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I am writing this blog because I feel it is what God has called me to do. I do devotionals on Facebook already, so this is an extension of that.
These will be short and to the point as I know we are all pressed for time each day.
Thank you for coming and reading my devotionals and I pray God’s favor and blessings on each of you.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Romans 5:8 But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinner. NLT Version
If God can extend this much grace to us, why can’t we extend grace to those around us. Why is it so hard to extend grace to our spouse and family, but we expect God’s grace on our lives. This is a question I think we should ask ourselves on a daily basis. If we were willing to extend just a speck of grace God has given to us to others, what an amazing world we would live in. I believe there would be less divorces and families torn apart. But what we do is allow the enemy to come in and put thoughts in our heads about how it’s not fair that we have to do this or that. It’s not fair my spouse said such and such or my family did so and so.
How about we treat others as we want to be treated. Isn’t that also grace lived out. Forgiveness, again grace in life. If we say something we did not mean or do something foolish that we expect grace for, why can’t we extend this same grace to others.
Maybe if we would be willing to extend the same grace to others that we expect from others, what a better life we would all have.
Just thoughts on a Wednesday!!
Service to each other in a marriage is so important. What do serving others mean to each person? If we are married, serving each other should mean to be one another’s help mate, advocate, and first and foremost prayer warrior.
Ephesians 5:15-21 talks about how to walk in the spirit. The scriptures tell us to pay close attention to how we walk and walk as wise not as unwise people. To always be filled with the spirit and thank the Lord always for each other.
To make a marriage work, it is vitally important to pray for one another and to speak positively and serve one another.
If that is not happening in our homes then we need to start today!
When two people choose to marry and become one, it does not mean they stop being who they are as individuals. It means the become one unit. Together they walk their paths as a couple with one focus. They must make the decision that God is first always, each other is second, and then the children and extended family. That is why the Bible says a man shall leave is father and mother and cling to his wife. But it also says a wife is to submit to her husband.
What happens if we do not put God first? We start to see ourselves as more important than the other person in the marriage. We allow self to be foremost in our minds.
Here is the real issue, our spouse is not responsible for our happiness. That is our responsibility and that of God. God our Father is the one we need to seek our joy and happiness from. What that does is it let’s our spouse “off the hook”. Both people can relax and start to enjoy one another. Each can walk the path God has for them with one another. Supporting eacb others endeavors without being jealous or critical.
Marriage is work! It’s hard and some times will be harder than others. Marriage is Not 50/50. It is 100/100. Sometimes it is 150/50 depending on the circumstances. That is where grace and mercy come in. That is where dying to self, starts. When each person can sit back and realize, that it is by God’s grace and mercy we are forgiven and must forgive each other, that is where healing begins. As long as the couple is pointing fingers at each other and more worried about themselves than each other. The marriage will not survive. But if the couple will stop and breathe in and out and take life one precious moment at a time, they can and will not only survive but thrive in the marriage.
With everything going on in the country, I am having to ask for forgiveness from God on my attitude and language and frankly my thoughts of others who don’t think the same way I do.
I just don’t have patience for anyone who wants to treat the symptom of the problem and not the root of where it came from!
So today I am asking His forgiveness and His Word says, if we will ask he is faithful to forgive!
Thank you Jesus, your mercies are new each day!
Luke 5:16 (NLT) But Jesus would often withdraw to the wilderness for prayer.
It has been a couple of days since I posted, It was an amazing weekend at church and I learned so much that I am still digesting.
But now it is time to refocus on what God has called me to do. I must continue to write this blog. More importantly, I must draw away to be in communication with Him.
If Jesus needed to get away to spend time with His Father, how much more should we. If we are to take steps to be all of who God has called us to be, we must be willing to do what we have to do to spend time in his presence,
Have a blessed day today!
Proverbs 14:29 (NLT) People with understanding control their anger, a hot temper show great foolishness.
If this verse does not speak of today’s culture, I don’t know what does. Every one has an opinion. Someone has to say something about what others are doing or saying. Goodness forbid if they have been offended by something some one said. Here is where the anger comes in. Rather than taking the time to go to the person and discuss the issue, people today take to social media to express their anger and displeasure with others. Why can’t we learn to take a breath and think of the good in others. Why just get angry and make strife where there need not be any.
Father, today I pray for all of us that we will stop and breathe before we get angry and lash out at others and show our foolishness to all that are around us. Help us to love one another and think the best of each other. In Jesus Name, Amen