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Marital lessons

My husband and i were having a disagreement the other day. He began pressing my buttons. I was getting frustrated. I would come back day what I needed to say, educate him, and he would come back with a sarcastic remark. He does this from time to time to get a reaction out of me. He finds it funny. He knows I have a short fuse.
But I love my husband.
So this time around I decided I will not spazz out. I will be the bigger person. As much as he almost brought me to the point of wanting to give him some sweet chin music, and
put him in a sharp shooter. ( wrestling reference).
He continued.
So i decided to be quiet.
End the war of words. (No one was cussing, if that’s what your thinking).
The war of words is that battle to see who gets the last word in.
So I stay quiet.
Cross my arms in front of me.
I pouted. Yes I pouted like my two year old would.
As in pouting he keeps going, as he keeps going all I’m thinking, “i so want to give him the mandible claw. (Google mankind mandible claw WWE; Mick Foley mandible claw, mr socko wwe).
Again wrestling reference. ( let me explain I grew up watching wrestling).
As I’m enjoying the view of me presumptuously giving my husband whom I love dearly the mandible claw to shut him up, I hear my six year old giggling.
He found the whole thing amusing.
We all started laughing.
How ridiculous we must have looked.
We forgave one another as nothing ever happened.
Lesson:
Some things are not worth being mad about. Laughter is usually they medicine to offset anger. Sometimes what we are angry about are petty.
Sometimes the best solution really is to laugh it out.
We had our difference of opinions, we had our little Tiff, yet at the end of the whole 15 minutes of the whole situation, we spent 10 of them laughing.
God diffused the situation.
We both realized how foolish we were.
We went home.
We enjoyed our time as a family.
To be quiet honest, I don’t even remember what got us there. That shows me that subject was not even worthy, we had no reason to fuss, the mere fact that we both suddenly have a case of amnesia is merely reason enough for me to say, God it wasn’t worn it. It wasn’t even worth remembering. An insignificant moment disagreement, where the only thing we can remember is the laughing.
Love each other, live with one another in peace, Laugh more. Fight less.

WOKE.

Woke.
Revelation 3:2-3 ESV / 39 helpful votes Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember,
then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not
wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I
will come against you.
Stay woke.
Stay awake.
Be alert.
Woke.
We need to be woke.
Is this a new trendy word being use because of Netflix’s new mini series?
No, stay woke has been used for quite some time.
We need to open up our eyes, see what is going on, we need to all stay woke.
We as a people have been awake from some time.
Many have led efforts towards equality.
Many have led efforts to end discrimination.
Many have led peace efforts.
Many have led efforts to education others on cultural sensitivies.
Many have their eyes wide shut.
Many do not understand this concept of “Woke”, “staying Woke” living a life “woke.
To many this is all brand new.
The Oxford Dictionary Defines woke as:
adjective
US informal
Alert to injustice in society, especially racism.
‘we need to stay angry, and stay woke’
‘does being woke mean I have to agree with what all other woke folks say should be done about issues in the black community?’
‘the West Coast has the wokest dudes’
So to make this a bit more interesting, I went to Urban dictionary and pulled some of the many samples they have in the event anyone is interested in reading.
Woke
Being Woke means being aware.. Knowing whats going on in the community
(Relating to Racism and Social Injustice)
Person 1: Stop bringing racism into everything
Person 2 : Your clearly not woke
Woke
Although an incorrect tense of awake, a reference to how people should be aware in current affairs.
example:
“While you are obsessing with the Kardashians, there are millions of homeless in the world. STAY WOKE”
Woke
Getting woke is like being in the Matrix and taking the red pill. You
get a sudden understanding of what’s really going on and find out you
were wrong about much of what you understood to be truth.
woke
being aware of the social. and political environments regarding all demographics and socio-economic standings.
After seeing that someone is completely clueless to the latest political mess:
Me: I can’t believe she doesn’t know what’s going on, or why it’s a problem. She is so not woke.
Woke
Being awake and actually living. Not being a sleepwalker and going thru
life like a zombie. Actually chasing your dreams and living your life
how you want by being enlightened and awake to opportunity
We are living in times where things are getting worse by the day.
Racism and racial tensions are at an alltime high.
WE are living in times of fear.
The media mass produces fear.
We are also living in times where people are tired of nothing getting done.
Nothing solving the problems.
No realistic solutions to re-stabilize the nation.
Loss of hope for real equality for all regardless of race, skin, heritage etc.
Now to my passage in Romans. The same way I am asking all to be civicially woke.
We need to be spiritually “woke”.
We need to open our eyes, education ourselves, spiritually arm oneselves and be “woke”.
We need to be ready.
Armour’s up.
Knowledge up.
Filled with Faith.
Believing.
We need to be spiritually woke.
#racism
#injustice
#black lives matter
#woke
#stay woke
#been woke
#microaggression
#99%
Father God, we are living in some very trying times. Political Correctness is at an all time high and an all time low. There is no respect for authority, no respect for humanity, people are numb to the going so f the world. Many are accepting things that are not approved by you. I myself have fallen victim of being numb, accepting things I ought not accept. I ask for forgiveness. I ask for mercy. I ask that this numb feeling go away. Dear Lord I pray that the world and the going so f the world improves. I pray that we are not only socially, culturally woke, but spiritually woke as well.
Amen.

