The bible has a lot to say about the effects of our words, what they reveal about our hearts, and what consequences certain types of words will have on us and others. Some verses are meant to teach us, and some are meant to warn. Others are meant to reveal our own hearts to ourselves. Specifically in the book of Ecclesiastes, there even appears to be a time for anger and other forms of being upset. This can lead to some misunderstandings. Some people feel passages that tell us to flee immorality, be wary of ear tickling teaching, and so forth translate to sometimes it’s okay to say mean things to those practicing immorality, and humiliate false teachers, etc. If you believe this, then I challenge you to find a verse that says either of the above is okay… I think you would have a bit of a problem on your hands. Well then, how are we to speak to each other? We’re in luck. Scripture tells us just how to and how not to talk to one another.
A family’s structure can be weakened by a husband who, although he may be of godly character, lacks full trust that it is God who is providing for His family and not merely his own independent actions. Likewise, when our husband’s confidence of the Lord’s hand in making sure he provides for his family is unshakable, the entire family structure is strengthened. It sounds so easy, but in reality this world is full of unemployment, rising healthcare costs, cars that break down, clothes that wear out and homes that must be kept up. A man’s role as provider for his family can be the number one stressor in his life if he lets it. “Let go and trust God” is much easier said than done most of the time. So what is a wife to do to ease his burden?
We always tell our children that Jesus loves them. And 99% of us know the song Jesus loves me (this I know) by heart even if we don’t have children. But do we ever stop to celebrate this with our children? We do. Each year after we finish our one week God Loves Me curriculum, we top it off with a Jesus loves me party. A few of us in this area use the curriculum the week of Valentines (or the week before if Valentines falls early in the week) and then have a combined party. Even if you don’t use the curriculum, this party can be a huge hit for you too. Here’s how we do it…
Did you get a new planner this year? I did. I didn’t know I was going to, but I did. It’s black with gold writing on it that says, the best is yet to come. I figured since I got it, I would need to use it myself. You know, since I got it in January and I didn’t have time to give it to anyone else–and it’s only good for 2016. I thought it might just be like a glorified calendar–you know, cute and with a hard cover. But after opening it up, I soon realized I was wrong. And the more I flipped through it, the more I realized what a blessing this little book is going to be to me this year.
I have had the beautiful blessing of traveling all over the world and living in multiple countries. In some areas, women are expected to wait for marriage. Wait until you have a degree. Then, get a good career going. Then wait a little bit longer. Play hard-to-get. Test men. Are they willing to give up their job and follow your career around? If they are, wait a bit longer. You wouldn’t want to get married until you are at least 30–if you do, chances are you might have children, and that would certainly mess up all that education… On the other hand, when I was just 20, I moved to an area where women were either married or at least engaged by the time they graduated from school. Word soon got out that I was single, and I had 6 different young men ask for my hand in marriage. I even got the “if you don’t say yes to one of them soon, you’re going to be an old maid” speech. Unfortunately, I also know firsthand the pain of loosing a husband–and winding up single all over again.
I came across a scripture in my studies this morning that I know we are all familiar with. Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38 Dear strong and faithful Christian woman, it made me think of you. Could it be that 2000 years ago Jesus told His disciples […]
A calm house? Yeah, right. I can hear it now. We all want a calm house all the time, right? If we have a child (or multiple children), then we know this is not always possible. I get that. The key here is to make it calm when he comes home. And there are some tricks to help you with this.
God made Israel His chosen people—they were (and still are) told to represent Him; to be a holy nation to a holy God. We see throughout the bible that there were times when Israel’s rulers and it’s people took this seriously. But we also see times when rulers and people took this for granted. It’s always been perplexing to me that people on the outside could at times see and understand more than His chosen people could. This is true not only of biblical times, but this is also occasionally true today. One example is found in the book of Matthew:
If you are a woman, or if you know one well, then you know they are their own encyclopedia of emotions. Along with the excitement, joy, and gratitude, they can also harvest resentment, embarrassment, and offense. For reasons no one (except another woman) could understand, things that probably shouldn’t hurt us do. And things that should only hurt for a little while hold on for a lifetime. It is our lot in life to be emotionally vulnerable. And the emotions we feel help us to feel great joy when others feel joy, to feel empathy for those in need, and gratefulness at the blessings bestowed upon us. We are not, however, to entertain the negative emotions to the point where they interfere with our lives, change our personalities, and run our days. So how are we to control our emotions when they are so good at controlling us?
New Year’s resolutions are a funny thing, aren’t they? Some people break their resolutions from day one. Some people keep them for a short while. Still yet others are able to really embrace their resolutions as they become the new way of life. There are a number of reasons we break them. Perhaps we fall to temptation if we are dieting. Maybe we are trying to please other people inappropriately if we are trying to change a pattern in our lives that others offer to disrupt. It could be we are too tired, or just run out of time if we’ve resolved to work-out, write more, or read more. Or perhaps we simply don’t have time if we’ve resolved to do a certain thing this year or month. So what is the key to keeping resolutions? There has to be a trick, right? Because if it was easy, we wouldn’t say we’ve resolved to do something—we’d just say we are doing it, yes? Yes. There is a trick.