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While driving along in the car, my son giggles and laughs in the backseat with the innocence which only a child can give and who knows nothing of the pain this world will at times unpleasantly offer.
Seated next to me, my husband is silent and as I look over at him, I think, What happened to us? When did we get to this place where being with one another feels just like being alone. My mind drifts away from my son’s joyful laughter and deep into my contemplative thoughts and I wonder how this could have happened. Love isn’t supposed to hurt. Not deliberately.
Then I came to the realization that… some people will never be able to love you the way you deserve to be loved because of the simple fact that they themselves don’t know how to love. Love is not just something you say. It’s not just a feeling. It’s not just words. It’s so much more …
God gave us many examples of love, but one that resembles my definition of love and marriage is this…
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
It may sound ridiculous to some, but I believe when two people love one another with the kind of love that goes far beyond just the physical attraction and resolves to give mutual respect, trust, and honesty, as well as making God the center focus of the marriage, then blessings will abound and unfold perfectly.
Happy marriages aren’t just made. It takes work and the willingness to surrender your lives, heart, and marriage over to Him. Then He can and will bless the marriage union in ways one could never have imagined.
This is why I love – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, because each time I read it I am reminded of — Selfless love… How beautiful to love and to be loved such as this.
Lord, there is nothing like Your presence. When my heart is wearied, burdened, sorrowful, broken, or bruised, I can boldly come and sit confidently in your presence.
I know you hear the cries of your children. I know you care and want the very best for each of us. It is You that gives us strength when faced with adversity and it is You who sustains us.
I am comforted by your Word that tells me that I will not be forgotten or forsaken. My heart finds its rest in You, Lord.
I never have to worry when the pressures of this life get too heavy or when apprehension rushes at me like a tidal wave everywhere I turn, You are my hiding place. You stand by my side and grant me quietness of mind, calm, and peace as I run into Your conforming arms.
When fear is crippling and even in my wandering I can be rest assured that everything will be alright because we know that all things work together for good to them that love You, Lord, and to them who are called according to Your divine purpose.
I know with You, I can face whatever may come my way. You are my joy. You are my strength. My sustaining power. My Rock and my refuge. My fortress and My high tower. You are the keeper of my heart. Nothing will ever compare to Your loving embrace.
Thank You, Lord, for enfolding me in Your love and powerful presence. My life is made whole and complete in You. I am forever thankful for your mercy and for your grace.
Be careful for nothing (don’t worry about anything); but in every thing by prayer and supplication (presents the cure for worry, which is believing prayer) with thanksgiving (takes in all God has done for us in the past, what He is doing at present, and shall do in the future) let your requests be made known unto God. (This speaks of all things, material, physical, and spiritual.)
Click here: Expositor Notes taken from -JSM Expositor’s Study Bible – KJV
Daily Prayer Devotional SATURDAY, February 20, 2021 By Tina Unsell Seamon
~ THE JOY OF THE LORD ~
“For the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10 KJV
LORD, sometimes my days seem so commonplace and I feel tired and worn. Thoughts, often invade my mind that the days are forever unchanging. Most days, finding it hard to experience any Joy, leaving me filled with lowness of spirit.
O, LORD, help me to earnestly seek to go about my days with a positive outlook on life. Renew in me a new attitude of mind, soul and spirit. Lord, direct my path and guide me in all Your ways. May my conduct always reflect a lifestyle in the manner that is worthy of you. Help me, Lord, to remember that life is a precious gift and that you ultimately hold the key to all Joy. Lord, lift up Your countenance upon me and cover me in Your Peace, which can only come from you. Remind me, Lord, that you are the Master planner of my life and it is ‘Your Joy’ that gives me strength. O, Lord, I can joyfully rejoice; because it is You, that is rejoicing in me. Amen.
…for the JOY of the LORD, is the Joy that fills God’s heart. When we are obedient to God, the Lord rejoices in us. In return, we too will experience the Joy of the Lord, and it will be our strength. Remember, this is God’s Joy, which we are privileged to share.
With each new dawn, brings with it another opportunity to show gratitude and thankfulness for all that we have been blessed to receive.