A Levitical-kind-of-love

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 3  •  1 of 2
This is Day3 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

I posted the other two parts of this devotional yesterday and the previous day. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

Love, Love, Love

If we’re honest, most of us consider Leviticus dry reading, the kind of reading to do if you’re having trouble falling asleep or you’re doing some kind of forced penance. But not so fast. There’s something going on in those pages, something stirring.
“No single word in Leviticus has been quoted more often or in so many different contexts than this imperative verb in Leviticus 19:18: love. The word is threaded all through the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures and embedded on nearly every page of the New Testament. Love as a verb is personal, relational, comprehensive. Love is the primary verb in our Scriptures as a whole and in our language still.”
The uber-popular phrase these days is “Love wins.” But the question must be posed, “What kind of love?” And that question must be asked because there is the love we have for our trucks and cars, the love we have for musicians and their ballads, the love for sports teams, movies, pets, tacos, and the list goes on, doesn’t it? So if love does indeed win, and let’s believe it does, then again, what kind?
A Levitical-kind-of-love, that’s what kind. The kind that is straightforward without pages and pages of qualifications and loopholes. The kind that is direct and to-the-point and unconcerned with what’s uber-popular or not these days. The kind that loves a neighbor like we love ourselves, period, end of discussion, whether we feel like it or not. That’s the kind of love that not only wins, but conquers all, forever and ever, amen.

And to think we thought Leviticus was boring.

Just do it. Love your neighbor as yourself.
After day 3 I found where I got this devotional from: Thanks for reading through Eugene’s YouVersion Reading Plan! 

Leviticus 19:18 KJV

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18Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.

Father God thank you for loving us. I ask you for guidance in embracing the “A Levitical-kind-of-love”. To be able to fully love everyone and embrace that ability. I pray for you to open my heart to love with all my might, so that love wins, so that love may conquer. Amen.

I am a friend of God

As Kingfishers Catch FireDay 2  •  1 of 2
This is Day 2 of a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.

Devotional

God’s Friend

We find ourselves living in a time when the common question is not “Who are your friends?” but “How many friends do you have?” The focus is on numbers, not names. This makes sense in our social media obsessed world twhere it is possible to have hundreds, even thousands of friends. Or at least that’s the word we use when describing these people although many we’ve never met in person and some we could possibly pass by in a crowd and not recognize. But they are our friends. Right?
Maybe not. 
Maybe we’ve gutted that potent word of its force, and now it is so 

common as to mean everything, or, in other words, nothing. We’ve rendered it impotent. It is interesting that of all the words that could have been used to describe this man’s relationship with God, the one chosen was friend. And the man was a particular man with a name – Abraham.

“Being a friend is the opposite of being an enemy. That simple contrast stands out above all else in Abraham. Abraham was on such terms with his God that he responded without suspicion and without fear. Abraham somehow knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and with him, a friend…To be a friend of God does not mean everything is cozy between you and the Almighty.

