Money can be a high point of contention between husband and wife. Communication and a plan will go a long way to [...]
Being intimate involves the mixing of our life with another's, a mingling of souls, a sharing of hearts. This is something we all long for because it's how God made us. We were designed to connect.
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In the seasons of our life where we feel things are out of balance and heavy, we need to learn some things from Jesus. We need a change of perspective. Maybe we need a new wine-skin. Perhaps we need a complete overhaul. Whatever it is, He will speak to you Words that will shift you into a place of rest for your soul.
Isaiah 53:3 - He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. This simple scripture teaches that righteousness "fills up" in me as my hunger and thirst level rise. In other words, them more hungry and thirstier I am for righteousness the more satisfied I will be.
When communication is working between husband and wife, it seems the rest of the relationship follows. But what happens when communication is broken or toxic? Arguments, misunderstandings, judgments and name calling are just a few of the problems that rise up when we don’t practice healthy communication. And I do mean it is a practice!
Perhaps the biggest surprise in being driven by Kingdom values is how it shows up in relationships. There was a time when all of my relationships from close to acquaintance looked scary and dangerous. Now I have a love shield. My shield grows through each new encounter in relationship. My shield exists to protect my connection in relationships.
The Father never scorned the sins of the lost son or rebuked the loyal service (vs 29) of the son who stayed. This is interesting because we place such a high value on loyalty and obedience to God. But we should place a higher value in connecting with the Father as sons and daughters!
The grounds of success are fertilized by the grounds of failure! I must keep trying. I must keep childlike faith for what God has called me to do no matter how foolish it looks and feels to get those seeds out again and begin planting with a fresh perspective. Renewing my heart and mind daily to expect success!