Post Tagged as ‘Peace’
What an elusive thing. Everybody wants it, but few understand or want to do what it takes to receive it. Peace is more than rest. It is subjecting everything to the will of God. It is allowing the Holy Spirit to strain every self-flesh thing out of us. It relinquishes its grip on the things of this world. Peace is always on the move. From one side of our character to the other, exposing that which corrupts the soul. Peace is an infusion of God’s grace to do what increases life in spite of a trial. Peace is the container […]Read More
R U Willing 2 Trust God
With your life? Through thick and then? Til’ death do you part? Are you willing to run after the One who loves you as much as He does His own Son? Are you willing to live in all the fruits of the Spirit including long-suffering? Are you willing to receive all God has for you? To enjoy the blessing as well as overcome the testing? Are you willing to say ‘I do’ to His request in obedience of integrity? Are you willing to love God more and your feelings less? Are you willing to trust faith over facts? God over […]Read More
Look What God Is Doing
USA CA: “Praising God for His continued faithfulness and for providing me with peace and calm in the midst of a crazy, overwhelming schedule. Our son has made the baseball team at school and this has caused some challenges for my 60+ hour-a-week work schedule, but God is faithful. He has brought wonderful, helpful people into my life that are helping with transportation.” CT: CK reports that she had a good visit with her sister in Florida. As it turned out her flight home was delayed so she spent additional time there and it went very well. She also reported […]Read More
The Scars You Receive As You Overcome Qualify You To Help Others!
What a revelation! I used to hide my life-scars in shame because they were so hideous. How about being divorced by my wife, the rejection I felt, how it hurt my wonderful wife and my children? What about the ugly pride I had struggling with self-esteem? What about a mind weakened by pornography? What about a lifestyle riddled with compromise? What about a little scared kid’s heart that wanted to run from reality? What about feelings I protected from pain so much, they became my idol? The scars these left behind are so repulsive to the world. POW! You know, […]Read More
Series 1 – How to Pilot Your Marriage Through a Storm: Failure Factors 1 and 2
Failure Factor 1 Patience – that’s what I really needed. I just wanted to get through the storm. It was so tempting to put on full power and blast through the mess, but that would just waste fuel and increase the stress on the plane. If I patiently kept doing the things that I knew I should do and if I followed the principles I had been taught, I knew our plane would come through this and there would be better weather ahead. (James 1:12) It seemed that patience was tied to controlling my thoughts. It’s when I thought about […]Read More
Thoughts On A Softened Heart
At the 2015 Midwest Retreat and Leadership Workshop we gave a talk on “Softened Hearts” and this is a recap and summary on the topic. I am resurrecting the topic now because there are quite a few of you who have been on my mind for some time. If you are one of them, you may not even know that you need to hear this. Today we are talking about four issues of a “softened heart:” What is it? How do I get it? How do I keep it? How do I use it? Psalm 51:10 (ESV) says, Create in […]Read More
The In-between Is Where God Is
Have you ever heard someone use the reasoning that a marriage won’t work because the differences are too great? Or maybe that there is nothing to work with? If you have a difference, God is there to fill it. If Jesus can reconcile a wretched soul to God, He can certainly take differences in a marriage and bring those at opposite poles into harmony with His loving Light. How long will it take? As long as it takes! Marriage covenants don’t come with an expiration date. God knows how to use the ingredient of time for our good. It’s the […]Read More
Have You Not Known? Have You Not Heard?
The most often asked question from people turning to this ministry for help is “Why did this happen to me?” Often asked explicitly, but more often implied, is why God would allow these circumstances to happen. “Why, God?” Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord does not think in the same manner as you and I think. As God’s Word says in Isaiah 55: (ESV) 8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your […]Read More
Jesus Binds Us Together!
We’ve been married 46 years. The first three years were very stormy until we gave our lives to Jesus Christ. We are both strong-willed people and God is the only One who can control us! We realized we needed Him in our lives! Adding to our individual times with the Lord, we began daily Bible reading and prayer together. When we saw how much it helped us to grow in our relationship with the Lord and one another, we continued this special time through the days and years. These devotional times with prayer have kept us together! In the morning […]Read More
A “Will Do” God
Do you remember when you were a child and your earthly father promised to do something or take you somewhere, but for some reason he couldn’t do it or he didn’t do it? You would say, “But you promised!” Well, we have a heavenly Father who promised and WILL DO. We can go to Him and say, “You promised that those who fear the commandment of the Lord will be rewarded. You promised that he who walks with wise men will be wise. You promised that a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of […]Read More