Make Time to Celebrate

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another…

Receive the Power

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV) We can easily think that we need to handle life on our own and figure out all of life’s…

Fruit of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others,…

Sharpen the Ax

If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success. Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) Life can be difficult. At times it requires hard work. There may be areas in which spending time to learn a new skill can make things easier. We have ways we can learn the…

Live with Mercy and Grace

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) People make mistakes.  They can treat us harshly or do something we don’t agree with.  We can respond in two different ways.  One way is…

Learn by Example

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) We all have areas where we have more to learn. We can take the time and try to learn on our own or we can find others who already know how to do it. We can find individuals to mentor us.…

Focus on the Long-Term

…You will always harvest what you plant. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:7, 9 (NLT) When things are not going the way you planned, it’s easy to focus on the here and…

Time for Training

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) It is so easy to want people to do things the way you expect them to. As a parent, you have an idea in your head of what your child’s life…

God Cares for You

“…If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NLT) People sometimes view God as a distant father. As someone just observing from a distance and not stepping in to help when help is needed. Others view Him as a mean judge. They think He is watching and nit-picking at everything…

True Love!

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is…

Stage 2: The Party is OVER!

Marriage reality sets in. Delight becomes delusion. Ideal turns to ordeal. Dating is now debating. The times in Stage 2 are very different than Stage 1 (see the post from yesterday for Stage 1). We marry sinners (we are all sinners saved by God’s grace) and life is hard. We often want to blame our…

Stage 1: The Happy Honeymoon

Young Man Like a lily among thistles is my darling among young women. Young Woman Like the finest apple tree in the orchard is my lover among other young men. I sit in his delightful shade and taste his delicious fruit. He escorts me to the banquet hall; it’s obvious how much he loves me.…

Hope for Your Marriage

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)  Relationships are incredibly important to God. We were created to have fellowship (spend time) with God and be in community with others because God never intended for us to live isolated from others. Also, marriage was created by God.  But…

Open the Door

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV) Do you know how much God loves you? He sent His only Son to die for you (John 3:16). He…

Ripped Curtain

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split Matthew 27:51 (NIV) Many times, we take for granted that we can talk to God anytime we want. He is always there waiting to hear from us and wants to talk to us…