LOVE ADMIRES

9 Sep

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LOVE ADMIRES

NOTE:  The following article is from the book The Love Dare Day by Day by Kendrick

“How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience because of you before our God?”  1Thess.3:9

Whether from raw, natural ability or from hard work and training, your spouse is an expert at something, probably several things.

They may be good at building projects, or at handling people, or at calming a tense situation with their peaceful spirit.

They may have a knack for organizing work teams, handling finances,  or graciously hosting a dinner party.

And because you may have known this about them for a long time, it’s been easy letting them fill these roles in your marriage without truly noticing  how good they are at them.

People also tend to have one or more subjects they are very knowledgeable about.

But love never ceases to be amazed at what your spouse can do.

It doesn’t save its admiration only for those at work, at church, or outside the home who can accomplish noteworthy things.

This person you married is exceptional in ways you may have overlooked.

Don’t just utilize them for what they are able to do.

VALUE IT.

HONOR IT.

APPRECIATE IT.

Admire them for it.

This Weeks Dare

Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you.

Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in areas you’ve rarely talked about.

Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate.

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SPEAK AFFIRMING WORDS

8 Sep

SPEAK AFFIRMING WORDS

NOTE:  The following article is from the book “The Love Dare – Day by Day” By Kendrick

CAN YOU IMAGINE how relieved Joseph’s brothers felt when their now-powerful younger sibling told them, “Do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones”?

And can you picture their body language when he “comforted them and spoke kindly to them” (50:21)?  Joseph’s words were powerful.

Our wives need the same kind of affirming words that create security and comfort.

To encourage and bless your wife, affirm her consistently with pleasant, loving words.

Let her know that you value, respect, and love her.

Some evenings I come home, and  I’m absolutely amazed at how busy Barbara has been for me and the children.

Running errands, settling squabbles, fixing meals–the list is endless.

Occasionally, I’ll miss my cue to encourage her and she’ll say, “You know what I would like you to do?  Just tell me you appreciate what I am doing for you!”

You can tell your wife how much you appreciate her through specific compliments:

*  “I appreciate your efforts to keep my clothes clean and pressed.  You’re incredible!”

*  “Thanks for looking so nice today.”

*  “I appreciate always being able to count on you to follow through, no matter what.”

*  “Thanks for being there—for always putting the children and me ahead of yourself.”

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SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER  

7 Sep

SATURDAY – QUESTION & ANSWER  

Question #1.  My husband works out of town many months out of the year.  He complains about being on the road away from everything he loves but continues to spend the money he is making on anything he wants.  I have to account for every penny but he takes hundreds of dollars every week which he never tells me where it goes.  He has taken me off all the bank accounts and only gives me enough money to pay the bills.  He has password on his phone and only calls me every other day when he is gone for a few minutes.  He says he loves me.  We have been married almost 20 years with two children.  I believe he is selfish and controlling.   Is it time for us both to move on?

Answer #2.  There are many questions that I would like to ask you before I answer this.  Since we are not able to communicate, I will do my best to answer this question for you.  I am going to answer this as if it were happening to me.

First, you need to do everything possible to keep your marriage in tack.  Do not listen to voices tell you to do things that are not biblical.  In Malachi 2, your marriage is called a “Holy Institute.”  Anything that is “holy”, the devil will always try to destroy.  He might be selfish and controlling, but that is still no reason to set up housekeeping elsewhere.  This is your family and you need to fight for it!

Second, you need to do whatever it takes to allow your daughters to grow up with their father in their home.  Also in Malachi 2, it says that the purpose of marriage is for “godly offspring.”  Even if you feel like he is never there or that he is a father who doesn’t care about them.  He is a covering and a security to them.  They love him and need him in their life.  Your husband is a provider and even if you think the scale of monetary output is not to your advantage, he is still providing.  If you talked to any wife who has been abandon with children,  you will find that they would take their husbands back under any conditions.  It’s a hard cruel world out there!  My dad left our family when I was thirteen years old.  It was a nightmare that never ended.  Even though my mother was a very loving soul who never remarried or tracked strange men through our home, or talked trash about my dad, it was still unbearable.

Lastly, what do you do?  Stay miserable for the rest of your life?  No! No! No!  The bible talks about what to do if you are a slave with an evil task master.  He says to go back and serve that master with your very best.  Pray for him everyday.  When you talk to him, make it an extremely enjoyable conversation.  You want him to be anxious when he hangs up to talk to you again.  Talk about happy things!  How cute the girls are, something silly they did, something of interest that came out in the news.  Tell him you found a hilarious joke and read it to him.  DO NOT, DO NOT talk about money or you.  Very few husbands care what wives think or feel.  The reason why is because we are so emotional.  To a man, we sound SELFISH and CONTROLLING.

