The Plunge to Stay At Home
by a stay at home mom talking to Dr.
Journey on the Roads Less Traveled book is soon to be released.
We are getting closer to a release date of my book, Journey
on the Roads Less Traveled. The editors have finished the
manuscript proofs and are now working on the cover design. We are
looking at a late August or early September release date!
My publishers are offering the book two weeks before
release date at a 20% discount to all my friends and family. If you
would like to be included for this 20% discount mailing please email
me ASAP with your NAME and MAILING ADDRESS and Publish
America will send you a press release and the 20% discount
offering. See below for more details about this new book.
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Journey on the
Roads Less Traveled
Published by Publish
Written by Angie Lewis
Journey On The Roads Less Traveled is a spiritual
journey providing an avenue for people to change their lives through
Jesus Christ in a way that is not commonly understood. Most of us have
acknowledged Jesus Christ in our lives, but have we received
Jesus Christ into our life?
The Less Traveled Roads take the reader down a
comprehensive and well-rounded foundational understanding into the
biblical world of acceptance, beliefs, spirituality, feelings,
marriage, children, family, forgiveness, temptation, faith, and
finally prayer while applying the power of “real love” into all of
the above elements. The book will challenge the reader to go a step
further in their faith and beliefs by helping them to identify with
all the aspects of their character, namely the spiritual element of
who they are and can become.
In her book, Angie Lewis offers the spiritual
counsel we need to live at peace with ourselves, and have a closer
relationship with God.
of Journey on the Roads Less
Choosing To Take
the Roads Less Traveled
Turn Right on
Belief Street (see
entire chapter below)
Labor of Love
42nd Street to
Bridge to Our
Our Spiritual Self
The Way to
Loving Our Neighbor
Path to Forgiveness
Side Road to
- Journey on the Roads
This book is written
from my heart to yours. It is for those individuals who would like to
further their spiritual growth, reach out from self and capture a
personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ. This handbook is
your handbook now. Peruse it, reference it, dog ear it, use it. If you
feel no need for any help outside yourself, this book is not for you.
I believe that people
choose to love or not to love, but I assure you it is a bit more
complicated than that. My assumption is that people make their own
path in life, and if we choose to love others with “real love” we
have truly broken free from the prison of self. It is through my own
experiences of trial and error that I have found the non-loving choice
is not our "true selves."
Some of us are incapable of loving
until we give up our position that our way is the right way. Trying to
dissect our spouses feelings and experience them as our own doesn't
help the love process. Most couples when they profess to love each
other, it is what they imagine them to be, not what they are. This is
phony love and phony self. It's not real.
I finally realized how phony I was when my
husband moved out and left me to sulk over my resentment and beer
alone every night. I began to see that I didn’t love myself. And I
thought who am I loving? We need to love
ourselves first before we can love another and be real. But our nature
is to be selfish, which ultimately makes us unable to love to its
fullest, and that is why we need to discover the missing link.
Don’t take this wrong, of course we
love our spouse, family and children, but only in the way, and to the
degree we know how to love. I honestly thought I was being loving, and
then one day my bubble burst. It wasn’t until much later and after
many careless mistakes that I came to realize I was too absorbed in my
own thoughts and feelings to share “any” of myself with
anyone that I supposedly loved. I created a safe-haven for myself in
my own little secure world of make-believe, believing only what I
wanted to believe and allowing in only that which I wanted in.
Our ability to capture love and to love
others is much greater then we allow. Many things hold us back, and
control us from loving properly, such as our emotions, fear, self-
esteem, addiction, depression and resentment just to name a few. We
are afraid to be ourselves so that we strive to be what others want us
to be, even when deep down that is not what we want or need. This
happened to me. I used to have this need to please people, especially
my husband because I felt guilty over my drinking indulgences and fits
of resentment. So I threw in bittersweet phony love to fill in the
missing gaps and of course make my guilt go away. But this temporary
solution is stressful and a lot of work. Being emotionally
overstressed with our spouse limits our own "love capacity"
to be what God intended for it to be. I have always believed that what
is generated in the heart comes out in our actions, and if that be the
case, then we need to know what it is we are allowing into our heart
and mind. In essence, our capacity to love others is in how true we
are to ourselves. We certainly aren't very true to ourselves or
to God when we are controlled by sinful behavior or emotions that
control us to such an extent that we are in fear to be who it is we
This book leads us out from the selfish
aspect of our ego and into a loving and growing relationship with
Jesus Christ. We discover a purpose for our self that leads us on the
roads less traveled while understanding what “real love” is and
finally applying that love into our own life.
