Relationships

Offended Someone

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Ron Edmondson We all offend people at times, but what can we do to move forward? 5 Steps to Take When You’ve Offended Someone All of us say things we wish we hadn’t said. We all offend people at times. Everyone knows what it is like to put the foot in the mouth. Doing so is common, but what do we do afterwards? Here are 5 Steps When You’ve Offended Someone: Recognize that you will offend some people. – Actually, that should come before the incident. Even the most gentile-minded, peace-pursuing people are occasionally offensive. Sometimes the person on the other side of the offense has issues that make them easily offended. Sometimes we just say or do the wrong thing. It’s working to do so less often and never intentionally that should be our goal. Pursue peace – Our goal should be to be at peace with others, as much as it depends on us. This too should be set, as a goal, before it’s needed, so you’ll respond accordingly when it is needed. Strive not to say or do [...]

Sow Selflessness

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Rick Warren What yousow, you’re going to reap. God rewards selflessness with eternal life. Sow Selflessness and Reap Eternal Life “The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8 MSG) Selfishness destroys relationships. It is the number one cause of conflict, arguments, divorce, and even war. James 4:1 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (NIV) Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness. It’s very easy for selfishness to creep into relationships. When you start a relationship, you work really hard at being unselfish. But as time goes on, selfishness begins to creep in. We put more energy into building [...]

Rx for Depression

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Bayless Conley If your soul is dry, then the way to get it watered is to go help someone else. Rx for Depression Isaiah 58:10-11 gives you and me a powerful prescription for depression.  It says, If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.  The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Take a moment to think about what God is saying.  Think about the promise:  If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, God will satisfy your soul in drought. If you are a person who is given to depression and you feel like you have this big empty void in your life, I have a prescription for you based on this passage.  Are you ready? Go help somebody else.  In fact, find a place in your church, local rescue [...]

Scepter

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Beth Jones If you’re an employee, a staff member or a follower and you feel that the scepter has not been extended to you lately, there is a reason. Find out what it is. Has the Scepter Been Extended? “So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. And the king said to her, ‘What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!'” Esther 5:2-3, NKJV Need favor with your boss? Supervisor? Those over you? What will cause your “king” to extend the scepter towards you and give you favor in his or her eyes? There are a few things we can learn from this story of Esther. First—be a person of prayer and humility. Esther sought the Lord on His strategy for gaining the kings favor. She was humble, submitted to the [...]

Forgiving Ourselves

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Dr Charles Stanley Often the only way to work through times of self-doubt and remorse is to focus on the basics of who God is and what He wants for your life. The Challenges of Forgiving Ourselves Psalm 32:1-2 Today, let’s look at seven questions to ask yourself when you struggle with self-condemnation. 1. Why should I continue to condemn myself when the Lord no longer condemns me? 2. Is my self-condemnation drawing me into a closer relationship with God, or is it driving me further from Him? 3. What good am I doing by refusing to forgive myself? 4. Is my self-condemnation helping or hurting my relationships with other people? 5. Does my refusal to forgive myself impress God? Does He find me more devout because of my guilt and shame? 6. Is there any biblical basis for withholding self-forgiveness? 7. How long do I intend to condemn myself? What will be the end result? Normally, the answers to these questions are obvious. However, if you’re in the throes of [...]

Spouse’s Annoying Habit

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Focus on the Family Find out what to do when you realize that the person of your dreams has some habits that annoy you. Should I Try to Change My Spouse’s Annoying Habits? QUESTION Is it possible to change your mate? When we got engaged, I thought my spouse could do no wrong. Now that we’re married, I’ve become aware that the person of my dreams actually has some very annoying habits. How do I deal with this situation? ANSWER It’s normal to be annoyed with your spouse’s habits. It’s also fairly common to discover that the two of you have conflicting personalities. What you need to remember is that you willingly chose to marry this person, not just because you shared some similarities, but also for the differences. You felt the need to be completed by another person who is unlike you in some significant ways. The key is to work together to change the habits that can be changed and learn to accept those that can’t. In an effort to coax constructive change in [...]

Yea Nay Promises

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Bill Gothard A “yea, nay” promise violates the nature of God, brings condemnation to us, and can cause bitterness in those who receive such a promise. Reject ‘Yea, Nay’ Promises Command 8: Keep Your Word | Day 50 A father watched with growing concern as the heart of his son grew more and more distant from him. The 15-year-old boy used to love being around his father, but now he looked for every reason to stay away from him. The father made several attempts to rebuild their relationship, but nothing worked. When I talked to the son, it became obvious that he was bitter toward his father. The depth of his bitterness surprised me. Several years earlier, his father had promised to take him on a weekend trip, but had never carried it out. In talking with the father, I quickly discovered that he had made only a halfhearted promise that he felt he really didn’t need to keep. Thus, he violated this command of Christ: Command Eight: “Let your [...]

Trust God’s Timing

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Rick Warren Stop worrying and start trusting God to work in you and through you while you’re in a delay on the way to your dream. In a Delay, You Can Trust God’s Timing “Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for him to act …. Don’t fret and worry — it only leads to harm.” (Psalm 37:7-8 LB) When you pursue God’s dream for your life, you’re going to run into delays. God uses those waiting periods to prepare you and test you so that you can face whatever is coming in the next phase of your faith. Most of us tend to worry when we are delayed. We get stressed out. We complain. We become uptight. The Israelites, when God delayed their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, reacted the same way: “On the way the people lost their patience and spoke against God and Moses. They complained” (Numbers 21:4b-5a GNT). The Israelites’ complaining and fretting were the sins that kept them out of the Promised Land. No matter what God did for them, they found something [...]

Father’s Heart – May 3

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Os Hillman Son, there are always going to be times of waiting. Your role in the waiting is… to wait. Listening to the Father’s Heart – May 3 Son, there are always going to be times of waiting. Your role in the waiting is…to wait. When my son Elijah waited at the Brook at Cherith (1 Kings 17:7) he stayed there even as the brook dried up. He did not move until I gave him instructions. So many times my sons and daughters panic. They fear ruin if they don’t try to fix what appears to be a disaster. I already had Elijah’s provision worked out for him through a widow. And I have your situation in hand as well.  Son, I am your provider; your abilities are not your security. Your job is not your security. When I call you to wait, I want you to trust in my timing for the events in your life. There are things I must align for your benefit. If you move before I have these things in place, you step out of my plan.  I want you to trust me with all [...]

Esther

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

  by Os Hillman Be faithful to your calling. Esther, For Such a Time as This “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”—(Est 4:14-15). Esther was a Jewish orphan living in the land of Persia after her people were taken into captivity from Jerusalem. Raised by her cousin Mordecai, she lived during the time of King Xerxes who reigned over Persia that stretched from India to Ethiopia. An edict was sent out to bring all the virgins to the king’s palace from the surrounding regions to replace Queen Vashti who found disfavor with the king and was deposed. Esther was one of the young women taken and was ultimately selected to be the next queen. Mordecai had a high ranking position in the government that allowed him to learn of a plot by Haman, an official of the king, to [...]