Tell him you love him.  You will shock him!  Pray for him!  Prayer works!  Read 1 Corinthians 13 everyday and apply it to your marriage.

One of the best marriage books is, “Love and Respect” by Eggerich.  Get it, mark it, and live it.  Make your marriage, your hobby.

GOD WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT!  HE DREAMT ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE, BEFORE HE CREATED IT.  I’m praying for you.  You go girl!  Fight the good fight!

NOTE:  Daily there is a new post with information that will make your marriage a success.

DON’T LOOSE YOUR CREDIT CARD

6 Sep

DON’T LOOSE YOUR CREDIT CARD

Everyone loves a buffet!

There are many REASONS for liking it but the most common ones are that you get a lot of choices, you can have as much of it as you want and no one will stop you.

This is great but thank God we don’t go to a buffet every day or I suspect we would pack the pounds on.

In the Lords prayer in Matt.6:11, Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

“Bread” is a symbol word that stands for all our physical needs.

In Elmer Towns book, “Praying the Lord’s Prayer for spiritual breakthrough”, he has a list of five essential facts about our daily needs.

  1. We have daily needs.
  2. God supplies our needs.
  3. We must ask God to supply our needs.
  4. Our needs are supplied one day at a time.
  5. We don’t have to pray for everything, but we have to pray about everything.

For our physical well-being, we eat, exercise and sleep.

God designed us to have needs in our lives so we would look to him to SUPPLY them.

He made those needs in us so when we stray away from Him, those needs make them turn back to HIM.

He did not create you to be self-sufficient.

Are you the type of person who EXPECTS your spouse to provide your every need?

I have spoke with Christian wives who have told me through the years that their husbands tell them to get a job that makes more money because he wants to buy more.

Mahatma Ghandi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”

We want to leave a financial legacy for our children thinking it’s our resources that they need the most.

Ask of God because he may use FINANCES to keep our children focused on him as they grow older.

In the United States, food is plentiful and you may not need to ask.

So why are we given this PATTERN to ask anyway?

Prov.30:9 “Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of the Lord in vain.”

One good reason is that God wants you and your spouse to acknowledge that it is Him who is providing for you.

We are commanded to ask for our NEEDS according to Gods will.

The Bible calls the ants “Exceedingly wise” because they do not worry but they prepare.

Prov.30:24-25 “The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer.”

It is all right to prepare but it is sin to worry.

God wants your “shopping list” of needs so don’t rely on your credit cards.

Credit card usage is using up tomorrow’s bread.

Don’t use credit cards unless you are paying them off monthly.

YOU ARE USING TOMORROW’S BREAD AND THAT IS SIN!!

Learn to be content with the finances God has placed in your hand.

NOTE:  Tomorrows post will have information that will help your marriage to be a success.

SEEK FORGIVENESS…Even if you don’t feel like it.

5 Sep

SEEK FORGIVENESS…Even if you don’t feel like it.

Forgiveness is a necessary part of life, for the simple reason that “we all stumble in many things” (James 3:2).  When Jacob died, all of Joseph’s older brothers approached him with the plea to forgive their wicked treatment of him so many years before–even though Joseph had long ago forgiven them.  They wanted to be sure.

In a similar way, without the cleansing power of forgiveness, at best marriage will be very hard duty.  At worst it will be a disaster.  No matter how hard two people try to love and please each other, they will fail.  With failure comes hurt–and the only ultimate relief for hurt is the soothing salve of forgiveness.

The key to maintaining an open, intimate, and happy marriage is to ask for and grant forgiveness quickly.  About the process of forgiveness, Jesus said, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt.6:14,15).  His instruction is clear: God insists that we are to be forgivers, and marriage–probably more than any other relationship–presents frequent opportunities to practice.

To forgive means to give up resentment against or relinquish the desire to punish.  By an act of your will, you let the other person off the hook.  As a Christian, you do not do this under duress, scratching and screaming in protest.  Rather, you do it with a gentle spirit and love, as Paul urged, “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you”(Eph.4:32).

The real test of your ability to forgive comes on the battlefield when you and your spouse are ticked off and angry with each other.  That is when you need the power of the Holy Spirit and must ask, “God, please help me here, I need to move to forgiveness, because you have commanded me to do so.  Please empower me and enable me to give up the right of punishing my spouse and to forgive.”

This took practice early in our marriage, but Barbara and I learned how to keep our relationship healthy most of the time by not burning excessive emotional energy on resentment.  We grant forgiveness and ask for it freely–even when we don’t feel like it.

NOTE:  I AM SO SORRY!!   I forgot to add that this post was taken from an article  in Family Life Marriage Bible by Dennis and Barbara Rainey.  I was out of town and didn’t get back on time to do a post.

