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Forgiveness February 10, 2009

Filed under: family,relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 04:18
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holdinghandsCommunication is arguably one of the most important components of a healthy marriage.  Openness and transparency with our spouses nurtures a oneness that marks a vibrant marriage.

However, good communication is only part of a healthy marriage.  What we communicate is more important than that we communicate.  Unless we communicate forgiveness, our marriages will be stunted from the growth that is possible.

We need to offer our spouses continual forgiveness.  Jesus talks about this in Matthew 18:21ff.

21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

When your marriage is clothed in forgiveness, it will bring honor and glory to God.  Just as we live in a state of forgiven-ness, so should our spouses.

” … Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Luke 6:37

How can continual forgiveness affect a marriage?

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Love is not… February 4, 2009

Filed under: relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 04:31
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Rude.  In class Sunday morning, we talked about this little segment in I Cor. 13, “love is not rude,”.  What does it mean?  Love is not rude.lovering  

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary says rude implies ignorance of orlovering indifference to good form, it may suggest intentional discourtesy.

If love is not rude, then…

Love never turns a cold shoulder.  Love never replies with the intent to hurt feelings.  Love never refuses to look someone in the eye.  Love doesn’t ignore another person.  Love doesn’t roll her eyes.  Love doesn’t embarrass another person.  Love doesn’t interrupt.

Love seeks to honor the other person.  Love puts the other person at ease.  Love minds her manners.

Can you add to this list?

 

Hope of Glory January 26, 2009

Filed under: faith,Scripture — Amy @ 05:53
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cloud_in_the_sunlightIn an earlier post, I posed the question, “Do you have an answer for the hope that is in you?”.  (I Peter 3:15)  One of the comments asked for scriptures that would help us to articulate that hope we have in Christ. 

Here we go:

Colossians 1:27, “…Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  To know Christ is to know our hope.  How, then, do we know Christ?  We come to know Christ as he is revealed through Scripture, through his church, and through his co-heirs.  We also come to know him as we walk in the light as he is in the light. (I John 1:7)  We are being transformed into his likeness by the renewing of our mind.  (Romans 12:1-2)

Our hope is rooted in Christ.  We will be prepared to give an answer for our hope, when we know Christ.  The better and more intimately we know Christ, the better prepared we are to give an answer for our hope, which is Christ in us.  Paul addresses the importance of knowing Christ in Philippians 3:7-11.  He considers everything else rubbish.  

What do you think?  How do you come to know Christ?

 

Elevator Speech January 22, 2009

Filed under: Scripture — Amy @ 05:53
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At a meeting the other day, I was instructed by one of my many bosses to prepare an elevator speech as an answer to those who ask me what I do.  An elevator speech is a concise response to people curious about my work.  The speech should require no more time to give than it takes one to go from the third to the fourth floor on an elevator. elevatorpeop2

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  I Peter 3:15

If you were on an elevator and someone asked you to give a reason for the hope that you have, what would you say?

 

US Airways Flight 1549 January 20, 2009

Filed under: Current events,Scripture — Amy @ 05:18
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plane1The airplane that went down in the Hudson strikes fear in the hearts of many of us.  I can imagine the panic that must course through one’s veins as the realization of imminent disaster becomes clear.  

The pilot, Chelsey Sullenberger, made a beautiful landing and saved the lives of 155 people.  This crash had a happy ending for everyone on board.  Why, then, did I immediately decide that my trip to Florida in March would be much more fun if I drove?  It sealed the deal.  The price was too high, the flight times were too  inconvenient.  Really, I would rather drive the 14 hours.  

 Proverbs 3:25 “Have no fear of sudden disaster …”

But, I do.  I want to be brave and bold in the way I live my life, but many times I go to great lengths to be safe…or what I think is safe.

There are other reasons to drive rather than fly, but my decision wouldn’t have been so easy if not for the crash this weekend.

What “sudden disaster” do you fear?  How do you ease your fears?

 

 

 

Forgetfulness January 19, 2009

Filed under: health,Scripture — Amy @ 05:39
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rootbeer2Root Beer.  I love root beer.  Mug Root Beer is my favorite.  There is hardly any restaurant that serves this drink.     

Several years ago, I was told to stay completely away from caffeine.  It contributed to my heart racing and heightened anxiety.  (so did three small children, but I was not told to stay away from them!)  Good bye, Dr. Pepper…hello, Mug.

Sunday I forgot that we were eating with some friends for lunch and I was suppose to bring vegetables, so I went through the KFC drive-thru, discovered and bought a Mug, and several large servings of veggies.  

As I was driving to lunch, I was thinking about the friends I had visited with at church and remembered a particularly fun exchange with a friend who is also trying to lose some weight.  We talked excitedly about our fitness regime for the week and calorie allowance that would bring substantial weight loss in one week. We were going to call each other if we had the urge to overeat and we would report our success the next Sunday.  

I took a sip of my Mug and it hit me…  There in my cup holder was a glass full of several hundred empty calories.  This drink had no place in my calorie-restricted week.  I had already failed and it wasn’t even noon.  Now what do I do with 24 oz. of sweet indulgence?!  This was suppose to be a week of severe discipline and steely focus.  

It took less than 20 minutes for me to lose my focus.  I simply forgot! 

Philippians 3 says, “…forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  Some things are so easily forgotten…keys, glasses, appointments, car lights, resolves of better eating habits, names of new acquaintances.  Some things are so difficult to forget…hurtful words, past failures, insults, arguments with family, sin.  

Paul encourages us to forget our failures and the wrongs that we have done and strain toward the prize that awaits us.  Our past can cloud our present to the point that we are ineffective in the kingdom.  We are a forgiven people.  We are given the example of Paul whose past could have haunted him his entire life, but Paul forgot the past and looked towards the future as a forgiven man.  We are told to do the same.  

As women who have been washed of all of our sins, let us forget what is behind and boldly face the future in His kingdom.  We are co-heirs with Jesus.  

Have you been able to forget what is behind?  Are you straining towards what is ahead?

 

As Iron Sharpens Iron January 14, 2009

Filed under: relationships,Scripture — Amy @ 12:14
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20000401_sharpening_tools_page005img001My friends do not always agree with me…and let me know when they disagree.  It makes for interesting conversation and opportunities for growth.   I would be less if my friends kept their opinions to themselves.  Wouldn’t you?  Isn’t it more interesting to be around people who express  different points of view?  

Proverbs 27:17  “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”   

it’s the same way in a marriage relationship.  There are times when wives and husbands are in sharp disagreement.  Husbands need to hear their wives ideas and thoughts.  It seems to me that if we want sharp husbands, we will give them another point of view to consider.  Share with them the benefits of your experiences.  A godly wife who shares godly wisdom is a precious gift from God.   “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  James 1: 5  Pray, pray, pray for wisdom.

The key to sharing thoughts and ideas without crossing over to nagging is to be able to leave the conversation without winning him over to your way of thinking.  I heard an older Christian woman say “share your thoughts on the matter and then pray that God will haunt him with it.”  (But say nothing more about it)

You are a blessing to your husband!  Proverbs 18:22