A great read

This book can transform your marriage.

If you are interested in reading a great book with your spouse, I highly recommend the book “If Only He Knew” by Gary Smalley. This book is loaded with great information that can transform your marriage.

I don’t think that any marriage is easy, but for some reason I think it is very hard for men to understand women. It is no secret that men and women are very different from each other. It is often said that men are very simple and women are very complex. This causes a problem for both spouses to understand each other. Women cannot understand the simplicity of men, and men cannot understand the complexity in women.

Gary Smalley does a great job of explaining to men how to treat a woman. Women are very emotional and they operate on emotions most of the time. The way a husband talks to his wife has a great impact on how she feels and this book explains this in great detail.

This book is great for both men and women, but it can really help a man understand what a woman really needs. It explains how to treat a woman and how to talk to a woman, and this information can also be beneficial to women. Women can learn a little bit about how men think and why they think the way they do. If you are looking for a great book to read about marriage, this is the book. It is easy to read and it is very interesting.

Don't forget to be thankful every day

Something to think about.

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is very important for all of us to remember what we are thankful for each and every day. It is somehow easier to do this around Thanksgiving, but it is something we should do every day.

If you compare your life with others, you may notice a pattern. There are many people that have a lot more than you have, but there are many people that have so much less than what you have. One of the secrets of happiness is found by placing your focus on what you do have. This involves being thankful for the things you have and not focusing on all of the things you don’t have.

No matter what, there will always be people that have more than you have. This is a fact of life for all of us. The key is to stop focusing on people like this and start focusing on those that are not as blessed as you are. This is where true happiness begins.

It also begins with thanking God each day for the things you are thankful for. This morning as I was showering I began to thank God for many things. One of these things was a hot shower.

Do you realize how many people do not have this pleasure? It is something we take for granted each day, and others never have this luxury. There are hundreds of things like this and I challenge you to think of these things that may seem normal to you, but to others they are luxuries they may never experience.

Manna from Heaven

Relying on God to supply my daily needs is the best decision to make.

As a freelance writer, there are times in my career where it seems like I do not have enough work to do. It is like a feast or famine and this can be frustrating and overwhelming. Last week I began to think about this and decided to try something new.

My new philosophy is to wake up each morning and ask God to provide me with just enough work for that day. I want to stop worrying about tomorrow and next week and that is why I am now relying on God to supply just enough for the day. So far, God has been faithful to my request.

As I was praying about this and thinking about it, I was reminded of a popular story in the Bible about Moses and the people of Israel. While they were wandering in the wilderness, they were hungry because they had no food to eat. Moses and Aaron prayed to God asking him why he would send them to die in the wilderness.

God responded by saying, I will provide you with food. God gave them specific instructions to go along with this too. God offered manna from the sky each day. They were instructed to take only enough for one day, except on the sixth day which was the day they were allowed to take enough food for two days.

This is a really neat story if you think about it. God provided them food each day. If they were greedy and took extra, the food would rot. This taught them to trust in God each day to meet their needs. God was faithful and never let them starve.

I really think that this correlates well with my decision to let God provide me with enough work just for today. I need to allow him to be in control and I need to trust him. When I finish each day with plenty of work for the day, God will be the one receiving the praise for this.

Changing the focus

One of my many struggles.

I struggle with many different things in my life, but one of the main ones is control. I tend to forget that God is in control of everything and I try to handle every issue and task in life on my own.

My husband repeatedly reminds me of this and the other day I saw something that really made me think this issue through. It said, “Stop thinking about what you can’t do and start thinking about what God can do.” Wow. This made me realize that this is a huge issue in my life.

I am the type of person that tends to accomplish a lot each day, yet I continuously raise my goals to a point where they are almost impossible to meet. This generally leaves me feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. I am constantly feeling nervous and uptight and a lot of it is my own problem. I am a worrier. I worry about virtually everything and according to the Bible, worrying is a sin.

When we worry about things, we are basically telling God that we don’t trust Him. We are saying that we don’t believe He will help us through these situations. This is something that I need to learn to overcome. I have to stop focusing so much time on what I am not getting done or what I am not able to do, and I really need to turn my focus to God. This involves giving God my worries and problems and letting Him handle them for me. I don’t know if I will ever be good at this, but I want to learn how to be.

Pray for our leaders

This is something the Bible instructs us to do.

Tuesday, November 6th was election day in the U.S. Barack Obama was reelected to serve as our president for four more years. Whether this was the person you voted for or not, it really doesn’t matter. There is nothing more than can be done and as Christians, we are called to pray for him and the other leaders of our country.

One of the most famous Bible passages that instructs on this issue is found in I Timothy 2:1-2 and it says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

This Bible verse was written by Paul, but was included because of its importance. Everything in the Bible is in there because God put it there, even though the verses were written by human hands. This verse is one that is of high importance, especially during times like this.

As we all know, our country has seen better days and the economy seems like it will never recover. President Obama is in charge of our country and we must pray for him each and every day for this reason. There is a lot at stake and making decisions for an entire country cannot be easy.

