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PRAISING GOD IN DIFFICULTIES

9 Aug

PRAISING GOD IN DIFFICULTIES

NO MATTER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES you face as a couple, nothing will refresh and energize your communication with God like praising Him.  A few of the many Scriptures that praise God also to encourage us to express our admiration of Him.  Consider the following psalms:

*  “And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.”  Psa.35:28

*  “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”  Psa.100:4

*  “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. (Psa.147:1)

Over the years we have learned to praise Him for:

*  Who He is—He is God almighty!

*  What He has done for us in the past, calling to mind in prayer His acts on our behalf.

*  What He has promised us in Scripture, including His pledge to never leave nor forsake us.

When we acknowledge God’s greatness in our lives, we remember who He really is and His great love for us.  We like what one couple told us: “We’ve learned to praise God, in the hard times and to call to Him and to lift His name high even when the circumstances look impossible or difficult.  “As a result, we’ve learned that praising God lifts us out of our challenges and realigns our hearts with His.

The next time you face a difficult circumstance, pause and begin to praise God for what you are facing.  Ask Him to fill you with His spirit and honor Him in the midst of your difficulty.

NOTE:  This article is from the Family life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER  

8 Aug

SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER  

Question #1:  How can husbands and wives please each other more consistently?

Answer #1:  As you seek to learn what pleases your mate, consider the following top fives provided by Dr. Willard Harley in his book His Needs, Her Needs:

Top Five Ways for a Man

to Please His Wife

1.  Have a strong commitment to your family; make it a priority.

2.  Provide security:  emotional, financial, personal protection, etc.

3.  Be willing to be her partner, to share life with her in honest, open relationship.

4.  Talk with her in complete sentences; take time to discuss subjects with her.

5.  Provide nonsexual affection:  hugging, touching, tenderness, closeness that doesn’t demand a sexual response.

Top Five Ways for a Woman

to Please Her Husband

1.  Show your mate admiration and respect through verbal praise.

2.  Provide domestic support–help to keep the home in order.

3.  Be attractive; he wants to be proud of you.

4.  Offer recreational companionship.

5.  Help him to please you through an exciting, satisfying sexual union.

Paul wrote, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification” (Rom.15:2).  Well, who is more your “neighbor” than your spouse, with whom you spend so many hours together every day?

NOTE:  This article was from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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 ENVY CAUSES DISASTER IN MARRIAGES

7 Aug

 ENVY CAUSES DISASTER IN MARRIAGES

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “Green with Envy.”

You might think of envy as a “small sin” or something that is not a very big deal.

The bible is full of examples of the disasters that envy had on personal relationships.

The first one was with Cain and Abel that resulted in the killing of his brother.  (Gen.4:3-8)

Envy is one of the most damaging of all sins and hurts many people and marriages.

It is a “GREEN MONSTER!!”

The reason why envy is the “green monster” is that, where envy is, LOVE cannot be.

1Cor.13:4 “…love does not envy…”

Have you ever been envious?  Let me tell you now that it does not accomplish anything good.

If you are envious, there is an antidote for you:  LOVE!

For envy, LOVE is the best antidote.

Envy reveals itself in two ways:

  1. When your heart and mind is desiring something which is possessed by someone else;
  2. When you have spite and resentment at seeing the success of someone else.

Are you satisfied with your own portion or do you want someone else’s.  Love is happiest when someone else has more.

Are you envious of someone else’s marriage?

Do you compare your finances to another couple’s finances?

Do you compare yourself to another person’s status or success and find yourself envying them?

If you are walking in agape love, your concern will be the success of others.

Envy caused Joseph’s brothers to have him enslaved.  Acts 7:9 “…became jealous of Joseph…”

Envy caused the Jews to have Jesus crucified.  Matt.27:18 “…For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy…”

If you are envious, you will find fault in everyone.

That “Green Monster” will seek out reasons for you to be envious.

The most miserable person you will find, is some one who is filled with envy.

Don’t let envy destroy your life and your marriage.

The antidote is LOVE!

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TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

6 Aug

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

The word “kind” in the Greek is CHRESTEUOMAI, which means to be adaptable or compliant to the needs of others.

Do you ever demand that your spouse or other people be like you?

Agape love makes you want to go the extra mile to become what others need you to be for them.

Selfishness and self-centeredness is the complete opposite to being kind.

Do you have a willingness to change so you can meet the needs of your spouse.

Are you good natured and gentle to your spouse and others?

Do you treat your spouse tenderly and with affection.

To be “kind” shows courtesy.

In 1Corinthians 13, it was the second characteristic of the highest level of agape love.

1Corinthians 13:4 “Charity…is kind…”

God designed these verses to mention being “kind” as a characteristic for us to examine ourselves to see how we match up.

“Kindness” explains what agape love is.

Do you look for a way of being constructive with your spouse?

Showing kindness 24/7 is impossible for us to demonstrate on our own

We need the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us all the way and all the day.

Kindness is a generous portion of active “goodwill.”

Are you a big dose of “sweet usefulness?”

