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02.Apr.2014

Small Adjustments

It is the small adjustments that we make along the way that cause a marriage to prosper. Though this advice can be applied to all relationships, it can be applied in marriage. We can change little things to maintain a relationship.
It is similar to driving. We make small changes without really knowing it in order to drive safely. We do not want to cross the lines that separate the traffic.

Crossing the yellow line, though in the act itself is not a guarantee of a wreck,  but it puts us in the dangerous position of possibly hitting another car if we do not correct ourselves. This yellow line is a boundary set in place by the authorities to keep us safe. In the same way, God has placed several boundaries for marriage in the Bible. These boundaries are meant to empower couples to keep their marriage intact.

A necessity in marriage is to constantly shift our hearts to adhere to these boundaries, to the needs of our partner and to the will of God as He directs us. These small changes will bring us closer to our partners and will also determine that the covenant of marriage will be kept.

 

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19.Mar.2014

Falling on a Sword

We all hear a voice in our heads. We may not admit to it, but we do. This voice is our own insecurities trying to keep us from living our best lives. Saul, the first king of Israel, showed us what can happen to someone who listens to this negative voice. He was a handsome man and a skilled warrior, but, in the end, he killed himself. Why? He let his insecurities rule his life. Those insecurities—that voice that sounds so much like our own—drove him to obsessively hunt down David to kill him before the boy could become king.

We can do crazy things when we listen to the voice in our minds. It is always talking, but it is the loudest in stressful situations, major events in life, and opportunities to grow and change. Jesus knows what we are going through. That is one of the reasons why He gave us the Bible. Inside are all kinds of Truths that can silence the voice. Whenever a negative thought rises in our minds, we can “capture it” and make it “obey Jesus” by applying His Word to the moment (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What is the voice trying to tell you? Is it trying to tell you who you are and what you should be? Does this voice parallel what God says in His Word? If it doesn’t, shut it up with the Word of God!

 

 

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12.Mar.2014

God’s Team

If we are on God’s side, we should wear His colors. What does this mean? It means we reflect His character, take up our place on His team, and seek to play the game of life by His plan.

We are all members of God’s team, and He does not value one player’s skills or position over another. We all serve in the best of our capacity. Faithfulness in that capacity is the key to being a team player.

We need to understand that, as a member of the team, there will be times when our ideas are not chosen; we may even feel insignificant or overlooked because of it, but we need to keep an open heart!

Psalm 84:10 says, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” If we can maintain a clean heart that seeks God’s perspective over our own, we have a good chance of finding peace and contentment.

Refuse to dwell on hurts! You are on God’s team no matter where you serve! Cheer! Applaud! Shout encouragement to one another and do your part as member of God’s team.

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05.Mar.2014

Ruth’s Wisdom

Ruth’s story begins with a tragedy that leads her on a journey that would change her life. She loses everything, and yet, instead of wallowing in her grief, she puts it aside to help Naomi, who was bitter against God and life for the cruelty she had suffered. The journey from Moab to Israel was not pleasant. They faced famine and death, and through it all, Ruth listened patiently and served Naomi’s needs.

We often times buck against someone in authority over us when they are trying to give us correction because we do not like their tone of voice or the words they chose or the point of the message they are conveying. These hard-lesson moments could be what set us on a life-changing journey if we listen and serve. We can learn from Ruth’s wisdom. We can hear our leaders, trust God to make the changes in us, and see His will come through our lives. He did it for Ruth quite literally; Jesus was born from Ruth’s descendants.

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12.Feb.2014

Be Still…

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10 NKJV)

So often, we can interpret the phrase “Be still, and know that I am God” as an invitation to take a break. Rest is a good thing—who doesn’t like a little extra sleep or some time to read a book? God wants us to rest in Him, but that rest does not necessarily mean a vacation to a tropical destination; sometimes, resting in God means reflecting on His Word.

 

This Scripture reminds me that it is important to take time to pray and to reflect upon how God’s Word effects and changes my world. When I discipline myself to remember and apply Scripture, I begin to see the negative aspect of my soul fall away.

 

Instead of thinking about all the things that are going wrong in my world, I begin to see all that God has done. I move from my natural inclination to think negatively to an unnatural desire to dwell on the positive. I am reminded of the bigger picture God has for me and my life, and this reminder helps me to refocus upon my purpose within God’s framework.

 

The results of being still and knowing He is God is improved health in every way—from physical to spiritual. My thoughts are positive, my emotional state is healthy, I am physically ready to move forward into the next phase of God’s plan, and I am spiritually reconnected to my God.

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