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Prayer for a strong marriage May 26, 2012

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Father, I pray that we would speak the truth in love to one another, honestly and openly sharing our feelings. Grant that we might find great delight and joy together. Deepen and strengthen our friendship. I pray that we would be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. Teach us to be sensitive to the needs and hurts of the other and help us to minister to each other in these areas. I pray that our marriage will glorify You and be an example of our intention for marriage. (Eph.4:15,25; Prov 5:18; Eph. 4:32 Prov. 17:17; 1 Cor. 10:31 Matt. 20:28)

from Victory Churches International

 

#358: My fave marriage blogs May 23, 2012

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Wedding Photos (Photo credit: Sean Choe)

We are quickly making our way to post #365 on this blog.  I want to remind you about all the great marriage blogs out there, especially those on my blogroll.  My absolute favorites now are:

1. Happy Wives Club

2. Peaceful Wife’s Blog

3. The Romantic Vineyard

4. The Generous Wife

Enjoy!

 

#301: Humility March 27, 2012

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Humility (Photo credit: Perfesser)

Humility is a weak area for me and I have asked God to help me with it.  One of the things I love about life is that you get to keep growing, improving, and changing.  I really want to become a more humble person.  First I need to understand what humility means.  Then I need to practice it.  I am in the learning phase now and am starting to practice what I’ve learned.

(becoming) a woman for Him just did an excellent post on humility called (becoming) closer to God through Proverbs 6, part 2 haughty eyes.  You can check it out here.  She says that the first thing God hates is haughty or proud eyes.  She asks us to look at our behaviors such as taking pride in your gifts and accomplishments, or feeling that you deserve certain things.  We are nothing without God and all that we have He gave to us.  If we boast it should be about our knowledge of God, God’s strength in our weakness, and what God did for us through the cross.

Learn This: A personal development site for passionately learning productivity, career,
leadership and life improvement tips posted 50 Ways to Be More Humble and to Act Humbly.  I highlighted the ones that really spoke to me and let me tell you, I did a lot of highlighting.  Here are the ones I really need to work on:

  • Listen more than you talk
  • Count to 3 before adding to a conversation to make sure the other person is done
  • You are God’s creation not your own
  • Don’t boast about your achievements, let others recognize them instead
  • Since winning isn’t everything, you don’t have to win
  • Remember that you are a sinner (in other words, you are no better or worse than anyone else)
  • Know how to accept praise with a simple thank you, don’t elaborate on it or talk more about it
  • Serve others and not yourself first
  • Learn from and model the life of the most humble teachers in history (Jess, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc.)

How to humble yourself in five easy lessons was also helpful.  It begins with “Humility is a tough thing to get.  The minute you think you got it, you lose it.”  Amen.  Pearls from this post include:

  • Take responsibility for your own sin for not doing so is proof of pride
  • Don’t forget who you are: a sinner, not God
  • To humble yourself you must do what is right, without regard for how insignificant that action or your position  may appear
  • to be humble does not mean feeling inferior, you can be confident in Christ
  • you can be a confident Christian – your faith in Jesus Christ makes you one of God’s children
  • Learn to control your tongue

Inner Frontier: Cultivating Spiritual Presence, also has a post on humility.  It begins with these two powerful messages:

There is a good description of humility:

“The humble, unassuming person immediately puts us at ease.  We can just relax and be ourselves in their presence, a zone of no competition, no judgment, and no fear.  The heart of the humble knows love.  Humility realizes that we are all in the same boat, all human, all equally children of the same God.”

If you struggle with humility as well, I hope these posts will help you as you strive to be ever more humble.

 
 

#191: Giving Gifts October 31, 2011

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One of the things I love about marriage is the giving of gifts, especially at Christmas.  It got me thinking about gifts and how crazy we can all get at this time of year.  Christmas is certainly not about expensive things and it’s not even about things. The true meaning of Christmas is marveling at the birth of our Lord who was born in order to die for our sins. That was the ultimate gift from God.  Also, on a lesser note, there were the wise men and others who brought gifts to the baby Jesus.  So I get where the gift thing came from.  But gifting has become such an ugly ritual at times when it is disconnected from the true meaning of Christmas.  In our gift giving to our spouses, children, family and friends, let us give in love. Let us not overspend. Let us cut back, not out of selfishness or greed, but out of deep respect for our Lord.  Let us make and bake.  Let us give of our time. Let us give to the poor.  Let us give small practical things that people need.  Let us enjoy giving things our loved ones want, within reason. And let us feel the warmth in our hearts as we contemplate the son of our God, sleeping in a humble manger in the hay.