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This Marathon

July 28, 2010

Amongst many things, there is one thing we all try to avoid.  That, is discipline!  As a teenager, I’m sure most of us said, “I can’t wait until I’m eighteen.” Little did we know that discipline would not stop in our parents home.  This word would follow us like our shadow.  It would play a major role in completing this marathon called life.

Discipline is an important factor in our daily lives.  Have you ever heard the saying, “You can tell if a person is disciplined or not by their weight.” At first, this quote was shocking but once I dug deeper I found that this is one category of discipline.  Other areas may include: finances, time management, emotions, and thoughts.  While this list can go on for days, the most meaningful is, discipline in our spiritual lives.

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Who are you?

July 26, 2010

In today’s society we all are associated with some type of label.  This can be due to race, sex, class, size, right down to the color of your hair.  Heck, even the government labels you! Does social security number ring a bell? Banks label you with an account number, even schools give an I.D. number.  What are the odds of someone at either of these establishments knowing you by name?

When I was six years old,  my father passed.  He was never in my life (no fault of his own) but as I had gotten older I began to notice the importance of a father.  I felt inadequate!  I had been deprived of the opportunity to form a complete identity, my identity.  Who was I?  I had a mother who I felt did not love me and rejected me as a daughter.  I always wondered, if my father was alive would I have been given the chance of feeling like I belonged to someone.  My label was Fatherless; because of this I looked for love in many places.  Only to be rebuffed, no one could give me the love of a father. Read more…

Review: Power of a Praying Wife

June 30, 2010

If you have read majority of my articles, you will find that I always speak of prayer.  That is because no one comes to the Father except through Jesus.  How do we get there?  Only through prayer and worship. This is how our request are made known.

When praying for your spouse it’s difficult to think of the many situations that may occur.  This is why I highly recommend The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. Of course, this book is written from a Wife’s Perspective!  In this book, Stormie gives several different areas to focus on; such as work, choices, affection, temptation, fatherhood, & etc.  Each chapter is fairly short and ends with a prayer on how to pray for your husband.  There is also a section for yourself.  Additionally, I recommend the mini book that just has several short prayers. Read more…

Preventative Prayer

June 26, 2010

It is great to know that Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. This verse makes me excited because interceding  is present tense! This means that at this actual moment Jesus is acting on our behalf, to God.  So if Jesus prays to the Father shouldn’t we pray even more?

It is evident to pray while there is trouble but what ever happened to praying to prevent things from happening.  This does not mean that we will not have troubles, prayer is just a precaution.  Just like when you drive your car, you put on a seat belt just in case something were to happen.  So why not apply this same concept to your marriage? Read more…

Purpose Path

June 22, 2010

Before He shaped you in the womb, He knew all about you.  Before you saw the light of day, He had holy plans for you.

Everyone has a purpose, whether we fulfill that purpose is up to us.  In order to accomplish this purpose, God has placed several gifts in us.  These gifts may consist of being organized, being able to communicate well, singer, writer,counselor, and the list can go on.  But that does not make one gift more important than the other, it just gives us an opportunity to encourage each other with them.  Paul said it best, I long  to see you so that I may impart to you  some spiritual gift to  make you strong–that is, that you may be mutually  encouraged by each other’s faith. Regrettably, we often spend numerous amounts of time doing irrelevant things, so we cannot concentrate on being great at one thing.  Instead, we settle at being  good or mediocre at a lot of things.   This is the world’s view for great social status but this was not God’s intentions.  We are told, do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. So why do we spend our time pleasing the world by trying to discover where we fit in, when were are not called to fit it.  Hey it’s okay to be different, stand out! Read more…

Top Priority

June 21, 2010

As women, we pride ourselves on our ability to multitask. Sometimes, this allows us to overextend ourselves with things that are unnecessary. While multitasking is an excellent skill to possess, it is vital to know how to complete things by level of importance.

In our individual spiritual lives, we are told seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. It should be a relief that we only have one thing to do, put Him first and He will add the rest to us. Unfortunately, we tend to busy ourselves with things that are unimportant which prevent us from putting God first. Read more…

Talk the Talk

June 8, 2010

While the picture to the right is funny, many marriages have resulted too hateful words.  But have you ever thought about the power of the words you speak, especially to your spouse?  If not, it’s time to begin.

To understand the power of words, we must go to  the famous story of how the earth was created.  God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. Think about that for a minute.  This one verse displays the effectiveness of one’s word.  He said it and it was.  Let’s dive a little further into this subject. Read more…