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  1. It sounds like Davey is in a rather unique Amish community. Many of the Amish are discouraged from seeking out the scriptures on their own. Interpretation is left to the Bishop. And there is no assurance of salvation as such would be considered prideful. And many Amish communities practice witchcraft. (Scary thought!) I suspect that your husband is as big a blessing to Davey as Davey is to him!

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      I know there are many like that, Beth, but I’ve actually never met any. 🙂 All the Amish that I’ve come in contact with have been loving, read-the-Bible and live-it-out Christians. Oh, some more than others (and Davey is definitely unique!) but that isn’t any different than Believers from any denomination. 🙂

      My husband and I were just talking again tonight about the many people who defame whatever name they carry… we live in a strong Mennonite/Amish community, and I cringe at the people who claim the title and live without integrity.

      I guess the best thing to do is to live with integrity myself, eh? 🙂

  2. Of the two of us, I’m the outgoing, meet-new-people-all-the-time one. But if it hadn’t been for my husband, I never would have met my husband’s family–his parents and his three brothers. His dad is one of the first people I’ve met who wasn’t raised in a Christian home and didn’t actually become a believer till he was in college (and now he’s a pastor!). My husband’s mom and I have a lot in common, but she has gone through so much and is still so patient, kind, generous, loving, and strong. Their faith has been a huge encouragement for me, and my husband’s brothers and I are great friends. I’m so thankful to be part of their family.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      I love outgoing people, so we’d probably get along great if we ever met in person. 🙂

      I love that were able to make this challenge personal. (and your in-laws sound like fascinating people to know!)

  3. You do realize every post in this series is likely to cause another wife jealousy? Why the particular disclaimer on this one?

    My husband is a massive introvert, and its hard for him to initiate relationships. But he longs to, and I love the longing.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      hmm… I’m not entirely sure how to respond, Cory. 🙂

      The reason for the added note on this post was simply that I personally know women who struggle with the friendships that their husbands choose to engage in and because I can only respond out of what I know, I added a note to those women who will probably read this post.

      I love what you pointed out about your husband. Sometimes it is not just about what someone does or is, but about what they strive for.

  4. A few years back, my husband wanted to attend a concert put on by three Christian family bands. We had met & become acquainted with one of the families previously, but were unfamiliar with the other two. The travel required to get to the concert venue was a huge sacrifice of time & money (two sacrifices that were difficult to make in that season of our lives), but our attendance at this event allowed us the opportunity to get to know these three families in an intimate way. As it would turn out, we were not only able to interact with these folks during & after their concert, but ended up staying & traveling with them for a few days. This ultimately resulted in us touring with these families off & on for the next year. It was an incredible experience as we interacted with these godly people, gleaning wisdom & building relationships. We also got to see the Lord working in churches & towns all across the country, often in places we never would have ended up on our own. I have been impacted by the example of these three wives as they follow their husbands around the country & the world, raising up their children to follow the Lord as they travel along. I likely would have never become friends with any of these folks had my husband not been the wild & adventurous, sometimes crazy (but fabulously fun!) man that he is.

    1. Natasha Metzler says:

      Love, love, love this story!

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