That is the definition of “kindness.”

As you are kind to your spouse, you will be shown kindness.

When Jesus commanded His disciples to love their enemies, He did not simply mean to feel kindly about them, but to be kind to them.  (Matt.5:40-41)

In 1Corinthians, Paul is not writing about how love feels, he is writing about how it can be seen in action.

This evil world gives agape love many opportunities to demonstrate kindness to others.

Mark Twain call kindness “A language that the deaf can hear and the blind can read.

Kindness is a universal language because it does not speak to the intellect, but directly to the heart.

True love is always demonstrated by action.

Remember:  The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost tomorrow.

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THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LOVING

5 Aug

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF LOVING

The Apostle Paul used the word AGAPE to describe the highest level of love in this world that is from God.

Paul uses the description to explain what AGAPE love is in 1Corinthians 13.

God designed these verses so we would know if we were walking at his highest level of loving.

1Cor.13:4 “Charity (agape love) suffereth long…”

Long suffering, in the Greek, MAKROTHUMIA, means “the patient restraint of anger.”

Long suffering is to endure, to put up with people and circumstances.

Do you lose your patience from time to time with your spouse?

Do these situations involve people or things?

What are some of these situations that cause you not to be so long-suffering?

Long suffering is when you are in a difficult situation with your spouse or anyone else and you decide to put up with them.

Once you accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, longsuffering is required to maintain our hope in Gods promises.

If you don’t have hope or purpose for your life, why would you wait?  Why would you continue to suffer?  You would give up!!

Love will be patient no matter what the situation.

A candle is prepared to burn a long time if it has that long wick.

You are to forbear and patiently wait if you have the characteristic of the highest level of AGAPE love.

Can you show longsuffering till your spouse finally comes around and make progress.

Do you patiently wait while you try to teach or communicate to your spouse.

Longsuffering is forbearing without reacting in anger or turning away.

Long suffering is not a feeling.

Our human nature wants to get nervous and hyper as soon as it has to be patient.

Can you hold tight to your trust in God?

Longsuffering is a decision of the will; it is a decision to endure in faith.

The long view is to forgive each other’s failures and to hold tight to our trust in God.

Keep going even though your husband doesn’t respond to you!

Do you say that you are sick and tired of waiting for your spouse to change?

Have you stopped hoping and believing?

Does this relationship test your patience?

If this is true, you need an injection of AGAPE love right now!

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!

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LOVING THE UNLOVABLE

4 Aug


LOVING THE UNLOVABLE

Is your talking non-stop and annoying at times?

Do you talk so much to your spouse that he doesn’t even LISTEN to you any more?

Do your words just keep pouring out that it now just sounds like noise?

1Cor.13:1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (agape love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” 

In the Corinth church, Paul was so unimpressed with their spirituality because they obviously had a great LACK of love.

Do you claim a lot and say a lot , yet your life doesn’t match up to your claims?

Are you irritating to your spouse and family because you lack love?

This kind of love is AGAPE, which is a self-giving love.

Agape love gives without expecting repayment.

This kind of love gives even when it is not ACCEPTED.

You give agape love even when a person is unlovable.

Agape love doesn’t love just to RECEIVE something back for it.

Agape love is self-denial for the sake of another.

This is not about your EMOTIONS and how you feel but what you need to do to make things right for someone else.

Do you express this spontaneous and divine love with your spouse?

Sacrifice is very important to your Christian walk but without love, it is USELESS.

Love is most valuable because without it everything else is useless.

If your spouse doesn’t listen to you and won’t be changed, ask God to show you a way to HANDLE the situation.

Ask God to change you so you can deal with your spouse in a spirit of love.

Ask God to GIVE you His heart for your spouse.

You can deal with anything if you have God’s heart and mind.

Be willing and open to make changes in your WORDS and in your character.

The last thing you want to be is a “tinkling cymbal.”

Whatever God shows you in your actions or words that needs to be changed, accept it and change.

GOD IS LOVE!!!

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DEALING WITH YOUR SPOUSES ANNOYANCES

3 Aug

DEALING WITH YOUR SPOUSES ANNOYANCES

Do you get annoyed when your husband leaves the toilet seat up?

How about when he TAILGATES; does that get to you?

Does he pick his teeth with his finger in front of company?

Do you enjoy those SHAVINGS all over the bathroom counter from cleaning his shaver?

Does he make a joke when you are saying something serious?

The questions above are marital ISSUES that I hear about a lot while counseling wives.

In marriage, there will  be things that will occur which will get you angry.

At those moments, you will FEEL like taking a swing or totally giving up in your marriage.

Even if the violation isn’t a big deal, it’s just the thought of having to deal with the same issues over and over again.

Many times I will listen to wives who are tired of being married to men who are great but their wife is just tired of the “small stuff.”

God knows that and he has us covered.

Let’s look at 1Pet.4:8 to get God’s instruction to understand.

1Peter 4:8 “And above all things have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins.”

The word COVER implies “to hide from view.”

This doesn’t mean for you to ignore the sin, it means you cover it.

