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Godly Relationships 7: Shared ValuesIf you're still searching for Mr. or Mrs. Right, be patient, be prudent, and be picky. Look for someone whose values you respect, who behavior you approve of, and whose faith you admire. Remember that appearances can be deceiving and tempting. And when it comes to the important task of building a lifetime relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams, pray about it!
If you happen to be one of those very lucky ones who has already fallen madly in love with the same wonderful person who has already fallen madly in love with you, say a great thanks to the Matchmaker in heaven. But if you haven't yet found a soul-mate who honors both you and God, don't fret. Just keep trusting your Father in heaven, and keep yourself open to the direction in which He is leading you. And remember: God wants to give His approval, but He won't give it until He's asked. So ask, listen, and decide accordingly.
Godly Relationships 8: CooperationAre you dating someone who understands the importance of cooperation? Or are you seeing someone who's more self-centered than that? And before you answer, here's something to consider: happy couples learn the wisdom of "give and take," not the foolishness of "me first."
Cooperative relationships flourish over time, one-sided relationships don't. So if you're dating someone who says, "It's my way or the highway," choose the highway. And choose it now.
Godly Relationships 1: Choices About DatingThe choices you make will determine the quality and direction of your life. And that includes all the choices you make about your dating life. As an informed citizen of the 21st century, you have every reason to make wise choices. But sometimes, when the pressure of the dating world threaten to grind you up and spit you out, you may feel tempted to make decisions that are displeasing to God. When you do you'll suffer in more ways than you can imagine.
So, as you pause to consider the kind of Christian you are-and the kind of Christian you want to become-ask yourself whether you're sitting on the fence or standing in the light. And then, if you sincerely want to follow in the footsteps of the One from Galilee, make choices that are pleasing to him. He deserves no less... and neither, for that matter, do you.
Godly Relationships 11: Listen To Your ConscienceBilly Graham, correctly observed, "Most of us follow our conscience as well as we follow a wheelbarrow." We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go." To do so is a profound mistake. Yet all of us have failed to listen to the voice that God planted in our hearts, and all of us have suffered the consequences.
God gave you a conscience for a very good reason: to make your path conform to His will. Wise believers make it to a practice to listen carefully to that quiet internal voice. Count yourself among that number. When your conscience speaks, listen and learn. In all likelihood, God is try to get His message through, and it is the message that you desperately need to hear.
Godly Relationships 10: Use God's WordIf you'd like to know what God has to say about your life, here's how you can find out. Read the book He wrote, it's called the Bible and it has timeless advice for life here on earth and life eternal.
The Bible is unlike any other book. It is a priceless gift from your Creator, a tool that God intends for you to use in every aspect of your life. And, it contains promises upon which you can and must depend on.
God's Word can be a roadmap to successful relationships and spiritual abundance. Make it your roadmap. God's wisdom can be a light to guide your steps. Claim it as your light today, tomorrow, and every day of your life. Then walk confidently in the footsteps of God's only begotten Son.
Godly Relationships 15: Impulsive DecisionsThe decision to have sex before you're married or the decision to abstain from it is a choice that will most certainly impact the rest of your life. That decision will play an important role in the way you see yourself, and it will play an important role in the way you view relationships. And of course there's always the chance that your decision to have sex might result in an unexpected surprise.
Face it: there's a lot riding on the decision to abstain from sex. And because it's an important decision you should think about it and pray about it before you make a decision that might change the direction of your life.
As you're making up your mind about the role that sex will play in your life, trust the quiet inner voice of your conscience, and be obedient to the teachings you find in God's Word. When you do, you'll make the right decision. And you'll be eternally grateful that you did.
Godly Relationships 12: Respect Your BodyHow do you treat your body? Do you treat it with the reverence and respect it deserves, or do you take it more or less for granted? The Bible has clear instructions about the way you should take care of the miraculous body that God has given you.
God's Word teaches us that our bodies are temples which belong to God. We are commanded to treat our bodies with respect and honor. We do so by making wise choices and by making those choices consistently over an extended period of time.
Are you willing to treat your body with the reverence that it deserves? Then promise yourself that you will make the kind of wise choices that reflect your obedience to God's commandments. The responsibility for those choices is yours. And so are the rewards.
Godly Relationships 6: Focus On Spiritual StuffIs Christ the focus of your life? Are you fired with enthusiasm for Him? Are you an energized Christian who allows God's Son to reign over every aspect of your day? Make no mistake: that's exactly what God intends for you to do.
God has given you the gift of eternal life through His Son. In response to God's priceless gift, you are instructed to focus your thoughts, your prayers, and your energies upon God and His only begotten Son. To do so, you must resist the subtle yet powerful temptation to become a "spiritual dabbler."
A person who dabbles in the Christian faith is unwilling to place God in His rightful place: above all other things. Resist that temptation; make God the cornerstone and the touchstone of your life. When you do, He will give you all the strength and wisdom you need to live victoriously for Him.
Godly Relationships 13: Trust God's PlanGod's got a plan and you're an important part of that plan. But here's the catch: God won't force His plane upon you; you've got to figure things out of yourself.
As a follower of Christ, you should ask yourself this question: How closely can I make my plans match God's plans? The more closely you manage to follow the path that God intends for your life, the better.
Do you have questions or concerns about your life? Take them to God in prayer. Do you have hopes and expectations? Talk to God about your dreams. Are you carefully planning for the days and weeks ahead? Consult God as you establish your priorities. Turn every concern over to your Heavenly Father, and sincerely seek His guidance-prayerfully, earnestly, and often. Then listen for His answers and trust the answers that He gives.