We need to ask our self what is it that I am
lacking? What is my weakness? What do I need? In our journey we will
find that we need to accept, forgive, and believe in what we do not
believe in, we need to seek, understand and find the truth. But maybe
we think we’re living the truth already and so we really don’t
know what the problem is. With that in mind, the first hurdle is to
understand that we cannot love what we do not know, or what we do
not care to know, and we cannot love if something is holding us back
is an extension of who we are, and we must go beyond ourselves, come
out of our own little world, and grasp at the concept of loving by
using all of “who we are”. Finally, when we have claimed that love
for ourselves can we share “real love” with others. We can choose
to love or not to love.
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have read so far and would like the 20% discount, please email
me as soon as possible with your NAME, and MAILING ADDRESS.
The Plunge To Stay At Home!
Dear Dr. Laura,
I had to sit down to write this to you before the call was
even over! You were speaking to a young woman who called in to
talk about the fact that she is the primary bread-winner, but
she wants to start a family and be a stay-at-home mom. She
said it was not possible to stay home on her husband's $30,000
yearly income. I don't know where she lives, so maybe I am not
taking a fair view in regards to the cost of living, but I
have to say to her—buck up, make some sacrifices and take
the hard choices, lady!
I get so frustrated when I hear that excuse from people! I
know dozens of families living happily on incomes of that
level. When I became a stay-at-home mom four years ago this
month, my husband was making a similar income to your caller's
husband. We did everything; I mean everything we could
think of to cut costs to live on the money my husband brought
home. All monthly subscriptions were cut—no newspaper, no
magazines, no cable, no cell phone and no internet. We stopped
going out to eat, going to the theater or even renting movies.
New clothes and household items were rarely purchased and only
considered if the need was high. I switched to the cheapest
grocery store in town and started following guide lines to
drastically cut our food costs while still meeting our
nutritional needs and still providing tasty meals. I began
clipping coupons and bargain shopping. I learned what
wonderful items can be found at dollar stores, consignment and
thrift shops and yard sales. Our cars were old but ran well
and were paid for. You think this would be a recipe for misery
but in fact the opposite was true. I. was waking up every day
to my beautiful baby and spending my time meeting her needs
and caring for her and my husband. My little family discovered
all the fun things we can do for free or nearly free. Because
we spent so much time together since there wasn't money to
"go out" we deepened our relationships in ways I
think dual income families miss.
If your caller was serious about staying home to care for the
baby she seems so eager to create, she wouldn't think twice
about cutting down the expenditures to make it possible
achieve her dreams. If they look through their budget and
still can't make it, maybe the husband can get a transfer with
the phone company to move somewhere where it would cost less
to live. We would love to live near our parents so our
children could have regular contact with their grandparents,
but for now we are staying where we are because it's what we
I encourage your caller and anyone else listening who is
facing the same decision to take the plunge. It's so worth it
and rest assured you are not alone. My husband and I are here
with our two daughters and there are hundreds of thousands of
other families right along side us.
Laurel, a woman blessed in riches beyond her dreams, although
not the earthly kind.
My computer stopped working right and no matter what I did to fix it
nothing worked. My brother-in-law who is a computer expert advised me
to format my computer and it would be just like sending it to the
factory to be fixed.
Many times we try to format our hearts by being nice to others and by
doing good deeds. That is just like trying to fix a computer that is
broke, it will not work. Our feeble efforts to love someone in our own
strength has never worked and will never work. It is only as others
see and feel the Love of Jesus in us that they will know that Jesus
does love them.
Have you been trying to be nicer to your family and friends? Do you
get frustrated because it seems no matter what you do to be kind to
others it is not appreciated? We need to go to Jesus and ask Him to
take His Broom of Mercy and Grace and sweep out all the bitterness and
resentment in our hearts toward other people.
We are not capable of loving others as Jesus wants us to love others
in our own strength. It takes Jesus planting His Love in our hearts to
format our hearts to minister to people. I urge you to ask Jesus to
format your heart with His Compassion and Mercy so that you can
effectively love others.
hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter.