Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More than just rings

Passages from The Love Dare
Receive this as a warning. This forty day journey cannot be taken lightly.

It is a challening and often difficult process, but an incredibly fulfilling one. To take this dare requires a resolute mind and a steadfast determination.

It is not meant to be sampled or briefly tested, and those who quit early will forfeit the greatest benefits. If you will commit to a day at a time for forty days, the results could change your life and your marriage.

Consider it a dare, from others who have done it before you.

God designed and created marriage as a good thing. It is a beautiful, priceless gift. He uses marriage to help us eliminate loneliness, multiply our effectiveness, establish families, raise children, enjoy life and bless us with relational intimacy. But beyond this, marriage also shows us our need to grow and deal with our own issues and self-centeredness through the help of a lifelong partner. If we are teachable, we will learn to do the one thing that is most important to marriage - to love. This powerful union provides the path for you to learn how to love another imperfect person unconditionally. It is wonderful. It is difficult. It is life changing.

If you accept this dare, you must take the view that instead of following your heart, you are choosing to lead it. THe world says follow your heart, but if you are not leading it, then someone or something else is.

We dare you to think differently - choosing instead to lead your heard toward that which is best in the long run. This is a key to lasting, fulfilling relationships.

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence." ~ 2 Peter 1:3, NLT

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Monday, November 17, 2008

A dream fulfilled?

I'm waiting and working to see a dream fulfilled. It's a painful and inward journey that I've begun. I have a plan and somedays it works better than others.

My deferred hope is making my heart sick, has made my heart sick, and I fight everyday to heal my sick heart. My heart is more than broken, and I don't know that it will ever be healed. My faith wanes from day to day, but deep down I do know that I am chosen, loved and important to Him, even if to no one else.

I am re-learning, or maybe I never knew how... to love. Love is so many things, and isn't so many others. Love is patient and kind, but many times I am not patient or kind... so much to learn!

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life." ~ Proverbs 13:12, NLT

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

How does He see us?

Yes, godseyes! How does God see us? How does He view the election results? How pleased or displeased is He with our acts of "free will" that we exercised yesterday? How does it all look to Him?

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." ~ 1 Samuel 16:7, NLT

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Stress

Oh my... What a stressful day... and we might not, should not, probably won't really even KNOW anything today! I pray for not only the right people, in God's eyes, to be elected but for a "clean" election. That the people may accept the voting as tallied and it doesn't turn into a big ugly scene.

I've heard stories today about the uglyness of "Christians" claiming to be speaking God's truth in a very unholy manner, putting a bad taint to the rest of us. Sinners we all are. We all get passionate and can sometimes cross that "line" of decency that should be something that we don't do.

Issues that seem so clear in the theoretical can be so hard to figure out in the real here and now. How do we preserve God's word and yet allow people to love one another. Just one of the hard questions, on many ballots today.

The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. ~ John 10:10, NLT

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