You Almighty Matter!

What we do, what we say, and how we treat others matters.  There are days when I feel unseen and unheard and that what I have to say doesn’t matter to others. As quickly as that comes in to my head; I dismiss it.  We all matter to God and when you live for him what you do to glorify him will matter to those he wants it to matter to.

When we make choices in life; we must be willing to handle what comes from those choices.  Even the greatest of intentions can cause harm.  With God he will take the bad and use it for the greater good.

Jesus; This is How He Felt

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It’s the first step in the path of my day and I see nowhere to put my foot except on the dark water…  God is amazing; I see only what I need to see. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Since God intends to make you like Jesus, he will take you through the same experiences Jesus went through. (Warren, R., 2013, p.173)

  • To deal with suffering and problems in life as Jesus did remember God has a plan and that it is good. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • To deal with suffering as Jesus did, we must rejoice and give thanks in the midst of it. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • To deal with suffering as Jesus did, refuse to give up. “Let the process go on until your endurance is fully developed, and you will find that you have become men of mature character… with no weak spots.” (James 1:3-4)

“You need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” (Hebrews 10:36)

References

Warren, R. (2013). Daily inspiration for the purpose driven life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

The Holy Bible.

Toilet VS BathTub

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A great tactic that has been suggested to married couples in counseling is to bare all and get vulnerable by taking off all your clothes in the bathroom and the wife sits on the toilet and the husband gets in the bathtub. (Kollar, C.A, 2011, p.155) I couldn’t help but laugh after reading this suggestion but the couple that did this could hardly raise their voice as they giggled at each other and their vulnerability.  So your next fight take it to the bathroom and see if it doesn’t help you scream less and talk and giggle more.

References:

Kollar, Charles A, (2011). Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8

“Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2973/14-Bible-verses-to-guide-you-every-day-of-your-marriage.html#rIktC3LO2fOFWbAz.99

We should have done this when I was growing up!

By Jim Petersen

In my Pastoral course at Liberty University I came across this game by Jim Petersen called Family Listening Game.  Growing up in a huge family of 9 kids you have to really talk loud and fast or interrupt a lot to get your story in at meal time.  This game allows each family member to speak and share what is on your mind and heart as the others sit and listen.  This game is not only for families; I recommend this game for team building as well.  It can be fun and very helpful with bringing those low key quiet people out of their shells.  I hope you will try this at home and work and share this game with others.