 To be a friend to someone does not mean you pamper or indulge him or her. Friendship also involves struggle and loss, tension and turbulence…A friend, if honest and true, will tell you things you don’t want to hear. A friend, if deeply serious about you, will do things that feel painful. Friends do that because they respect our dignity and honor our uniqueness.”
So instead of wasting time focusing on numbers, how about bringing to mind some names that fit the above description of a friend? Could one of those friends be God? What would it mean for you to call yourself a friend of God? What could it mean for you to live like that?

Friend is totally about a relationship, not a function.

James 2:23 KJV

23And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Father God I thank you for being a friend to me. I thank you for allowing me to be your friend. Thank you the relationships I have built whom are all friends of yours. I want to build more relationships with like minded folks. I want to be surrounded by positive relationships that strengthen one another vs building one another down or using one another. I thank you for your love and your kindness. I thank you for allowing our relationship, our friendship dear lord to grow. I pray for you reading this looking for growth in your relationship with God, I pray for you to have faith and patience. Know I am a friend of God, he calls me friend, but you too are a friend of God, and he calls you friend too. Keep looking, keep searching, keep praying. The road is not easy, but he got this. Trust in him. Amen

A Life of Congruence

 AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE by Eugene PetersonDay 1  •  
This is a three part series for a devotional that I read. It was deep it was amazing. I do not remember where I got this whether it was online or via email I copied and pasted it because i wanted to re read it. Above is the details of the author so that they may get full credit for this.

Today, tomorrow and the following day I will post this 3 day devotional. I will though add a prayer at the end of the devotional and word from this amazing series. Enjoy.
Devotional

A Life of Congruence

Congruence.

 Basically the word means “in harmony” or that “the outside matches the inside.” A life of congruence is one lived where your words and actions truck with the things you believe in your head. This is not an easy way to live by any means. But the alternative is living a life that’s divided against itself; in other words, a lie. So the effort is worth it.

It is entirely possible that you cannot recall ever hearing the word congruence. But there was a phrase people used to use to describe the same thing: practice what you preach. Does that one ring a bell? People who don’t practice what they preach are called “hypocrites,” which is another way of saying a pretender or an actor (and not in a positive sense). Do your words and actions match up with the thoughts that roll around inside your head? Or do you find yourself playing a role, saying or doing things that run cross-grain to what you think you believe?

The preface to As Kingfishers Catch Fire, says: “The Christian life is the lifelong practice of attending to the details of congruence – congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and the way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written, congruence between preaching and living, congruence between the sermon and what is lived in both preacher and congregation, the congruence of the Word made flesh in Jesus with what is lived in our flesh.”
The opposite of congruence is some variation on the theme of compartmentalization that probably looks like “I’ve got my Christian life over here, my social life over there, my family life off over there, and my work life is back there.” Yes, that’s a house divided against itself. A house that in time will not stand.No dissonance between word and spirit, no pretense.

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

 

KJV Listener’s Bible            

14That

 we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Father God I thank you for another day. I would want nothing more than a life of congruence. To have a life filled in harmony with you. To have a life filled in harmony with my loved ones. To be able have a balance between my life as your child, my life with my families and every other aspect in it. Thank you for sending this powerful devotional series. Please bless the author, please bless any one reading who may be seeking peace and harmony. Amen. 

