Somehow, after many twists and turns, we got back together after a year and a half apart.
We continued to do drugs. The woman he was involved with continued to call him for two years on and off....which did NOT do anything good for our marriage. We did drugs together now...again. We had a LOT to deal with. We wanted to break free. However, we had such a friendly dealer...he would front us our drugs each week and we would get further and further behind. We racked up credit card bills and wasted all our money on drugs.
After MUCH struggle, we eventually broke free...and things were good for a while...We started going to church and had our happy little church faces on. I was never really me...
Then, I suffered a miscarriage. I was devastated. A terrible sadness overcame me and I had to stifle it because as many would say; "at least you did not know...'it'..." Hmmm... No one really understands how a miscarriage feels unless they have been through it. No, I did not meet the child; however, he was a living being inside of me and loved for almost 4 months.
A couple years after my loss, in 2004, I was blessed with a beautiful daughter. She is a joy and much needed addition to our family.
As of today (early 2013), I can tell you that the road is still bumpy and filled with many twists and turns. I have many days that I want to cry the day away or walk out of my marriage and never look back. However, every time I let myself go there, the Lord reminds me of all the reasons I should not. He keeps me grounded through His Word and holds me tightly in His arms. I know that the legacy I leave my children will be a good one. I know that they will learn that marriage is hard work and not always filled with joy. They will learn that giving up is not an option and that all...yes ALL things work to the good for those who are called according to HIS purpose. (Romans 8:28)
"O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!" - Psalm 61:1-4
Top Customer Reviews
I'm truly sorry that this book wasn't all I hoped it would be but I must honestly recommend looking elsewhere for insight into the Proverbs 31 wife.
I will be giving this book to all my friends as a wedding gift. This is a must have of all wives and mother, any age and amount of time married. Everyone can receive a blessing from the inspired words written in it. Would highly recommend to any women.
Sometimes we read Scripture and it seems so old fashioned and out of date that we ignore what it is saying, but Lara Velez has a gift (which I firmly believe is from God) that allows her to be able to take those words and transform them into a deeper, more timely, understanding that we can all relate to. She's written the handbook verse by verse, explaining what it all means and how we can bring it into our own lives no matter what our circumstances.
This is a very powerful and useful tool for every wife out there and I think anyone who gets it will be blessed in their reading and study of it. I know that for me personally it has really opened my eyes and made me want to be the wife that God made me to be - not just in words, but in actions. My Husband deserves it.
The author really shows enthusiasm for being a "Proverbs 31" wife and I am so glad that I found this handy resource. I also love her "Fruit of the Spirit" Series which are small bites of devotions that I am loving!
Keep up the great, motivating work. I look forward to more of what the author brings forward this year!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It helped me understand my place as a wife and my duties as one. I appreciate this book. Thank youPublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book gets down to it. It's real. It's hard work. But it's so worth it. To understand what a Godly wife looks like, and is. I recommend to all my friends.Published 10 days ago by nicole mabry
This book is excellent of excellence! I shared with some friends of mine at the lunch table and we love it!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love it , help out my spiritual life out a whole lot. God is good all the timePublished 4 months ago by Delores
This book is poorly written. The application the author gives is misguided. If you're looking for a sound book on marriage, please read The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tara