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Marriage is Honorable 

While on a road trip recently ,  my husband was listening to one of his favorite old school CDs when a song (Put it on paper) came on.  It reminded me of something our minister said in his sermon that Sunday .  He talked about how he counseled a couple who were having problems first of all because the man in the relationship didn’t want to get married.  His statement to the minister was, “Why do I need a piece of paper to say I’m committed to a person”.  The minister responded so wisely in my opinion with this statement; He said,  Do you drive, you must have a drivers license.  Do you have a weapon, then you must have a permit to carry it.  Do you fish, then you have to have a fishing license, So if you are willing to obtain a license for all those things, why not love her enough to do the legal and spiritually correct thing and marry her if you are truly committed to her and the relationship???
And just this morning I heard on the morning show why Opra Winfrey said she couldn’t marry long time partner excuses, excuses, excuses!   Bottom line is, don’t allow anyone to devalue you with their selfish excuses or childhood issues and personal hang ups.  If they aren’t willing to do the right thing by you,  they might not be the right person for you.

Hebrews 13:4. Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

It’s a marriage not a competition 

When People of faith get married, the Bible says “we become one body” in the site of God.  Being “One” means, We win together or We lose together!  Nothing is just about us as individuals any longer.  

Let’s learn to work together, save together, cook together,  clean the house together, conversate together, live, love and laugh together, and even cry together.  That’s what growing together is!  It’s not how much more or less than you, “I can do”.  Do unto others as we would have them do unto us” Luke 6:31.  We don’t hold back or hold out on ourselves, do we! We do the best we can for us, so if we are truly “One”, act like it.  Selfishness begets selfishness.

Mark 12:31,  “Love your neighbor (that includes your spouse) as yourself.   For there is no greater commandment”.

For Peace Sake

I watched a dance show the other night and a couple who were contestants shared candidly about how they had trouble in their relationship, and how it was at that point they had to make a decision whether they were going to work out their relationship or allow their marriage to fail.  They chose to make a conscious effort to stay married each and every day through any bad feelings or misunderstandings in order to work out their differences and make their marriage work.

Sometimes things get so hard in our relationships that we must take extreme measures if we are going to survive together.   I suggest from my own experience that you try to start each day praying together, before the stress of the day begins.  Start each day committing to staying married, committing to working out issues, not arguing, not fighting, not fussing and not sweating the small stuff.  It’s a very intimate moment and it will allow you to hear from the heart of the person you love.

As I said to some good friends yesterday, choose your battles wisely, don’t bicker about every little thing, things that you know deep down in your heart aren’t going to change much, if at all.  Resolve to find a better way to deal with those things for peace sake, and above all remember that God looks over our faults, so let’s learn to be gracious and merciful towards one another as well.

1 Corinthians 3:14, love is patient, love is kind

Roman 12:18, if possible so much as it depends on you, live at peace with one another 

A Mothers Love Never Dies

A week ago today, I celebrated my 57th birthday.  My husband took off work to spend the day with me, which was a complete surprise since he never really takes off work!  We were just hanging out talking, riding along , enjoying conversation when in a moment when nothing was really on my mind, my moms face flashed before me, and a warmth came over me that I haven’t felt since the last hug she gave me, I  felt her and I heard her say “Happy birthday baby, I love you”.  My eyes welled up with tears and my heart, although it was happy to be with my “Boo” (husband), was overwhelmed with the love and the memory of my dear sweet mother and her the adoration I always felt from her.  You must understand that she’s been dead for 10 years, and I’ve longed to feel her, to know that she was okay, and I knew in that moment!   Just before that encounter I asked the Lord to let the rain which had clouded my heart stop because It was my special day (Everyone who knows me well knows that I am lover of the sun!)  Then the sweetest thing happened again, the sun shined on me, it literally came out, and I was so thankful again to know Gods love and to feel that “He is particularly fond of me” (The Shack movies). ☺️

I’ve learned in life that we will deal with loss, pain, and deep sadness, but no matter the pain or struggle, it makes it all the more bearable when we have hope, and joy in knowing there is someone who watches over us, who orders our steps simply because we love Him enough to be faithful, and to honor His sons sacrifice with our lives by living in obedience to His word.

I’m so sure that my experience with my mom on the celebration of my birthday was a gift that I had to share it with you in hopes of encouraging someone who’s feeling down because your mom is no longer with you.  I pray that you celebrate her this Mother’s Day with joyful memories, be happy for the time you were blessed to have her in your life.  God bless you

I felt her love and it was the best gift ever!!   

Psalm 147:3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 103:13. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

All Lives Matter

​Nothing is right about what happened in Dallas, TX last night?   During a peaceful demonstration,  12 innocent police officers were shot,  5 are dead,  ” They say” all because one young man was angry (overly emotional) about the injustice that’s is raging in our country concerning young black men being killed by police officers in other parts of the country.   Such a tragedy in both cases because the Dallas officers had nothing to do with what happened in LA,  but now their families are grieving for them, as are the families of the young black men who  have been killed. 

What the enemy seems to want right now is WAR.  A war between the races,  a war against our government,  a war between right and wrong.   

Something has to change,  as I heard a late night talk show host say, “We do more for animal rights than we do for human beings”.  People were outraged recently when a gorilla was killed in order to rescue a child who got into its enclosure accidentally, of choice.    Jail time has been issued for animal abusers, but none for any office who has been filmed killing a suspect they were trying to take into custody.

Lord help us to see past hate,  anger and violence enough to pray for change and to be active concerning change, until a change takes place. 
Please, please, please!!  Don’t allow hate to spread and take root within you. Stand up,  speak out and doing stop until a change takes place. 

The Right One

When my husband sometimes pats himself on the back for marrying me and making my life so wonderful, I laugh and remind him of how “I would have made any man want to be a better man because I would have encouraged any man to work hard, to achieve great things, and to of course to make me happy”.

Well, I was watching my favorite morning show the other day when the story of a woman and a homeless man was featured, It reminded me of my saying.  The story was told of how this homeless man asked this woman for money and she began to cry.  She told him she didn’t have enough money for what she urgently needed in her life at the moment.  This mans heart went out to her, he gave her all the money he had collected that day.  Now this was a person who she passed regularly who was always asking others for a hand out instead of working to help himself.  

They became friends and kept in touch after that.  Because of their encounter that man went and found a job, and started working regularly, something he was not motivated to do before that chance meeting.  They changed each others lives during a time of need for them both.  Well, they were married recently and because of their story, their community came together and gave them a wedding with all the trimmings.  
The moral of this story is that there is someone for everyone, keep your heart open for love.
The right person can and will change your life for the better.  The right person could be someone who may look totally different than what you think you want, someone who has never really had a reason to be responsible but now will change because they found a purpose in you, a reason to be productive, a reason to do what they would not do for themselves for love, for you.

Gods plan doesn’t always line up with our shallow hearts, or our lists, so don’t be so stuck on what you think you want a person to look like, what they must have achieved or how much money they should make.  You may find more happiness with less stuff once you find the right person to share life with. 

Love is patient, love is kind, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not selfish, is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The Greatest Gift has already been given

There is nothing more precious than the gift of eternal life, John 3:16, and there’s nothing like peace of mind, love, joy, happiness and good health.

Merry Christmas to you all

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Thank God today for the greatest gift ever given. Praise Him for His Son and His great sacrifice to man kind.

Isaiah 9:6