His Thoughts

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a
future and a hope.”
(Jeremiah 29 11)
No matter what anyone thinks of you.
No matter what anyone says about you.
No matter if people claim you are destined for failure.
Have faith in knowing that none of that matters.
His thoughts of you is what matters.
All he wants is for us to have peaceful lives, he has plans to give us a future filled with hope not despair.
We have all been in situations where we were brought down emotionally by those we sought out council because in their eyes we were not worthy.
We didn’t meet a specific standard in their eyes.
Our abilities or talents were not up to par to their views of things.
We also judge ourseleves the way other’s judge us.
Man, I messed up pretty bad.
Man I regret what I did.
Many thre is no getting out of that.
Man there is no hope for me.
Geez, why? what now?
You begin to think your future is bleak.
You begin to live with that seed of doubt.
You begin to live with that seed of depression.
You begin to live with that sed of failure.
You proceed to live with that seed of self conviction.
What we need to realize is that our short comings, our mistakes are not powerful.
How others define you is not powerful.
These internal and external attributes we focus on does not define you for who you are.
God is up there, looking down at us wanting to give us a cocotaso (knock some sense in to you, in laymans term) and say, child listen.
I have plans for you which are greater than you can comprehend.
I need you to uproot those seeds of doubt, depression, failure and convitions.
I need you to let go of what was said to you.
All that is nothing, compared to the mighty things I can do with you.
All that is petty and Mediocre compared to what I see in you.
Your plans may have been ruined.
Your plans may have hit a snag or bump in the road.
God already has the answer with a back up plan, an alternative route, the gps is re-calculation, you just have to listen.
Open your eyes, humble your heart, open your ears so you can move forward with what God has instore for you.
What he see’s no one else can see.
What he has planned no one else has planned.
When you hear his voice, don’t be scared.
Listen.
Follow.
Tust in his guidance.
He will give you peace, love and hope for your future.
Father God I thank you for viewing me as your loving child. Thank you for accepting me and loving me despites my mistakes, despite my failures, despite my downfall. I ask, as I always do, to allow me to always hear your guidance and direction. To always be able to discern your vioce so I can follow your command. To allow me to uproot an seeds of negativity so that your will can be done. To be able to rebuke negativity entering my life. To not allow anyone’s opinion of their views of my personality to take away what you have instore for me. I am looking for peace, which only you can provide, with love, that only you can provide, with hope for the future you have promised me. I trust your holy name. Amen

Words

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalms 19:14
ESV
Our Words, Our heart, Our Thoughts should be aligned with what is acceptable in Christ.
Our words are powerful.
Our words can build up nations.
Our words can lead to riot and wars.
Our words can hurt harm and cripple someone who looks up to you.
Our words can build bridges.
Our words can provide comfort.
Our words can bring healing.
Our words can bring salvation.
Our words are not merely just words.
Our words can proclaim and prophesize your future and those you speak to.
Our word can bear seeds.
Our words can bring fruit positivity.
One has to meditate and ask for guidance from God for the words we speak.
Let our words, Our Thoughts and our hearts be acceptable to God.
GOD I pray for guidance, wisdom, knowledge and the ability to filter what come out of my mouth. I want to meditate in your word, so that your words can filter out of my mouth vs. my words. I want to have a pure heart, so that my heart, can be acceptable to you. Amen.

Recipe for Spiritual Growth


2 Peter 1:5-9 ESV
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

 

When Peter wrote his letters to the followers of Christ he wanted to show them support, encouragement and provide direction. A mentor so to speak.
New follows of Christ need that kind of assistance to guide and reassure them so they do not get distracted. He states “make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

 

This right here was Peterson way of showing exactly what you need to spiritually grow and supplement ones faith.
One needs:

  • Virtue
  • Knowledge
  • Self control.
  • Steadfastness
  • godliness
  • Brotherly affection
  • And love.

 

Here is a historical backdrop as to what was going on at the time and why Peter felt the need to provide the recipe to grow in faith.

 

The churches of Asia Minor were struggling with the persecution and suffering, this is s addressed in the letters in first Peter. The churches also had strife and dissension within each other and ranks. He wanted to steer the church away from false teachings. He wanted to show the importance in learning the word. He wanted to show them the importance in proper knowledge of God.

 

He emphasizes spiritual growth. Growth in ones faith, growth in ones understanding. Growth in knowledge.

 

Peter wants the church to have spiritual maturity through the Word of God, to avert from false teaching and a right response to heretics in light of Christ’s promised second coming.

 

He addresses his readers to encourage them so they can follow his lead with the recipe he provided. He encouraged the seeking and acquiring true knowledge of God. He encouraged diligently living our lives in faith. He encouraged living in peace and being as pure as possible so when we face jesus upon his return to be judged for our actions and deeds, we can be viewed spotless, clean, blameless and without sin.

 

Look we all go through difficult times. We also see that at the foundation of the church and the ministries of Jesus’ followers, they too had trials and tribulations. They too faced hardships and persecutions. Peter hands us the encouragement and the recipe needed to grow spiritually.

