Article Library of Christian Thoughts ∑ October 22, 2017
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Facing the prospect of reconciliation with a family member can be emotionally overwhelming. But it is also an opportunity to show extravagant love.
When Father's Day brings with it painful reminders of what you do not have, find comfort and joy in the perfect, lasting love of God our Heavenly Father.
All of our relationships belong to God. This means it matters what we say and do in our interactions with others.
Our relationships protect us from the lies of isolation by showing us how we are cared for, understood, valuable and capable.
If your best efforts to restore a broken friendship have fallen short, it may be time to prune what is dead and make room for new life-giving relationships.
When a relationship ends, it can feel like our lives are over. But that is the point where God can start something new.
Take time to remember and thank God for the people that have contributed to your life. Think in detail of what they mean to you and did for you.
A trip to a big-box store can remind us to make the most of the fleeting summer days, and our lives as a whole.
As we have opportunity, do good to all people. We can all do something, regardless of health, energy, or age, for God provides the grace and strength.
Just because youíre family doesnít mean you get along. But with Godís help, you can sow seeds of kindness and see the roses growing among the thorns.
What kind of mother do you have? Do you think fondly back on happy memories, or are you plagued by years of hurt or guilt? Rather than wishing things were somehow different, ask yourself, "How do I respond to the situation that God has allowed me to be in this day?" This Mother's Day, take some time to count your blessings, and give your mother the best present both of you can ever receive: total forgiveness.
Do you assume the Muslim person on your plane is there to blow it up? Do you clutch at your purse if you are alone in an elevator with a Black man? Columnist V. Knowles pokes at your emotions a bit and encourages us to use more than our faint hearts to navigate through the world?
When someone or something in your life drives you crazy, God might be using these encounters to teach and change you. It's easy to care for someone when you like them. When you don't, like I was with our cats, then what? You learn to care for "God's creatures, great and small," because, if for no other reason, you care for the people who care for those living beings.
It is difficult to find any goodness in the topic of terminal illness, especially when it is a spouse. Yet, the act of caregiving that often accompanies this condition has opened my eyes to the precious gift and blessing of marriage. For in the act of caregiving, we have an opportunity to display selfless love and unconditional commitment.
When in a relationship, what do you do to maintain and encourage it to grow? How has trust been established?
I believe that our prayers are one of the most important gifts we can give our children. This is why I joined with another mom to form a Moms in Touch International prayer group for our elementary school. Each child, support person, teacher and administrator, as well as every classroom, grade level, committee and function that we can think of throughout the course of a year, receives the blessing of our prayers.
Life is all about relationships. If you sincerely want to achieve God's purpose and plan for your life, you must be successful in The Big 3 Relationships of Life.
Who in your life helps you rediscover the beauty of life? What have you learned from that person? In this Valentine's Day post, Fran Dwelle recounts "ten proverbs" from her granddaughter and considers what Jesus meant when He said, "Let the little children come to me, for of such is the kingdom of God."
Life is all about relationships. If you sincerely want to achieve God's purpose and plan for your life, you must be successful in The Big 3 Relationships of Life.
Simple pleasures, we get so busy with schedules, to-do lists and appointments for living we spend very little time enjoying life. This year, I challenge myself and others to extract life out of living. Don't just go through the motions of living, but seize the life Jesus has given us. It's a simple task with bountiful rewards, enjoy 31 Days of Simple Pleasures!
Simple pleasures, we get so busy with schedules, to-do lists and appointments for living we spend very little time enjoying life. This year, I challenge myself and others to extract life out of living. Don't just go through the motions of living, but seize the life Jesus has given us. It's a simple task with bountiful rewards, enjoy 31 Days of Simple Pleasures!
Whether it is the love of a husband and a wife, or the love of a believer for His God, that love should be priceless. As the Psalmist says we should be "satisfied" with that love.
I see many Christians destroying themselves in the effort to find a husband or a wife. They wear revealing clothes, hang around nightclubs and feel ashamed in church on Sunday. Pain and desperation are driving them to clumsily adopt the ways of the world in finding a life partner. It can only lead to heartache and disappointment.
This is the third phase of your worthwhile series on "mending fast from a broken emotional past." The quickest and most effective way to move from one stage to the next in life and love is through a personal spiritual awakening or practical enlightenment, which you can incorporate and use in your everyday life.
People may say they want one thing, yet subconsciously their actions and personalities say something completely different. For example, a woman may have gone through a series of harsh and unkind experiences with men in the past and verbally affirms that she wants an ideal mate in the present. Yet, if in fact she has not taken time to cleanse and heal from her old memories and habits, she may, consciously or unconsciously, attract the same type of unworthy men into her life. Or, on the other hand, if a decent man steps into her life, she may not be able to bond with him in a healthy manner because past emotions will keep resurfacing and interfering with their relationship.