By praying for him each day, there is a much better chance that he will make the right decisions. Our prayers may lead him closer in his relationship with Jesus and our country may have a better chance of regaining its strength.

 

Giving thanks

November is a great month to count your blessings.

As we are approaching the end of October, the next month we will enter is November. When people think of November, they often think of Thanksgiving. This is my favorite holiday, next to Christmas, and I love it for many reasons.

One of the main reasons I love Thanksgiving is because it is a great time to think about all of the things I am thankful for. On top of this, I always like to think about the reason why I am so blessed in life. It is because of God that I have these things, but I often take this for granted and I think many of us do. God blesses each of us with so many things, and the month of November is a great time to remember this.

One of the activities that I have done in the past during November is to make a list of things I am thankful for. A great way to do this is to do it on a daily basis. Each day, starting with the first of the month, you can choose one thing you are thankful for.

You can write it in a notebook or post it on a social media site. As you do this, reflect on this one item each day and really think about how it affects your life. Thank God for this particular thing and remember that it is because of Him that you have this. Although this is an activity that we should do daily, it is something that many us fail to do. Make November an entire month of thankfulness and watch how God will use this to bless you.

Give a gift this holiday season

"It is better to give than to receive."

As the holidays are quickly approaching, now is a good time to start thinking of ways to give this season. The Bible teaches us that it is better to give than to receive, and the holidays are a perfect time to do this.Do you remember when you were a child and someone would ask you whether you would rather give a gift or receive a gift? Most children will state, rather quickly, that they would prefer to receive a gift. This is how children think, but many adults also feel this way. While it is nice getting a gift, there is much more joy felt in giving a gift to someone else.

If you know someone that is in need this holiday, consider helping them by meeting a need they may have. There are times when we do not personally know people like that are in situations like this, but there are organizations available for this very purpose.

There are organizations that collect toys and clothing to give to children that otherwise would not receive gifts at Christmas time. There are food drives occurring during this season too. This is a wonderful way to help people that cannot afford to buy food. You can give gifts like this and you will not know who they help, but you can be guaranteed that there will be happy families from the work these organizations do.

Now is the time to start thinking of some ways that your family can get involved in helping others during this holiday season.

Separation of church and state

This is something that really irks me.

There are many things in this world that bother me, but one of these things is how this country keeps trying to remove God from everything.

One of the things that bothers me about this is that our Founding Fathers made it clear that the United States was a country under God. It says it right there, and I don’t understand why our country wants to remove the best thing that it has.

I think our Founding Fathers had a certain Bible passage in mind when this was written. Romans 8:31 says: If God is for us, who can be against us? If you are a Christian, I am sure you would agree with my viewpoint on this subject. For those that do not believe, I can see why you want your rights honored as well.

In the Constitution there is the Separation of Church and State Clause, and I believe this is where all of this controversy comes from. While I understand that these two things should not be mixed, why is it that unbelievers seem to have more rights than believers? This is one of the most controversial topics around, and I am not trying to say that my position is necessary the right position or the only position, but it is my position.

My position is that I believe this country would be so much better off if God could be included in all aspects of it. Instead of allowing atheists to speak their rights, why not allow everyone, including Christians, to speak their rights?

Today is just one of those days.

It is on days like this that I need to learn how to seek God.

Ever since I woke up this morning, things just have not been right. It is one of those days that I dread, and these are the kind of days that make me want to give up.Because I work from home I have to be very disciplined. If I am not, my work does not get done. Today, I spent two hours at a doctor appointment with one of my daughters and another three hours at a dentist appointment for my other daughter.

My husband and I were arguing, and he always tends to call me to ask me to do things. My house is a train wreck, and the laundry is piling up. After running from place to place and doing all of the things that I had to do, I am left wiped out. I am left without my work done, with no money and with no hope that it will ever get better.

These are the kinds of days when I really need to seek God. I am powerless in my life, and I am hopeless on my own. There are so many days like today where I am ready to throw in the towel. I work, work, work; and for what? To have no time and no money? To feel like a failure as a wife and mother?

I know that God wants us to find peace in Him, and that is what I need to take time to do each day. It is my only hope.

One of my favorite verses

This verse summarizes the Christian faith.

The verse found in Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This really sums up well what Christianity is really all about.

If you have ever been in a discussion with a non-believer, you may have encountered the subject of faith and whether or not Christianity is really real. This tends to be a conversation that is common amongst non-believers. While it can be hard for a non-believer to understand what faith is all about, it is actually quite easy for a believer.

For me, I have believed in this faith for my entire life. This does not mean that I have always walked closely with God and what He expects of me, but I have always believed. I have this faith that is described in Hebrews. It is a faith that good things are coming, and that God is real even though I cannot see Him. How do I know? I just do. If you are a believer, it is not something that you can really describe. It is more like a lifetime of believing and seeing the things that happen in life.

When I pray for something and it happens, I know that God is in control of it. I know that I don’t deserve it, yet God often gives me the things I ask for. He may not give me all I want, but He always gives me all I need. A lifetime of this belief makes it easy to believe that Hebrews 11:1 is true.

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