So let’s take a close look at the meaning to this recipe he provided:

 

 
You get a spoonful of Virtue, a cup of Knowledge, two cups of Self control, 2 tablespoons of Steadfastness, a liter of godliness, a quart of Brotherly affection and a gallon of love. **With all recipe you tweak the measurements to taste.
Mix these ingredients well.
Let it set.
Viola! You have begun taking those first few steps to grow spiritually with God.

Father God I thank you for instructing the writers of the Bible. Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. You have left us with the Basic Instructions for us to utilize, live a hearty, whole and pure life to your stading, before we perish earth and join you. I thank you for allowing prophet to provide the buidling blocks of our spiritual walk with you. I thank you for this recipe, for allowing this to be a a guide as to what characteristics we need, how we should behave, how we should be with one another, how to grow, how to not loose sight of the truth, how to not be misguided nor misled. I thank you for the blueprints. The hardest job of any instructional manual is paying attention and following along. I ask for the strength needed, especially during trouble times so that I can grow closer to you. Amen.

The Sacrifice of Praise

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the
sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving
thanks to His name.”
(Hebrews 13:15, NKJV)
What is the Sacrifice of Praise?
Does it mean that I am being forced to praise?
Is it a form of sacrifice to praise?
That word “sacrifice” means that it cost you
something. It means doing something when you don’t feel like it.
So to answer what is Sacrifice of praise, it just means praise, no matter what comes your way.
Praise despite the obstacles.
Apprise during the trials.
Praise during the tribulations.
Praise while your doing your hurdles.
Praise even when you don’t’ feel like praising.
Got a flat tire on your way to work, which made you late the meeting you need to be promptly at 9am for??
What do you do??
You sacrifice the anger you have because of the flat tire, instead of harboring the anger built within, stop, praise God. There is a reason why you got that flat, there is a reason why you needed to be late, there is also a reason why you couldn’t make that meeting. It was not just chance or bad luck. It was God protecting you from something else.
So Change that tire, and praise God.
God I am sick today, but despite my illness I will praise you.
God I am in pain, yet I will still praise you.
I am lonely today, still waiting for my knight in shining armor, but I will praise you.
My bosses lashed out at me at work, I didn’t do anything wrong, I was just following protocol, not sure what to do, but I will lift your name on high and praise you still.
Praise him during that storm.
Praise him when the waters are calm.
Praise him at all times.
When you praise God, regardless of your circumstances, that is when your praises become your faith at work.
It is then when mountains move.
It is then when at your drive to work, you notice you are have no traffic.
Nothing gets in your way.
Nothing is ever missed by God.
All will go well in his time not yours.
Keep thanking him, thanking for those mishaps, thank him for the blessings, be grateful for all that he does for you and praise him.
Father God today I choose to praise you, I choose to give you all the glory despite my situation. I will praise you even when my world is crumbling apart, for I know your love is pure, your love is faithful and you will provide. So today, I will give you all the praise. Amen.

Let it go

“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'”
(Matthew 11:28, NLT)
God wants to carry on our burdens. He wants us to rest, in order to rest, be assured you have to let it go and give God your burdens.
“Let it GO, Let it go,
can’t hold me back anymore.”
Once you let go of your burdens, you suddenly feel anew, you feel refreshed, you can now rest assured that things will get better.
IT is easy to get caught up in the midst of your troubles, but when you let it go those sleepless nights you stressing are done with now with God taking over your burdens.
In order for this to happen you need trust, trust in him.
You need faith, faith that he will take control and that you will rest. You need faith that he will address your troubles so that you can be liberated and free.
God wants you to enjoy your life, he wants to take care of all your problems and concerns. Let it go, let it go to him. Don’t let fear hold you back anymore.
Today, I ask you to Let it go. Release your trouble to the Lord. Let him take charge and fill you with the peace and joy you so rightfully deserve. Receive his blessings. Receive his promises.
Rest.
Father God today I humbly come before you to ask that you take away my pain, take away my worries, take away my burdens. I choose to let it go so I can be free.
I want to freely live in the walk of your way. I want to be able to rest in the way you see fit. I have total faith and trust in you my lord.
Thank You for Your goodness, grace, love, compassion, guidance and freeing me of my worldly troubles. Help me find ways to share Your goodness with those around me today, tomorrow and always. In the name of the father, in the name of the son and in the name of the Holy Spirit. Amen.