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TANTRUMS ARE FOR TWO YEAR OLDS

4 Sep

TANTRUMS ARE FOR TWO YEAR OLDS

Everyone expects a child to throw a tantrum during the early years.

Some parents even think it is CUTE.

At age two, you can think it is cute but in an adult it will draw attention.

Unfortunately, what usually causes an adult to throw a tantrum is that they did not get THEIR way.

Once you become an adult, you learn new ways that will let you control people, and at times it feels real comfortable.

When you pray the Lords Prayer and say, “…Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” Matt.6:10, you are turning your will over to God.

The verb “be done” is a command for effective action.

This is acknowledging that God knows best.

If you are SINCERE when you pray this, nothing about your life should remain the same.

You are deliberately coming against Gods will when you try to control your spouse.

The two year old is still inside each one of us, but when you let that two year old out, you are not letting “Gods will be done.”

The two year old inside you, is controlling you until you totally surrender every day that area of your life to God.

HOW EMBARRASSING!!

If you are an aggressive person in life, this is why.

You can do something about it, you just don’t.

Why??  You like the feeling of knowing that you can have it your way; YOUR WILL!

YOU ARE ON DANGEROUS GROUND!!

Psa.103:21 “Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will.”

In heaven, the angels obey God and so should you with the Holy Spirits help for a flawless devotion.

Are you letting” Gods will be done” in your marriage?

Are you ready, willing and able to do Gods will in your marriage?

Nothing breeds resentment deeper than for your spouse to have their will devalued and demeaned.

They know your tricks to have your way but you don’t give them any CHOICES.

Your spouse has a choice to give in or deal with the two year old within YOU.

Your biggest grief is to deal with a self-guarded will.

Are you looking for TRUE happiness in your marriage?

True happiness is PERFECT submission to God’s will.

You can’t give God lip service and continue to love the world along with your baby tantrums.

That is like telling your spouse you love them and have a “playmate” on the side you really enjoy.

To have Gods will in your life and marriage is to release the power of the Holy Spirit on your behalf.

Here are some steps to “Gods Kingdom.”

Step 1 – Choose God’s will.

Step 2 – Accept it with thankfulness.

Step 3 – Rejoice and delight in it.

Ask God to refine you in his fire.  He will do it with love and be there with you.

Two year olds might be cute with tantrums; YOU ARE NOT!!

You may not always get what you want, but you will become what you want!

NOTE:  Tomorrow there will be a new post he make your marriage a success.

MY PLACE OR YOURS?

3 Sep

MY PLACE OR YOURS?

God hardwired us to reign from the beginning of creation.

But instead of being KIND stewards, we start to show dominion over people.

Many times you may find yourself spending time trying to dominate your spouse or avoid being dominated by your spouse.

When you pray, “…Your kingdom come…”  (Matt.6:10)  you are asking God to let his kingdom take priority over yours.

There will now be such a struggle going on inside of you.

You are now in a FIGHT with two kingdoms.

Just think about how you have spent your whole life expanding your own kingdom.

You have worked at INCREASING your income, your education, your influence.

Anything which you have invested your time, energy and money in, you will grow very protective of.

Our human nature is to react with HOSTILITY when people challenge our kingdom.

The moment we ask for Gods kingdom to come, we threaten our own kingdom.

Any castle with two kings in it is in for a big CONFLICT.

There can not be two kingdoms, one of them has to leave.

What kingdom principals are you LEARNING?

In what areas of your marital life are you applying them?

If you are serious about asking God for His kingdom to come into your life, this is an ENORMOUS marriage makeover.

When you ask him into your life, he does not come to speculate; He comes to take control.

Phil.2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself.”

When you put your selfish ambitions in front of your marriage it will lead to a CHAOTIC lifestyle.

You can silence self -promotion in your marriage and turn to service with humility.

What is God teaching you as you pray “…thy kingdom come…?”

Where God is given loving obedience, and is king of your heart, that is where the kingdom of God is.

We need to realize that we are living in a kingdom of DARKNESS.

Our marriage takes a big toll because we are living in the kingdom of darkness.

How many ways are you under the Kingdom of darkness.

1.  You can be under the darkness of ignorance.

Eph.4:18 “…having their understanding darkened…”

2.  You can be under the darkness of pollution.

Rom.13:12 “…works of darkness…”

Pride in your marriage darkens the glory of God in your soul.

3.  You can be under the darkness of misery.

Ex.10:21 says the darkness of Egypt was so thick “…it might be felt…”

Who has the spiritual rule in your heart?

There are TWO kingdoms fighting for it.

Which kingdom do you resist when it is challenged.

Your own selfish ambitious promotion or the promotion of Gods kingdom?

Where is your heart?

The Kings place or yours?

NOTE:  Tomorrows post will have new encouragement to help your marriage be successful.