Thursday, April 15, 2010

Let God Work

I opened for my lover, but my lover had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure. I looked for him but did not find him. I called him but he did not answer. The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls! O daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you— if you find my lover, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love. Song of Solomon 5:6-8

The woman felt the full sting and pain of what she had done.

Solomon did not inflict the pain upon her; it was the “watchmen,” the faithful guardians of God’s people. If your spouse wrongs you, give God some time to work in your mate’s heart. Let God have an opportunity to deal with the conscience of your spouse. You are not to play the role of Holy Spirit in your spouse’s life.

It's hard to hear the voice of the Lord when someone is continually nagging at you. Instead, we should keep quiet and let God work. It’s amazing how God moves into a person’s life. Truly His ways are higher than man’s ways, and His methods are not only very creative but extremely effective!

If nagging has broken into your relationship, how do you feel about that? Nagging surely won’t help your relationship. Let the Holy Spirit work.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

joy and thanksgiving

Live with thanksgiving, forgiveness, and joy, and enjoy all your moments as if they were your last.

You have control over whether you and your spouse will be "heirs together of the gracious gift of life" (1 Peter 3:7) or partners together in the tension and stress of life.

Be the person who honors, obeys, and loves Jesus by honoring your spouse. Joy is the result of a thankful heart. So, say thanks to God for His grace towards you and spread it around.

Friday, April 2, 2010

searching for joy

The Lord our God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become.
Captivating: unveiling the mystery of a woman's soul, p 135

Sometimes we learn by our mistakes. Sometimes we make the mistakes over and over. We cry out, "why do I keep doing this?" As we struggle with our faults and those of others we need to remember how much God loves us and rest in His faithful, unfailing love. Make space for teaching moments in yourself and others.

Search for joy in all circumstances. Choose a cheerful heart vs. the poor me attitude. Practice being cheerful. Practice smiling. Practice being thankful. Count your blessings and rest in the Lord for He is with you. He delights in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing. He is mighty to save.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is the foundation of health and happiness. Everyone is drawn to a smile. Does your spouse see you as a happy thankful person? What can you do today to make your spouse smile?