New Life

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Let the words of Christ, in all their riches, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hyms and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus…

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Brotherly Love

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Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoing each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get in the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. -Romans 12:9-13

Let Love Make You Whole

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Here’s a challenge…let’s redefine Valentine’s Day. It shouldn’t just be a day to celebrate romantic love, but a day to celebrate love in general. Love for your mom and dad who have stuck by you through thick and thin. Love for your brother and sister who always had your back, lended a shoulder to cry on and celebrated with you during the happiest times of your life. Love for your best friend who, still to this day, has held on to that ‘secret’ that only you and they know; who encourage you to go a little further. Love for your child(ren) who every time they reach up to you, you are overwhelmed with joy. Love for your husband/wife who have always believed in you and supported you when no one else would. And mostly, love for God, you is great and awesome in all things, forgiving, merciful, kind, and LOVING.

I have seen where people get ‘down right’ mad if they don’t get the ‘right’ gift or sentiment on Valentine’s Day and there whole day is ruined. Let’s grow beyond the material things and really find out what this love thing is all about. Some use it as a day to reflect on themselves and if things do go the way they think it should, then ‘all is lost’. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be about that. What about the ones who don’t have a companion on Valentine’s Day? Are they not supposed to celebrate it just because they don’t have a romantic love? Of course not. That’s why the redefining of V-Day should be considered. Love doesn’t cost a thing, it’s FREE and yours for the taking…so here, take it:)

So once Valentine’s Day comes and leaves, let’s continue to grow in love and let love make us whole!

-April

Forgiveness

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From the Dictionary…The act of forgiving. (Forgive: to cease to feel resentment against an offender.)

How We Can Live It…Remember that God allows benefit in your life through the pain others cause you.

How Jesus Christ Lived a Life of Forgiveness…”Finally, they came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there– Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing…'”-Luke 23:33-34

Ps 103:12 says that God removes sins we confess to Him as far as the east is from the west! He is faithful to forgive us, no matter how many times we fail Him. (1 John 1:9) Jesus was the perfect example of forgiveness as He hung on the cross in agony, interceding for His offenders to the very end.

God’s Faithfulness

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It’s 11:00pm and we’re in a hospital waiting room. My husband’s Granny was admitted this evening with health complications. I’m reminded of God’s awesome faithfulness. The way this day has played out was so unexpected. Earlier today I felt lead to be in worship, prayer and devotion. Then I didn’t know what would come out of it, but I’m thankful now that I heeded to His drawing.

Prayer does move mountains, brings release, puts you in the place to experience Him fully. I am just so thankful to God for His loving kindness.

Picky Eater Tips

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Being a mom of a 3 year old presents some challenges when it come to eating habits and nutrition. Honestly it has been a bit of a struggle to get my little man to eat–period. BUT over time I have learned a few tricks in getting him to not only eat, but to eat foods that are good for him. I hope these tips can help you:

Mealtime should be fun. Cut pancakes into fun shapes using cookie cutters,  or make faces out of cheese, crackers and veggie slices for eyes, noses  and smiles.

Slip in veggies by mashing or blending them into other foods such as soups and baked goods.

Drink up. Sometimes children prefer to drink it rather than eat it. A nutritious drink such as PediaSure Shakes can provide a delicious option. My son loves the chocolate flavor…he calls it chocolate milk and its my way of ensuring that he’s getting some type of nutrition on days when he hasn’t eaten enough or the right stuff.

Swap meals, not mealtime. If your picky eater enjoys cereal, it’s OK to have cereal for dinner, or leftover dinner such as spaghetti for breakfast. Do what works best for your child.

Lastly, sometimes children are just picky eaters, and no amount of trying, cutting or camouflaging will do. It’s important that you hide your own disappointment. Sometimes this can reinforce kids’ reluctance to eat. And, offer praise if your child even takes one bite of a new food (“I’m so proud you tried a carrot!”)

Dare to Love- Patience

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Ephesians 4:2, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Love will inspire you to become a patient person. When you choose to be patient, you respond in a positive way to a negative situation. You are slow to anger. Rather than being restless and demanding, love helps you settle down and begin extending mercy.

If your spouse offends you, do you quickly retaliate, or do you stay under control? Do you find that anger is your emotional default when treated unfairly? If so, you are spreading poison rather than medicine.

Patience makes us wise. It doesn’t rush to judgement but listens to what the other person is saying. Patience stands in the doorway where anger is clawing to burst in, but waits to see the whole picture before passing judgement. Proverbs 14:29 says, “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”

As sure as a lack of patience will turn your home into a war zone, the practice of patience will foster peace and quite. Patience is where love meets wisdom. And EVERY marriage needs that combination to stay healthy!

Patience helps you give your spouse permission to be human. It understands that everyone fails. It gives you the ability to hold on during rough times in your relationship rather than bailing out under the pressure.

But can your spouse count on having a patient wife or husband to deal with? Can she know that locking her keys in the car will be met by your understanding rather than a demeaning lecture that makes her feel like a child? Can he know that cheering during the last seconds of a football game won’t invite a loud-mouthed laundry list of ways he should be spending his time?

What would the tone and volume in your home be like if you tried this biblical approach: “See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another” (1 Thess. 5:15).

Few of us do patience well, and none of us do it naturally. But wise men and women will pursue it as an essential ingredient to their marriage relationships. That’s a good starting place to demonstrate true love.

DARE: Although love is communicated in different ways, our words often reflect the condition of our heart. For the next few days, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It’s better to hold your tongue than to say something you’ll regret.

 

Please comment! Did anything happen to cause anger toward your mate? Were you tempted to think disapproving thoughts and to let them come out in words? Share your experience…

-Taken from the book, “The Love Dare” written by Stephen and Alex Kendrick- 2008