Cover is the definite action of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the VIEW of it.

When we respond in love to our spouse, we prevent the development of sin.

DIVINE love is not seeing sin in a person and then shutting our eyes to it.

Divine love makes us care for our spouse and helps us to seek the good of our partner.

In James 5:20, our focal point needs to be for restoration and recovery.

“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (Jas. 5:20)

Take action to RESTORE your spouse by covering any multitude of sin and violations against you.

Love doesn’t cover all sin because there is a “sin unto death.”

Love does cover a multitude of sin but there is a large quantity of sin that it does NOT cover.

I have learned from the years of being married, that I SHOULDN’T make a big deal out of everything that goes wrong.

I have learned that the more I let go, the more peace and power of the Holy Spirit I see in our marriage.

Also, one of the main benefits is that I am being a testimony to my CHILDREN.

My goal in life is to not quench the precious Holy Spirit in my life and marriage.

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?

Is having a toilet seat down that important?

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SPOILED ROTTEN?

2 Aug

SPOILED ROTTEN?

I’M CONVINCED THAT, for the most part, we women in America have become pampered to the point of being spoiled rotten.  We have heard hundreds of thousands of messages over the past 40 years that say in various ways, “Stand up for your rights,” “Have it YOUR way,” “Don’t let him run over you,” and on and on.

Almost all advertising, most book promotions, radio and TV programming, and nearly all retail business are aimed at women  Our affluence is feverishly feeding every woman’s obsession with self, and our culture may be promoting and encouraging women to be more self-focused today than at any other time since the days of the Roman Empire (see Psa.119:36).  And has all this self-focus made us happier, more content, more satisfied?  Hardly.

The antidote for selfishness is found in sacrificially serving others.  Sacrifice is the language of romance, and it’s how you build a great marriage.  Having the marriage you once dreamed of is impossible without self-denial.  Remember Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  “Take your eyes off yourself, and take an appreciative look at your husband.  Take a good, hard, look.  Notice what he does for you and your kids–and than thank him for it.

NOTE:  This article is from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER 

1 Aug

SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER 

Question #1:  How important are tender touch and gentle words?

Answer #1:  Before marriage, two people in love can hardly keep their hands off each other.  They find the touch of their beloved thrilling.  But, what happens after the wedding?  After just a few years of marriage, some couples would consider a firm handshake a wildly intimate encounter.

This should not be the case!  There is great power in tender touch, even if it’s just a long, full-body hug or a lingering kiss. Or the touch may be a gentle caress of her face that has no secret motive to make sexual demands but instead communicates, “I love you, Sweetheart, and I care for you tenderly.”

Gentle words have similar power.  Consider the following list of some things any husband could use in complimenting and praising his wife:  charm; femininity; faithfulness (to God, to you, to your children); hard work; beauty; personality; her love (including her receptivity and responsiveness to you as a man); her advice and counsel; character; desirability; friendship.   And that’s just a start!

What wife wouldn’t respond to a husband who praises her regularly with gentle words for all these wonderful qualities?  Why don’t you try it, and find out for yourself?

NOTE:  This article was taken from the book Family Life and Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

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SHORT FUSED SPOUSE: WHAT TO DO

31 Jul

SHORT FUSED SPOUSE: WHAT TO DO

 

The Apostle Paul used the word AGAPE to describe the highest level of love in this world that is from God.

Paul uses the description to explain what AGAPE love is in 1Corinthians 13.

God designed these verses so we would know if we were walking at his highest level of loving.

1Cor.13:4 “Charity (agape love) suffereth long…”

Long suffering, in the Greek, MAKROTHUMIA, means “the patient restraint of anger.”

Long suffering is to endure, to put up with people and circumstances.

Do you lose your patience from time to time with your spouse?

Do these situations involve people or things?

What are some of these situations that cause you not to be so long suffering?

Long suffering is when you are in a difficult situation with your spouse or anyone else and you decide to put up with them.

Once you accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, longsuffering is required to maintain our hope in Gods promises.

If you don’t have hope or purpose for your life, why would you wait?  Why would you continue to suffer?  You would give up!!

Love will be patient no matter what the situation.

Longsuffering is prepared to burn a long time if it has that long wick.

You are to forbear and patiently wait if you have the characteristic of the highest level of AGAPE love.

Can you show longsuffering till your spouse finally comes around and make progress.

Do you patiently wait while you try to teach or communicate to your spouse.

Longsuffering is forbearing without reacting in anger or turning away.

Long suffering is not a feeling.

Our human nature wants to get nervous and hyper as soon as it has to be patient.

Can you hold tight to your trust in God?

Longsuffering is a decision of the will; it is a decision to endure in faith.

The long view is to forgive each other’s failures and to hold tight to our trust in God.

Keep going even though your husband doesn’t respond to you!

Do you say that you are sick and tired of waiting for your spouse to change?

Have you stopped hoping and believing?

Does this relationship test your patience?

If this is true, you need an injection of AGAPE love right now!

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you!

NOTE:  Don’t miss tomorrow’s post which has tips to help you be a successful spouse.