Know That You Are GoodKnowing you are good can make all the difference. Your true identity isn't necessarily always reflected in what you do and how you act. In fact, your actions can be quite in conflict with the real you. What God says about you is reality. God says you are the righteousness of God in Christ (Romans 3:22). You are a new creation made with the nature of God (2 Cor 5:18). You are a child of light (1 Thess. 5:5). You are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6). When God looks at you He doesn't see a sinner, He sees His son/daughter. It doesn't matter if your actions match reality or not, reality does not change. You are good. If you act bad then your actions are not lining up with your true identity. Its sort of an identity crisis. But the more you understand your true identity and the reality of who you are in Christ the more your actions will match who you really are.
Walking down this RoadWalking down this Road
Walking down this road
The people You love
The ones who don’t know it
What am I waiting for?
I have breath in these lungs
I have strength in these legs
My heart beats in this chest
There are some who are hurting
And His love
Walking down this road
My heart hurts for them
Knowing their poem
Wanting to help them
I put myself in their path to help
To help them
To love them
To let them know about God
One True LoveYou found me deep in the darkness
Even though I didn't want to be found
You heard me weeping on my knees
Alone in the dark; no one to love
Every sign pointed to different directions
But every sign lead to a dead end
I couldn't see where I was going
But the signs made it seem as if I can take any road
Every one I asked said follow the signs
Their smiles and hunched backs pointed to only darkness
Alleys with cheap tricks and lies
Cities that had so many signs to happiness
Brothels, bars, casinos, to even nightclubs
This place started to scare me
But I became so attracted to this darkness
I wanted to stay longer; maybe something here can make me happy
Nothing made me happy; it made the hole in my chest bigger
It was fun for a second, but now it's torture
It plays over and over; what lie did I fall for?
More suffering and still alone
We all had the same interests but still alone
They seemed to enjoy themselves more
Even though I tried, I could not
This was doing more harm than good; what l
The Little Boy
The little boy prayed that perhaps one day,
his mommy and daddy would stay and play.
Mom's always caught up in some messy fray,
dad is never home to play anyway.
He prayed this way...
"Dear Father in heaven I love you so,
hear these words from Tommy down here below.
I promise to be good, and this I know,
your love is like a river, it ever flows."
He went to bed and dreamt the night away,
playful dreams and happy thoughts did hold sway.
When he rose he hoped today would be the day,
that mommy and daddy with him would stay.
But as he looked around, he knew they'd gone,
off to live their lives leaving him alone.
The nanny made him toast, gave the dog a bone,
nothing really changes here in this home.
But as he slept that night, a voice so calm,
said: "Listen to me son, my little Tom.
Your prayer to me was like a pleasant Psalm,
your words to me felt like a soothing balm."
The very next day as he awoke from sleep,
his mom and dad were there, it made him weep.
The promises they
RemembranceToday I remember
A peace maker
Miss you Mason.
Miss you bunches.
You were a great friend to me.
I wear this bracelet on my wrist and think of you.
I remember your fearless corageous attitude.
You were never afraid of cancer
You never complained about it either.
You never blamed God either.
I promise that your story will never go untold. Love you
Overcoming ObstaclesRecognize Your Vulnerability
The Lord has a beautiful plan for each believer’s life. But to thwart God’s purposes, Satan sprinkles obstacles in our path.
There are many types of hindrances, such as a difficult boss, contrary family members, and financial trouble. Anything that blocks a desired goal can cause anxiety and great frustration. But remember that no obstacle can touch you without God’s consent.
Consider Joshua’s army, which was no match for Jericho’s military. And the great wall protecting that city was an impossible barrier to cross. Yet God had promised the Israelite
White Ribbon DayHis hand flashes,
flicking into my aura
"shut it, bitch,
or there's another
where that came from".
Two years of trial
& still, the glances
slip by us;
one day we'll reward
the first one
who stands up:
"your hands don't belong
on her. real men love
leaving no bruises."
The Worst Thing a Christian Could Say(3/15/2014)
Came across this old blog from 2012 that was responding to the deaths of children in December, basically describing the worst thing a Christian could say following that tragedy:
As much as I can empathize with the pain of those who have lost their loved ones--and perhaps the wording of that Christian's statement could've been better--what the blogger doesn't quite understand is why Christians respond with hope to things that people would typically see as tragic. Yes, Christians do feel pain and miss their loved ones just like anybody else does, but the reasoning behind it is different.
The thing is, an atheist sees death as the end and nothing more after it. But a Christian knows that the spirit lives on because there is life after death. To the Christian, the difference b
The little Afghani girl (Rainbow)
In a rugged land with barren hills,
red poppy fields and winter chills,
lived a tiny girl with wide-set eyes,
who dreamt of life beyond her skies.
Her parents died in a roadside bomb,
she'd seen their names on a white stone tomb.
Her auntie told her "They're now with God."
Yet, belief in God she'd found quite odd.
For what kind of God brings war and pain?
She wondered: "What would be His gain?
If there is a God why can't He see,
all of this hurt inside of me?"
Then one night as she lay sleeping,
a voice was heard as though 'twas weeping.
She called out loud in her soft sweet voice
(her opened eyes had now grown moist),
"Who's there, who's there? I hear your cry.
I sense your pain, please tell me why?"
The voice then spoke so soft and low,
"It is Me my child, I feel your woe.
Please understand this: I love you so!
Just trust in Me, and in my rainbow."
The voice trailed off as she closed her eyes,
sweet dreams held sway until the sunrise.
She arose then stood out in the sun,
Godly Relationships 9: How Far Is Too Far?How far is too far? It's a question that lots of people ask themselves. And to discover the answer, think about it like this: the Bible teaches that your body isn't just a body, it's a temple-God's temple. And if you're dating a person who won't keep their hands to themselfs, they're trying to trash that temple. Don't let them do it!
Remember: it's not okay to trash the temple "just a little bit", don't trash it at all. Father's order.
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