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When Marriage Becomes Difficult – Part II

Eight Nuggets To Help Heal Your Marriage

1. To love one another deeply for a lifetime will require that you recognize God as the head of your union.  The reason this is vital is because, when times are difficult, (notice I said when and not if) you will be reminded that, you not only made a vow and commitment to your spouse but also to God. As a Christian woman your first desire should be to please and honor God even above your husband.

When Marriage Becomes Difficult – Part I

Genesis 2:18-25

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Authentically You

Psalms 139:14-18
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    When I was made in the secret place,
    When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    All the days ordained for me were written in your book
    Before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    They would outnumber the grains of sand—
    When I awake, I am still with you.

More than Just a Box of Chicken

Matthew 25:35-40 (NLT)

35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.

36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink?

Where is your Courage?

13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

Letters to God Part II

Many years ago I was taught a method in which to pray, that many of you may already be aware of called ACTS.

ACTS is an acronym for:

Adoration,

Confession,

Thanksgiving, and

Supplication.

This method of praying helps me to cover all of my basis when writing my prayers.

Below I have listed the 13  Steps to a Powerful Quiet Time.

1. Adoration starts by praising our Great and Mighty God who loves praise.  When we praise God we are acknowledging His place of authority in our lives.

2. Next, we need to Confess our sins to get back in right standing with God. Don’t just confess, commit to repent of those sins. Repenting is to turn away so that you do not make this offense against God and others again. And yes I write the confessions of my sins down as well.

Be totally honest, after all, God already knows the truth. Confession of my sins has also been a great aid in helping me to learn to forgive myself as well.  This is because writing helps me to release my inner feelings

3. Express Thanksgiving;  when I write the things that I am thankful for, I am pleasing God because I am expressing my gratitude for the many blessings that he has bestowed upon me.

4. Supplication is simply making our request to God for the things that we are in need of.  Although God already knows our needs,  He finds delight in us asking Him.  Because when we ask, we are admitting that He is our only source for all that we need.

5. If you are a person that gets distracted easily during your quiet time, write down all of the things that you need to do for the day,  the night before.  I suggest that you come to your quiet place with two spiral notebooks. As thoughts pop into your head jot them down and immediately go back to your journaling. One book is to journal in and the other is to write your reminders or to-do list on. This has been a huge help for me. It will help you to get settled into your writing quicker.  You will be able to get distractive thoughts out of you and on paper and then you can fully concentrate on your writing.

6. I suggest that you journal early in the morning while the house is quiet and there are no phones ringing or TV’s on, and no one coming in and out to distract you. Some of you may prefer to do this after you have put your children to bed. I personally prefer the morning because I am rested and I am fully present with my thoughts and not fighting fatigue.

Psalm 5:3 – Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
 Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

7. Be sure to have your Bible to read scriptures before and after you write.

8. Make an appointment with God. Try to write at the same time each day and in the same location. It feels more purposeful and structured this way, making it a commitment.

9. Be still several minutes before your writing starts. I usually sing some praise songs to God before I start. Invite Him to be a part of your day. Seek His guidance and instructions for your day.

10. Have your morning beverage of choice whether coffee juice etc. at your place of writing.

11.  Have an extra pen handy in case yours stops writing. You don’t want your flow of writing to be distracted by having to get up and search for a pen.

12. Keep an emergency notebook in your car for a time when you are out and about and you just need to vent or release unexpectedly or you may even want to write down praise for something that you don’t want to forget to give gratitude for.

13.  If the fear of someone finding your written thoughts concerns you, shred them when you are done.

Adoration:

Psalm 63:1-4 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
Deuteronomy 10:21 He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.
Revelations 19:5-6 And from the throne came a voice that said, “Praise our God,
all his servants,
all who fear him, from the least to the greatest. ”Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

Confession:

Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Proverbs 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
1st John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Psalm 51:3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.

Thanksgiving:

1st Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 5:20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 95:1-3 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.

Supplication:

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Psalm 55:17 Morning, noon, and night
I cry out in my distress,
and the Lord hears my voice.

1st Peter 4:7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.

Because He Lives!

April 16, 2017

Mark 16:1-6
1 Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.
5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!…

Hello My Dear Sisters

Hello My Dear Sisters,

It has been quite some time since we visited last.

I have done some business and recreational traveling with my family in the past few weeks. First, we traveled to the college where my daughter will be attending this fall, for her Orientation. Afterwards we traveled on to visit family and friends for some much-needed R & R.

Upon returning home, we embarked upon the HUGE task of moving from one home to another, two Big transitions going on all at the same time. (Crazy Timing but it just worked out that way).