Misery Loves Company

By Georgia (Jo) Kent
 
“Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.” Psalms 35:4
 
In this life, we will face a number of injustices. Some that we bring down on ourselves. Some from the sin and wickedness in the world and even some from within the family of God. God places people in our lives for a variety of reasons. Some we may know only in passing and some we will become very good friends with.  Some people have insecurities and bring conflict  into our relationships. Some may be guilty of reading negativity in everything that others say to them. They may invent drama to fill their emotional release. This war with our mind is insecurities often caused by unsettled issues from our past. We have to learn how to avoid playing mind games with you own circumstances.
 
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26
 
God commands us to love one another. However, sometimes that requires loving from a distance. Not everyone that we meet is compatible with our personalities. One thing I’ve learned is that not everybody is going to like us. No matter how saved and loving we are, there is always going to be someone who will dislike us for any number of reasons. And yes, sometimes these people are the people we care the most about, people that we call our friends. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone is wrong or bad…just bad for each other. If you can not bring out the best in a friendship then you are probably going to bring out the worst.
 
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” Psalms 1:41 NIV
 
Pray for the people in your life that hurt you. Learn to love these people from a distance. Through God’s grace, one day you will realize that the hurt will start to fade away and begin to be replaced with love. Surrender all your concerns to God. Show grace and accept grace. If you find yourself in an un-healthy relationship, remember this…God often removes people from our lives to protect us. Think about that before you run after them!
 
Father, Help us to recognize which people are healthy in our lives and which ones to let go of. Reveal those who pretend to love us. Remove those who love to hate us, and protect us from those who wish to harm us. Help us to learn to love each other in our shared space. In Jesus Name.’ Amen.
 
Sweet Blessings

Does Your Wifing Need Refreshing?

By Georgia (Jo) Kent

“For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of his body, the church; he gave his life to be her Savior. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything. And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church.” Ephesians 5:23-24

I married a wonderful, intelligent and godly man. He’s the rock-solid steady type. I’ve watched him handle pressures that nearly brought him to his knees. He has a faith in our Lord that I admire. I trust his decisions and know that he will always keep me safe. I respectfully love and honor my husband.Though the husband exercises the role of authority and leadership, and the wife fulfills a role of submission, both are equal heirs in God’s kingdom. The roles are different, but equally important.

God’s word tells us that the husband is to be the head of the home. The Scriptures make it clear that a wife should submit voluntarily to her husband’s sensitive and loving leadership. That he may become the man, the husband, and the leader God intended him to be. How many of you are willing to let your husband take that role?

“The wise women builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1

Women used to stay at home in the role as caregivers. It may be a little stretch of the imagination to be so self sacrificing today. It’s not about where we are but rather how we treat our husbands. We all hear ‘Happy Wife ~ Happy Life’…Have you ever thought to reverse that old saying to ‘Happy Husband ~ Happy Wife’? It may take a lot less nagging and a little more nurturing. Nurturing comes in many forms. It requires a lot of personal sacrifice, attention to detail, planning ahead, thoughtfulness and actually putting in the effort to learn what makes your husband happy. Some may call this old fashioned’ but when put your husband in his proper place in your marriage, God will bless you and your marriage.

“An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.”
Proverbs 31:10-12

Could your ‘wifing’ use some refreshing? Just maybe if you treat your husband the way that you would want to be treated, it would just bless his socks off and in return, you will have the happy marriage that God intended for you both to have. It will take Prayer, Faith and a lot of Practice!…
”And the God of peace will be with you.”

Sweet Blessings

Will You Leave Also?

by Kim McDougal

“Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?]” – John 6:67 (AMP)

Relationship is a two-way street. Some of the people in Jesus’ day followed Him only for the things they were receiving of Him but when He challenged them, many turned away. He then turned to His 12 disciples and asked if they were going to leave too. You see, our Lord also knows how it feels when people are around you not because they want you, but because they want what you have to give them. We’re living in a world of “ME”. A lot of people want what will make them happy but are not willing to work or put in any effort. Jesus wants a relationship with us but like any relationship, it takes work on His part AND on our part. Otherwise, all you have is a superficial relationship that’s one-sided. How would you like to give and give to someone, pour your heart out to them to help them and all they do is take, take, never reciprocating anything? It’s disheartening.

We also have to be careful not to do this with the Lord. It’s easy to take others for granted. If we could keep in our minds daily on all that Jesus went through just to have a partnership with us, can you imagine what our walk with Him would be like? And I’m not talking just what He went through on the cross (that was enough all by itself), but how about being left alone?, having to pray alone?, people only wanting you because of your miracles, abandoned, denied, lied on, constantly living under the threat of being killed, etc., just to name a few. Our Lord and Savior went through this for YOU and I. How could we leave Him when His arms are extended reaching out to us?

I like Peter’s answer to our scripture today, in Verse 68: Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life.” Where would we go? There is no other God, no other Savior. No other with the words of eternal life. We come too far to turn back!