Thank You Father, For the abundant blessings that are too many to count. We are eternally grateful for all that You give to us. Both, for our pleasure and during those times of trails. Lord, we thank You, because we know that there are blessings; even in the lessons. And that it is all intended for a purpose. We may not always understand, but we can always trust that Your ways are higher than our ways. May we remember to always give thanks for those blessings; that bring us immense joy, but to also give thanks for all Your blessings, that are Your mercies in disguise.
Do you ever think to yourself, “I’m just not good enough!”
At parenting. At marriage. At relationships. Even your relationship with God.
Sometimes the tendency to put so much emphasis on not feeling good enough becomes so prevalent in your hearts and minds that you begin to believe it and fear takes root.
Fear can keep you from accomplishing great things in your life. It can hold you captive if you allow it. We cannot give in to fear. It only hinders our potential and growth process, and the plans that God has for our lives.
Allowing fear to dominate our thinking process can keep you from
If you are not careful and if you allow these unwanted feelings to become stagnant in your thoughts and minds they can and will mostly certainly hinder the child of God from fulfilling the purposes God has destined for them.
While at the same time unknowingly preventing the child of God from using the gifts that God has so graciously bestowed upon each of His children, which was intended to be used for His Glory.
Taking authority and praying over your thinking is key to not allowing such thoughts to take root.
You must expel the unwanted weeds that try to grow unapologetically in your minds.
But sometimes you will fail. And fail miserably.
We all do and will at times.
Thankfully, God understands.
I for one am so grateful that He does.
He knows the desires of our hearts.
He knows if and when your intentions are genuinely pure or filled with ulterior motives.
Then there are times when you look around and allow the comparison game to take hold.
Weighing up the similarities or collation of others lives, achievements and accomplishments.
While allowing the dissimilarities to inflame and fester which will bitterly poison your hearts and souls.
Sometimes our fragile, but also resilient souls can become sick with such jealousy and envy.
You began to ask yourselves unwarranted questions like:
Why does everyone else seem to have a picture perfect life, everyone except for myself?
Why does everyone else seem to accomplish so many more goals in life than I ever could?
Why can’t I be as smart or as intelligent as she is or as he is.
And so on and so on …
You can begin to falsely wonder when and if you will ever emerge from the cocoon you feel enclosed in.
Desperately wanting to grow and evolve into that which God had intended of you when He knit you together in my Mother’s womb.
Pause for a moment!
You must realize that none of this is true.
These are all the deceitful lies of the enemy.
Lies that are intended to make the child of God feel alone, forgotten, and unworthy.
You have to move past the illusion that you are not …
Good enough, Talented enough, Smart enough, Accomplished enough
And the list goes on …
Just remember what God says in His Word …
He came to this dark world and became flesh.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14 KJV
On that fateful day on a hill called Calvary He hung on a cross to prove His love.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” - Romans 5:8 KJV
“He reached out His hand for me whispering my beloved I have redeemed thee.“
The Depth of God’s Love for You is Immeasurable.
Ephesians 3:18-19 KJV says: “May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Now, Pause for just a moment!
Re-read that scripture and be reminded of His Love.
The great depth of His Love.
In stillness, you’ll hear.
Jesus softly whispers.
You are Enough. You are Worthy. You are Loved. You are Cherished. You are Valued. You are Forgiven.. You are Redeemed.
When you know who you are in Christ Jesus you realize how essential that knowledge is to fulfilling your divine calling and purpose.
The more you understand who you are in Christ Jesus and who you were created to be, the more power you will have over the deceitful lies that try to keep you from fulfilling your divine purpose.
Whenever you start to feel unworthy you can be gratefully reminded of these beautiful truths.
The truth that you were created with great value.
The truth that you were created with a higher divine purpose and calling.
The truth that your worth comes from the heart of God himself and not from man.
The truth that you can be rest assured that wherever this journey called life may lead you God will never leave or forsake you.
The truth that God has faithfully promised that with Him you will never walk alone.
The truth that God is right beside you every step of the way.
The truth that God cares for you.
The truth that you can trust Him.
The truth that you were meant for so much more than the lies that keep telling you that you are not enough.
The real truth is…
In God’s Eyes You Are More Than Enough!
It’s up to you to either continue believing the lies or to trust and believe on God and His promises, Word, and truth.
It’s your choice.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” - Ephesians 2:10
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:14
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9