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My Weakness, His Strenght

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Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may grow weak, but God always  protects my heart and gives me stability.

There are days that I wake up feeling tired, achy, and hurting. My body, after all, made of flesh grows older each day. If it is not one thing is the other. At the same time, after suffering through turmoils and heartache, I grow weak in mind and spirit. My heart feels the aching.

However, God’s grace is sufficient for me. It restores my physical strength and heals my spirit. I will hold on to God’s grace and allow it to let my weakness become His strength in me. His strength will feed my soul the energy it needs to continue carrying on when I am ready to give up.

Thank you, Lord, for being my strength, my protector, and my stability. It is you who regains in my, the love I need.


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Making Time for the Family

Ecclesiastes 3:6-7

 A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
 A time to rip, and a time to sew; a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.


It is a wonder with the busy lifestyles we have that we have lost time with our families. It is time we take back what has been taken from us. It is time to spend time with our families, even if we have to schedule it into our busy lives.

Make a Calendar

What is more important in life than our families? Only God is. Everything else takes a second position to these two. We must take back our family time. If it means that we need to create a calendar, then we must.

· A calendar can be created, or it can be purchased.

· Pencil in the activities we are committed to, like work, exercise, church, devotions, etc, and then fill in the gaps with family time.

· Get an agreement from all members of the family.

· Set up a schedule

Schedule Activities

Once the family is in agreement, and you have set up a schedule, then choose what activities you are going to do together as a family. It doesn’t have to be expensive outings, just time together to talk to each other and converse about your daily lives.

Some activities we can choose from are:

· Reading a book together, read the Bible, devotions, etc.

· Conversing about daily lives

· Playing games: like, board games, card games, and others.

· Go on a picnic

· Go to a park

Follow Through

Next and foremost, follow through with the commitment to the family. Ensure nothing gets in the way of family time.

· Remind the family of appointment

· Post the calendar

· Appoint persons to be in charge of organizing each different activity

· Have fun together

Ensure that all members agree upon all activities. Some may have to concede with the majority.

If needed set up a vote, or put activity suggestions in a bowl and pick from them. Whichever way is chosen, it should assist in deciding what activities the family will enjoy. If there are young children in the family, include them when choosing activities. Make sure that everyone has a voice and that his or her voice is heard. There is no need not exclude anyone.


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Family: A Spiritual Unity

 

 

Today’s Word

Family

Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe or race; kindred; lineage.

A brotherhood of persons or nations united by political or religious ties.

Today’s Verse

 1 Peter 2

 17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Earthly Family

When we are born, we become part of our earthly family. They provide us with our physical needs. They teach us about love, unity, and care. We form a bond that lasts a lifetime. We become part of its history.

Spiritual Family

When we are born again, we become part of our spiritual family. A unity formed by our belief in Jesus Christ, his resurrection, and our salvation. It teaches us about loving one another, honoring those around us, and respecting each other. We are part of the body of Christ; we become sisters and brothers in faith. We form a bond that last through eternity. We become part of the Book of Life.

Note:

I thank my parents for giving me life, so that I could live and choose to love God, and so I could find His promises of life everlasting, faith by His Grace, and love unconditional.

Do you have a spiritual family?

John 1

12  But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children 

13 – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.


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Calm the Storm in our Hearts

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Today’s Word

Storm

An occurrence of bad weather in which there is a lot of rain, snow, etc., and often winds

A strong or violent outburst, as of emotion or excitement

Today’s Verse

Psalm 107

29 He calmed the storm, and the waves grew silent.

Just as Jesus calmed the storm, He can calm our storming hearts. If we are in the midst of a storm, we must place our cares on Him. Let him calm our anxieties, problems, and crisis. As much as we want to resolve our issues, Jesus wants to resolve them with us.

We must cast our cares on Him. Ask him to lift our burdens and allow him to work in our lives without doubt or fear. We must place our faith in Him. Let him know we need his help. Acknowledge His power in our lives.

Let Your Request be Known

If your heart is suffering, let God know. Ask him to help you, to calm your worries, and to intercede. By letting Him know what is in our hearts, we acknowledge that we need Him and welcome His help.

Have Faith in Him

Once you let Him know your suffering and asked him for help, have faith that he will resolve it. By placing our faith in Him, we free ourselves of worries.

 

Acknowledge His Power

Lastly, acknowledge His power over your difficulties, cares, and worries. By acknowledging it, we accept His intercession on our behalf. We accept the resolve of our circumstances. We let His power calm our hearts.


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God’s Compassion

 

 psalm 103 13

Romans 9

 15 For he says to Moses: “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

 Psalm 103

 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.

When I listen to others tell me their problems, I do my best to empathize with them. I focus all my attention on them, and listen to what they are saying. I try hard not to be composing an answer until they are finished. However, not everyone does that. It can be frustrating to converse with someone who instead of listening, is trying to answer before we are done contributing what is in our hearts. As a person, I feel that I need to understand what is being conveyed.

 That is one good thing about talking to God. He always listens to everything we have to say without interrupting us. He patiently waits for us to finish. He makes it easy to communicate with Him. So, talk to Him, wait for His answer, and savor His compassion.

 Talking to God

 Whenever there is something in our heart that we need help with, we need to let Him know. Let all our burdens be casted on him. He loves being sought after. He enjoys being a part of our lives. He is a good listener. He waits for us to tell Him everything before he intercedes. He understands our thoughts, our heart, our intentions, and our burdens.

 Waiting for His answer

 Communication with God has many rewards. We talk to Him. He answers back. It may take some time, but he is working on our requests. When we communicate with Him, we let him know that we wait for his reply. We aren’t just talking to talk. We must have patience when we are waiting for an answer. If we believe in our hearts that he has heard us, then we believe in our hearts that he will answer.

 God’ Compassion

 Because God is compassionate, we can rest assured that he will not judge us for asking, for talking, or for being listened to. Our spirit will guide us on what is right or wrong. He will intercede when the time is right. God shows his compassion for us in many different ways. We may see it, hear it, or feel it. He will hug us when we need a hug, love us when we need love, and care for us when we need caring.